Archive for October, 2013

Thursday Weekly Update | Bughouse

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

New page of BUGHOUSE by Steve Lafler now available.

BUGHOUSE Update

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Read the 3 Part STEVE LAFLER INTERVIEW
posted on The Comics Journal


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Purchase a copy of the EL VOCHO

graphic novel, now on sale

At LULU Here.


Superheroes™: The Never Ending Bullshit

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

“Superheroes: The Never Ending Battle” is a three part documentary that recently has been airing on PBS. If you hurry you can also watch it streaming on the PBS website right here.

On the surface this series seems to be a beautifully produced and thoughtful presentation about the history of superheroes and comic books in America and their influence throughout the world.

Most comic fans that grew up reading comics or enjoying superheroes in any era will wax nostalgic as they see the devotion that is poured into the process of documenting how the creators of superhero adventures were influenced by the world around them.

The highlight of the series for me were video interjections by legendary comic creators, many of whom have already passed away. Watching Joe Simon, Jack Kirby, Joe Kubert, Jerry Robinson, and Carmine Infantino speak about comics couldn’t help but choke me up.

The series also did a wonderful job of representing women in the industry with video commentary by Ramona Fradon, Jennette Kahn, Trina Robbins, Louise Simonson, and Christina Strain.

I would love to say that this was a benchmark documentary about the history of comics but I can’t because what I witnessed was more like propaganda mechanism for Marvel and DC. This series in all of its splendor effectively trivialized any accomplishments in the battle for creators rights. It completely ignored the influence of the Direct Market. It  erased the impact of decades of Independent comics with the notable exception of Image. No mentions off the tremendous impact that European or Japanese comics had.

I realize that it is unrealistic to expect every last detail of a 75 year history into a three hour documentary. I also recognize now, more clearly than ever, why the word superhero and the derivatives of it should not be allowed to be used as a trademark jointly by Marvel and DC exclusively.

What this series did effectively accomplish was to blur the distinction between the history of Supeheroes™ and the history of Comic Books as a whole by defining the impression for the general public that Superheroes™ = Comic Books and that Comic Books = Marvel and DC with the tip of a hat to Image, apparently the only independent to successfully publish another unique superhero.

NEWS FLASH! There are many independent publishers that have made comic books that featured superheroes! Superheroes also exist in other media and in other countries. All characters represented in the superhero genre are NOT owned by only Marvel and DC as much as they would like you to think that. This was not represented at all in this documentary and I believe it is unfair to dismiss the accomplishments and struggles of so many who also had great superhero stories to tell.

“Superheroes: The Never Ending Battle” is typical of the type of bullshit that big corporations do to gloss over the undesired truth.  “Smear lipstick on that pig and everyone will be happy and buy into what we have to sell.” ” Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!”

Truth be told, there could have been a three part series just on the battles that Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster fought over their rights to Superman or the battles that Jack Kirby had with Marvel for compensation and to have his art returned.

There could be a three part series on the rise of the Direct Market and how the barrage of  quality Independent publishing in the 1980’s had  Marvel and DC on the ropes.

There could be a three part series on how the internet and digital delivery has changed how comics are created published and viewed.

They would all represent true and vital information for anyone interested in an accurate history of the never ending battle of creating superheroes and comics in a market dominated by corporate interests intent on squelching any potential competition to their mythic intellectual property that they gained from the exploitation of the imaginations of mostly young, impoverished children of immigrants searching for and expressing their own American Dream.

If you have watched the series and got that great warm and fuzzy superhero nostalgic rush, I want you to know that I had it too.  I also have a tremendously deep appreciation for the medium of comics and a tremendous respect for the genre of superheroes and though it is wonderful to see the genre presented in such a positive light I think it would be great if audiences understood and valued the true history of superheroes and not the mythology of the mythology influenced only by two enormous corporations.

Next week I will begin a series of my own on this blog that will take a closer look at how “Superheroes: The Never Ending Battle” diluted the real history of superheroes.

Making Comics Because We Want to,

Gerry Giovinco



Monday Weekly Update | ROMA

Monday, October 28th, 2013

New page of The Adventures of ROMA
by John Workman, now available.

ROMA Update

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Sunday Weekly Update | Cid & Francis

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

New page of Cid & Francis
by Mike Sgier, now available.

CID & FRANCIS Update

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Saturday Weekly Update | Dog Boy

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

New page of DOG BOY by Steve Lafler now available.

DOG_BOY_update

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Read the 3 Part STEVE LAFLER INTERVIEW
posted on The Comics Journal


NOW AVAILABLE,

Purchase a copy of the EL VOCHO

graphic novel, now on sale

At LULU Here.

Thursday Weekly Update | Bughouse

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

New page of BUGHOUSE by Steve Lafler now available.

BUGHOUSE Update

Click Here to read this comic NOW!

Read the 3 Part STEVE LAFLER INTERVIEW
posted on The Comics Journal


NOW AVAILABLE,

Purchase a copy of the EL VOCHO

graphic novel, now on sale

At LULU Here.


10 Rules for Drawing Comics – Make ’em and Break ’em

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Dov Torbin is curating an interesting blog focused on defining 10 rules for drawing comics. It looks like it is in its early stages of development so now would be a great time to jump on the bandwagon.

Judging from what has already been posted, different comic creators are given the forum to present their personal 10 rules. So far seven creators including Dov Torbin have chimed in, each with distinctly different perspectives.

There is a cathartic overview that comic creators have the opportunity to make their own rules regarding creating comics. This is especially true for independent comic creators who are not burdened by editorial policies of the big corporate publishers. It is also one of the reasons making comics can be so fun and exciting.

Every medium including comics, however, is predicated on some foundation of particular idioms. Though the blog site is in its infancy, repetition of certain themes is already beginning to surface, establishing a few golden nuggets that may ultimately define a true cannon of actual rules that may be sworn by.

So far, the dominant themes seem to be: clarity, enjoy what you are doing, and the importance of good lettering. These may seem mundane at first but as you read the entire blog to date and go over each of the existing fifty rules on the site it becomes apparent that the contributing creators have a mutual affinity for these basic rules that will ultimately elevate their importance in the grander picture.

As each creator shares their personal wisdom, however, a broader perspective of the nuances involved in creating comics is revealed. Eventually, as the site continues to develop, individual comic creators will be able to find validation in their own creative process and discover a treasury of insight and inspiration that will broaden their ability to create great comics. One thing for certain, especially when creating comics; rules are meant to be broken so it is nice to finally have an idea of what boundaries to cross in the name of innovation.

This blog will surely become a valuable resource to comic creators everywhere at every level of achievement. Dov Torbin is to be commended for facilitating such a wonderful opportunity for the community of comic creators to establish such a dynamic and creative dialogue concerning this unique medium.

If you are a comic creator, it would be a good exercise to jot down your own personal ten rules of creating comics before you read the blog then reevaluate those rules after reading the posts there. You may surprise yourself as to how your opinion may change about what is important to you in your own creative process.

What are your ten rules for creating comics? Has your perspective changed after reading the rules of other creators at the 10 Rules for Drawing Comics site? How quickly will you break those rules in an effort to be spontaneous and creative?

Share your answers with us!

Making Comics Because We Want to,

Gerry Giovinco



Monday Weekly Update | ROMA

Monday, October 21st, 2013

New page of The Adventures of ROMA
by John Workman, now available.

ROMA Update

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Sunday Weekly Update | Cid & Francis

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

New page of Cid & Francis by Mike Sgier, now available.

CID & FRANCIS Update

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Saturday Weekly Update | Dog Boy

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

New page of DOG BOY by Steve Lafler now available.

DOG BOY Update

Click Here to read this comic NOW!

Read the 3 Part STEVE LAFLER INTERVIEW
posted on The Comics Journal


NOW AVAILABLE,

Purchase a copy of the EL VOCHO

graphic novel, now on sale

At LULU Here.


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