Thursday, August 22, 2013

IRON FIRST BY RYAN CAIRNS

Ryan Cairns is an artist and a member of Champion City Comics. He has submitted original artwork in the past, and yesterday he sent me an original piece of artwork featuring Iron Fist. I'm a big fan of Power Man and Iron Fist, so it was a pleasant surprise seeing this wonderful ink wash drawing by Ryan.


Friday, August 16, 2013

IRON MAN BY BASE BASVIC

Base Basvic is a friend of Champion City Comics and he recently submitted some images to our Facebook page. He also sent me a link to his website, so I decided to share his drawing of Iron Man.




Wednesday, August 14, 2013

STEAMPUNK PIN-UP BY VICTOR POZZI

Victor Pozzi, the artist for Uritorco and The Captive, submitted a beautiful black and white steampunk pin-up for our site. Enjoy!


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

200,000!!

We have hit the 200,000 mark for page views! This is a great accomplishment and it is amazing to see how we have grown as a site since 2009. Thanks for all of your support! 

Monday, August 12, 2013

STUFF MY KIDS DREW

I decided to create a webcomic based on the artwork of my children. Stuff My Kids Drew has been posted at Tapastic and I have plans to get the series at DrunkDuck as well. The first episode is titled 'GHOSTS', so click here to view a Pac-Man inspired piece by my son who is five years old.


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

CURSING IN WEBCOMICS

I was reading a thread on a webcomics discussion board about cursing in webcomics. Someone asked if they should have the actual curse words or replace them with characters like $@&%!. I do not have a problem with cursing in webcomics, and my advice to creators is to have some sort of heads up to readers that their webcomic does have adult language. It's just a nice courtesy because not all readers want to view a webcomic with profanity.

Another problem I see with some webcomics and comic books as well is that there seems to be a lack of finesse in how some writers use cursing in their work. I recall a line from A Christmas Story where the Ralphie as an adult narrator, Jean Shepherd said: "My father worked in profanity the way other artists might work in oils or clay. It was his true medium, a master." I've read scripts, webcomics, and comic books that have cursing just to shock the reader. When you use something unnecessary as shock value, then your work suffers.

As an example of finesse in cursing I've embedded the NSFW video clip of Alec Baldwin's speech from the 1992 film Glengarry Glen Ross. This speech is filled with profanity, but this is a Picasso of profanity. This works because it adds to the intensity of the sales meeting led by Baldwin. He's trying to get these guys in gear and get some properties sold. You might think he's being a bully, but he is actually getting the salesmen to do their best.


Cursing is up to the creator, but my advice is to do it right and use it because it works for the character. Readers know when writers use profanity and violence for shock value. Do something for shock value and readers will not bother reading any further because they see your work as juvenile. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

RED DEVIL SNEAK PEEK

I want to give our readers a sneak peek at a page that will be part of the second series of The Red Devil. Erik Roman did the pencils, Cristian Docolomansky Cerda did the inks, and Joe Haemmerle added the colors. The next edition of The Red Devil will be an exciting adventure that takes The Red Devil and her team all over the globe.The page below is our second page which takes place in Nepal.


Monday, August 5, 2013

GREETINGS FROM WEBCOMICS LAND: THE DEAD GIRLFRIEND MOTIVATOR

I receive on average one to three scripts per month from aspiring comic book writers. The majority of the stories are superhero stories and those scripts really lack a good motivation for the hero. I have read one too many stories where a mother, father, brother, sister, boyfriend, girlfriend, wife, or husband are killed for no reason and that's the motivator for the hero to go out and get revenge.

The problem I see with some writers is that they think killing a person for no reason is good enough to motivate a person to be a hero. I have read some silly death scenes in scripts where a demon, assassin, or beast appears out of nowhere and kills a loved one that was introduced one or two pages earlier. It's usually a girlfriend that was killed moments before the boyfriend proposes marriage. That is stupid as hell and readers will stop reading your story in a heartbeat.

I'm not saying you can't use death as a motivator, but if you are going to do it then at least make the death part of the story and not just some unnecessary random event. If you kill of the hero's girlfriend then create a believable mystery where the hero has to link clues together to find the killer. Readers will want to see that mystery solved. They do not want the girlfriend killed for no reason and then the hero decides to put on a silly costume and fight crime.

I'll digress a bit and add that I'm amazed that writers are willing to develop these incredibly violent deaths that are witnessed by the hero. Also, these violent deaths apparently create no psychological damage to the hero. They see a violent death, scream and/or cry, and go on with their lives. Amazing.


TonyDoug Wright is the owner and head writer for Champion City Comics. 

Friday, August 2, 2013

THE COMIC BOOK INDUSTRY: 10 FACTS ABOUT ITS FINANCIAL SUPERPOWERS

Alex Hillsberg contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in posting an infographic he developed for FinancesOnline.com concerning comic book financial facts.

Fun Financial Facts About Comic Books
Courtesy of: financesonline.com

Thursday, August 1, 2013

DAY 165 UPDATED AT TAPASTIC

Day 165 is a war themed comic written by Tony Wright with art and lettering by Giovanni Ballati and colors by Joe Haemmerle. This story examines the lives of soldiers during their 165th day of combat. Page six was added at Tapastic and you can read the story here