A correspondent recently asked me if I could share some tips about working with an artist. Of course. I’m always happy to tell someone else how to do their job.
Steve has a new Dilettante column up on the Toucan blog! Read on for insightful comments about the process of writing for an artist in a way that fosters truly collaborative work.
Following her guest run as a writer and artist on the long-running and wildly popular webcomic PvP earlier this year, Dylan Meconis was recently picked as the first writing staff addition to creator Scott Kurtz’s team.
Dylan says she’s been having “disgusting amounts of fun” writing the latest arc, and things are set to change dramatically in the next few weeks. As Scott notes, “In just a couple of writing sessions, Dylan and I have laid down the broad strokes for some exciting changes in the PvP comic strip. This is only the beginning of what’s to come. We have big plans, a lot is going to change, and the future of PvP is bright!”
If you’re not already familiar with the series (which celebrated its fifteenth anniversary last week), now is a great time to jump aboard. You can catch a new strip of PvP every weekday right here. To read more about Scott’s decision to bring Dylan aboard, click here.
Sound the alarm! It Girl & The Atomics #10, written by Jamie S. Rich with art by Natalie Nourigat, is out today! Tweenage FBI: Part 1 sees It Girl on the trail of some underage crooks, but their heist goes awry when an ancient force comes into play. Natalie will also be providing art for the second issue in this arc, so pick up a copy of #10 today and keep your eyes peeled for #11!
As most of you are probably aware, the fabulous Toronto Comic Arts Festival is taking place this weekend! Cartoonists will be traveling from all over the globe to exhibit and hobnob Saturday and Sunday at the Toronto Public Library. Admission is free, and there are going to be a bundle of incredible folks in attendance — including our own Dylan Meconis and Erika Moen! Find them on the floor to say hello, and be sure to see Erika at the Queer Comics panel on Sunday from 12:15-1:15pm. More details on the TCAF website.
SHOOTERS, written by Eric S.Trautmann and Brandon Jerwa with art by our own Steve Lieber, has received a Prism Award for its depiction of a veteran struggling to come to grips with his life in the aftermath of war. Congratulations, gentlemen.
Presented by the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc., the Prism Awards honor the accurate depiction of mental health challenges, substance abuse, prevention, treatment, and recovery in television, movies, music, and comic book entertainment.
For more information about SHOOTERS, click here.
Portlanders, take note! Ron Chan, Natalie Nourigat, and Ben Dewey will be joining “Husbands” series creators Brad Bell and Jane Espenson for an evening of discussion and drawing TONIGHT at Powell’s City of Books. “Husbands” (published by Dark Horse) tells the story of famous gay newlyweds Brady and Cheeks, who sparked a media firestorm when they woke up legally wed after a weekend in Vegas. There will be a Q&A followed by a signing with copies of the hardcover comic collection on hand. The event kicks off at 7:30, see you there!
Those of you celebrating Free Comic Book Day tomorrow (and really, why wouldn’t you be?) can find no less than six Periscope members out on the town promoting their wares. Catch Erika Moen, Terry Dodson, and Jeremy Barlow signing at the Portland branch of Things From Another World from 11:30 to 1:30. Or, if you’re in the Beaverton area, head to the local TFAW branch to see Ben Bates from 11:30 to 1:30, and Colleen Coover and Paul Tobin from 1:30 – 3:30!
There are plenty of other events taking place in the Portland area, so be sure to stop in at Floating World, Bridge City, Cosmic Monkey, and all the other fine comics-hawking establishments for maximum free comic fun.
See you there!
Portlanders hitting the town for First Thursday this evening: be sure to stop by the Sequential Art Gallery for an excellent solo show by Natalie Nourigat, who will be sharing process work and pages from her many projects in “Natalie Nourigat Presents”.
Drop in to chat with Natalie from 6pm to 10pm tonight, or visit during regular hours for the rest of the month! “Natalie Nourigat Presents” will be on display throughout the month of May, with gallery hours on Thursdays from 3pm-7pm, Saturdays from 11am-5pm, and by appointment.
Sequential Art Gallery + Studio is located in Old Town Chinatown at the Everett Station Lofts, 328 NW Broadway #113.
Be warned, dear readers, the following is definitely Not Safe for Work, but it’s so exciting that we can’t help but share. Erika Moen has launched a brand-new weekly comic called Oh Joy, Sex Toy wherein she’ll regularly be reviewing toys and products designed to assist with the more…intimate aspects of your lifestyle.
But that’s not all!Basically, this is the comic you’ve all been waiting for — and there’s a new installment TODAY! Get over there and check it out.
Discounted pre-orders for the Trekker Omnibus will close at the end of this month, so if you haven’t snagged yourself a copy yet be sure to jump over to the Things From Another World webstore for 30% off this enormous collection of Ron Randall’s sci-fi opus!
Additionally, there’s a fiery new page of Trekker up today. Check it out here.