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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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?
Help me make a punk rock playlist for the distant future. [more inside]
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]
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]
I'm a huge fan of Four Color Love Story by The Metasciences. Are there more songs like this? The songs don't need to be about comic books, or even acoustic, really. I'd just love to find more obscure little love songs that are a little unusual. Recommendations for both specific songs and places to find songs like this would be appreciated.
I want to draw comic storyboards. In the old days I seem to remember Appleworks drawing documents allowed you to add boxes and/or fields that allowed text or drawing. I'm looking for the new equivalent. [more inside]
I'm looking for webcomics that are suitable for kids under the age of 10, preferably with simple easy to copy art. If it's regularly updated, that's awesome, but if you know of a few one-offs I'm interested in those too. Something like a comic version of Peep and the Big Wide World would be perfect.
I'm trying to find a short one shot comic I used to be able to find fairly easily but it seems my google-fu has weakened. Description: It has no words. starts off with a girl and a boy under a tree and she sends him to find a flower. He comes back and sees a mark left on the tree and someone riding off with the girl. Epic journey ensues to try to deliver the flower involving slavery, swashbuckling etc. and his only guide is asking about the symbol. At the end of the journey to confront the big evil, it turns out the mark was hers. She's the bad guy. He looks around, looks at who he's become, realizes he's awesome and leaps from the window to freedom. The End.
When I was a kid in the mid-80s, I had a DC annual that was printed in the UK. Because of the unique way these things were cobbled together (they'd reprint whatever they could get with little regard to continuity), I have no idea how the story ended. For some reason, this is currently doing my head in, so can anyone point me in the right direction? Barely remembered details inside... [more inside]
I've been following the MeFi threads that discuss Captain America religiously, and love what I read. Assembled Cap fans of MeFi, where should I start on the actual comics? [more inside]
In the Walking Dead comic book series, when did Rick and the crew... [spoilers] [more inside]
I'm trying to find an old webcomic I read years ago, possibly linked from metafilter. I remember that it was a really text heavy comic (large walls of text in speech bubbles). It made an analogy between committing immoral acts and climbing stairs. You don't just do evil things outright, you bend what is acceptable to you a little bit at a time, like climbing stairs one step at a time. I also think the webcomic overall had a feminist theme.
For a project I'm currently working on as part of my graduation in Graphic Design, I wanted to compile something like an atlas of fictional cities. These may be from books, legends, stories, video games, advertisements, comics, really whatever... Even "real" cities but alternate versions, imagined or in some way deviate from their real counterpart are valid. [more inside]
What's worth reading from DC or Marvel, or the other guys in the last decade or so? I'm looking for superhero comics written recently enough that I can buy the trades new easily. I'll leave my likes and dislikes below. [more inside]
Digital artists: What is this cool, grainy Photoshop texture used in webcomics and how do I make it too? [more inside]
give me your tired, your poor, your huddled Swamp Things yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore
Looking for your favorite works of environmentally conscious and ecologically focused science fiction and fantasy. Obscurities preferred! [more inside]
Which 10 Batman comics should I read before watching the Dark Knight Rises? What should be my preparatoy homework before watching the movie? [more inside]
Comic book readin' friends: What are some well-known series where the protagonist(s) is a "normal" who exists in a world of "super" beings of one kind or another? Research for something that maybe could someday be a thing.
Comic flushing out those phonies who are only claiming to have been a reject so others will like them.
Several years ago I saw a webcomic about distinguishing between those who falsely claimed to be unpopular in high school from those who actually were. There was a young female narrator / investigator, maybe identified as the author of the comic but maybe not, who talked about interrogating friends and acquaintances to see how unpopular they really were. I think the last panel showed her writing in a note pad. Anybody remember this? Google is getting me nowhere. I may have stumbled across it by following a link from here, but more likely from a comment than a post.
Is there any gear out there for Nerds/Geeks/Gamers/Etc who run/cycle/enjoy fitness? [more inside]
Does anybody know whatever happened to Steve Moncuse, the writer/artist behind Fish Police? He appears to have stopped working in comics in the late 90s, and has no web presence that I can find.
I'm looking for a book that was out around 1997 (the last time I remember physically seeing it) that detailed lots of different mechanical machines Chris Ware had designed/made, many of them coin-operated. I really should've just coughed up and bought it right then, because I've never laid eyes on it since, and no bookshop staff have been able to identify it. Do you know what book this is, or what it's part of, and if by chance it's still in print? [more inside]
What do these Chinese characters in American Born Chinese mean? [more inside]
How can I fix inking mistakes in comics? White out? White paint? New paper? Start over? [more inside]
So, DC Comics rebooted their entire universe: Awesome! I got an Amazon Kindle Fire for Christmas: Awesome! Is there any way to read these comics on my Kindle Fire? I am not interested in solutions that involve torrenting or rooting the device.
Help me identify a mystery comic [more inside]
I'm trying to find a specific old comic which details the history of an alien humanoid civilization. [more inside]
Please help me to find graphic novel/illustrated novel/comic strip novel/picture novella/comic book (whatever they're called) suggestions for my seven year old daughter? Preferences inside. [more inside]
Were to go now to keep up with the world of comicbooks? [more inside]
How do I go about getting some of my stories made into comics? [more inside]
What's the best way of showing my work to publishers at Small Press Expo? I have a portfolio of dozens of medium-sized narrative drawings from which I'd like to pick 10-12 to show. Is it best to e-mail ahead before the event to reserve time? To go to the event and ask when they'd be free to review them? I know how busy the SPX floor can get on a Saturday afternoon, so I'd like to hear from those who've tried there, at other shows and in general.
In the early to mid-90s I got a volume of translated horror manga out of the Amherst College library, and I would love to find it again. Sketchy details inside. [more inside]
Where to start and where to go in reading Conan comics? [more inside]
My german friend loves reading Calvin and Hobbes (in english). What would be a good comic strip to get her into? What strips are still funny to ESL readers? [more inside]
Is there a Sandman story depicting the end of the universe? [more inside]
I once ran across an educational/political comic. Someone on my shared PC cleaned out the history so now I can't find it. Text description of this comic inside... [more inside]
Hellboy and BPRD: Help me buy their collected stories in order? [more inside]
I want to make a PDF collection of my webcomic. What's the best approach? [more inside]
Does anyone remember this newspaper comic strip from the 1970's? It focused on life after a nuclear war, complete with sentient mutant vegetables. [more inside]
What alternatives are there to IO9? What are the cool review and news sites for science fiction and fantasy? For comic books? For sf&f tv and movies? [more inside]
Help me identify a comic artist of an old "The Phantom" comic. I've got this old issue from my childhood, maybe the 70s or 80s. It's a spanish translation for the South American market by Editorial Novaro. [more inside]
Do the economics in Nick Spencer and Christian Ward's Infinite Vacation make sense? Are supply and demand meaningless concepts when an infinite multiverse is brought into the picture? [more inside]
I'm looking for avant-garde/experimental comics or sequential art. [more inside]
How do I write a comic book when I'm not the artist? [more inside]
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