Monday, June 16, 2008

Want to read some H.G. Wells? Check up some Greek mythology? Need to brush up on Sophocles? Look no further than

From encyclopedias to fairy tales, has a staggering amount of literature you can access in full, for FREE!

Since there is so much, it will take a while to navigate through the site thoroughly, but I guarantee that there is little something for everyone here.

Here's a few links to get you started:

Ghost Stories

Bulfinch's Mythology

Leo Tolstoy Collection

Gray's Anatomy

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Excellent Read: Darth Vader's Blog

I highly recommend reading this faux blog by Darth Vader written by a Cheeseburger Brown. It chronicles Vader's day to day activities from New Hope to Return of the Jedi.

Extremely funny, well written and even touching, I suggest that you choose to read the blog chronologically as the writer added more entries.

I think this is a wonderful example of writing a story from a different character's point of view.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Drawing Day 2008!

What is Drawing Day? Here's the blurb on the website.
Drawing Day is a worldwide drawing event encouraging everyone to drop everything and draw for the sake of art. The internet is an open canvas. Help us create 1 million drawings online this day and boost online art communities.
Basically, it's an event to increase awareness of art on the web and to celebrate art itself. It was started by Mick Gow, who created Check out the blog, I found it most informative.

The event is this coming Saturday, the same day MoCCa starts, so I might not have much time to draw, but to support the event, I will finally create that deviantART account, I've been putting off all those years, and finally upload some of my drawings.

You can also so support the event by just spreading the word, via blogs, forums, or putting up a banner on your website.

Whether it's Flickr, Facebook, YouTube, deviantART or MySpace, upload your drawings! Oh, and link those posts on the Sequential Salon too!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Sequential Salon Challenge!

Hiya Folks,

Just wanted to say thanks for coming to the recent salon meeting on Saturday. For those of you who could not grace us with your presence (you know who you are) here's what you missed.

One of the topics discussed was trying to get more productivity. Whether it's the usual unmotivated 'meh' feeling, busy everyday life or just feelings of 'I suck!, I suck ass, somebody chop off my hands and strike me blind!' These obstacles prevent us from finishing or even starting projects. We need to feel excited about art again, but how?

Well, here's one possible solution, a Sequential Salon Challenge! It's not mandatory, nobody is twisting your arm, but I thought it might be something fun to do and hopefully it may get those creative juices flowing.

The challenge is this:

For the doodlers, pick any movie or TV show that wasn't a comic first (no Sin City, Spider-Man, Batman, 300, etc). Take one scene and translate into a a single comic page. It doesn't have to be a super tight and finished page, just enough so you can distinguish the characters and read the dialogue (yes ,need those word balloons people!).

For writers, again, pick a scene from any movie or TV show that wasn't a comic first. Write a short scene that was not in the movie or write an short adaptation of it from a different character's vantage point (thank you Mike for the suggestion.) I don't know what would be an appropriate length for this would be 3-4 pages?

Here's an example of a movie that was adapted into a comic. This is the famous 'The first rule of Fight Club...' scene from, well, Fight Club. Drawn by Humberto Ramos for fun.

If this particular challenge isn't to your taste, here's another one.

Take a song and interpret that song into a single illustration or write a short story /poem based on it. It can be as literal or as abstract an interpretation as you want it to be.

I don't have any examples for this one but I think it will be quite challenging.

P.S. This is something that is supposed to be quick and fun so don't obsess too much over it!

Sunday, June 1, 2008


The annual Art Fest is (as usual) held at the Puck Building, 293 Lafayette Street & Houston (a whole two blocks from my office). Take the NRW (or whatever yellow train is running that weekend) to Prince Street, and whatever else that stops at Houston.

Hours are 11 AM to 6 PM each day. A weekend pass is $15, or $10 for each day. The program guide is here. Panels of interest include:


12:15 - 1:15 pm
David Hajdu on The Great Comic Book Scare

David Hajdu is the music critic for The New Republic and the author of Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn and Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Fariña and Richard Fariña. He will be talking about his latest book, The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic Book Scare and How it Changed America.

2:30 - 3:30 pm
Rebecca Donner and Brian Wood in conversation

Rebecca Donner’s essays have appeared in Bookforum, The Believer, and People; she is the author of the forthcoming graphic novel Burnout (Minx/DC). Brian Wood is the creator of DMZ, as well as Demo, The Tourist, Supermarket, Northlanders, and The New York Four.


3:40 - 4:55 pm
Drawing Words and Writing Pictures: A Workshop
Matt Madden and Jessica Abel

Matt Madden and Jessica Abel are the coauthors of Drawing Words and Writing Pictures: Making Comics from Manga to Graphic Novels (FirstSecond), an important new how-to book on creating comics. Matt Madden’s books include Odds Off, Black Candy, and 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style. Jessica Abel’s books include Soundtrack, Mirror/Window, and La Perdida.

The book will be available for sale at the First Second table. My friend Gina will most likely be working the :01 table all weekend long. They tend to have a Buy Two, get One Free deal at conventions, and I can guarantee every dollar you spend there will be worth while.

If you have attended Salon meetings and do not show up for this, I will light many fires under your ass.

Carlos has special dispensation; it's his wedding anniversary.