Luke Healy’s How to Survive in the North presents two different early-20th-century expeditions to the Arctic, and how they were connected. Well, except some of the connections are unclear, and Tim and Kumar both had the same misunderstanding about the book the first time through! Yet the book does present some amazing people and incidents. Here’s our review.
Most comics artists use photo reference at some point. But some artists can make it melt into their work fluidly, while others end up with stiff drawing or a glorified fumetti. They might also end up with a copyright lawsuit if they don’t choose their reference wisely.
One source of photo reference is Buddy Scalera, who has published several reference books, including Comic Artist’s Essential Photo Reference: People and Poses. Buddy joins Tim to talk about how he got into making photo reference books, choosing poses to shoot, and more.
Then, Stephen Bissette joins us with plenty of examples of the use and misuse of photo reference, the ups and downs of casting celebrities as your characters (Sting, anyone?), and more.
- Amy Grant on Dr. Strange cover
- A classic Val Lakey Vampirella page
- Keiren Smith on photo reference
- Frank Santoro skewers stiff photo reference
- James Coburn “cast” in Master of Kung Fu
- Warren’s Blazing Combat
Critiquing Comics returns with a look at three comics with connections to past DCP and CCP episodes:
MoCCA Festival, presented by the Society of Illustrators and the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, was held at Metropolitan West in New York City on April 2 and 3. This week, the tablers Tim talked with on the second day.
Also, excerpts from a panel discussion called “Autobiography: Revealing the Self in Comics.” The panel was moderated by Heidi MacDonald (The Beat) and featured Gabrielle Bell (Truth is Fragmentary), Nicole Georges (Calling Dr. Laura), Jennifer Hayden (The Story of My Tits), and Gina Wynbrandt (Someone Please Have Sex With Me).
Click on “Continue reading this Post” to see photos of everyone in this episode.
Artist Stephen Bissette is best-known for his work on Swamp Thing in the ’80s with Alan Moore and John Totleben, as well as 1963 and his solo project Tyrant. Currently he’s teaching at the Center for Cartoon Studies, and this week he joins Tim and Kumar for a wide-ranging discussion, including:
- The difference between comics schools in the ‘70s vs today
- What it was like growing up as the first Fantastic Four and Spider-Man comics were hitting the stands and why he liked the new FF movie
- Is the current state of Image Comics a new paradigm in creator rights, or is it more of the same?
- Making things scary in comics vs. media that include movement and sound
- His original plan for “Tyrant”, which ceased with the ‘90s comics industry implosion. Will we ever see more of Tyrant?
- Time management for comics creators
Steve’s list of artists who have taught at CCS
The daily strips on Dakota McFadzean‘s site are darkly humorous, or sometimes just dark. (Folks gets eaten!) On this week’s show, Dakota talks about how doing daily strips has helped him as an artist, surviving Cartoonist Boot Camp at the Center for Cartoon Studies, why kids stop drawing at a certain age (and why we should encourage them not to stop!), and more.
We snack while examining Houdini: The Handcuff King and 24-hour Comics Day Highlights 2006!
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