The internet has given us a great many things since its advent. Videos of furry animals, convenient online shopping mediums, and plenty of games that produce enough salt to stock the shelves of every major and minor grocer this side of the prime meridian. However, the medium of comic books and stories has flourished since we first connected to the information superhighway, spawning countless tales and ‘toons that have persisted for several years thanks to adoring fanbases. For some of these long-running works, it’s a sense of humor or endearing characters or engaging storyline that fastens its claws into readers. For others, it’s a realism
I do a lot of socializing on social media – it became pretty important to me once I started working mostly from home. But I’ve had a hard time with many of my usual platforms because of different trends I’m seeing, not the least of which is too much re-sharing of posts. Sometimes I feel like everything is on repeat on social media. That’s usually when I boot up Instagram. I’ve worked hard at limiting the accounts I follow on Instagram. For me, it’s a smaller network and one I’ve designed to help me feel inspired. So, I thought I would share five accounts that
This past weekend I visited the NC Museum of Modern Art and saw their Escher and Leonardo exhibit — both are very influential artists in my life.
As a comic book fan, a Batman fan, an artist, and a reasonable person, I’m going to talk about the Batgirl #41 variant cover by Rafael Albuquerque, which has caused the Twitter #ChangeTheCover/#SaveTheCover efforts. The social media fire storm has led DC to cancel publication of the Albuquerque variant cover. Because I wasn’t reading comic books back in 1988 and I hold to the Voldemort Axioms, I went back and read the original “Batman: The Killing Joke” (B:TKJ) by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland which is the influence for the Albuquerque cover. I found it profound and probably the best interpretation of the personas of
The Japanese manga style is broken down into three categories: Chibi, Shoujo, and Shounen. All of these terms also apply to anime. Chibi Chibi is used to portray extreme emotions or just to mix up animations styles a bit, generally as comic relief. Chibi characters have large heads, round cheeks, massive eyes, and are highly simplified. The body is usually smaller than the head. Chibi can work in conjunction with both Shoujo and Shounen, although it is not used in grim or serious-minded stories, as it is meant usually for a bit of humor. There are anime or manga that are exclusively Chibi, but these are
We’ve got a great show for you this week! Alison “Mu” Jones joins us to discuss art, gaming, and role playing. We discuss Alison’s comic about spectrum slide in great detail during the show. Make sure to check it out. We WRaP about our current geeky passions in what we’re Watching, Reading, and Playing. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the show! Let us know what you think in the comments! Until next time, game on! Regina & Rhonda Regina McMenomy Regina is the founder and lead ambassador of The Geek Embassy. Studying and writing about geeks and geek culture is Regina’s favorite thing to do when she’s not reading student
Regina is taking some much needed time off so Ryan and I enjoy talking to Nicole Hazen, gamer, artist, and comic book fan. This is one of those conversations that lights on a new topic at every turn and we just didn’t have enough time to cover it all. Ryan and I WRaP about our geeky stuff and I finally play Portal 2. Art Links ProCreate Paper Nomad Brush Wacom Bamboo Jot The Pencil Games Titanfall by EA Stanley Parable by Galactic Cafe Comics “Tomb Raider“, Dark Horse Comics Watching “Leverage“, TNT “Star Trek: Enterprise“, SyFy “House of Cards“, Netflix Reading “Gone Girl” by Gillian
The challenge that thrills me the most in design is branding. In the simplest way possible, in the smallest space, with only black and white to work with, communicate a concept, personality and mission.