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We’ve Moved!

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While I know that updating bookmarks and rss feeds is a huge pain, The Comics Bureau is moving!

Head on over to the swanky standalone domain thecomicsbureau.co.uk for more of the same. Literally nothing else has changed!

Written by The Department of Illustration

September 19, 2009 at 10:18 pm

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Jeet Heer on R. Crumb’s Genesis

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Jeet Heer has a review of R. Crumb’s (soon to be released in the uk) Book of Genesis Illustrated.

Surprisingly, given his reputation as the chief sexist of underground comics, Crumb has taken a strongly feminist slant on Genesis. Influenced, as he notes in the commentary, by scholars like Savina Teubal, Crumb sees within the book a struggle between two religious systems: the familiar patriarchal God of the fathers (whose story runs from Abraham to Isaac to Jacob to Joseph) existing side by side with a covert matrilineal traditional of powerful women (including Sarah, Rebekah, and Rachel).

I for one can’t wait for this.

Written by The Department of Illustration

September 4, 2009 at 12:06 pm

Posted in Advice, Buy This, Comics, Review

Jim Medway Recommends

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mawilJim Medway recommends a couple of books this week, notably Sparky O’Hare by German cartoonist Mawil.

I think I’m going to have to hunt these down…

Written by The Department of Illustration

September 1, 2009 at 7:39 pm

Posted in Advice, Buy This, Comics, Review

Work on spec?

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Web Designer Chris Williams writes for Webcomics.com about the perils of working on spec. The crossover between commercial design and comics becomes particularly well defined when put in these terms;

Speculative work means you create something for your client, if they like it, you get paid. If they don’t like it, you don’t get paid. There is no assurance that you’ll be compensated for your efforts. By the way, “building your portfolio” or “getting a link” is NOT compensation.

Written by The Department of Illustration

September 1, 2009 at 2:18 pm

Posted in Advice, Articles, Webcomics

Dash Shaw asks Hope Larson about editors

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Dash Shaw, writing for Comics Comics talks to Hope Larson, author of Salamander Dream, Gray Horses and Chiggers about her experiences of working with editors.

I send in the troubled first draft of my script, and my editor (and her editorial assistant, if she has one) sends me reams of notes that address the themes of the book and problems with structure and character, plus a few niggly little notes. This batch of notes always starts with a paragraph or two telling me how great I am, how much they like the script, and how I don’t have to make any changes I don’t want to make. (Usually the notes are spot-on, but there have been times when I’ve refused to change a line, or omit a swear, or disagreed about the direction a scene should go.)

Notes do sting, but they leave me invigorated, ready to dive back into the story with greater awareness of both its weaknesses and its strengths. Many–or most–of my writing epiphanies are the result of an editor saying, “This doesn’t work. You need to rethink this.”

Written by The Department of Illustration

September 1, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Famous Artists Cartoon Course at Comicrazys

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Continuing the series of lessons from the Famous Artists Cartoon Course over at Comicrazys comes lesson 15 – Props and backgrounds.

Written by The Department of Illustration

September 1, 2009 at 7:54 am

Seen Watchmen and are wondering who this Moore Chap is, eh?

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August 31, 2009 at 8:05 pm