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‘Because the world needs new characters’: The 30 Characters Challenge

Chondra Flicker by Daniel Govar

Today kicked off the month-long 30 Characters Challenge, where more than 150 writers and artists are attempting to each create a brand-new character for each day in November. And just a few hours into it, the world has already been introduced to Mike Gallagher’s Roadkill Santa, Red by Tyler James, Daniel Govar’s Chondra Flicker (above) and Captain Cavity by Jess Kirby, among many others.

This will be a fun one to watch all month.

The artist/writer division of labor

Jim Munroe, writer of the graphic novel Sword of My Mouth, kept track of the time he and artist Shannon Gerard put into the project. Not surprisingly, the scales don’t balance:

Sword of My Mouth

Sword of My Mouth

So here’s a breakdown of how much time we each spent working on the book.

Jim’s hours: 283.8 (writing: 23%, revisions and editing: 16%, publicity: 20%, publishing business: 38%)

Shannon’s hours: 1000+ (drawing)

So basically, Shannon put in 80% of the time even considering I took on publicity and publishing roles. (If I was just doing the writing, it would have been closer to a 90/10% split.)

We’re dividing the money we make 80/20%, but it still feels weird. I mean, I knew it took a long time to draw, but it really takes a long time to draw. This wonky division of labour is something to keep in mind when if you’re ever approaching someone to draw a comic. Even if you’re a slow writer and they’re a fast drawer, you’re still asking them to spend much more time realizing something than you spent creating it. What are you bringing to the project beyond amazing ideas and sparkling prose?

Quote of the Day | Paolo Rivera on finishing ‘One Moment in Time’

asm033“The image above comes from Amazing Spider-Man #33, 1 of 2 Spider-Man comics that happened to be in my household while growing up (thanks, Dad). Of course, it happened to be one of the greatest Spidey stories ever told, but how was I supposed to know? I couldn’t drive, and I spent what allowance I had on toys. Looking back on the issue now, it’s hard not to draw parallels between Spidey’s dedication and my own work ethic. My adolescent mind was in awe of Spidey’s resolve: he “rested” while being pummeled by Doc Ock’s henchmen in order to gather strength for the final fight. What? Mind: blown. People ask me how I can sit in my room for months on end (the “Bat Cave” and “Fortress of Solitude” comments are incessant). The answer is very simple: I love my job. It’s extremely challenging, but that’s the point. It makes finishing a project feel just like lifting tons of steel machinery off your back to reach the serum that will save your dying Aunt May. Love can give you power you didn’t know you had.”

–Artist Paolo Rivera, on completing his work on the Amazing Spider-Man: One Moment in Time storyline

Caveat creator

Can I pay for this with two copies of this blog post?

Can I pay for this with two copies of this blog post?

The Twitterverse was all abuzz yesterday about this post, in which a cynical game producer advises skipping the professionals and trolling Deviantart to find game artists. A few of the comments really set people off:

These guys aren’t used to making a lot of money for their work so they will be more appreciative of the chance even if they are being payed slightly less than what professionals are payed. Second of all, they’re better… Unless you have a specific price you want to pay in mind, ask THEM what they are willing to charge for the project. This usually causes people to give offers that are lower than what you normally pay, and will make them happy.

If an artist knows how much their artwork will increase the value of the game they will then feel they deserve that amount of money. This is not how a market economy works, you hire whoever is able to do the best job for the lowest amount of money, anything else is a loss of money on your end.

The original post has garnered 948 comments so far, and there’s a lively discussion going on at The Beat and Colleen Doran’s blog as well. Meanwhile, Bleeding Cool has another cautionary tale, about Bluewater Comics offering an artist two copies of their Justin Bieber comic in exchange for the copyright to the painting he posted on DeviantArt.

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Comic Twart tackles Asterix, Tintin, Magnus, The Thing and more

It’s been awhile since I posted about Comic Twart, the comic art blog collective that includes Chris Samnee, Mike Hawthorne, Andy Kuhn, Mitch Breitweiser, Tom Fowler, Mitch Gerads and many others. They’ve been regularly posting art based on various themes, so let’s see what they’ve been up to recently …

by Chris Samnee

by Chris Samnee

Above is Chris Samnee’s Magnus, Robot Fighter; you can see more Magnus drawings here.

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Send us your Shelf Porn!

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It’s Shelf Porn time, where we take an intimate look into somebody’s home to see what their books, statues, action figures or even their drawing desk looks like … which is the case with this week’s submission. David Paccia, who works for a financial institution as a Web QA tester, is also an artist and sent in some pictures of his workspace.

We can always use more Shelf Porn, so if you’d like to see your shelves featured here, drop me an email with your write-up and pictures.

And now here’s David …

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Straight for the art | Yildiray Cinar’s Dawnstar is out of this world

Dawnstar

Dawnstar

Yildiray Cinar, artist on the upcoming Legion of Super-Heroes relaunch from DC Comics, has been sharing all sorts of Legion-related artwork on his blog, including this really nice Dawnstar piece. He’s got a lot of other cool stuff up there, too, such as Cloak & Dagger, Adam Strange and a Legion vs. Trigon piece, so go check’em out.

Straight for the art | Hulk vs. everyone

by Darren Rawlings

by Darren Rawlings

Artist Darren Rawlings, whose “Agent Orange” appeared in the most recent Popgun anthology, decided “to let loose some drawing rage” in celebration of March Madness. All month on his blog, he’s posting drawings of the Hulk smashing his way through the Marvel universe. Already the green-skinned Goliath has taken out the X-Men, Reed Richards, Iron Man and Venom. Who will be next?

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Inkwell Awards to be presented at Wizard’s New England Comic Con

Inkwell Hall-of-Famer Joe Sinnott

Inkwell Hall-of-Famer Joe Sinnott

After two years of posting their award winners on their website, the Inkwell Awards — which recognize inkers for “their quality work and contribution to the comic book industry and sequential art process” have found a venue to present their awards live. This year they will present their awards at the New England Comic Con in Boston Oct. 1-3.

The award recipients will be presented their trophies and then take part in a Q&A session with fans. Voting for the awards will begin in August.

“Previously the voting has taken place in June but due to the later in the year date of the show event, the ballot will be posted at the site on Aug. 1, so please bookmark the address”, said Bob Almond, founder and director of the Inkwell Awards. “There will be a lot of new developments coming from us this year and having Wizard’s support will be integral to increasing the awareness and exposure of these and future developments of the organization.”

For more information on the awards and to view previous winners, be sure to check out their website.

Straight for the art | What is Pood?

by Henrik Rehr

by Henrik Rehr

Jim Rugg, Joe Infurnani, Geoff Grogan and several other artists have formed Pood, a new … something. Actually, they’re having a contest now to decide what exactly “pood” is, so head over there and leave your guess.

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‘He’s punched a dinosaur square in the face. What have you done for your country?’

by Evan Shaner

by Evan Shaner

Over at the relatively new art blog Comic Twart, the various artists who contribute have spent the week drawing DC’s G.I. Robot character, and the results have been pretty awesome. Above is Evan Shaner’s rendition, but head over there to get a look at everyone else’s.

Straight for the art | Emerald City’s Monsters & Dames charity art book art

by Livio Ramondelli

by Livio Ramondelli

The Emerald City Comicon, scheduled for March 13-14 in Seattle, is once again putting together a charity art book featuring pin-ups of “Monsters & Dames” by some of its very impressive guest list. Proceeds from the book benefit the Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Over on Gelatometti, several attendees have been posting their contributions, including Livio Ramondelli (above), Carlos D’Anda and Oliver Nome, among others. Go check’em out.

Straight for the art | Chris Uminga’s superhero art

Colossus by Chris Uminga

Colossus by Chris Uminga

Reader David Bedard pointed us to this post on Oculoid with several cool superhero images by artist Chris Uminga. You can also check out Uminga’s website here and his deviantART site here.

Straight for the art | Glen Brogan’s White Violin

by Glen Brogan

by Glen Brogan

Artist Glen Brogan shares his rendition of the White Violin, from Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s Umbrella Academy.

“…the brilliance of her design is so iconic that it’s hard to not want to draw her,” he said on his blog. “I’m sure even if many of you haven’t read the books you’ve seen her image looking at you from a comic store shelf and found it hard not to think ‘What is that?’ Her design makes the comic look like something that has already long been established, even when it was brand new, so I give many kudos to the artist and writer for that.”

Check out more of Glen’s artwork on his site and on the Autumn Society blog.

Straight for the art | Eclectic Wrecks

by Declan Shalvey

by Declan Shalvey

The Eclectic Micks are a group of Irish comic artists who have set up a group sketch blog featuring all kinds of cool artwork. And this week, with the launch of IDW’s new Tranformers miniseries, Last Stand of the Wreckers (collective member Nick Roche draws the series), they’ve temporarily changed their name to Eclectic Wrecks and are running sketches of characters from the series. If you’re into the Transformers, go check’em out.

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