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Hope Larson

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An interview that was originally posted on the comicscomics blog between Hope Larson and Dan Shaw. I really enjoyed it as it goes in to one of my favourite subjects on comics, that is the writing and editing of them. Here is a snippet or you can read the whole thing here Shaw: This might be a dumb question, but did the editors/publisher approve anything before the first draft? Did you submit to them X # of completed pages, or does it all start with words- a paragraph summary of the project? And, for the draft that you're talking about in the first stage, is that all in words or does it have drawings too? Could you describe what that draft/script is like? This is interesting because your publisher/editor is accustomed to working on all-word books, so they probably had to invent a model for doing this that isn't like the Marvel Method. Larson: It's not a dumb question. I know people sell stuff off outlines all the time, and I think at this point I could, too... But I

Studio

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I needed to get cracking on my Tango submission. I realised that I needed to stop working off the kitchen table, especially since the Tango comic is done on paper outside of my sketch book. It feels good to have a comic drawing space again. Note, the above photo was taken on my phone which is why it looks like the room is underwater. I also got a comic into next months Trouble magazine! WHOOP!

Art Auction

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The university that I work for is having their annual art auction to raise funds for the graduating third year of visual art students. Having been the beneficiary of a great end of year exhibition in Melbourne for my graduating year, I always like to try and make a special effort to donate work. I do not like to just donate any old work lying around, after all this is going out there and representing me as an artist, so I usually custom make something. This particular piece (Seen above) I am really happy with. it always seems to be the pieces you are giving away which turn out to be the best ones. A lot of the readers would be unfamiliar with the mixed media work I produce outside of comics. As you can see in this piece it uses a print of one of my comic drawings as a background and then I have a bit of fun collaging and colouring the piece. If you want a chance to own this you will have to turn up to the Mining exchange in Ballarat, Friday the 21st of August. Doors open at 6:00pm.

Wrapped

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It is back to study and things are busy around here again. I have not been grabbed by an illustrationfriday theme for some time now. I am not really sure if this captured my intial idea but I think it is close enough. I could not help but thing of images by Sydney comic artist Leigh Rigozzi

Albury writers festival

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I travelled to Albury on the weekend with fellow comic artist Mandy Ord. We had been invited to be part of the write around the Murry festival. We did a drop in comic drawing workshop in the library on Saturday and Mandy also performed another comic workshop in the afternoon. It was strange how similar Albury was to Ballarat, it was almost like a sister city. It felt like Ballarat, looked a bit like Geelong and combined aspect of both rural Victoria and NSW. The weekend gave me a much needed kick in the bum to get a move on with my next comic. I am so close to getting it printed, all that is left is the front and back cover. I did some of the edits last night, rewriting some text and redrawing some panels. I ended up having to use a different pen other than my tech pen due to the paper I was using. The surprising thing was that I really liked the results. It may be time to put down the tech pen and start using the new pen (a faber castell pitt pen, small). Either that or find bett

Should have, could have

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Hooray I finally managed to scrape myself together to finish this page. It only took two weeks. Tomorrow I am off to attend a writers festival and do a comic workshop. I will report back afterwards.

Image management

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Here are some conclusions I came to about the use of social tagging for images. They rank from not recommended, to good, to fantastic, respectively. Tumblr.com Forgive me if I am wrong but I could not figure out what tumblr was all about. I was expecting that it would let you repost images you like with one click of a toolbar button or some such, but it seems you just have to ‘save as’, then upload. There was not much help on the site and I could not find much elsewhere in regards to tumblr. I am guessing you can get a lot of things for it with firefox. Vi.sualize.us I was actually impressed with this one. It was kind of what I was thinking of when I first set out to research this area. I was able to download a button for my safari tool bar and with one click I can have the option to post to my account; Once I have added tags. The only draw back is that it’s only for reposting, there is no upload option. Which is actually not a big deal. Picassa.google.com This

Help with my project

I am working on a project for my library course. I would like to know more about the quality of various networking/sharing type sites. I could join everyone and try them all out but I figure a lot of people reading this blog may have experience already. I have had experience with some but I want to know what others people are using. I am talking about sites like (But not limited to) Tumblr Stumbleupon Digg Delicious Imgfave Reddit   I am looking for the site that can best share your favourite images. I do not want to have to right click and save then upload. I want to be able to either copy the URL or click a button in a browser add on or something. Tags could be helpful too.   Or alternatively does anyone use software that does a similar thing but stores and sorts images on your own hardrive for future reference, shareware would be preferred, Mac and or PC.   So leave a comment or shoot me an email on your thoughts and experiences.

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