Big news, everyone! One of the funniest guys I know has asked me to illustrate a hilarious new graphic novel, “Misunderstanding Comics.”
It’s a really fun and funny satire of Scott McCloud’s seminal work ‘Understanding Comics.’ It pokes fun at all your favorite comic archetypes, from the giant muscle-pile, pouch-loving monstrosities of the Liefeldian 90s to the giant eyed, tiny mouthed flying panty-stealing robots of manga to the ‘two guys play video games’ world of webcomics. This is the definitive guide to how to do comics wrong. Remember: You can’t understand comics until you MISUNDERSTAND comics! 88 pages of bad comic insanity, including:
— The History of Comics – Why comics and “fine” art ain’t so different.
— Misunderstanding Art – How your skill and talent are holding you back.
— How to Misunderstand Characters – How to create compelling characters, and do you even need to?
— Storytelling – We distill ideas from the top names in comics, reducing a lifetime of innovation to a punchline.
— Web Comics & Self-Publishing – When no one else will print your web comic about a zombie robot pirate ninja who loves bacon.
— Manga & Everything Wrong with Japan – It’s not all school girl uniforms and tentacle rape. Just most of it.
— Intellectual Comics – Feign intellectualism with bigger words and smaller fonts.
— Comic Book Collectors & Other Fanboys – The people who pay your salary and how to exploit them.
— Making Good Money with Bad Ideas – Take this book, for example.
Check it out! And watch our cartoon!
So who are these people behind this project? Well, you should know me by now. In case you don’t, I’m a cartoonist whose work has appeared in Firrlough, Genus, and Monsterhaus and has a graphic novel (Malleus Maleficarum http://www.amazon.com/Malleus-Maleficarum-Original-Medievl-catching/dp/1593622139 ) available from SLG Publishing. I have have a number of web comics under my belt — Witchprickers (http://buxompiratewench.comicgenesis.com) , Murry Purry Fresh and Furry (www.murrypurry.com) , and Guttersnipe (www.guttersnipecomic.com) . So, yeah, I think you can trust me to actually DO the work to get this happening. I’m not like some of these flash-in-the-pan kickstarter artists who are all ‘OoOOooO look at me, I’m some kid who once drew a picture of sailor moon in my notebook, now give me money to publish a 5000 page graphic novel about how I’m the lost alien prince of mobius.’ I’m a guy who draws stuff and meets deadlines. That’s what I do.
And Tim? He is one of the funniest, non-SHOW-cohosting people I’ve ever met. He’s the writer and director of the web series Assignment: Unexplained ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRD52QZCRRU&list=PL6C3842C3D291D423&index=1&feature=plpp_video ) and Emergency 411 ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9VXzMkMgpk&list=PLB1CB1E62164F2EAC&index=1&feature=plpp_video ). He’s also the man behind Normal Activity ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PDSKT9Pc64 ), the ‘Paranormal Activity’ spoof that still makes me laugh. Check some of those links out if you want to know if he’s got the joke-writing chops to match my joke-drawing chops.
The script for this book is really hilarious and I’d really like to see it happen. You can help and look at all the awesome swag you get for donating! Why, you’d be a fool not to! And, even if you can’t donate, spread the word! Let’s see what the Internet can really do to get good ideas going.