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Craft of Comics: Jamie Grant (Part 2 of 2)

Posted by on August 12th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Previously: Part One of "Craft of Comics: Jamie Grant." Jamie Grant made his first impression in comics with his run on Missionary Man in 2000 A.D. (following on from Frank Quitely with whom he would make frequent collaborations over the years). Since then he has become known more as colorist on titles like We3, All-Star Superman (both with Frank Quitely), Hellblazer and Supergirl. This two-part video series takes us through the digital coloring process and Grant explains his no-nonsense approach to comics art. In this second part, he demonstrates the toning and rendering process for a cover of Supergirl while ruminating on super-shorts and super-acne.

Craft of Comics: Jamie Grant (Part 1 of 2)

Posted by on August 11th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Previously in Lees' "Craft of Comics" video series: Frank Quitely. Jamie Grant made his first impression in comics with his run on Missionary Man in 2000 A.D. (following on from Frank Quitely, with whom he would make frequent collaborations over the years). Since then he has become known more as colorist on titles like We3, All-Star Superman (both with Frank Quitely), Hellblazer and Supergirl. In this two-part video series, he takes us through the digital coloring process and explains his no-nonsense approach to comics art. This first part concerns the preliminary stages of preparing a cover of Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters, why he hates RGB color and how to spot the mistakes in his work.

Tomorrow: the conclusion to "Craft of Comics: Jamie Grant."

Craft of Comics: Frank Quitely

Posted by on August 9th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
This is the first part in a series of videos by Gavin Lees called "The Craft of Comics."

In The Comics Journal #300, Frank Quitely (We3, Flex Mentallo, Batman and Robin) spoke at length with Dave Gibbons on new innovations in creating comics digitally. Of particular note was their enthusiasm for Wacom's Cintiq pen display which they had both used to great effect in their recent work. In the following video, Quitely demonstrates how he uses his Cintiq to improve his workflow with traditional media and takes us through some of the preliminary steps in creating a cover for the relaunch of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents for DC Comics (see the finished version above).

Lees' "Craft of Comics" series continues on Wednesday, Aug. 11, with the first of a two-parter featuring Jamie Grant.

Children of the Atom by Dave Lapp

Posted by on July 7th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

The Book of Grickle by Graham Annable

Posted by on July 1st, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Grickle is the most overlooked and under-appreciated Graham Annable work. Alongside his work for Disney, LucasArts and his phenomenally popular YouTube animations, it’s easy to see why his deceptively simple black-and-white comics could be neglected, but with the release of this hardcover collection of the best strips of the last 10 years, that imbalance should be redressed. Although seemingly effortless, these comics reveal the core of Annable’s talent. From "The Book of Grickle" by Graham Annable

Point-Counterpoint: Gavin Lees’ Concluding Kick-Ass Argument

Posted by on May 13th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Point-Counterpoint: Kick-Ass FTW!

Posted by on May 12th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Simon Abrams and Gavin Lees scrap over Millar and Romita Jr.'s divisive work, with concluding arguments to follow tomorrow.

Audio: Censorship in Manga Lecture by Jason Thompson

Posted by on May 10th, 2010 at 1:00 PM

This audio file is a "rough draft" of the lecture on censorship in manga and anime that Jason Thompson recently delivered at TCAF this weekend, presented at the 2010 Sakura Con in Seattle, WA. Click here for audio

Lees on Market Day by James Sturm

Posted by on May 10th, 2010 at 12:00 AM
In Market Day — his first graphic novel since 2001’s The Golem’s Mighty Swing — Sturm appears to have lost his former optimism and what’s left is a beautifully told piece of abject nihilism.

City of Spies and Resistance Vol. 1

Posted by on April 22nd, 2010 at 12:01 AM

YA YA, nein nein: two young-adult graphic novels about World War II from First Second.

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