Margreet de Heer

De Heer DeSigns

July 5, 2014 by  


A few weeks ago I joined Spoonflower, a site where you can upload your own designs and order them as fabrics and wallpaper. Since then I’ve been having a lot of fun thinking about tiled patterns, color schemes and original themes. This is what my store on Spoonflower currently looks like:

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I started out looking for illustrations in my archives that lend themselves for this kind of purpose, and came up with a Burlesque fabric – I drew these models in Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art School which I blogged about here – that came out like this:

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And some whimsical English Country Houses I drew in Oxford that came out like this:

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And I even made a wallpaper plastered full with the Scientific Method as I drew it in my book ‘Science: a Discovery in Comics’ – that came out like this:

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But the most fun I had was coming up with new designs. Spoonflower has weekly design contests with different themes, and this is what I came up with for the current one, ‘Fishing Lures‘. If you like it and want to vote for it, please click the image and it will take you to the contest page with all the al-luring (haha) designs:

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Next week’s theme is ‘Rhinoceroses’. I drew nine rhinoceroses on  wheels, and it came out like this:

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After that, the theme is ‘Herb Garden’. I really pulled out all the stops for this one, especially considering that I have no green fingers whatsoever:

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I liked it so much, I also made it into a tea towel, which looks like this:

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If you consider buying any of these, please note that not all designs are up for sale yet (I need to see the swatches first to colorproof them). But keep an eye on my Spoonflower shop for new stuff being added! There’s a lot already, and definitely more to come!

 


Jim Benton

Lost It

July 3, 2014 by  


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Jim Benton

Come on over

July 1, 2014 by  


My new book, Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff like That. And Cats. launches today!

Head over to Reddit to celebrate with me. I’m answering questions and drawing pictures.

Here’s the link: http://www.reddit.com/r/comics/comments/29k0wk/couldnt_have_done_it_without_you_my_new_book_of/


Eric Hobbs

Family Ties on Kindle… for $2.99!

July 1, 2014 by  


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So I’m extremely busy these days with a big work-for-hire project that I’ve been asked to write along with a mammoth creator owned book that is taking up a lot of my time, but I wanted to drop by and quickly let everyone know that Amazon has made the digital version of Family Ties one of their “Monthly Deals” in July.

This is really cool as most the books they include in the monthly promotion are novels. There aren’t a lot of graphic novels selected so it was kinda nice to see FT get some love. And what does that mean for you? Well, if you have a Kindle (or the Kindle app) you can get Family Ties for just $2.99. That’s almost 180 pages of story for less than three bucks! I can’t imagine you’ll ever have a chance to get it cheaper.

Click here to check it out!


Patrick Atangan

Invincible Days

June 30, 2014 by  


Here’s another supplemental story to my upcoming book “Invincible Days.”

 

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Jesse Lonergan

My First Comic

June 29, 2014 by  


My very first comic ever was Asterix and the Great Crossing by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo. The early part of my life was spent in Saudi Arabia and I was exposed more to comics from Europe than from the U.S. This was the book that my parents read to me over and over again before going to bed.

Basically, I was an American kid growing up in a Muslim country looking at ridiculous Native American caricatures written and drawn by French men in a comic that featured no female characters whatsoever.

Very worldly.

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NBM

Librarians! come see our latest news at ALA booth# 2009

June 26, 2014 by  


If you’re attending ALA starting tomorrow in Las Vegas, make sure to visit us sharing our booth with sister co. Papercutz, #2009.

We’ll have previews of some remarkable new books coming:

BEAUTY

BEAUTY from the authors of Miss Don’t Touch Me (of which a new larger omnibus edition is coming out as well!)

DUNGEON: Twilight Vol.4

DUNGEON Twilight the much awaited continuation of this popular series.

And the highlight of the season:

MISS DON’T TOUCH ME

GIRL IN DIOR chronicling the life of the famous couturier! Flip through the book and admire the amazing art:

Girl In Dior

And of course, we’ll have all our recent releases to catch up on!

Phantoms of the Louvre All Star

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Publisher Terry Nantier will be there to talk with you and looks forward to meeting you!


Jesse Lonergan

Striking Out

June 22, 2014 by  


This Wednesday I’ll be talking along with Joel Gill at the Cambridge Public Library at 6:30. We’re going to be discussing our paths to comics as well as a bit about process like this little bit of strike out research I did for All Star. You should come join us.

Strike Out Reference

Nobody struck out better than Reggie Jackson. Look at those feet! He’s got himself so twisted up, just imagine how far that ball would have gone if he had hit it.

 


Margreet de Heer

The Last Link

June 21, 2014 by  


Since 2010 I got to make comics for student magazine H/Link, periodical of the The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Alas, the paper is folding now – the magazine will continue in cyberspace, but no longer with my comic.

So it’s time to look back at four years of student life and the woes and fortunes of Fenneke, Dave, Fatima, George and their teacher Johan.

This was the first comic, which appeared in the autumn of 2010:

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Student Dave was the most carefree of the lot – he devoted most of his time to his sports:

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While Fatima tended to be daunted a bit by the demands of the educational system:

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Fenneke and international student George found out they had special interest in each other (this strip I have posted earlier this year in my Valentine blog):

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And their somewhat disillusioned teacher Johan struggled through classes as well:

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It was great fun to come up with new stories for this cast, and often the editor of H/Link tipped me on issues that were going at school.

Such as communication troubles at the helpdesk:

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The installation of new printers and the influx of new students after another school had been discredited:

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The new canteen:

 

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The scandal of the USB-fraud:

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And the evacuation after a power outage:

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The cast grew into older years and welcomed new students:

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And even George adapted nicely to this foreign environment:

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It’s kind of fitting that the strip ran for four years, just as long as their studies would have taken them. So I ended the run of the H/Link-strip with their graduation and farewell:

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Thanks H/Link and The Hague University! It has been a pleasure. And goodbye for now, Fenneke, Dave, George, Fatima and Johan! Who knows, they’ll pop up in another incarnation some day…

…and yes, that last panel is a hommage to Calvin & Hobbes character Miss Wormwood:

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Jesse Lonergan

Talking Comics at the Cambridge Public Library

June 16, 2014 by  


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So if you’re in the Boston area next Wednesday, you should come by the Cambridge Public Library and say hello to me and Joel Gill. We’re going to be talking about our books, our process, and our upcoming projects, which are both westerns.