Need To Know… 8.5.13

by capelesst

only what you need

only what you need

Better late than never, right? Apologies for the delay in posting this NTK, I’ll try to make the wait worthwhile!

A little bit of catch up regarding con season, as the record-busting C2E2 offered a glimpse of the future with their Graphic Storytelling panel, Stumptown Comics Fest revealed their award-winners, and Tom Spurgeon provided another one of his so-real-you-can-smell-the-air reports, which will pretty much make you feel like you were at Stumptown with him. Since the next major con is TCAF (in Toronto), lets spread some Canadian comics goodness with an Inkstuds panel video featuring Brandon Graham and Emily Carroll; all the colouring inspiration you need to get started (as a podcast and accompanying samples) courtesy of Sloane Leong, Patrick Bergin, and Inkstuds again; nominee interviews from the Doug Wright Awards (winners to be announced at TCAF this weekend), and a funny guide to what questions not to ask if you find yourself attending a panel.

Comics Alliance was shuttered (in typically abrupt corporate fashion) by AOL, and I’ll miss their thoughtful and entertaining coverage. On the positive side, they earned some interesting tributes from folk at The Comics Journal, The Beat… and Hitler. (apparently those videos are a thing, but this was my first, and I loved it!)

This week-end was Free Comic Book Day (the UK’s most successful one yet, so thank you to everyone who showed up at a comic store and made it the biggest yet!), but Saturday was also Star Wars Day, and vorpalizer brought the force with hourly updates (be sure to scroll to the bottom and hit “next post”). Cosplayers abounded over the week-end, but I’m kind of bummed that this Thor fan didn’t show up.

The Iron Man 3 review by Jim Rugg and Laura Hudson is undoubtedly more fun than the movie, while the first glance of Wood/Coipel’s X-Men is (shock! gasp!) beautiful. Gabriel Hardman is going to Monkeybrain with his latest project, and talks you through the concept here, as The Beat covers a new UK digital comics venture which looks pretty interesting. Eponymous, on my reading, was spare, efficient storytelling that made a potentially derivative comic surprisingly enjoyable. Or you can play it safe with this master list of all Comics Should Be Good’s Greatest Stories Ever Told. Speaking of the greatest ever, The Comics Journal reran this very 90’s Todd McFarlane interview. Greatest Ever? Or does this epic 5 part David Mack interview fit that bill better? No, wait, its definitely this Terry Moore 2-parter. Ah forget it, with so many giants around, maybe its better to just learn the art of the fill-in from John Ostrander. Most usefully of all, Simon Moreton has posted a history of his evolution into a small press creator, which shows you how long it takes, and how many steps there are along the way.

Over in the land of crowd-funding, Andy Ristaino has a crazy colourful project that looks like a whole lot of Vidiotic fun, while Nix Comics are locked-on to that record store/comics store nexus with their IndieGoGo project. And Greg Rucka, who remains under-appreciated (by the Big 2, anyway) for his excellent Batwoman run and even better Punisher work, wants you to meet Lady Sabre. Its risk-free, already funded, and a whole lot of fun, so here’s hoping he gets all the recognition he deserves for something that’s his.

All of which brings us to this week’s kooky misfits, those picked last. Here are Ridley Scott’s comics, or Ridleygrams. Meet Prisoner of None and jump on board early with this compelling new webcomic. Everybody loves to pit the Big 2 against each other, but how do their events stack up? (I’d love a year without an event, but I wonder whether the marketeers could sell good stories to casual readers.) This is the Ayn Rand biography comic you will enjoy reading (because its Darryl Cunningham, y’all!). When life gives you lemons, paint them red and make good art.

And never, never, disrespect Krypto. It ain’t smart.