Why Draw Digitally and Lose Out on Original Art Sales?

Drawing on monitor

Ben Towle (Oyster War) answers the question I asked above at Quora. Artists might choose to work digitally, eliminating potential sales of the original art pages, for the following reasons, according to him:

* It’s faster, allowing the artist to accomplish more work.
* The benefit of page sales might be overestimated, since many originals aren’t in much demand. Purchasers want cool action scenes or splash pages, not the majority of work that gets the storytelling done.
* And here’s the one I found most surprising: you save a lot of money by not buying art supplies, which can add up quickly, from paper to brushes.

As with deciding whether or not to attend conventions, this is a business decision where every artist should weigh costs and benefits for herself.

Vertical Announces Digital Tezuka Coming

On their Tumblr, Vertical Comics has announced that all of the titles they publish by Osamu Tezuka will be available digitally in coming months. They plan to start with the out-of-print titles, Apollo’s Song and Black Jack (17 books).

Unlike other manga publishers, Vertical doesn’t have their own app nor do they use ComiXology. Their digital books will be available through “the Apple iBookstore, Kindle, Nook, and hopefully Google Play”. They’re planning for 2-3 books added every 2-3 weeks. Future titles include:

Batman: The Complete TV Series Packaging Pictures

I am so lucky to have gotten an advance copy of the Limited Edition Blu-ray collection of Batman: The Complete TV Series, which is out next Tuesday. So I took pictures of opening the box (helped by Stitch).

The Batman: The Complete TV Series box, with display window for the toy Batmobile

The box, with display window for the toy Batmobile

Batman: The Complete TV Series box

The side of a box has a button that plays the Batman theme song

Batman: The Complete Series set back

The back of the box comes covered with removable cardboard that details the set

Batman: The Complete Series box

The front of the box opens up

Batman: The Complete Series box contents

All the goodies in the box — three seasons on Blu-ray plus the car, replica trading cards, a hardcover picture scrapbook, and an episode guide

DC Comics LEGO Variants for November

Aren’t they cute? Here are all 22 of the LEGO variant DC comic covers for this month, to promote the release of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham video game, out November 11.

Action Comics #36 LEGO variant coverAquaman #36 LEGO variant coverBatgirl #36 LEGO variant coverBatman #36 LEGO variant coverBatman & Robin #36 LEGO variant coverBatman/Superman #16 LEGO variant coverCatwoman #36 LEGO variant coverDetective Comics #36 LEGO variant coverThe Flash #36 LEGO variant coverGrayson #4 LEGO variant coverGreen Lantern #36 LEGO variant coverGreen Lantern Corps #36 LEGO variant coverHarley Quinn #12 LEGO variant coverJustice League #36 LEGO variant coverJustice League Dark #36 LEGO variant coverJustice League United #6 LEGO variant coverNew Teen Titans #4 LEGO variant coverSinestro #7 LEGO variant coverSupergirl #36 LEGO variant coverSuperman #36 LEGO variant coverSuperman/Wonder Woman #13 LEGO variant coverWonder Woman #36 LEGO variant cover

In order, they’re

Action Comics #36
Aquaman #36
Batgirl #36
Batman #36
Batman & Robin #36
Batman/Superman #16
Catwoman #36
Detective Comics #36
The Flash #36
Grayson #4
Green Lantern #36
Green Lantern Corps #36
Harley Quinn #12
Justice League #36
Justice League Dark #36
Justice League United #6
New Teen Titans #4
Sinestro #7
Supergirl #36
Superman #36
Superman/Wonder Woman #13
Wonder Woman #36

Sherlock Holmes Now Belongs to Everyone

Sherlock Holmes by Sidney Paget

I first reported on this at the end of last year, but now that the Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal by the Arthur Conan Doyle estate, there aren’t any more possible take-backs. Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, Mrs. Hudson, and the rest are in the public domain. Since the Supremes passed on review, this previous finding holds:

“We cannot find any basis in statute or case law for extending a copyright beyond its expiration,” [a judge] wrote in the Seventh Circuit’s June decision. “When a story falls into the public domain, story elements — including characters covered by the expired copyright — become fair game for follow-on authors…”

Now, this hadn’t previously prevented comic parodies, like Sherlock Bones, or more straightforward reinventions, like the urban Watson and Holmes. But now no one needs to worry about using a character more than a hundred years old with full name and personality … so long as you don’t use anything first introduced in a story from after 1923. Those don’t become public domain for another eight years (2022).

Let’s hope more people push back on the continued extension of copyright. After all, it’s only 15 years from that 1923 date and the 1938 introduction of Superman, and I think it’s well past time he entered the public domain. Never happen, though, so long as Warner has more money for the lawyers and lobbyists.

Smut Peddler Publisher Launches New Sci-Fi/Fantasy Anthology, Opens Submissions

New World logo

Iron Circus Comics, publisher of the successful Smut Peddler anthology series, has announced that they are taking submissions for New World through November 20. This anthology will be a black-and-white book due out in spring 2015 containing science fiction and fantasy stories focusing on

“exploration, colonization, conquest, assimilation, “going native”, appropriation, imperialism, strained relations… essentially, what happens when mutually un-contacted cultures, continents, and species collide. We want your strangest stories about situations where characters are encountering — and having to deal with — the alien.”

Creators already planned to contribute include Carla Speed McNeil, Ezra Claytan Daniels, Matt Howarth, Sophie Goldstein, and Zach Weinersmith. This looks to be a book to watch.

This Weekend, See Ed Brubaker’s Play as Part of the Noir Series

The Heretick Theatre Lab in Los Angeles is hosting “The Noir Series” this weekend. It’s a set of four plays performed in 90 minutes. Why would you care? Because one of the writers is Ed Brubaker, and readers of his comics Criminal and The Fade Out know he knows noir.

Another one of the four is by Stephen McFeely (co-writer of the Captain America movies and writer for the Agent Carter show). The remaining two are by “award winning local Los Angeles theatre artists Burglars of Hamm, and Nancy Keystone’s Critical Mass Performance Group”.

Noir Series

Also, they are filming the plays, mixing them instantly, and streaming them over the web, so you can pay $7.99 to see this afternoon, tonight’s, or tomorrow’s performances. (Use the first link above.) They’re described as “four plays inspired by the dark and pulpy noir of Hollywood’s past, filmed and streamed with an eye towards Hollywood’s future.”

Comic/Media Art Mash-Ups

Old friend Brian Saner Lamken has done something creative — he’s selected famous images from superhero comics and found media pictures that allows him to graft the two together. Like this take on the classic Action Comics #1 cover, put together with Superman Returns. He’s calling the technique Panel to Frame. Click the link to see more including the Flash, the Walking Dead, and Captain America.

Superman by Brian Saner Lamken




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