I was recently pleasantly surprised to see that Australian newsagents would be getting the latest Tree house of Horror Simpsons comic from Bongo. You have to realise that living in Ballarat I have no access to comic stores, so a publication like this, full of alternative press artists, is a real treat! I also love this crumb print
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I just found out about this Australian comics wiki. I think it would be great if comic readers/makers in Australia started heavily editing this wiki and giving it such things as, comprehensive listings of Australian comic artists, where to get supplies, and what libraries have good comic collections. You can find the wiki here, http://hayase.net.au/wiki/ I have had bad experiences with wikipedia when it comes to independent comic entries as most of the editors would delete that kind of information on site for what ever reason. Hayase could be a great alternative wiki for Australian comic artists. If you think you have something to add, then head on over and sign up for an account. I have also made an offer for a free package of digital comics for those who want to join in on a test I am conducting. You need to have an iPhone or iPod touch to join in.
BoingBoing reviews a new Sony eReader that promises buyers will indeed own their books as opposed to just leasing them as per Amazons Kindle model. Lucy Knisley comic on the subject Apple tablet in the works? It seems like the main argument against eReaders is that people like books. I like books too, but there is no reason that you cannot have both. There is going to be huge possibilities with comics if Apple does indeed have this tablet in the works.
Good news is that I had my last exam yesterday and now I have finished all my requirements for my graduate diploma. I am a little rusty on the drawing front, it may take a few weeks of consistent practice for it to feel normal again. This really emphasizes the importance of drawing every day to me. You can expect to see some new comics next week.
I am still interested in formatting comics for portable digital devices. Two of the main avenues that I can see are the iPhone and the Kindle. For some reason I am more attracted to the Kindle, despite the controversy surrounding them and DRM issues. Perhaps it is because it has a larger screen than the iPod and uses the ePaper technology that is actually similar to paper than a computer screen. This has had new found relevance now that Amazon has released an international version of the Kindle which you can get sent to Australia and download content to in Australia, and now hoave the larger Kindle DX . I found this article that discusses difficulty getting comic material to look good on the Kindle, but something tells me they are talking about detailed large scale colour comics, and I wonder how smaller scale and simpler black and white art of the independent and self published work would go. Surely work saved as a hi-res bitmap PDF would look crisp. Say what you like about d