#267 Writer’s Old Fashioned and the Future of Comics

In San Francisco! Tim finally meets in person some of the Writer’s Old Fashioned folks who have been on the podcast before– (L-R) Matt Silady, Steph Godfrey, Jason McNamara–and meets Matt’s co-teacher, Justin Hall. We catch up on what they’ve been doing comics-wise, and get their thoughts on creating comics, including keeping yourself going after finishing a project, keeping genre fiction interesting, and how the move to digital comics might pan out.

#258 The Tokyo Censorship Law

CensorshipThe Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly recently passed a law that further limits minors’ access to “Any manga, animation, or pictures (but not including real life pictures or footage) that features either sexual or pseudo sexual acts that would be illegal in real life, or sexual or pseudo sexual acts between close relatives whose marriage would be illegal, where such depictions and / or presentations unjustifiably glorify or exaggerate the activity.” Perhaps understandable, but without clear guidelines for determining what is OK and what is not, there are fears of a slippery slope. Could this become defacto, outright censorship? Tim, Kumar, and Mulele discuss the new law, and how this situation compares to the events in the U.S. that led up to the creation of the comics code.

Dan Kanemitsu’s Paper Trail — many good blog postings on the topic

Editors’ defiant comments

Publishers boycott anime convention

“My publisher has banned school uniforms” — (visuals on this site are NOT SAFE FOR WORK)

Child sex in manga: Art or Obscenity? — The Japan Times

JL Roberson touts Deconstructing Comics

#001 “Superman Returns” “Revelations” “Hellboy”

FLASHBACK: THE PULSE-POUNDING ORIGIN! We revisit the very first time, more than five years ago, that Tim, Mulele, and Brandon recorded their comics discussion and put it up on the Net. The episode was originally published Dec. 5, 2005. Topics include the trailer for Superman Returns, Revelations by Paul Jenkins & Humberto Ramos, and Mike Mignola passing off art duties on Hellboy. Oh, and, of course, Star Wars.

#240 Kill “Shakespeare”

Approached by one of its co-authors, Tim, Mulele, and Kumar take him up on his suggestion to review “Kill Shakespeare” from IDW. However, we didn’t promise to like it.

Harvey Pekar, author of “American Splendor,” died recently at age 70. A remembrance of some of his work.

San Diego Comic-Con is over for another year. What are some things that we WISH would have been announced there?

Kumar’s Link Regurg-a-thon #2!

I like the art of Adam Hughes very much, but this statue is bad:

http://www.comicsalliance.com/2010/03/24/batgirl-statue-adam-hughes/

Not comics, but this seems to be the season for Leiji Matsumoto movies:

CG Captain Harlock — http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2010-03-24/captain-harlock-new-cg-pilot-images-staff-revealed

Live Action Uchu Senkan Yamato (a.k.a. Star Blazers in the US) — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jExoH_JjMZg

Galaxy Express 999 is one of my all-time favorite manga. Some day we are going to cover it on the podcast, I swear.

When you are not listening to Deconstructing Comics, I highly recommend you check out Gary Groth’s interview with Todd McFarlane from the early days of Image. Hilariously and  predictably, within months of this interview McFarlane began engaging in various business practices which contradicted much of what he states here. He did, however, stand firm by his word that there was no point in him trying to improve as an artist:

http://www.tcj.com/multimedia

Finally, Fantagraphics has a preview up of their new CAPATIN EASY book, one of my all-time favorite newspaper strips:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/index.php?option=com_myblog&show=Captain-Easy-Soldier-of-Fortune-Vol.-1-by-Roy-Crane—Previews-Pre-Order.html&Itemid=113

KS

#223 Electronic Comics

Comics are increasingly read as bits and bytes, on PCs and handheld devices.

Blank creators Brothers of the Silence are publishing the comic in Flash on their site, and as image files on Facebook and several other sites. “Brothers” Ian LeWinter and Don Richmond talk about creating the comic and promoting it via social media sites.

Dale Wilson of DWAP Productions, making his second appearance on this podcast, discusses the ways his company is getting its traditional paper product out in handheld device formats.

Remember “Yon Kuma”? Tim and Mulele reviewed it a year ago. It’s now called “Bear Beater Bunyan,” and it’s an iPhone app. Artist Jorge Munoz talks about the path he and writer Josh Hechinger followed in making the comic available for handhelds.

“Bear Beater Bunyan” is just one of many comics available from Robotcomics.net. Robot Comics Deputy Director Dave Baxter fills us in on the state of the growing comics market for handhelds and how Robot does what it does.

Finally, Tim and Mulele review some of Robot’s output.

Kumar’s Link Regurg-a-thon #1!

For the past few weeks, every time I stumble across any interesting links in my comics website lurking, I’ve been emailing them on to Tim and Mulele (I’m guessing they don’t visit the same news websites I do). Tim has been encouraging me to post these on the Deconstructing Comics site, but I have been reluctant because I would just be regurgitating links I stole from other people’s lists of links. So, I’ve finally conceded, and in a flagrant abuse of administrative power will post a link to a video completely unrelated to comics in any way, and stolen from Tom Spurgeon’s www.comicsreporter.com

Star Trek Convention 1975. If you love Star Trek in any way, this will take your breath away:

And now for some real links —

Ditko compositions: http://abstractcomics.blogspot.com/2010/02/ditkos-spider-man-part-1-aka-hey-look.html

Balak’s digital comics: http://balak01.deviantart.com/art/about-DIGITAL-COMICS-111966969

The many faces of Lum (Urusei Yatsura): http://www.tcj.com/manga/so-many-lums

Basement collection: http://www.seriejournalen.dk/blogs.asp?blogid=18&id=478#artikel478

More Ditko: http://comicscomicsmag.blogspot.com/2010/01/rom-64.html

Traditional Comics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeXCsvUlzSc

KS