Posts Tagged ‘this week in webcomics’

Movie Review: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

August 17, 2010

At a Glance: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Cast: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ellen Wong, Kieran Culkin
Director: Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead)
112 mins
TWIW rates: 4/5

Scott Pilgrim is making some noise.

Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel recently released its sixth and final volume, concluding the story of young-adult slacker Scott Pilgrim’s battle for the heart of Ramona Flowers against her seven evil ex-boyfriends. Scott McCloud calls it “the funniest comic book on the planet right now.” There’s a Scott Pilgrim video game for PS3 and XBox, and “Scott Pilgrim vs. the Animation” on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. And this past weekend, the Scott Pilgrim movie hit the box office.


Sci-Fi Comic Anthology Review

June 14, 2010

Today at TWIW I reviewed a sweet comic anthology of science fiction short stories, Exploded View from Cloudscape Comics.

I think you guys would particularly enjoy this anthology. It’s good.

TWIW: The Triumphant Return of Nobody Scores

June 8, 2010

So, you’ve been reading this blog (TWIW) for awhile. You know I’ve got my comics that I particularly like to rave about: comics like Blank It, Max vs. Max, and to a lesser extent, Z’Nuff Dr. McNinja. You know that high on my list of “ravers” is Brandon Bolt’s little comic that suffers, Nobody Scores.

Or…maybe you don’t. That’s cool too. …

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Jackson: Cartooning Homeworks

April 20, 2010

Borderline Boy comic
I am a Purchasing Rockstar, #3 (available 4/23)

This Week in Webcomics: C2E2 Illustrated

Homework complete, yo!

This Week in Webcomics interviews Blank It, in comic form

August 20, 2009

Jackson Ferrell interviews Aric McKeown and Lem Pew of Blank It
Jackson Ferrell interviews Aric McKeown and Lem Pew of Blank It

read the rest of the interview at TWIW!

This Week in Webcomics presents: Top Ten Nobody Scores Comics!

August 17, 2009

If you read this blog regularly, you’re no stranger to Nobody Scores. While it’s not for everyone, its angry, R-rated tales of protracted failure have their own appeal. You have to be a certain sort of person to appreciate the humor, but even the most hardened pessimist can’t help but think, “At least my life isn’t this bad.” Plus, the whole thing is one of the best-drawn comics on the web.

With cartoonist Brandon Bolt preparing to take his traditional “summer vacation,” from his comic, Nobody Scores readers will have to make do with the archives for the next month. To sate your thirst, I present the top ten comics of the first two years (#1-275), in ascending order of excellence.

(Read the rest of the article at This Week in Webcomics)

This Week in Webcomics reviewed “Marooned” last Friday

August 12, 2009

Webcartoonists, more so than others in the comic industry, have to be jacks of all trades. At a major comic company, a project typically employs a sizable team–a writer, penciler/inker, colorist, letterer, project director, marketer, and more–and a staff member rarely has to fill more than two of these roles. Even the syndicated cartoonist has his editors, helping him polish his strip and weed out unfeasible jokes. Ostensibly, anyway. The webcartoonist, in comparison, has to wear a lot of hats. For this reason, it helps to be completely and utterly off his rocker. Even if a webcartoonist is not crazy, he may soon become crazy, simply because he has so many hats to wear.

Today we’re looking at mad hatter Tom Dell’Aringa and his comic Marooned.

(read the rest of the review at This Week in Webcomics)

This Week in Webcomics Comic-form update #3

July 25, 2009

See the full comic-form week-in-review at This Week in Webcomics!

Past comic-form updates:

An Animated Ad for TWIW

July 22, 2009

I guess you’ll have to click on it to see the animation. I’m rather proud of it, and I’m going to try using it as a Project Wonderful ad this Friday.

Why Web? (X-Posted from This Week in Webcomics)

July 10, 2009

I’ve had print comics on the brain recently, and I’ve gotten to thinking: creating a print comic is an involved process, from the creation to the printing to the distribution and promotion. It costs to create a physical, tangible comic–an investment of both time and effort. Creators and publishers alike want to ensure a good return on their investment; they make an effort to avoid bad ideas and to develop good ideas through the editorial process. My Deadpool comics credit a massive creative team in each issue, from directors to writers to letterers to inkers and colorists. Each person brings his own unique talents to the project, along with a silly nickname. But the silly nickname is beside the point.

Webcomics, on the other hand, don’t have such an entry bar. (Again, I’m talking about quality, not the silly nicknames.) The low cost of online distribution allows anyone to publish his comics to a site or blog with very little effort. Further, strips can exist on the web that would never get past the editorial process–crude and sketchy trainwrecks drawn in MS Paint, or story-based comics with shoddy characterization and no attention to plot. The upshot of all this is that any comic committed to print will possess a bare minimum of quality that the average webcomic has no compulsion to match, which leads us to the question:

If print comics tend to be better–then why web?

read the rest of the article at This Week in Webcomics…