At Comics Alliance they have the first issue of Orc Stain, James Stokoe’s beautifully rendered comic, online for free.  This is my favorite comic on the stands today.  It’s only up to issue 6, and there is a trade collecting the first five issues out, so it’s really easy to catch up if you like what you see.

Click HERE for the first issue.

The great Work in Comics shares a video from YouTube of colorist Brian Haberlin teaching not just how to use photoshop to color comics, but the thinking behind the use of those tools.  It’s been cultivated from classes he teaches on coloring and is fascinating and a great introduction to the world of digital coloring.

Click here for part 1b, part 2, and part 3

source Work In Comics’ Facebook Page

Jeff Smith is one of my personal favorites, in particular his work on Bone is at the top of my list of favorite books. So it was a great joy heading over to Scholastic’s site where they have a video of Jeff drawing a portrait of Bone as well as a little visit with colorist Steve Hamaker. While the video is short and only allows for so much to be shown, watching Jeff draw is pure joy. Unfortunately I can’t embed the video here, but one click right HERE will take you to the proper place to enjoy yourself some comic book drawing.

Over at BoingBoing they have posted a link to an audio excerpt of a book recounting the Underground Comics surge in San Francisco from 1968-78. Surrealism, adult themes and counter-culture were at the heart of the movement.

When they had their fill of time at the drawing board, the cartoonists would wander by the shop and shoot the breeze with Gary and whoever else showed up. Surrounded by a mix of golden age comics pinned to the walls in stiff plastic sleeves and expanding racks of the new underground comix, the underground artists could develop a sense of their movement as situated within a comics continuum extending back decades. New possibilities were still in the air, courtesy of a countercultural milieu that seemed to have embraced the upsurge of comix, allowing artists to propel themselves in new directions, discovering new taboos to violate or new envelopes to push.

Click HERE to listen in and click HERE to go to find out more about the book, “Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78″.

No artist remains static through their career. New influences, better mastery of the tools and just plain practice make everyone change over time. Most often for the better. Here Dean Haspiel looks back and describes how his art has changed over the years.