I’ve always been a fan of The Muppets. – That reminds me, I need to get the Volume 3 box set. – I like the silliness and the dry sense of humor. Puppet humor in general is fun and usually quite original. I usually get a kick out of Glove and Boots but this lastest little video had me rolling. I found it fitting after outfitting the blog with a few new spots for ads. (Left Sidebar and Footer.)
Archive for ‘August, 2011’
As you can probably guess, StarcrossedOnline.com is undergoing some changes. Please excuse the aesthetic mishmash as we roll through to the final design.
And thanks to @b_hough for the behind the scenes bug fixes, well beyond my know how!
I have only been at this webcomic business for just under two years. I only publish once a week. Although I do have plans to collect Starcrossed into book form soon, it won’t be anything grand. My friend Jules Faulkner over at PromisesComic.com has been a fantastic sounding board for my questions about putting a book together. Why? Because she has a book of her own! Read on.
Congrats Jules! Thanks for the inspiration.
There is a lot of good animation out there. The problem is there is a lot more crap. I confess to being a bit of an animation snob. I don’t just want a good story, short or otherwise. I want good posing, great timing, solid character design and acting. Disney could do it on paper in 1967. If you haven’t figured out how they did it by now, I’m not interested.
Every now and then you come across a little animated gem that’s done right. Ormie The Pig, from Arc Productions here in Canada, is one of those gems. Enjoy!
I am always pulling ideas from real conversations and tweaking them into comics. Last week, my best friend Chad was in town. He’s new to Twitter. I had to change a few small details to fit it into Starcrossed, but this is pretty much the conversation that we had.
If you’re a hockey fan and you dig sci-fi and fantasy, go follow @chadmerlin! Let’s see if we can get this guy to actually say something!
Similar to last week, I will be posting the inks a bit later.
Over the past few years I have become more and more interested in podcasts and podcasting. I listen to an absolute crap ton of podcasts. Most shows I listen to are from Scott Johnson’s FrogPants network and Leo Laporte’s TWiT network, but I have a few comic specific podcasts thrown in there too. Where I can draw and listen to talk radio at the same time without my head exploding, podcasting has become a great way to keep a steady flow of inspiration coming at me. The shows I listen to are also incredibly entertaining, due in no small part to the casual yet professional approach by the people that produce them.
Podcasting has become part of my business model. I’ve heard time and time again that the measured success of some of the people I follow online has been through a combination of their art as well as their podcasting. My first podcast, The Dating Digital Podcast just hit the one year mark with our 22nd episode. My co-host Lara and I keep the show relatively short and put out new episodes about twice a month. DDP also has a nice tie in with Starcrossed. More recently I have been co-hosting weekly episodes of Comics Coast to Coast. Sitting down and chatting with other comic creators every week has been very inspirational. Not just talking with our guests, but the pre and post show chats with my co-hosts as well. (More details in a previous post.) In addition, since joining the Comics Coast to Coast team, my website traffic has grown considerably!
This week I am announcing a third podcast to my schedule. For The Win Radio is a laid back look at what myself and co-host Garrett Weinzierl are up to in the world of movies, TV, video games, books and comics. FTW is a treat for me. Garrett is handling the production of the show. I just show up and talk about all the geeky stuff I’ve been indulging in over the past week or so. We have five official episodes up on iTunes right now, plus the pilot which actually came out pretty well!
If you’re an artist you should be listening to podcasts. Not just art and comics podcasts either. Find something you’re interested in, find a show you grove with and dive in! If you’re trying to bring some recognition (and eventually some income) your way online, maybe you should try putting your own podcast together. It’s been a fun creative outlet for me that’s starting to pay off.
I am dealing with some serious back problems again, which is why you’re getting a little behind the scenes peak at this week’s comic. I will hopefully be inking and posting the final strip over the next few days.
Thanks for your patience!