Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Big-time real-life Webcomics heavyweights, Scott Kurtz, Kris Struab, and Brad Guigar, are our guest critiquers for Comics 4's final class. These guys each run successful webcomics, collectively wrote a book on how to make webcomics, and host a podcast on the subject. But does that mean they know what they're talking about?
Yes, I'm pretty sure it does.
Check out their work, below:
Scott Kurtz's PVP
Kris Straub's Starslip
Brad Guigar's Evil Inc.
Webcomics Weekly podcast
How To Make Webcomics (the book)
Here's a good little article on that topic.
So you've made it through school but your work still isn't quite where you want it to be? Ira Glass has a message for you.
Also, keep in touch with your friends from school. Don't be afraid to ask for help or advice. Don't be afraid to solicit criticism. Listen to people when they give you criticism, but use your own judgement in deciding how to utilize it. Contact the people you admire and ask questions. Momentum begets momentum, so try to keep that ball rolling.
This all probably sounds a bit corny, but from my experience I think it's true. Anyhow, good luck to you all and keep on keepin' on!
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Well, guess who's going to be photographed with an absurdly large check?
Congratulations to our own Kayla Cline!
Monday, April 11, 2011
This isn't too dissimilar from what I do, except, as writer/artist, I think it's important to be drawing from the earliest stages. So, f'rinstance, I use index cards, too, but they're for thumbnails more than sentences. Comics are a visual medium, and if you're a visual person, you develop them visually, right?
Friday, April 8, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
MCA alumni, 1993 Illustration
lecture on Tuesday, March 29, 7 pm in Callicott
Jack completed his degree at the Memphis College of Art, where an exchange with the San Francisco Art Institute convinced Jack to ultimately move west. In 1996, he became Senior Designer at the Bay Area firm DesignSite, where he mainly focused on print design and illustration...landing a spot in Print Magazine's Design Annual. With the advent of digital video, his work soon evolved to animation and motion graphics. In 2000 he moved to New York where he completed Food, an award-winning animated film shown on PBS and at festivals worldwide. In 2001, Jack and his partner Matthew Robbins launched Artfool, a multidisciplinary design studio that went on to become one of New York's finest event design companies, later chosen as one of Modern Bride's 25 Trendsetters of the Year and frequently featured on Martha Stewart. Jack has had the privilege to work with some of the best animation studios and directors in New York, and his work has been seen most everywhere there is a television, with spots for MTV, VH1, ABC, NBC, HBO, Showtime, the Style Network and the Discovery Channel, as well as having work featured in The New York Times, Print Magazine, Wired and Newsweek.
Monday, March 21, 2011
(can also be downloaded and subscribed to via iTunes)
Escape from Illustration Island
Big Illustration Party Time
Chris Oatley's Artcast
Man Vs. Art
Visual Artist Podcast Network
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Comics 4 is a class about serialized storytelling and digital distribution (in other words, webcomics).
It takes years for a webcomic to mature, and these strips have only had a few weeks to get their feet under them. But we're on a semester-cycle, here, and it's past mid-terms; time to throw them to the wolves of public scrutiny!
Please check them out and give plenty of feedback! These poor cartoonists have only had me nattering at them so far, and I'm sure they'd appreciate hearing some other voices.
Done With Kissing
Duncan’s Moving Parts
Lauren Rae Holterman
The Ballad of Hank Fox
Rosa Vs. Retirement
Monday, March 14, 2011
The deadline is TOMORROW, but, hey, you're on Spring Break. No excuses!
The Cartoonists League of Absurd Washingtonians has as part of its objectives the awarding of a scholarship to a student interested in learning the mystical art of sequential illustration. This scholarship will be at least a lowly $100, but might reach loftier sums of $200 or maybe even higher. Funds for the scholarship are gathered in the year prior, and all funds gathered are bestowed on the talented applicant the CLAW chooses. Update: The funds raised for the 2011 Scholarship have reached over $900. And it is potentially available to the student who best fills out this application. You must also be currently enrolled in an institution or have confirmation of enrollment.
It's not going to pay your tuition, but it'd buy a mighty nice light table, or something.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Manly Guys Doing Manly Things artist, Coelasquid, put up this great article about general drawing advice...but particularly relevant is the comparison of her redrawing one of her strips with just the two characters talking side by side (see above) in comparison to the dynamic scenes that she actually depicts in her webcomic.
Monday, March 7, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Memphis College of Art hosts Drawing Comment: Illustration & Social Commentary
Feb. 19 through March 27, 2010 in the Main Gallery, Rust Hall in Overton Park.
Steve Brodner, Anita Kunz and Luba Lukova, the three illustrators included in the exhibition, will participate in a panel discussion moderated by MCA's Joel Priddy Thursday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. in Callicott Auditorium.
Opening reception for the exhibition is Friday, Feb. 25 from 5-7 pm.
Please come! Ask questions!
Monday, February 21, 2011
This is for serious inknerds only, but Holy Moly, it's an inknerd's bonanza!
Gerhard worked for years drawing backgrounds for Dave Sim's Cerebus. I think I can say without fear of contradiction that they are the most amazing backgrounds in Comics History. Absolutely jaw-dropping stuff.
Now, he opens up with a in-depth interview over on the Comics Journal. Lots of specific discussion of drafting and inking techniques, plus an eye-witnesses account of Cerebus' plunge from brilliance to infamy.
MCA Students Win Broadside Competition
The work of two seniors from the Memphis College of Art has been selected as the winning entry in the National Portfolio Day Association juried competition.
The entry, an informational broadside, will be produced in Memphis and distributed in late summer to over 60,000 high schools and junior colleges throughout the U.S. and Canada.
MCA submitted two entries, placing first and second.
Associate Professor David Charles Chioffi directed the project in conjunction with Associate Professor Joel Priddy.
This will mark the fourth time MCA has produced the national broadside in six years of competition. Additionally, MCA is the only college to host three National Portfolio Days annually.
– Aisling Maki
Friday, February 18, 2011
In the wake of the Publisher's Weekly piece, the Memphis Flyer now has a nice, full-page article on our Comics program. We're two articles-worth of famous!
The website skips the attribution, so let me mention here that the image illustrating the piece is from Kayla Cline's Slag Valley, which is being created for the Comics 4 class.
The Memphis Flyer
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Adventure Time fans should check out all this neat stuff Executive Producer Fred Seibert posted on his flickr...it has a lot of concept art and super neat set ups for the initial viewing of the show. Lots of neat display ideas...and well, it's Adventure Time!
Okay, you have to get past the fact that it's a comic about anthropomorphic cats acting all dramatic and flirty. Tracy J. Butler has some solid comics chops, and this is a great set of notes on cartooning facial expressions. In particular, it is a brilliant and necessary skewering of the lazy shortcuts we so easily fall into.
This is of particular relevance to the Comics 2 kids, but good for all of us.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Well, I'm coming to the party late, what with the project having just wrapped up, but this is a fun blog to check out. Fifteen illustrators chose books they love, and made lovely pictures about them. Folks like Daniel Krall, Lucy Knisely, Meg Hunt, and Sam Bosma.
The above image is from Brave New World, illustrated by the superb Emily Carroll.
Picture Book Report
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
While there are only a few of these programs at present, their rapid growth matches the growth and development of the comics category and industry overall as the medium comes to be to be recognized as a legitimate creative discipline.
For further perusal:
Comics on Campus: New Programs Grow, Attract Diverse Students
Caroline Huss pointed out this link to an interview with Irene Gallo. I've posted about Ms. Gallo before, and, and as an art director deeply interested in fostering great illustration, she is worth paying attention to. Evidence to support this claim may be found at the following links:
Irene Gallo's blog
Illustration Master Class
Good job, Illustrators! And good job, Illustration instructors!
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Thank goodness we live in the future, and distance is no barrier. All the lectures are now available to view via your handy information appliance.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
3x3 Magazine, which, you know, is pretty great, has a student show coming up.
Please note that the web page lists all the dates as "2010," but otherwise all the information is current.
You can check out 3x3 Magazine at the MCA Library.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Dear, Content Maker--Something to think about.
Being published by someone else does not legitimize your hard work. And, the financial advance hardly pays the rent. Think about that the next time you sign a contract for your original ideas. I trust a firm handshake over most of the jargon they write into those binding contracts, anyway.
Sadly, the death rattle of print is shivering its way towards the way we currently package and distribute our wares, and marketing is a publishing luxury of the past. The good news? There is a new dawn on the horizon where the author will become the provider, publisher and publicist. Don't let it daunt you. Continue to network, make strong allies, be aware, show up, and be gracious. The digital age was created by us, for us. If you can procrastinate one hour a day, you can certainly keep track of what's what. Train your eye and keep tabs and make something new.
Bottom line: keep making original content and stop giving it away to publishers. If you're going to give it away, then benefit from it. Meanwhile, hold on a little bit longer for the paradigm shift to settle in. Exclusive content, destination points, and perceived value is the name of the game. Meanwhile, watch how many publishers close shop in 2011 and know that we're on the cusp of a publishing revolution. Be armed with your stories and get ready. People love to read.