Archive | June, 2011

Webcomics Wednesday 01: OUR VALUED CUSTOMERS

29 Jun
By Darryl Ayo

What kind of question is that? It’s practically canon!

This Webcomics Wednesday, I’m going to talk about a comic called OUR VALUED CUSTOMERS by one Mr. Tim. The author is a clerk at a comic book store in the United States–I feel like I heard it was in Boston, somewhere–and he does these little cartoons making fun of the stupid things that people say when in his shop.

I first became aware of OUR VALUED CUSTOMERS one night where the link was being passed around furiously on Twitter. It was enthusiastically “amen-ed” and “that is SO true-ed” by other comic shop employees. It didn’t take long though, for my enjoyment of this strip to sour and my opinion of its author to plummet. Observe:

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ABSCOND: Brief thoughts on the qualities of comics and animation

29 Jun
by Kevin Czap

Am I even allowed to post today? Darryl is on a roll, as you can see, taking over the six sides of the ‘Cube with positivity about this beloved medium of ours (generally positive, at least). With all the love and sunbeams flying around, it seems a shame to carry on the mock-feud from last week, especially since D already conceded, kind of. In any event, I feel like, since I said I would, I ought to finish some of my thoughts that I was laying out in my last post. I’ll keep it brief, however, and end on a sunny note.

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Super Tuesday: Things That I’m Into

28 Jun
By Darryl Ayo

Gonna talk about superheroes.

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Press A To Talk: Do you like comics?

27 Jun
By Darryl Ayo

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FINE, you insufferable bums

24 Jun
by Darryl Ayo

Recently, I had a thing to say about noncomics and stuff. I wrote a blurb on my Tumblr about comics that are not. I was thinking about a thing or two, mostly this “alt comics” tumblr, which is quite beautiful, but not quite what it says on the tin. I was immediately condemned by this blog. I also decided to take a swing or two at Homestuck‘s classification as a “comic” a few days ago at my friendshouse; vigorously debated by aforementioned friends

I argued that Andrew Hussie’s Homestuck isn’t a “comic,” but a kind of video game. A “visual novel,” is what they call it. After all, comics do not “move.” Comics are designed to imply movement (among other things) and that isn’t the case when the panels themselves are animated. But then I sat down at my computer and opened up my waiting tab to see

While you’re at it, you dump the contents of the BLENDER, oops I mean WHIRLING BLADE PITCHER, into the disposal. But you suffer an unfortunate GARBAGE DISPOSAL HEAD JAM. 

You notice something in the reflection. Something above you.

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STRIFE – On Defining Comics

22 Jun
by Kevin Czap

Homestuck

Last week my blog mate and comrade in arms Darryl made some bold proclamations about what comics are and, more emphatically, what they are not. We’re all free to hold dissenting opinions of course, it’s part of what’s so important about communication. In this case, I felt pretty strongly in the opposite direction of Mr. Ayo and so I sent a warning shot and hadn’t the time to back it up with a proper rebuttal. I figured it might make a good topic to jaw about on the ‘Cube so that brings us just about to where we are.
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Let Go

17 Jun
by Darryl Ayo

So that’s that. I’m pulling up out the game. In the past year or year-and-a-half, I’ve purchased a stupid, irresponsible amount of comic books. Now my apartment looks like Sanford and Son’s junkyard. So here’s what is happening in my personal life:

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Humor Stop

15 Jun
by Kevin Czap

I got nothing for this week, so please allow me to direct your attention to some things that make me laff. Enjoy.

Thanks for Roning

Leon Beyond

Pizza Club

Where's My Shoe?

SCRAGGY


Images belong to (in order of appearance) Eddie Campbell, Kevin Huizenga, Sally Bloodbath, Ed Atlin, and Jane Mai.

That ship hasn’t sailed yet

12 Jun
by Darryl Ayo

(c) Samir M. Barrett

Thanks to Kel McDonald for pointing me at this cartoon.

Kel Says: “I was pitching my book to a girl at anime central. She told me she doesn’t read comics with girls in them, because girls get in the way of the shipping”

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Narrative Triangulation – Emily Carroll’s That Night in June

8 Jun
by Kevin Czap

That Night in June by Emily Carroll

The old Jainist tale of the blind men and the elephant is a powerful parable for many reasons, particularly in the case it makes for the importance of diversity. Truth can’t be gained from a single perspective, and we need the combined information of multiple viewpoints to get anywhere close. In several ways this lesson is a core principle behind comics — the entire concept isn’t produced from a singularity but rather through the cumulative effect of the panels, pages and so on. Extrapolating this principle outward, it seems to me that fragmentary narrative structure is tailor made for comics. Going even further, I’d argue that fragmentary physical construction, or serialization, is a perfect presentation for comics, at least conceptually. When I got to read Emily Carroll‘s “That Night in June,” finally, it seemed to prove my theory as far as I’m concerned. Continue reading

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