Classic

Okay so I’ve been saving this one for a while, and the time has come. I don’t have a huge background in comics, but like most kids I enjoyed reading the Sunday comics in the paper. This weeks comic hits home in that regard.

JL8 is a webcomic created by Yale Stewart and depicts the D.C. comic book characters as elementary schoolers.

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While the comic is hilarious, the artwork is also interesting. It has the traditional style of the comic strips from newspapers. 

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But since it’s on the web Stewart had to work a little harder to give it that authentic feel and newspaper look. I think the effort was well worth it because the comic looks awesome, not to mention the little super heroes are adorable.

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The art style is a little more simple than the other webcomics I’ve blogged about, but the nostalgic feeling from this comic was just too great to not share. 

If you want to read more you can check out the the JL8 tumblr page here.

These images are a copyright © of Yale Stewart. No infringement intended.

 

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Gifs

So from the title I’m sure you can guess that this week I want to talk about comics that use gifs. There seems to be some debate within the comic world on whether adding animations within one panel no longer makes it a comic. 

I want to leave this open for discussion but I will say that I think there is room for gifs in comics without turning it into a full blown animation.

My opinion is, if the gutters (space in-between each panel) still hold meaning and is where most of the time passes within the comic, a little animation doesn’t hurt, and often it can help! Many of the comics I have found that incorporate gifs have been extremely interesting and can be more fun to read.

For example Zac Gorman is a relatively well-known artist and comic creator and many of his comics incorporate subtle gifs and animations.

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I think the way Gorman implements these animations help to enhance his comics and add interest. You can see that most of the gifs he creates are of elements of the background or environment, not on the characters. I think this is important to help keep his worked grounded in comics.

Another talented comic artist that uses gifs is Jen Lee. She is the artist for a comic named Thunderpaw. Now Lee’s work uses gifs more extensively than Gorman’s, but I think this comic is still a good example of how slight animations don’t push it out of the realm of comics.

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Lee’s work definitely push the boundaries and more and some could argue that too much time is passing within one panel, but overall, across the entire comic I don’t think she breaks this rule too often.

Personally, I think that adding gifs to web comics can add a ton of interest and elevates comics to a whole new level. I think that art has always grown and changed with the advancements in technology, and I think that gifs in web comics is a really great example of that happening yet again! 

Let me know what you think in the comments!

These images are a copyright © of Zac Gorman and Jen Lee. No infringement intended.

 

Sonny Liew!

So this week’s post is inspired by a lecture that I went to this week by comic artist Sonny Liew. I wanted to post about him because he was really fun to listen to, but also because his style is very unique, and I love posting about unique things!

Liew uses a technique where he mixes different comic art styles into one work. He said he likes to do this to being emphasis to parts of the narrative. I think this is so interesting and unlike anything I’ve seen in comics before!

The best example of this technique is in his latest book, “The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye”, although he has used this style in some of his previous works too. (I know this isn’t a web comic but I couldn’t resist).

This book is a story about a comic book artist, Charlie, and Liew incorporates different styles of art into the comic to distinguish Charlie’s art from his own. You can see this in action in the images below. The top and bottom panels are the actual comic, where the middle panel is the work of Charlie. Interesting right?

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He goes even further as the story goes on and shows the comic books that Charlie has created.

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I think this technique is so awesome and a great way to help the reader immediate distinguish between Liew and Charlie’s styles, as well as show off different comic art styles all in one! 

Liew’s lecture was very interesting and I’m so glad I was exposed to his work!

You can check out Liew’s website here.

You can buy Liew’s latest book “The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye” here.

These images are a copyright © of Sonny Liew. No infringement intended.

Shoutout!

So this week I wanted to expand off of some of my previous posts all in one!

First off, upon more exploring I found another comic that uses light as a main element of art much like Ava’s Demon from last week and I wanted to share it with y’all.

The End is a web comic written by Ran and Corey Brown, I wish they had an about page so I could give you more info about the creators, but moving on. To give you some context The End is about “Two aliens on a rescue mission take a group of sci-fi nerds on the ride of their lives!” 

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I discussed the details of light within comics on my previous post, so I won’t go on repeating myself. I just wanted to share this really cool comic, feel free to check it out hereAnd if you missed my post last week and want to know what I think about the use of light in comics you can check that out here.

This image is a copyright © of Ran and Corey Brown. No infringement intended.

Secondly, I wanted to give a major shoutout to Stand Still. Stay Silent!! I’ve seen SSSS on so many best comics lists and I’m so excited! It’s a wonderful comic and not to mention has stunning artwork! This is probably my favorite comic that I have come across and the first comic I posted about on this blog!

Here is another peak at Stand Still. Stay Silent!

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Keep up the great work Mina!!

P.S. if you want to know more about SSSS, one of my fellow classmates reviewed it on her blog, which you can read here, thanks Nadia! 

This image is a copyright © of Mina Sundberg. No infringement intended.

Before I leave, I figured it would be fun to have a little poll with you guys. So after seeing Ava’s Demon last week, and The End this week, I’m curious which comic y’all think uses light in a more interesting way? Use the poll below to give your vote!!

The End!                                                              Ava’s Demon

theEnd2    Avas4

the end1    AvasDemon3