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Creating a simple book to give to friends

My dad, before his death, came up with a series of Jack Handy-style quips that he wanted to be made into a book to give away to friends and family. He also envisioned some line-art comics to go with some of the pages. How/where do I design this? Where do I get a thing like this printed? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Aug 17, 2015 - 12 answers

I'm looking for a comic I read decades ago and only remember two panels.

Two or three decades ago I read a comic which I've been thinking about off and on the last few years, but I haven't been able to find it again. All I can remember about it was that there was a solid black panel followed by a panel where someone explains that there had just been something like a gap (or hole?) in reality (or time?) [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Aug 2, 2015 - 5 answers

Stand-up comedy albums on Spotify?

I'm going to be making a long drive this weekend, and to entertain myself I like to listen to stand-up comedy albums on Spotify. Unfortunately, I've listened to most of the albums from comics I know and enjoy, so I need suggestions for new ones that I might enjoy. List of comedians I love inside. [more inside]
posted by Captain Cardanthian! on Jul 9, 2015 - 25 answers

Doodles that will make me laugh and cry

I'd like to dabble more in graphic novels and comics for "grown ups". I like Julia Wertz and Allie Brosh--so basically I'm looking for stuff that is kinda gritty yet also kinda funny, preferably with a female's point of view. Who else might I enjoy? [more inside]
posted by oceanview on Jun 22, 2015 - 31 answers

Carnivorous Mermaids and Vampire Child with Polio?

I can't remember this horror comic magazine, though I feel like it may have had a connection to the publishers of Mad! Magazine, William Gaines probably? Pretty sure it wasn't Tales from the Crypt. The above stories in the title are the most memorable.
posted by percor on Jun 16, 2015 - 3 answers

What is some good science fiction like this?

I'm interested in good science fiction in any format (book, film, comics, etc.) that explores that idea that we are not alone in the universe, but wildly mismatched with everybody or nearly every else in terms of civilization stages, kinds of technology, perception, etc. [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Jun 10, 2015 - 44 answers

Looking for comics like the show Misfits

I really like the show Misfits, and it makes me want to read comics. Can anyone recommend a comic series or graphic novel with similar wit/humour/exploration of the pros and cons of superpowers?
posted by torisaur on Jun 2, 2015 - 12 answers

How can I get cheap used comics for a craft program?

I want to do a d├ęcoupage program with cut-up comic books at my library. Where should I look in Brooklyn or Manhattan for cheap used comics, and are there other sources I should be looking at? Is it worth it to get a random lot from eBay? [more inside]
posted by Jeanne on May 21, 2015 - 10 answers

What to read after In Real Life?

My 7yo son and I recently finished Doctorow & Wang's "In Real Life". He loved it (so did I), I think because of the mix of gaming with a good, character driven story, but he's bummed that we finished it. What should we read now? [more inside]
posted by signal on May 13, 2015 - 5 answers

Present for someone into festivals, food, comics, drama and hospitality

My lovely brother is graduating from university in southern California, and I'd like to get him something special, reasonably-priced, and memorable...that matches his interests...that I can order online or take home from Hong Kong, where I live. [more inside]
posted by mdonley on May 2, 2015 - 5 answers

Nerd Idol

Has there been any contestant on a singing or dancing TV competition that has performed something "nerdy", such as songs from video games, cartoons, or Internet media? The one example I can think of is a Dancing with the Stars routine to Super Mario.
posted by divabat on Apr 3, 2015 - 14 answers

A Shared Universe of Shakespeare Characters

Has there been one besides the comic "Kill Shakespeare"? [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Feb 26, 2015 - 7 answers

Examples of great black-and-white art and artists

I want to learn how to draw great black and white art. Composition, contrast, light, shadow, all the good stuff. I'm trying to gather good samples to learn from. [more inside]
posted by jgwong on Jan 30, 2015 - 16 answers

Filling in those speech bubbles..

What are some tips that I could use to help me write out comics I'd like to draw? [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Jan 28, 2015 - 14 answers

Best way to organize a bilingual comic book

I am trying to write a memoir comic book about my time in Cairo, Egypt. I'm in the very beginning planning stages, and am trying to figure out the best way to make both an English and Arabic version. I'm planning on drawing the comic by hand on paper and using water color (here is a preliminary version of the first page to give an idea of what the comic will look like), but I would appreciate advise on how to set myself up so that I can easily add the text in another language at a later stage. More questions inside? [more inside]
posted by Corduroy on Dec 20, 2014 - 7 answers

Best Of Silver Age, Marvel Unlimited Edition

Looking for Marvel Unlimited Titles, Snowflakes Inside [more inside]
posted by KernalM on Dec 20, 2014 - 6 answers

Best comic books for a three-year-old?

What comic books should I buy for an (understandably illiterate) three-year-old? So heavy on the (beautiful, inspiring) artwork, and light on the dialogue. Her parents will be reading along, but I want something the little bugger can also appreciate with her eyes only.
posted by isnotchicago on Dec 18, 2014 - 14 answers

Good resources on how to write comics?

I'm a big comics fan, and just for the hell of it, I wanted to try my hand. I am looking for resources that discuss the medium itself, as well as how to write for it... especially format-wise (i.e. what is a typical work-flow for writing comics, how do people format it, that sort of thing). I am also open to any resources, period, that you think would be useful. Thanks!
posted by wooh on Dec 14, 2014 - 11 answers

women super heroes

My 4yr old daughter recently dismissed super hero stuff as 'for boys'. I showed her a photo of the recent reimagining of Thor as a woman and she was very impressed. Can you recommend any comics/cartoons etc suitable for her age with women super heroes? Bonus points if in spanish. Since I haven't really kept up with the literature, please assume that I don't even know the basics)
posted by dhruva on Dec 5, 2014 - 25 answers

Red or orange hardcover darkly funny book about mental illness

I saw a book on a "featured" table last winter in a bookstore, which enchanted me, but I don't remember any of the key features that would allow me to buy it; namely author or title. I remember that it was red or orange, hardcover, consisted (mostly) of illustrations, was darkly funny, was written by a British man (?) and contained cartoony scenarios ruminating on anxiety or depression. Any idea what the book was? I assume that it was a new publication around the end of 2013. I think the title had the word "Brain" in it. [more inside]
posted by chesty_a_arthur on Dec 3, 2014 - 13 answers

Book recommendations for 3rd grader

I'd like resources on what books are available now that would spark interest for a city-dwelling 3rd grade girl. [more inside]
posted by Curiosity Delay on Nov 19, 2014 - 13 answers

Online "funny".

Where can I find the type of "funny" pics and pages that often get circulated through email or posted on fb? I don't receive any of these forwarded messages anymore, and I don't have a facebook account. I generally don't appreciate the type of humor that I am seeking-- But, someone I care about is laid up and finds [this type of thing I'm looking for] really entertaining, and neither of us know how to source it. [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing on Nov 18, 2014 - 21 answers

DIY "Aged/Distressed" Comic Cover on MDF

I want to make my own comics that look distressed and mounted on MDF like these. [more inside]
posted by chicaboom on Oct 24, 2014 - 8 answers

Looking for fun Halloween comics, like Chick tracts, but not religious.

Despite not being a religious person, I've always enjoyed finding and reading Jack Chick tracts, and I always enjoyed getting them at Halloween as a kid. Are there any small, Chick-like comics appropriate for kids that aren't religious, perhaps on spooky historical topics or that are just fun adventures, that I could give away along with candy for Halloween this year?
posted by I EAT TAPAS on Oct 19, 2014 - 3 answers

Alternative comic shops in Denver?

We will be traveling to Denver later this month and would really like to check out some alternative comic shops, if there are any! A Google search turns up general comic shops, but results on alt comic, zine-y shops are few. Any tips on some cool places would be great! Thinking along the lines of Oily comics, etc.
posted by goodetyme on Oct 18, 2014 - 4 answers

Help me start reading indie comics again

I used to read a lot of indie comics, starting in college and during my first marriage (both a looong time ago), but I stopped. Now I'd like to start again, but have no idea where to pick up and I'm looking for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by holborne on Oct 8, 2014 - 16 answers

how much is a complete run of Animal Man worth?

a question for lovely comic book geeks. I have a complete run of Grant Morrison's Animal Man, in pretty much pristine condition (all still in plastic wraps). They were a fun read, but I don't collect comics and know nothing about collectors of comics. I was thinking of just dumping them, but then became aware that I could probably sell them on eBay or such. I'm trying to figure out if it's worth my while to do so - is it? How much might I get for it - how much should I offer if I'm going to try to sell?
posted by idlethink on Sep 30, 2014 - 3 answers

Does anybody recognize this comic panel?

A Facebook friend posted this comic panel on my wall tonight. It's three skull-headed characters in green jackets, walking away from what looks like an apartment or factory on fire. The middle zombie is saying "Hurry! We must burn more buildings!!" I am dying to find out where it is from, but my search-fu has failed to turn up anything more than the single panel, with no further information. Any clues, anybody?
posted by Opposite George on Sep 3, 2014 - 2 answers

Office comics related to project management or Completed Staff Work

I've got a presentation to complete and I'm training analysts how to present complete recommendations to management. I'm looking for comics to illustrate some of my points in an entertaining, simple way. [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday on Aug 26, 2014 - 2 answers

Sheena is a punk rocker now (and in the year 2875)

Help me make a punk rock playlist for the distant future. [more inside]
posted by nonasuch on Aug 16, 2014 - 31 answers

Samsung Tablet Won't Use Sim

My new Samsung Tablet, SM-T230NU running Android 4.4.2, comes with 8 gigs of memory. I have installed an additional 16 gigs of memory. I tell it to install and download comics to the 16 gig sim. It won't do so and keeps filling the primary memory. [more inside]
posted by One Hand Slowclapping on Aug 10, 2014 - 4 answers

Is my idea for a blog going to be a copyright issue, or is it fair use?

I want to write a blog that invokes the aesthetics and atmosphere of a certain fictional world from a comic strip. In this comic, they live very happily, have a delightful home, and go on many adventures. I'd like to write posts inspired by their activities. I would reference the strip in the blog name, and occasionally include single panels for context. Is this okay in terms of copyright? [more inside]
posted by to recite so charmingly on Aug 4, 2014 - 9 answers

How to frame my brother's art?

I'm looking for interesting ways to frame some art being donated to a fund-raising auction. The art is like comics art (little one-page illustrated stories), but the audience isn't comic collectors. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Aug 2, 2014 - 11 answers

Tablet for Comics

I want to get a 10" tablet just for reading comics. There are a LOT of cheap options out there. I don't want it for gaming or drum machines or word processing or really wifi connectivity. Just reading comics in HD with smooth touch controls. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Jul 28, 2014 - 12 answers

Desperately searching for new webcomics

I am currently obsessed with O Human Star, which has so much of what I enjoy in a comic: a feeling of personal warmth (as opposed to 'cold action'), no convoluted action-y shading/perspective art-wise, unique storyline, science fiction vibes, no purely 'sinister' atmosphere, and nuanced gender elements. What else might I enjoy? [more inside]
posted by thegreatfleecircus on Jul 17, 2014 - 13 answers

Help me find something as good as Zita the Spacegirl for my kids?

I have been reading Zita the Spacegirl to my kids (7 & 5, boy and girl) very night. For those who haven't read it, it is a terrific graphic novel for kids full of adventure and strange creatures, with a great message. What else would you reccomend, as we approach the end of this great series? Specifically thinking of a modern, adventure-filled (but not overly mature) graphic novel or series. Science fiction or fantasy would be ideal.
posted by blahblahblah on Jul 1, 2014 - 23 answers

looking for Marvel Unlimited recs

What comics on Marvel Unlimited should I read? I asked how to read Captain America a couple months ago and read through the Brubaker run and enjoyed a lot of it. I'm looking for more recommendations for what to read that's up on the Marvel Unlimited site-- I'm not really interested in buying issues that aren't up yet. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Jun 3, 2014 - 12 answers

What comics should I be reading?

Over in this thread, Pope Guilty recommended Rat Queens, and it occurred to me that I haven't paid attention to any comics that weren't manga in ages. [more inside]
posted by rifflesby on May 21, 2014 - 22 answers

Shipping comics via USPS - confused by all the options

I'm selling comics on ebay and have no idea what to put for shipping. Media mail seems not to allow comics, flat rate box seems good for 25+, but the padded envelopes seem like overkill for small batches, I'm just not sure what to put. [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher on May 19, 2014 - 10 answers

Where is this Calvin and Hobbes strip?

I remember seeing a Calvin and Hobbes strip linked to from MetaFilter that I'd like to find again. Calvin's dad is reading a newspaper, and Calvin calls him uptight. His dad says something like, "I'm not uptight, I just get things done." Can you find it for me? I think it's a three-panel strip. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Apr 30, 2014 - 2 answers

Things like Dr. McNinja?

I'm enjoying the breathlessly ridiculous tone and pace of Dr. McNinja, which I think does a great job of avoiding the unstoppable-force vs. unmovable-wall dynamic of mainstream superhero comics. It plays fast and loose with everything, and has a fine sense of the absurd. It is only occasionally problematic (racist, homophobic) in its juvenile sensibilities, which is way better than most of its competition. What movies, books, and comics are comparable?
posted by jsturgill on Apr 22, 2014 - 12 answers

Ideas for short anecdotes

Lately I've been looking into pursuing my love for comics by writing one-page stories. Catch is, I'm experimenting with layering the stories and de-linearizing them, but I need simple story ideas for the most basic layer of the piece. My best bet would be working with something similar to a parable or anecdote which I can later complicate, but where can I find helpful ideas / inspiration? [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Apr 15, 2014 - 7 answers

Who was the warm up comic on the Daily Show in 2008?

Based on this essay: who are the most likely candidates for who this warm up comic would have been?
posted by josher71 on Apr 14, 2014 - 2 answers

understanding superhero comics requires some arcane magic I do not have

I liked the new Captain America movie. I want to read more about these characters. How do I get into the comics? Where do I start? Can I use the Marvel app to do this? How do I read them in order with all those team-up comics and spinoffs? *Should* I read them in order? Also, what slash fiction should I read while reading them, and should I read that at a certain point in the continuity, or just do my usual thing and go on a fanfic binge once I'm caught up?
posted by NoraReed on Apr 14, 2014 - 12 answers

Help me find an old Foxtrot comic

Pretty simple: Way back (I have no idea when, but probably over a decade ago), there was a great Foxtrot comic that shaped how I analyze policy decisions. In this particular episode, one character claimed to have found a way to solve all the world's problems. The other character asked (paraphrase) "Does it involve everybody doing something, or nobody doing something?" I've Googled the hell out of this morning, but I can't find anything. Does anybody remember it, or know how to find it? Thanks!
posted by General Malaise on Apr 2, 2014 - 5 answers

Comics for 11- and 13-year-old girls?

Taking the girls I babysit to the comic shop on Thursday. They love the Marvel movieverse (the 11-year-old adores Loki) the 13-year-old like the volume of Runaways she's read. If the John Rogers Blue Beetle run wasn't out of print I'd have already gotten it for them. Suggestions? Stuff they can't find in trade I am willing to hunt down in digital format.
posted by nonasuch on Mar 24, 2014 - 14 answers

The American SF "Canon"

For an upcoming project I'm putting together what's meant to be a comprehensive timeline of important (even "necessary") works of American science fiction since the late 19th century. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Mar 23, 2014 - 68 answers

Organizing comic strips

What are ways to organize comics clipped from the newspaper? [more inside]
posted by ichomp on Mar 20, 2014 - 1 answer

Search help for comics on newsprint

I searched but all I can find, here or Google (well, I use Startpage but whatever), is comic BOOKS. These are not books. These are huge sheets of newsprint from 1932, 1934, around there. [more inside]
posted by AllieTessKipp on Mar 17, 2014 - 4 answers

Voltron for Beginners

I want to start reading/watching Voltron. Not sure where to dive in. [more inside]
posted by xenization on Mar 14, 2014 - 2 answers

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