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Audio: Stumptown Comics Fest: Self-Publishing Like a Rockstar Panel

Posted by on April 26th, 2010 at 12:17 PM

Stumptown Self-Publishing Panel: Participants are Meredith Gran (Octopus Pie), Lucy Knisley (French Milk),’s own Shaenon Garrity (Skin Horse) and moderator Erika Moen (DAR!).

The Making of Stumptown: a Matthew Southworth interview conducted by Jason Leivian

Posted by on April 23rd, 2010 at 12:01 AM
I spoke with Seattle artist Matthew Southworth about his first major comics work, Stumptown, a crime story set in writer Greg Rucka's hometown, Portland, Ore. Because the real world-setting is a major selling point of the book, in this interview, Southworth talks about the research and preparation he undertook to make his Portland as authentic as possible. He also shares some advice on how to effectively use photo-reference in comics without making it look too stiff or jarring. Southworth will be attending the Stumptown Comics Fest this weekend (April 24-25). I will also moderate a panel at the Fest with Southworth, where we will further discuss the use of photo-reference and photo- realism in comics.

Stumptown Comics Fest 2010 Preview

Posted by on April 16th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
A preview of what exhibitors are bringing to the upcoming Stumptown Comics Fest (April 24th-25th) at the Lloyd Center Doubletree in Portland, Ore.

Blaise Larmee Interview Conducted by Floating World’s Jason Leivian

Posted by on April 14th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Danica Davidson: Schoolgirl Milky Crisis by Jonathan Clements

Posted by on April 9th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
What makes Schoolgirl Milky Crisis such an ideal read is the fact that this 393-page encyclopedia-like book is written by someone in the business who knows what he’s talking about. The author, Jonathan Clements, has not only worked in the translating and dubbing process of anime, but he speaks Japanese and has written informed articles everywhere from Newtype USA to UK’s Guardian.

Amanda Vahamaki Interviewed by Blaise Larmee

Posted by on April 8th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Amanda Vahamaki explores wandering, dream-like narratives with lucid characters and lush pencil drawings. Her debut graphic novel “Campo di Babà” (“The Bun Field”) was originally published by the Italian Collective Canicola and has since been published in a number of languages. Currently active in Finland and recently published in Drawn and Quarterly Showcase and The Comics Journal #296, she is truly an international artist. Her work transcends borders of place and time, revealing a space that is as universal as it is unique.

Thrown Gauntlet: Trophy Economy by Blaise Larmee

Posted by on March 29th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
This is the first of a semi-regular series. Under this Thrown Gauntlet header, you can expect to find statements, reviews, theses, judgments that you will almost certainly want to talk back to. UPDATE: Jared Gardner responds.

Alex Dueben interviews Ho Che Anderson (Part Two of Two)

Posted by on March 26th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Alex Dueben concludes his interview with Ho Che Anderson. Previously: PART ONE

Alex Dueben interviews Ho Che Anderson (Part One of Two)

Posted by on March 25th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Ho Che Anderson will likely always be associated with King, the three-volume biography of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which was published by Fantagraphics in single-issue form between 1993-2002 before being collected in a single volume, and rereleased in hardcover this year. For some of us, our first introduction to Anderson’s work was a series of gritty urban relationship tales — Young Hoods in Love, I Want to Be Your Dog, Pop Life — a little more sexual and frank than most comics, with an expressionistic style defined by mood and lighting.

Jason Leivian of Floating World Comics talks to Benjamin Marra

Posted by on March 24th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Benjamin Marra self-publishes Gangsta Rap Posse and Night Business under the imprint Traditional Comics. The printing quality stands out: Offset printing on newsprint, it looks and feels like an indy comic from the ’80s or early ’90s. He consistently releases new material and his work gets better with each issue. * Images contained in this article are NSFW.

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