Sunday, September 30, 2007

Hyping Myself

And now to hype myself! I just got my Cafe Press store back up. Here's the link if anyone wants to check it out.

The Fourth Estate

Wasted Video

Greetings! Ray Tomczak here.
As you may know, I do a weekly comic called Wasted Potential that appears every Sunday on the web-sites ComicSpace, Drunk Duck, Webcomics Nation, Smackjeeves, and at my Wasted Potential blog.
If you didn't know that, pay close attention to the video below. It's a brief introduction to my strip, giving an overview of the basic concepts and main characters and the web-sites where you can see it, all set to music by Talking Heads.

Friday, September 28, 2007

A Wonderful Wordless Work of Art

As if the quotes in the above ad aren't enough, Sunday Comix's very own resident librarian, Rebecca O'Neil, says, "If you haven't read The Arrival by Shaun Tan yet, I can't recommend it highly enough. It is a wordless story done in sepia-tone pencil drawings; one of the most gorgeous and affecting books I've ever read."

Monday, September 17, 2007

September Meeting Photos

Here's some photos from yesterday's meeting.


Sunday, September 16, 2007

Mini Distribution

Okay... so I was reading over on Heidi MacDonald's “The Beat” about how this fella Dick Hyacinth is asking about how to buy small press comics on his blog :

I was looking over the Ignatz nominees, and was struck by how many were books which I’d wanted to read but haven’t been able to find. Does anyone know of a good site for ordering stuff from a bunch of different small press publishers (by which I mean non-Fantagraphics, D&Q, or NBM–I can get that stuff at my LCS), or am I just going to have to break down and order direct? I’m looking for stuff by the smaller publishers listed–I checked out, but that seems to be mostly on the Brian Wood-Warren Ellis axis, which is really not what I’m looking for (that stuff is also available at my LCS).

Heidi suggested Global Hobo, Bodega Distribution & USS Catastrophe and a commenter mentioned Optical Sloth (.which is where my book can be purchased online). Anyone know of any other outlets for small press comics?

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Suggested Reading

The Best American Comics 2007
edited by Anne Elizabeth Moore & Chris Ware
Houghton Mifflin Company

Guest editor Chris Ware and series editor Anne Elizabeth Moore have sought out the best stories to create this cutting-edge collection. Contributors include Lynda Barry, Robert Crumb, Aline Crumb, Kim Deitch, Gilbert Hernandez, Seth, and Art Spiegelman.

"The idea of Houghton Mifflin's distinguished Best American series turning to the comics would once have seemed unlikely, but the powerful narratives in this collection prove why it's a good idea... this volume shows the Best American Comics concept to be a showcase for thought-provoking and evocative work."
Publishers Weekly review of Best American Comics Vol 1

"...the high standard this edition sets heightens expectations for future series installments and the talent they may introduce."
Booklist review of Best American Comics Vol 1

Provided by Read Yourself Raw

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Ignatz, Kukoc & Day

The professionals might have their Eisners and their Harveys but those of us who skirt on the fringes of comics publishing now have three prizes to call our own:

Thanks to Tom Spurgeon's The Comics Reporter for his post about the Kukoc. I adore John Porcellino's work. (The prize is named after John's late cat, a prominent character in his groundbreaking King-Cat mini-comics.)

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

With all due respect

Here’s a nice little write-up over at the Panel Blog from Tony Goins regarding his trip to our recent gallery show and what he found there. Regarding the “Sunday Comix Jam Book, he had this to say

They collected a bunch of jam pages into a minicomic, which they were thoughtfully giving away for free. Good stuff (although there were a surprising number of jokes about Max, suicide, or some combination.)

Nice guy, that Tony. Very respectful.

Plot Threads at the Thurber House

According to the OSU Festival of Cartoon Art schedule info page, there will be an opening reception for Plot Threads at Thurber Center Gallery. I have no idea what the details are about this, but chances are it's going to be interesting. More details to be found in our cool calendar.


Site Enhancements

It took some detective work but I figured out how to insert a Sunday Comix Google calendar for all to see what it is we in the group are up to as well as what is going in the Columbus comics community (and beyond). I placed it waaaaaaay down at the bottom of the page, just below the “Just a little everyday COMIX news” Google newsfeed (just for kicks). If you have an event that you want to add, please email me.

I’ve also added a “What this is” along with a few other links on the sidebar. If you have any suggestions on how to improve this site, let me know.


Sunday Comix' Gallery Debut

Recently, as you might know, we of the Sunday Comix group made our first halting foray into the world of "fine arts" by putting on a gallery show at the Gallery Upstairs above the Surly Girl Saloon the night of the Short North September Gallery Hop (September 1). Even though it wasn't something I ever would have sought out for myself, as I don't really think of myself as an "artist" (there's probably a whole post in that alone), I participated at great personal sacrifice (meaning that I had to put off my monthly poker game for a week) and I'm glad I did, and not just because I somehow managed to con two naive fools into purchasing one of my pieces.

Anyway, I was packing a miniature camera that night and took a few pics which I turnend into the video that follows. I have to apologize to Jennifer for the quality of the pic of her. I assure you that she is not that blurry in real life (whatever that is). I actually think that the weird negative effect caused by the bad lighting kind of works for the shot of John Miller, however.

Our next show will be in December. I'm sure details will be posted here and/or elsewhere as the thing gets nearer.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Begging Your Pardon, But...


Welcome to the Sunday Comix Blog. This is a companion site to the Sunday Comix ComicSpace and the Sunday Comix Yahoo Group sites.

This is a team blog, where you can read about local creator news, find helpful how-to articles, see work created by the group, find links to individual members sites and personal blogs and soon we hope to add a Sunday Comix Calendar page where you can find
listings of local group and general comic-related events.

The Sunday Comix Group provides a forum for artists and writers of all formats and genres of sequential art (comic books, strips, graphic novels, manga, cartoons, etc.) to share their work-in-progress and receive constructive critiques from other creators. The group is open to all and meets one Sunday afternoon a month at the Upper Arlington Library in Columbus, Ohio.

Sunday Comix is hosted by Sequentially Speaking, which is an ongoing and evolving not-for-profit organization that seeks to encourage dialog about sequential art in the community through hosting gallery shows, symposiums and workshops for the artists and writers of this unique literary medium.

This site would not exist if it weren't for:
~Max Ink Executive Director