Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Besides this book being a fun read, the art is unreal. Its cartoonish but smart, I wish I could see it in full size, every page is a work of art to me with minimal words but the illustrations convey the story fully and I only wish there was more. On Ansis' website he describes ZOMBRE as; "ZOMBRE faces some tough choices. Is the cool new guy who eats your pets really your friend? Will the forest ranger go bonkers or stay "groovy"?" That's it, enough said right? Check out Ansis website at http://ansis.tv/comics.html
Thursday, May 13, 2010
There's nothing better then to turn the corner in your neighborhood and find not just comic book creators in your own backyard but highly talented and not just talented but positive role models with a never say die attitude in a digital age ready to kill the book! Portland is that place where you can find all of the above and one in particular sticks out and that is the artist known as Joel Zain Rivers. Rivers is a Xeric grant awarded self publishing,iPhone illustrating madman. Obion Comics is Joel's creation and a vehicle to get his stories out there without having to wait to be judged by the all mighty publishing companies that say do or die, its great to see people say oh yea? screw you I'll do it myself thank you. Its nothing new, Self published comics have been a staple of the medium for decades, its just a breath of fresh air to see that still alive and well in an age where iPads think they have all the power. Check out my interview with Joel on BlogTalkRadio on the player to the left. I had the chance to catch up with Joel and talk comics, yachts and digital comics. You can see Joel's work at the following links;
download Joel's iAllosaur for the iPhone
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
I came across ROBOT BEACH'S daily strip that was updated this week and knew I had to write about it, three panels and that was all it took I had to know more. On Matt's website he gives new readers this statement, "Most people don’t know this about me, but I am not supposed to be an animator. If you were to hop into a time machine and travel back in time to ask my grade school self what my career is going to be one day I will tell you that I am going to be a jet pilot. That, or a cartoonist.
So Why Robots? Why a Beach? Believe it or not, this web comic started its life as a simple sketch I created two years ago while I was bored and on a lunch break. I sketched out a little robot and for some reason thought that he might look cute with a surfboard and flower print swim trunks. Something about that little sketch felt fresh and interesting. I knew I was on to something special."
And I will have to agree, I think he is onto something very cool especially considering I'm partial to artificial intelligence and cartoons over the realism of pseudo intellectuals overcrowding urban jungles and homogenizing daily culture. I find this robot and his beach with his sense of humor a breath of fresh air. check out Matt's website @: http://www.robotbeach.com