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COMMUNITY NEWS

What's new in Comics & Cartoons

:pointr:  The Super Hero Dress Up Project: have fun drawing your favorite superhero's or original superhero costumes for a flash dress up game!
:pointr: Elixia-Dragmire got approval for her first comic book for ka-blam, Breach Spheres, now available on Indyplanet. "Welcome To Denora and the most rag-tag untrustworthy group of adventurers our world as to offer. They're not the best but unfortunately ... they're all we've got!! Meet Elixia and the gang as they bumble through the land looking for mercenary work or a quick con job to make ends meet."
Breach Sphere Stamp by Elixia-Dragmire

COMIC NEWS

Happenings in comics worldwide

:pointr: The Iran situation seen by 2 Iranian cartoonists who previously had to flee the country due to their work: Nik Kowsar, Mana Neyestani. Also footage of Marjane Satrapi urging the EU parliament to decry the announced election results.
:pointr: Dustin Harbin answers questions about this year's Heroes Con, and a smattering of posts and pictures of the event are collected here.
:pointr: Marvel's Ultimates 3: When famous writers/artists go terribly wrong... I don't often link to reviews, but J. Caleb Mozzocco's on this series show at great length how NOT to write a comic book, even a superhero comic book which isn't required to display the highest intellect in the first place. Plus it's entertaining: "Then the real Ultimates show up, Loeb walks away from his laptop, and a fourth-grade boy apparently climbs in an open window and scripts the dialogue for the next few pages."
#1,  #2,  #3,  #4,  #5
:pointr: Links to various cartoons about the passing of Michael Jackson.


RESOURCES

Links to refine your craft

:pointr: 9 writers answer the question: How do you find a balance when working with dialog within panels? How much is too much?
:pointr: Language tools (dictionary, thesaurus, terminology...) very conveniently packed in one page – for all kinds of writers
:pointr: CELTX: "Free script writing/pre-production software, different pre-sets depending on what you're working on, including a comics pre-set, automatically formats text, separating speech, captions, etc. allows you to insert notes, and many other things, just makes writing much more convenient and organised."
All suggested by pietzsche
:pointr: Six tutorials for novice writers, from Sinister Squid Studios: Concept, Tableau, Plot, Technique, Composition and Review.
Suggested by :devyazzydream

SPOTLIGHT

A closer look at one author, series, graphic novel or theme

This week's spotlight is on Let's Go to Utah by Dave Chisholm aka :icondavechisholm:

In an interview done last year, Dave said"The main inspiration for my series "Let's go to UTAH!" is definitely the crazy thoughts that go through your mind while driving through the desolate open areas of the Western United States. I figured that, for this particular story, since it is a road trip story, the episodic nature of comics would suit it perfectly. The great thing about comics and sequential art in general is the sense of time is so malleable. You can have a two page spread that is a snapshot of a moment, you can take that same information and put it in a tiny panel, you can load it with visual information to force the eye to pause on the panel, you can almost leave it unfinished, so the reader jets right through it. the options are endless and the amount of control is endless. It's like being the director for a movie with an unlimited budget." Dave writes, pencils, inks, colors and letters the entire thing! "I'm super duper analog. I love the feel of a brush on a page. Digital might be more efficient, but sometimes you learn better lessons when you are working the less efficient ways. You know that putting down a line is a permanent thing, so you put more care into every line you drop onto the page."

The finished volume is 262 pages; more info and purchasing details on its website.
These sample pages are from davechisholm's gallery, where the whole run can be previewed.
Let's go to UTAH TPB by davechisholm LGTU page 15 by davechisholm LGTU 03 pages 08 and 09 by davechisholm LGTU 05 page 04 by davechisholm LGTU 05 page 14 by davechisholm LGTU 09 page 18 by davechisholm

TROPE OF THE WEEK

Storytelling devices and how to use or NOT use them

Language mistreatment

Comics may be primarily visual, but they are rarely wordless. It's rather amazing how the text, when not granted sufficient attention, can break the impact of a good story by exasperating readers or, worse, making them giggle. In the previous edition we looked at misuse of language; today we're focusing on bad punctuaiton and other affronts to the proper presentation of language!

:bulletred: Over-punctuation:
- This, happens when you, are, overly, generous with commas, whether grammatically justifiable, or not, and it's as you can see, absolutely maddening.
- Worse... some writers just... replace commas with ellipsis... row upon row of ellipsis... as if the speaker was on... prozac... or something.
Speaking of ellipsis: a correct ellipsis has 3 dots, not 2 not 4, not a whole line of them. However, at the end of a sentence (and never in the middle) the ellipsis can be followed by punctuation, so you may have 3 periods + 1 full stop, or 3 periods + question mark, etc. And speaking of "etc", it should enver be followed by an ellipsis as that would be a pleonasm.
- Exclamation marks and question marks do not stack. A sentence doesn't end in "!!!!!" or "????" I suppose you can make a pair of them work if used sparingly so that they really mean a more exclamative exclamation or more interrogative interrogation than usual, but if you stack them constantly the reader quickly starts wishing the writer drank decaf.
- Some comics have every sentence end in an exclamation mark! It was necessary because simple periods might not print well! But it's a frantic thing to read! There's no excuse for the practice today!

:bulletred: Under-punctuation: No comma at all is just as bad as having commas all over the place as it looks like the speaker is spitting out a whole speech without catching breath or pausing to think and it's really confusing and a headache to read.

:bulletred: Bold inflation: This is when the emphasis placed on certain words in speech bubbles is taken way too far, leading to a speech pattern that is completely unnatural and really annoying. So much so that it is a perfectly good idea to use it for characters who are meant to be annoying.

:bulletred: Punctuation Shaker: The act of instantly making a name sound alien or exotic by sprinkling it with otherwise uncommon punctuation marks or diacritics. Examples are the Martian name sin the Dc universe: J'onn J'onzz, Ma'alefa'ak, K'ymm, H'ronmeer, L'Zoril', Zo'ok, Ma'aleca'andra. All these apostrophes don't actually mean anything in terms of pronunciation – the names are pronounced by ignoring the apostrophes altogether. This isn't the same as actually transliterating a name from a language that really has these sounds: for instance the Arabic name Raf'at is not pronounced Rafat, and French Annaïck is very different from what Annaick would be. The whole apostrophe thing was a bright idea the first time someone thought about it, but by now it just looks cheap and outdated. Use sparingly and judiciously.

:bulletred: XtremeKoolLetterz: A close relative to the previous, using K instead of C, X instead of "ex" (Xtreme), Y instead of I, Z instead of S for a plural ending.  The extreme form of this is the infamous leet speek. Two words: Grow up!

Inspired by tvtropes.org

BOOKMARK

Blogs and stuff to keep an eye on

:pointr: As it says on the can, Three Panel Soul is a strip that is always made of 3 panels. What's so interesting about it is that, although you can recognize recurring characters, the style and medium changes with every strip.
:pointr: The Webcomic Overlook, "where webcomic reviews are serious business."
Suggested by :devyazzydream

ALMOST-DDs


Deviations that didn't make it as DDs, but are still worth a look!
:thumb109456455: Commission - Asdie by Penril Rider by KageRott 1000 W0RDS by yuumei :thumb114976803: Catwoman 65 by AdamHughes You Are My Home by Bluemutantfreak I Think We're Lost by JohnSu Preyground pg1 by Moriadat Penetra mis pensamientos by idaiku17 Scream your heart out... by elixirXsczjX13 Amelia by Dzib


WILD CARD


What is she going to come up with this time?

:pointr: A beautiful post about reading cathedral murals like the sequential art they really are, by Paul Karasik.  

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See you next week!
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:iconphilho:
philho Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I...hate...when! U see stuff like...that, too abused (Marvel loves bold words...).
Never saw a dot after an ellipsis, but perhaps English have different rules than French. I saw exclamation and interrogation marks after ellipsis though.

Excellent remarks, thanks for reminding them! ;)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009  Professional General Artist
French and English do have different rules, so there were a few surprises for me too :D
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LeBlah Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009   Writer
Speaking of bad comics, have you seen the Marvel attempt to adapt Pride and Prejudice to comics? Don't be fooled by the beautiful cover, the inside is actually terrifying.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009  Professional General Artist
I will check it out. I dread it already.
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portheiusJ Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009  Professional Artist
Wonderful article! :love:
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GodSaidShutUp Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009
Love the mention of Iranian cartoonists, especially Marjane Satrapi. Good to keep informed on world news, and what better way to document struggle and triumph in the real world through comics, an easy medium for everyone to understand.

The reviews of the "Worst Comic Ever" are fantastic. You have to understand the negative as well as the positives in this medium, and sometimes there just isn't enough negative criticism when things really ARE awful.

I love this week. :]
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Elixia-Dragmire Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
oh thank you! your a doll! a super star even!
Also that flash comic is very comic, i read it and was very impressed! thanks agian for another tropes ;)
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AnotherRandomRose Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009
sweet! Love the almost-dds. My fave part :)
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davechisholm Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009
thanks again for the promotion!

i'll buy you a drink if we ever meet in...real...life...
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