Posts Tagged ‘online comics’

Bone Vol. 9 Crown of Horns

Thursday, February 12th, 2009


Hello Readers,

If you haven’t heard by now, Jeff Smith’s amazing tale of the Bone cousins has finally come to a colourful end! The final color volume collection of ‘Bone Vol. 9 Crown of Horns’ published by Scholastic is in stores NOW! What an amazing read people, I can’t tell you how enthralled I was to finally finish the story. I won’t ruin it for anyone out there who hasn’t finished reading yet, but I was a little sad to see the final outcome of the Bone cousins journey. A fantastic read all the way through with a few ‘adult’ moments that will leave you in hysterics. Meant for the younger one’s, this story is an instant classic for all ages. I encourage anyone interested in reading comics to begin with Bone! The simple line drawings on beautiful backgrounds makes Jeff Smith’s story materialize before you. He’ll captivate your imagination and soon you’ll find yourself at Barrelhaven with all the gang!

Please visit Jeff Smith’s site for more goodies:

For those of you with an iPhone, you’ll enjoy reading Bone on the go! A fantastic idea that will certainly change the comic book industry, go here for more information:


Websites That Make Me Smile Part 2

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Starting off on the wrong foot this week? Here are a couple of websites that I visit daily that really lift my spirits!

First off Deviant Art, a fantastic community of artists from around the globe who post some incredible work. I could spend hours surfing though the pages of anime, sculptures, paintings and my favorite of course, the cartoons. Not only are there ‘unknown’ artists work, but there are some of the industries best of the best (J. Scott Campbell), you just have to search for them!

You can create your own account for FREE! Once you start uploading your artwork, pictures, etc. you can choose whether or not you want to sell them as prints and Deviant Art takes care of the rest (for a fee). But there’s so much more to just surfing the vast library of artwork, you can; collect other artists work (click&drag), buy prints, enter contests and so much more! You can even check out yours truly on Deviant Art by following this link!

I’ve always loved the concept of the ‘Anti-Hero’, which brings me to my next website Spawn! Todd McFarlane was really on to something when he created the first anti-hero ‘Spawn’, aka Al Simmons. Ever since the very first toys were released in the 1990’s, I’ve been blowing my hard earned paychecks on his action figures! If you’re into Spawn and collecting wicked, cool action figures, become a Collectors Club Member. It’s the only way to get first dibs on their ‘New Releases’ and ‘Exclusive Figures’ before they get bought up and dumped on eBay for outrageous prices. I got tired of looking for ‘repaints’ or ‘Deluxe Boxed Figures’ online that I became a member (membership is free of course).

The McFarlane Toys Collector’s Club is simple to join. Just go to the Store at and make a purchase. You don’t need to be a Club member to purchase your first exclusive, but you will be asked to create a ‘Login Name’ and password during the checkout process. That’s all there is to it and you’re automatically enrolled in the Club during the checkout process and all your information will be stored for future visits. So do it already!

The last site I’ll cover today is Scott R. Kurtz website Player vs. Player! A fantastic webcomic and blog, with witty humor and great stories that everyone can enjoy! Scott really inspired me to launch my own webcomic, seeing as how most artists are using the WordPress application as a ‘tool of the trade’ I figured I’d better jump on the band-wagon and start blogging already! But where to start…well if you’re looking to start your own webcomic, you better pick up this book ‘How To Make Webcomics’. Written by some of the industry’s great artists: Dave Kellet (Sheldon), Scott Kurtz (PvP), Brad Guigar (Evil Inc.) and Kris Straub (Starslip Crisis), ‘How To Make Webcomics’ is a must own for anyone seriously interested in creating their own webcomic.

This is a very straightforward read, with tons of factual content that’s pretty ‘up-to-date’ on the current applications used in the industry to produce webcomics (Photoshop, Comicpress, WordPress). From the initial concept skills, writing, storyboarding, to publishing, this book is a great starter/referral for any artist interested in creating their own webcomic. I still continue to refer to this book for tips and image preparation for my own webcomic! Thank God someone wrote a decent book on webcomics, without all the technological gibberish!

Hope your Monday is a little brighter!


Websites That Make Me Smile Part 3

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Just in time for another Monday morning!

Marc Hansen has been an idol of mine for many years now, even though he slipped away from the cartoon spotlight, he’s still producing some of the funniest comics I’ve ever read! Marc Hansen is the creator of a character with an uncanny ability that no one has been able to recreate over the years.

Ralph Snart is basically a young Grandpa Simpson with a huge nose and a lizard-humanoid for a sidekick. Ralph Snart enjoys chugging beer, picking up chicks and occasionally saving the world from Dr. Goot. What makes this story so unique you ask? Well Ralph is blessed with an overactive imagination that causes him to black-out and leap into a different world only accessible through his mind. This is the reason why Dr. Goot is after Ralph’s squishy brain, so he can unlock the mysteries of inner dimension travel.

Marc Hansen’s tale of Ralph Snart is hilarious and the level of detail is amazing! I’ve collected the comics for years until comic stores simply stopped carrying them, mainly because the demand just wasn’t there. But that hasn’t stopped Marc from posting his work online! For a small membership fee you can read the entire collection of Ralph Snart online plus Weird Melvin and Doctor Gorpon! That’s right meat-bags, you can select the issue you wish to read, pay the man and the issue is yours to enjoy (Acrobat Reader 6x is required). Still my favorite short story is ‘Mind Games’ where Mr. Lizard breaks Ralph Snart out of the looney bin to protect him from Dr.Goot who’s still after his squishy brain! I won’t give anything else away, but let me tell you once you read this three part mini series you’ll want to continue reading the Ralph Snart Adventures!

Keep on drawing Marc, more fans are on the way!