Monday, October 25, 2010

KC Green's "The Skull of Regret": The Movie

Whew. There's been so much KC Green around the Internets lately. First, the Gunshow creator is revealed as Topatoco's new funployee (meaning we'll see bunches of him on Jeffrey Rowland's comic Overcompensating). Now, "The Skull of Regret," Green's Pictures for Sad Children guest comic, has been adapted for the YouTube. Enjoy.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Saucesome Goes to San Francisco

Cruising around the Alternative Press Expo last weekend, I got a chance to meet Sarah Becan and it was -- dare I say? -- sauceome. Becan is every bit as friendly and approachable as her comics would suggest, and she seemed genuinely surprised and delighted that her very personal comic about body image and health has found such wide appeal. I also picked up a copy of her print comic The Complete Ouija Interviews which has a very simple premise and style, but manages to be quite creepy and sad.

It was doubly exciting for me when Becan posted her I think you're sauceome comics from the APE weekend, and saw one of my personal favorite eateries made it in. Becan was staying in Hayes Valley, not far from where I lived in San Francisco, and ate at the Lower Haight outlet of Rosamunde. Do not underestimate the deliciousness of duck and fig sausage.

Okay, so this probably isn't nearly as exciting to anyone else as it is to me. But it's not often that I get to see my real world cross with the webcomics world.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Ch-Ch-Changes: The New Pictures for Sad Children

I realize I'm particularly susceptible to this sort of thing, but Pictures for Sad Children depresses the hell out of me. For personal reasons, I had to give up depressing media a while back after crying while watching Caprica one to many times. But I couldn't give up Pictures for Sad Children. It's bleak. It's cynical. But it's also terribly smart.

It has also been, up until last week, a very simple comic, visually. Like Dinosaur Comics before it, Pictures for Sad Children has been a very specific artform, one who impact is heightened by its spare art.

More recently, though, John Campbell has been experimenting with his art form, presenting his comics as book art. Campbell says he was inspired by his recent art show to experiment more with his style.

I'm always excited to see the next stage in a cartoonist's evolution. After all, what is the Internet for if not to give artists a space to grow? (Oh right: voyeurism.) But what I'm really interested to see is if and how these experiments change Campbell's writing style.

[Pictures for Sad Children]

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Gabrielle Bell Takes on Comic Con

On the list of things I've been enjoying immensely is Gabrielle Bell's "San Diego ComicCon Comicumentary," where diarist Bell chronicles her early misadventures at San Diego Comic Con, then gives a blow-by-blow of this past year's absurdity. Comic Con diary comics are always fun, but this one features mysteries (Who keeps sending anonymous gifts to Gabrielle and her friends?) and celebrity cameos (including Bell's ex-boyfriend, director Michel Gondry, and her friend cartoonist Ariel Schrag).

The Comicumentary is already eight hefty pages long and still going strong.

San Diego ComicCon Comicumentary [Lucky]