While I’m quite happy doing webcomics, I’m in the process of stepping it up with creator-owned material aimed at other markets. I’ve pitched to (and been accepted by) a new venture that’s in from an established comic creator. Yes, digital is a major part of this plan and the groundwork for that has been laid.
This is a property that would require the ability to work in multiple genres, with a focus on humor and character. This means that it’s really neat if you can draw a spaceship, but a perfectly arched eyebrow would be necessary as well. When asked to pinpoint what I’d like for this project, I came up with “cartoony realism,” that space where Amanda Connor and Kevin Maguire sit comfortably, but I would not be adverse to a less-rendered style where the storytelling is still robust. An ideal collaborator would be able to produce sixteen to eighteen pages per month, as I see this working well as a “slimline” single with a low price point to attract more readers.
Also, and this may seem “sexist” by the sort of people that recently crawled from the muck, but I’d very much like to work with a woman on this project. If you’re a guy who thinks I will just fall head-over-heels in love with their work, give it a shot, but I’m definitely interested in some affirmative action here.
If you’ve never heard of me, a lot of people think of me as a webcomics writer and publisher, but I’ve also written a number of print comics, including the well-reviewed Cover Girl and Space Warped for BOOM! Studios, along with stories in several of their anthologies. I’d be happy to provide samples of those for any artist who’s interested.
Any money generated would go towards the artist’s page rate first, followed by my page rate, then an even split. If you’re interested and would like more information, email me: firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to your samples and let’s get the ball rolling!
Danny gets picked!
I’ve seen Ansari live twice and in the last couple of years have been really impressed with how much nuance he manages to throw into his portrayal of goofy, swag-loving letch Tom Haverford on Parks and Recreation. That means I thought spending $5 on a non-DRM HD download of his latest comedy special was a good idea. You might too.
Lydia goes shopping at the con.
I’ve been neglecting this blog lately and I’ll just avoid the usual apologies that people who write blogs do and jump straight to giving you reasons to hate me.
Agreeable Comics And Other Things I Done Wrote
If you haven’t noticed, we’ve been kind of busy. I’ve got another webcomics series with Max Riffner in the works and the first collection of The Line will be out just in time for the Boston Comic-Con, along with the Nan Bu Nan collected edition of She Died In Terrebonne. Part of me wants to crank out a quick-and-dirty bootleg version of The Loneliest Astronauts just for the show, but I’d hate for anyone to get mad when we’re finally able to put together a bigger, deluxe package.
If you’re like me, you’ve abandoned RSS feeds for Tumblr and Twitter and so you might want to know that there’s an Agreeable Comics tumblr that we update pretty frequently. There is also a Facebook page if you’re comfortable with Facebook and a Google+ page if you’re using that at all. You’re probably not.
In July, there will be a collected edition of Space Warped, the Kaboom! title that I provided Americanization on. If you like Star Wars and great French cartooning, it is only $10 on Amazon.
I am currently pitching projects to a couple of companies. I feel very strongly about them as they have my personal politics embedded deeply into their DNA. We’ll see if they pan out. One is future-shock sci-fi, the other is present-shock sci-fi. Neither of them is very funny, unless you laugh a lot at Breaking Bad. (I will admit that I do, sometimes, so.)
Comics That I Ain’t Wrote
I recently dropped all Marvel product from my pull list and will no longer be supporting the company. This pains me, especially as several people I consider friends are doing great work for the company and I actually enjoy Marvel’s titles more than most DC books of late, but this Steve Bissette blog post crystallized a lot of the feelings I’d had about the company and its continuing dismissal of Jack Kirby’s place in its history.
I understand that this is likely the lawyers and not anyone on the editorial side talking. In fact, Everyone I’ve met and talked to from the company has been gracious, smart and seem to genuinely believes creators and their role in Marvel’s history. That said, any money I spend with the company is mostly going to a behemoth of a corporation that is hell-bent on ensuring that the brands are more important than the creators.
DC isn’t much better, of course, but thanks to Paul Levitz’s efforts in the Eighties, they at least have royalty structures in place that have continued to reward artists and writers whose works have found enduring success. Yes, I think Before Watchmen is a pretty silly idea and the company’s treatment of Siegel and Shuster is still the utmost ultimate in bad faith, but at least they seem to try, sometimes. I mean, they gave credit to Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan for creating Bane in the end credits of that latest Justice League direct-to-DVD movie, for god’s sake.
For what it’s worth, I’m enjoying quite a few titles from Image, Oni and the like. If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve heard me talking about them pretty often. If you’re not following me on Twitter, that’s OK. I understand completely how obnoxious I am as a human being.
The sidebar has been mentioning it, but I thought I should point out that Disco Potential is now on Tumblr at it features an ongoing stream of disco and dance records I like, along with links to mixes I’ve made. Here is where I insert a flyer for the club night I’m hosting at River Gods in Cambridge, MA next Monday.
If it proves popular, I’ll be doing it every month, hopefully. I would like it to be popular enough so I can do that very thing.
The word count for this blog post just rolled over into 666, and I think that’s a good a reason to stop as any. I’d say I’ll try to do this sort of thing more often, but you really don’t want to hear from me that much, do you?
Captain Meredith deals with diplomacy.
Paul gets asked a question.
Paul tries to take a moment and think. That doesn’t work very well.