preferably those who pencil and ink or do tight enough textured pencils that we can color from. For my tastes, I am looking for people who draw fairly realistically, can do convincing looking people, places and objects. Most of this material is set in the world outside your window and the comics needs to reflect that. If you think you’re as good those now being published by DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, IDW, etc., then send me a few jpegs
MangaBlog points to a story about the possibility of ADV stopping manga publication. I only followed one of their titles, Yotsuba&!, but if there are no more volumes, that’s a shame. Commenters at that site blame the company for putting out too many titles without a coherent plan.
I found this explanation of yaoi genre conventions helpful in doing my continuing yaoi reviews. (I also sympathize with her tendency towards obsession; I can see that I’m going to have to explore that blog further.)
Are you pondering what I’m pondering, Ragnell? She wonders what happened to positivity among fans. I was thinking about this the other day. Once upon a time, a plot hole or bobbled continuity would lead to readers coming up with creative explanations to patch the situation; today, it’s more likely to lead to ranting about how lazy the writer/editor/artist is and posturing about how the fan could do the job better. Why? Because the two groups have too many grudges held against the other. I don’t blame either one, but I regret the loss.
By the way, thanks, Ragnell, for adding my site to your latest weekly women’s geekout. I was supposed to cover Castle Waiting this weekend, but I wound up moving furniture instead.
“I think the lesson of it is. if you’re working on a non-flagship title, you better knock it out of the park with your first issue. There is no room for a slow or gradual build up. It’s like Alan Moore’s run on ‘Swamp Thing.’ Here’s this book about a 3rd tier DC character by a writer who really wasn’t that well known to American audience. But his run came out of the gate with ‘The Anatomy Lesson’. That has to be the model now. Your first issue better have everyone talking — or you’re dead. You need to be Kurt Busiek’s ‘Thunderbolts’ #1. You need to sweat blood and get every ounce of it on the page. That’s the lesson.”