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iPad + Comics

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I have been waiting with baited breath all week for the announcement of Apples new product as I blogged earlier. It was almost unfortunate that the hype grew so big because I think everyone, me included, thought that this new device would have everything, you know like steak knifes and a lawn mower. Whilst I can see some immediate drawbacks I am still holding to my conviction that this will be a fantastic platform for digital comics. The name aside (iPad? come on!!) imagine reading digital comics on this! Before it was announced I thought iSlate sounded bad and iTablet sounded like medicine. I think the name iTab would have worked well. It appears that apple will have it's own store called iBook so it will be interesting to see what sort of graphical content will  be offered there, comics books, picture books, art books kids books. There will be other companies like comixology that will continue on with the model they have with the iPhone and no doubt a host of other companies

Falcon comics by Macmillan

After posting about the comic that had inspired me as a child (Star bores) I started thinking about the other titles in the Falcon comics series and wanted to find out more about the artists. I read on another website that there was a book on Australian comics called 'Panel by panel' by John Ryan and that the book had information on the Falcon comics series. Luckily a copy of the book was at the university library, although unfortunately there was very little information on the actual series other than Macmillan chose from the underground comic artists of the day.  Imagine how great it would be if a publisher were to do this same thing today, it would be so awesome to see Australian cartoonists do a series of books that went out to younger readers. I have begun to try and list in the Hayase Australian comics wiki all of the titles in the series that I can find on the web,  I would love to be able to add any information to the page and related pages as possible especially arti

HAYASE wiki

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I am still getting a kick out of editing the Australian comics wiki HAYASE which is probably linked to the library course I completed last year. Before this however I had been intimidated editing wikis fearing I would get it wrong or step on someones toes. I thought I would compile a few tips for the beginner to hopefully demystify the whole thing For starters anyone can edit pages you just have to sign up first, this is so moderators can keep track of who has done what changes. It helps to make yourself familiar with the ' Formatting ' page found in the ' Help ' link in the sidebar. This tells you how to mark up to achieve things like bold, headings or bullet points etc. Another help page in the 'Help' section is the page on ' Links ', although you can get by without looking at it as regular 'http' type links work as hypelinks automatically without formatting. Then lastly log in every now and again and check out the recent changes page,

pay walls and tablets

There seems to be a lot of renewed interest recently about paid content on the internet. There has been times that I wish that could garner some sort of income from posting things to my blog and I even dabbled with a webcomicsnation page and the idea of paid users. After all it only seems fair that if someone is creating content and others are consuming it that there should be some form of payment. However it is widely known that as soon as a paywall is installed traffic just heads in the other direction. I have given this matter a lot of thought and I feel like I have come to a conclusion on why paywalls do not work. For me it comes down to when you view something on the web, that is all you are doing just viewing. You do not get to keep anything and if you wanted to view it later you would have to sort through pages and pages to maybe retrieve the same thing. I equate this to looking at something from afar through a telescope, a telescope, ie computer, you already pay good money to

Subscriber winner

The winner is Richard K! Richard gets the original art that I drew to advertise the subscription service with a robot, who doesn't like robots! I used random.org to draw the winner. My printing guy just opened up shop after his holiday break so the first issue will be shipping on Monday a day later than expected. Just because you missed out on the main prize doesn't mean you still can't subscribe. See previous posts for details.

Star bores

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I had the pleasure of being invited into the 3CR community radio studio to talk with John Retallick on the comicspot . The talk went well although I realised afterwards that I forgot to mention one of my first big introductions to comics that had a big impression on me, 'Star Bores' by Rick and Tina Amor. My own personal copy pictured above! I would love to know more about these series of Falcon comics from the late 70's, and is Rick Amor the comic guy the same as Rick Amor the painter? I doubt it but who knows. The podcast should be available to download soon.

Winners drawn on the 21st January

There is only five more days left for your to subscribe to go into the draw to win original Art, prints, zines and other goodies Reasons why you should subscribe, Comics delivered to your door receiving snail mail Sign up now and you can still win some stuff Each issue will be sent to subscribers before it is available in stores Gives your local postal worker employment Save money on each issue

Hemp for a renewable paper pulp source

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  At the end of 2007 I started researching the use of Hemp for paper production. I found out a lot of amazing things and immediately wanted to make a comic about Hemp. I just so happened that this was a few months before we moved to Canada. Once in Canada I found myself in one of the biggest Hemp growing provinces in the country, Manitoba. I even found a Hemp store in the small town where Heather's parents lived. The store sold a range of Hemp clothing and products and I was able to buy shelled hemp seed there for an excellent price. As it turned out I got side tracked from my Hemp comic and started doing daily comics, but I never stopped researching and wanting to write the Hemp comic. I am still extremely passionate about the benefits of growing Hemp and not as some Hippy stoner rant,  just for the simple fact that growing hemp for paper is faster cheaper and produces a superior paper to that of trees, not to mention more environmentally sustainable. Fast forward almost tw

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