There’s nothing like a pandemic to make the world seem small. In this uncertain time, I started checking in with various friends and creative collaborators around the globe. One of the furthest away (with a literal 12-hour time difference) is Butch Mapa, whom I worked with on Hart Jeffers’s sci-fi comic SOL for Run Riot Media. Given Butch’s name has started to appear in Diamond’s Previews at an increasing rate, our check-in on Facebook Messenger quickly turned into an opportunity to also dive into his experience and insight for ShoutFyre.
Keeping That Comic Creator Passion Alive
Let’s face it, creating comics is a passion project. Regardless of whether you’re a writer, an artist, or a do-it-all creator, comic creation is a time-consuming task with its fair share of frustrations.
Comics in the Time of Coronavirus
If you’re a genre geek like me, the past couple weeks have likely called to mind the opening chapters of Stephen King’s The Stand or the closing credits of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, watching a contagion fan out and flare up around the globe
Today, I’m probably best known for my long-running gig as an editorial cartoonist and illustrator at Charleston City Paper. Even though it’s a local alt-weekly, I’ve managed to gain recognition across the continent through awards, convention appearances, and a TEDx talk. But to some, I’ll always be known for my 90s-era indie comic Boondoggle.
For 15+ years, I’ve contributed weekly editorial cartoons at Charleston City Paper. Week-after-week, a new strip, a new opinion, a new punchline. As such, one of the most common questions I hear is “Where do you get your ideas every week?”
Con Job: Tips to Making the Most of a Convention This past weekend, while tabling at the two-day Captain’s Comic Expo in Charleston, SC, I took time to observe what seemed to work (and not) with artists’ and publishers’ con booths. I view conventions as more a...
One of the biggest ongoing challenges as a working cartoonist? Keeping up with all the projects and deadlines that need your attention. Case in point, in any given week, I’m trying to find time for a couple deadlines for Charleston City Paper, a blog post for Shoutfyre, and a handful of extra or personal projects
The Rough Cut
The art director reached out to see if I could help out with an upcoming issue with a “traveling carnival” theme. I’m usually asked to provide spot illustrations to complement feature articles, playing off the writer’s wordplay and focus; in this case, they were looking for something more freeform, something playing off the theme to incorporate into advertising leading up to the issue.
Find Your Local Comic Creators As a member of ShoutFyre, you’re likely looking to connect with and learn from fellow comic creators. Online is a great place to start, as it evaporates distance and eases accessibility to experienced experts and...