Comics Coast To Coast #182 – The Doug Savage Interview -Part 2

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On this episode of Comics Coast to Coast we talk to Doug Savage of Savage Chickens comic. AGAIN! Part 2…
Savage Chickens
http://www.savagechickens.com/
About Artist:
http://www.savagechickens.com/about/about-doug
Blurb… Blurb is long. Go to website.
Previously on Comics Coast to Coast Episode 140 in June of 2012.
http://comicscoasttocoast.com/episode-140-the-doug-savage-interview
About The Comic
http://www.url.com/
Savage Chickens began on a rainy day in October 2004 when, after one too many migraines, I scribbled two chickens on a sticky note. It was fun, so I kept drawing them and a few months later in January 2005, I posted them online in a blog. To my surprise, people enjoyed them and in the spring I was lucky to be featured on My Yahoo and things rolled along from there. Over 2000 cartoons and 8 years later, Savage Chickens now has a healthy audience and a book from Perigee Books.

Show Notes:

We talked a bit about Hal-Con 2013 last week on the show, but Doug, you were there too. What was your con experieince like?
(Correct me if I’m wrong.) This was also your fist time in Halifax. What did you think of it from a creative professinoal’s perspective.
I love that the comics in your book still have the shaddow from the scanning the Post-It note. Conscious decision or happy accident?
While you were here in Halifax, we had a chance to go out to dinner and geek out about art stuff. You have a unique process and approach to Savage Chickens due to your choice of medium. Fill everyone in?
You and I have spoken before about licensing. It’s not an avenue new cartoonists often think of. I think it’s worth mentioning on the show. Can you explain a bit about how you got into licensing your work, and what someone looking to license their work should look out for?
Follow up: Savage Chickens being a single panel lends itself well to licensing. Do you think being a strip cartoonist limits your licensing options?
how do you optomize (for those not knowing)
Just want to say congrats on your mention in Entertainment Weekly a while back? Did you see a significant spike in your views that week?
You have one of the cleanest and most user-friendly websites that I’ve seen for a web comic. Do you maintain it youself?
I gotta say, I’m a big Timmy Tofu fan. Do you have any personal favorite characters?
What would you say are the advantages and the disadvantages of having such specific rules for the visual style of your comic?

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Comics Coast To Coast #181 – The Katie O’Neill Interview

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On this episode of Comics Coast to Coast we talk to Katie O’Neill of The Girl from Hell City comic.
The Girl from Hell City By Katie O’Neill
http://strangelykatie.com/
About Artist:
http://strangelykatie.tumblr.com/
22. Illustrator. New Zealand. I like monster girls and comics.
About The Comic
http://hell.strangelykatie.com/
My current webcomic project, updating once a week. It follows a girl named Wendy who is determined to do something about the state of the city she and her fellow demons are condemned to.

Show Notes:

Based currently in Christchurch, New Zealand
Though my currently running comic is The Girl From Hell City, people might know me better for Princess Princess and Counting Stars
Princess Princess – Two very different princesses who decide to make their own fairy tale.
http://strangelykatie.com/princessprincess/
Counting Stars – A girl makes paper stars whenever she feels lonely, after a dream tells her making 1,000 will grant her a wish.
http://strangelykatie.com/counting-stars-2/
Currently developing stuff to continue Princess Princess, tell more stories about the girls.
My skype: Katie.Avatar
I noticed two main color themes in your portfolio; bright, bold, often complimentary palettes and softer, dark, subtle palettes. How did you find yourself drawn to these color choices? Inspiration? Joel
Why demons? Or to be specific, why tell a story from a demons point of view? Joel
How far ahead do you write The Girl From Hell City? Joel
Your illustrations almost always have a fantasy element to them. Do you read a lot of fantasy fiction? Any favourite authors? Joel
Can you talk about your creative process a bit? All digital? Mixed media? What are your favourite tools? Joel
You’ve done some short story comics like Don’t Let Go. Personal project? Tell us how that came to be. Joel
Counting Stars is a touching story and a great thing to have as your first finished comic. What prompted you to make it a web comic? Joel
What was the online response like? Joel
Princess & Princess: Have you ever dreamed of being a princess? Phase? Were you ever a tomboy? Do you have royal family over in NZ? Brian
Gender roles is a pretty hot topic in comics, hell in all entertainment right now, why are we so fascinated with this new character angle? Brian
When I was growing up it was all about understanding the other gender. Now it seems we are exploring our own gender definitions and insecurities. Brian
What is your take on Yahoo Serious? Peter Jackson? Have you ever been to Weta? Seen any Hobbits? Is NZ a fantasy land? Local stories? Brian
Princess & Princess: I like the idea that the is more than a physical bond of the the tower that holds our damsel in distress Brian
How much of you is in that Ogre? CREATIVE OUTLET! Brian
Given the number of webcomics you’ve made, I’m assuming you’re one of those people with dozens of ideas swimming around their heads? Matt
You’re clearly an anime/manga fan. Any recommendations? Matt
Yotzaja

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Comics Coast To Coast #179 – The A. Stiffler & K. Copeland Interview

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On this episode of Comics Coast to Coast we talk to A. Stiffler & K. Copeland of http://chaoslife.findchaos.com/
A. Stiffler & K. Copland
http://chaoslife.findchaos.com/
ChaosLife is a semi-autobiographical comic. It focuses on a queer relationship between A. Stiffler and K. Copeland, who create the comic! It also delves into politics, GSM issues, mental health, pop culture, cats and other randomness. Since its debut in 2011, ChaosLife has been featured in numerous publications, including The Washington Post, The Discovery Channel’s Official Blog, The Australian Broadcasting Company, WIRED, Neatorama and MSN Japan, among many other online and real-world venues.
ChaosLife updates once a week, at least!

About A. Stiffler

A. Stiffler is a professional artist, comic illustrator and graphic designer.

Residing in Columbus, Ohio with two cats, they enjoy life to the fullest, even when it’s chaotic.

Show Notes:

http://stumpypencil.blogspot.com/2009/11/return-of-stumpy-pencil.html
You have quite an extensive FAQ on your site. You’ve obviously delt with a lot of questions. To turn that on it’s head, can you tell us about some of your fondest/most positive memories interacting with readers?
RE: New studio setup (May 27, 2013) – Where did you get that awesome drawing stool??
http://chaoslife.findchaos.com/bat-beauty
Your art looks to have a lot of anime/manga influence. What are your top three sources of (art) inspiration? (comics, people, websites, etc)
(Feel free to give a two part answer – for both Chaos Life and Find Chaos)
Process question: Your line art and texture vary from comic to comic. Care to share some of your favorite Photoshop techniques?
Follow up: Do you just “play” until you hit something you like?
How do you divide duties on the comic? Who does what?
Have you given any thought to a book collection for Chaos Life? (Digital or print?)
Follow up comment if not addressed: Possibly challenging in print given the different layouts to the comic each week.
Short list of faves:
http://chaoslife.findchaos.com/birthdaywishes
http://chaoslife.findchaos.com/hipstersv2
http://chaoslife.findchaos.com/sleep-chart
You have a self-confessed love for horror films. Any faves?
Find Chaos is visually gorgeous, but I have to admit that the story is a little tough to follow. Will there be a primer of sorts at some point, or is the audience meant to discover the setting along with the character Mary?
You maintain two VERY different comics. Have you experienced any negative feedback from fans of one comic not caring for the other?

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Comics Coast To Coast #178 – The Geneviève FT Interview

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On this episode of Comics Coast to Coast we talk to Illustrator and pin up artist Geneviève FT
Geneviève
http://genevieveft.com/

Geneviève is a cheerful illustrator and pin up artist from Montreal, Canada. She studied animation for 6 years, creating and producing no less than seven short films. During those years, she discovered a passion for concept art and illustration. She worked in the animation and the game industry for more than 4 years now. She is presently working freelance in multiple fields like animation, games, magazine illustration and comics.

For the past 4 years, she self-published her own pin up calendar and, this summer, she will release her very first artbook called Dames, a collection of pin up art created during the years 2012-2013.

In her spare time, Genevieve loves doodling curvy ladies and petting her pet bunny. Her favorite tools? Col-erases and color pencils ! Although, she also likes playing with gouache and watercolors !

Show Notes:

Additional Links
You Tube Channel
http://www.youtube.com/user/eveiveneg1?feature=watch
Mignonnes
http://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/genevieveft?ref=l2-shopheader-name
Inktober
http://mrjakeparker.com/2013/09/30/inktober-2013/
Gil Elvgren – Pin Up Artist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gil_Elvgren
Lady’s Have Curves? Curves on men as Sexy?
Game Art: Hidden Series
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nom.redriding_lite&hl=en
Girls Drawing Girls
http://girlsdrawingirls.com/
Art Swap on Twitter
https://twitter.com/_vmat_
Adventure Time (Bravest Warriors Season 2 released today)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8mRiDdOW5c
Dames
First, I think these drawings are BEAUTIFUL. I’m curious though, have you ever had to deal with criticism of your dames? (“Nudity” , sexy poses, etc.)
Mignonnes
How did you choose the format and materials for the book? (Linen paper, etc)
This is your first mini publication. How does it feel to have a tangible book out there for people to hold?
What was your biggest challenge on the project? (Layout? Printing? Fulfillment? Distribution?)
How much of your time would you say is spent on personal projects vs. client work? How do you divide your time?
Earlier this year you spent a month in Toronto to take an Imaginism painting course. What was that experience like?
What was the most important thing you took away from the course?
INKtober
I noticed your participating in INKtober as well. How has the experience been for you so far?
Correct me if I’m wrong, but most of your finished work is digital. How has it been hitting pen and paper every day?
The illustration “By the Lighthouse” is really wonderful as well as very detailed. Who was it for and how long did it take?
In terms of subject matter, you’re one of the most focused artists I’ve seen. What is it you find so fascinating about the female form?
Follow Up: Do you worry at all about being pigeon holed?

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Comics Coast To Coast #177 – The Ian Higginbotham Interview

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Ian Higginbotham
On this episode of Comics Coast to Coast we talk to Ian Higginbotham of IanLaser.Com about his work on Vimeo, his art and color style, his training in NY to be an illustrator and much much more.

Art By Ian

About:

source: http://ianlaser.com/about/
Ian Higginbotham likes to make pictures. He’s worked in the illustration and animation industry.Companies he’s worked with include: Random House U.K., Vimeo, Titmouse, Blue Sky Studios, Kill Screen, Time Out New York, Bracket Inc. etc.He is currently living in New York City drawing and drawing and drawing. He likes watching movies, eating, reading, dogs, and going for an occasional jog.In the 2011 he was honored with receiving the gold medal for the “Society of Illustrators 54″ competition.

Show Notes:

You have a pretty excellent personal website. However, Tumblr seems to be getting more of your blog action. What’s up?
Do you see a shift from personal websites to Tumblr type services? How do you feel about imgur?
You have some animatics on Vimeo. Like The Wizard and Elf. Are these part of a project/job or are you just staying sharp?
Tell me more about TheParty Story.
Corpse Puncher. Tell me more about it.
What are you using to animate? illustrate?
Planning anything good for Halloween?
miami connection
Gradiated (<- is that a word?) Color Scheme
Just brain farting here. Some of these questions will stay…some will not.
The Importants of stretching! All cartoonist should do yoga! Or something similar.
Space and the night sky seem to be a recurring theme in your backgrounds. Astronomy fan?
The Catch 22 animation is brilliant. The realistic rendering seems a bit of an exception to your typical style. Was it against your grain?

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Comics Coast To Coast #176 – The Box Brown Interview

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Box Brown
On this episode of Comics Coast to Coast we talk to Box Brown of well…BoxBrown!!
Box Brown of BoxBrown
https://twitter.com/boxbrown
http://boxbrown.com/
Box Brown is a cartoonist, illustrator and comic publisher from Philadelphia. His comics have been featured in Mad Magazine and his illustrations have been on Wired.com. His web and print comic Everything Dies was named a notable comic of 2011 in the Best American Comics Anthology and was honored with two Ignatz Awards. His comics publishing outfit, Retrofit launched in 2011.

Show Notes:

Alternative Comics From The 90s
http://www.americanelf.com/
Tell us more about RetroFitComics.Com
http://retrofitcomics.com/
Tell us about Softcore that’s running on Study Group Comics
http://studygroupcomics.com/main/soft-core-part-1-by-box-brown/
http://www.tomhart.net/
Dizzying Highs & Staggering Lows: The Complete Bellen! Comics 2006-2010 (pay what you want)
https://gumroad.com/l/TKGm
The Complete Everything Dies Includes all stories from web and print (pay what you like)
https://gumroad.com/l/NvKB
How is GumRoad treating you? Working out well?
The Andre the Giant book coming out from First Second in the Spring.
Spoiler alert! Tragic Comics: 36 Lessons in Self-Destruction from Rob Woods and the Depressed Punx.
http://citypaper.net/article.php?16372
Your style has a different feel from most web comic artists. Fine Arts major?
The stuff on Retrofit reminds me a lot of the magazine Heavy Metal. Are you a fan?
Which role is more challenging for you; the artist, or the publisher?
http://locustmoonfest.com/

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