I scanned the original drawing of my contribution to the Bits in Multiples of 8 zine… I drew this about 1 year ago.
It’s based on the game SUPER STAR WARS for the Super Nintendo. When I played the game as a kid, I could never get past the second level, and I…. fucking hated it! My whole experience of this game was running back and forth on Tatooine shooting critters!
When I saw this photo on gaws, I immediately recognized it from a post at Mark Kennedy’s Temple of Seven Golden Camels. It’s Jeff Smith drawing from a photograph. Interesting to see how the masters do it…
Some cool choices:
he drew the black columns as white, so they stand in contrast to the shadows behind them (and make the space more clear)
he grounded the floor with a new shadow
he was careful to draw the electricity but he breezed through the cage!
KAIGAI MANGA FEST 2012 / COMITIA #102
I really had a good time at this festival. Comitia is a quarterly convention that’s like 5 or 10 times SPX size in terms of scale, but it’s only 1 day, 5-hours long. It’s all indie/self-publishing/doujinshi circles/individual artists with tables. It’s reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaally big. Lines and lines and lines of tables in rooms and rooms.
It’s not unmanageable:
I didn’t spend much time in the larger Comitia.
This quarter’s Comitia features the first ever KAIGAI International Manga Festival - basically a new section within Comitia featuring international exhibitors, artists, publishers. It will be an annual thing (I think) from now. It was surprisingly good.
I arrived late because I was only “unofficially” there and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I wish I had arrived earlier because it was great! i.e. friendly people behind and in front of the tables, and good sales. Lemme run through the Kaigai area, from my POV…
I met Helen Koyama (not Annie) and Robin & Daniel Nishio at the Koyama Press table.
TCAF had a nice display.
There was a big area for browsing (but curiously, not buying) French B.D. These tables were run by (I think) a company that specifically works with selling international rights of French books, NOT a publisher or a reseller. The nice French woman told me that she usually never sees the public interact with books. She just kinda sat far behind the table reading a book, ignoring most visitors and not interacting much (but she was nice and cool and friendly when I and presumably anyone else wanted to have a chat). This seemed like a wasted opportunity or something… but whatever, I guess it’s cool. The goal was to “generate interest” and show publishers that the public is into the books (which were of course in French).
BTW Kaigai was centered around a big open stage where guys like Naoto Urusawa and Katsuhiro Otomo and some French artists were speaking. This was cool!
I randomly ran into Chris, Peter, Maurice Vellekoop and Debra Aoki the day before the fest, and went book shopping with them. This made me, lonely traveller RCS, so happy. BTW I have followed Debra’s twitter account for a long time - I personally have learned a lot about comics/manga/book sales/commerce from the discussions she leads and publishes via RT. I recommend that you follow her.
The last thing I did before boarding the night bus was to watch Chris, Maurice, and Love Love Hill do a presentation/book reading at PARCO in Shibuya. This was cool! I had to leave in the middle of Wai reading something of hers, it was good. I left, ran to my night bus, and took off for Osaka. Now it’s Monday morning and I’m back at work, yes that’s right sitting at my desk at school typing a con-report.
RCS’s VERDICT: Kaigai was real good. If you can come, then you should do it.
I’m excited to come to the Brooklyn Comics & Graphics Festival on Saturday, November 10th! Please please come say hello to me! This is my first time in the US in about 3 years, and I’ll only be in town for a few days.
I’ll bring copies of SF#1, SF#2, and the Supplementary Files, as well as some copies of Two Eyes of the Beautiful I & II. I have some work in a couple recent anthologies, too! I drew the cover for and made a cool story for Retrofit Comics’ Secret Prison #7 - yeah, that’s the supersized manga/GARO inspired issue! - and I have a tiny, neat story in the teency weency Kus Comics Anthology #12, which was co-edited by Annie Koyama. I haven’t even seen these books in person yet! I’m stoked! I would love to sign them and draw a picture in them, if you ask me!
((BTW, I’ll just mention here… I want to sell some original drawings, to help pay for this trip all the way from Japan. Would you like to buy your favorite page from my comics? Priced from $30 per small page, to $200 for a full-size double spread… “Just ask…”))
See ya there!!
From Closed Caption Comics 7 back in ‘08. This brings back real memories and emotions!
I made this in 2008 for Closed Caption Comics #7. It’s got a bunch of little parts that are based on my daily life at that time. I think this is from how I liked eating canned food more than Lane! :)
This is my zine, Weird Schmeird #2. It came with a set of toys and a screenprinted package. I’d like to do something like that again soon…
Two Eyes of the Beautiful, my zine about a glamorous movie star with a terrible flesh-eating disease, is available for your reading pleasure at What Things Do!!
Sunday Strip on Flickr.
I made this 2 years ago. Before Ace was Space Fleet Scientific Foundation Special Forces leader, he was just a regular international secret agent on a bike.
Thank you Bergen Street Comics! More comics coming at you now.
I think Sam Hiti is the best cartoonist in the United States. Okay maybe it’s Chris Ware or something. I just think that we should be doing more things like this. I want all kinds of comics, not just comics like Sam Hiti’s, but it’s just that he’s got something that I think all cartoonists need. He’s got the right spirit? I feel like he is good at draftsmanship, at drawing, and he can use different tools to nice effects, his storytelling is fluid and clear and fun, and he makes good comics with that. I don’t want more muscle definition, I don’t want more complex layouts, I don’t want higher page counts. At the core I want to read good stories that are fun to look at? I don’t know exactly…
SHIT I have never owned anything or looked at a physical object of Sam Hiti’s, so really I can’t say. But man, these science comics…! I hope he keeps working and doing more of this.
I like his non-backgrounds, the computer typography, and the simple GOOD colors. I have to say I think the weird panel border extensions on the side of the page are superfluous but hey who am I to deny the man his pleasures?
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