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Comics A.M. | Digital’s role in ‘resuscitating’ comics industry

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Digital comics | Financial-services company The Motley Fool touches upon how digital has helped to boost the comics industry, rather than undermine print sales as some predicted it would. “Digital has not to anyone’s observation pirated the sales of comics. It looks like just the opposite,” writer and charts-watcher John Jackson Miller tells the website. And then, because it’s The Motley Fool, the story veers off into what investors can learn from digital comics — specifically, “three forces [that] conspired to transform digital from a threat into a catalyst”: quality, format and access. [The Motley Fool]

Creators | Brian K. Vaughan talks about producing the CBS sci-fi thriller Under the Dome and writing Saga as well as his digital comic The Private Eye. His take on Saga: “I definitely wanted to write about the experience of fatherhood and parenthood while also recognizing that’s extremely boring for most people. How do you talk about these mundane topics in an exciting way? Hopefully setting this story in a wacky sci-fi fantasy universe has given us room to tell this story with some visual spectacle and just Fiona Staples being awesome.” [USA Today]

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Comics artists talk shop

Jeph Jacques' Questionable Content

Jeph Jacques' Questionable Content

For those who are fascinated by the process of drawing comics—and for artists who are always on the prowl for that perfect tool—here are two serious art-nerd discussions.

In the digital corner is Jeph Jacques, who apparently gets the same question a lot: “Should I buy a Wacom tablet?” His answer is a qualified yes, but he recommends that beginners start with the cheapest one, and he discusses at length the ways that drawing on a tablet differs from drawing on paper. This is interesting reading even for non-artists.

Meanwhile, at Hope Larson’s site, Graham Johnson asks “What do you use to draw?” and gets a host of different answers, most of them concerning old-school tools like pencils, brushes, and Bristol board, although some folks use digital media for all or part of the process.


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