Drawing from a lengthy career in comics, and specifically the times spent hanging out with fellow creators at conventions and comic shows, Bryan Talbot has put together a book of the ups and downs when creators and fans get together for a few days at a go. “Naked Artist”, which Bleeding Cool was kind enough to point out has been released in digital form, refreshed and expanded, is a treasure trove of stories about creators. Sometimes at their best, sometimes their worst. Either way it is always entertaining.

At this point I am halfway through reading the book. Last night after work I sat down with it and could not stop reading. The stories are addictive and I’m sure if Bryan put out a second volume I would buy it immediately. As it stands this is the only volume. It’s a very reasonably priced purchase, I got mine for $2.99 through Amazon.

Quoted from Bleeding Cool:

“I’d started collecting more anecdotes, just on the off-chance that it might have been worth doing a sequel, but the book was so poorly advertised thatnot many people heard of it. The stories have been integrated into the original. For a while I considered calling it The Naked Artist – Engorged!

“I think that many people who did hear of the book got totally the wrong impression of it. It’s not a book of gossip. It’s not “Comics Babylon” in that it doesn’t tell tales about private sexual relationships or tragic personal lives. It’s just a collection of the funny stories told by comic pros. When I realised how many I knew, I thought it was worth documenting them for posterity.

“After the furore around the single Dave Sim story, I felt I had to add a paragraph or so to redress the balance”.

One particular story about a seemingly doomed convention in Spain where Peter Bagge was to recieve a reward had me crying I laughed so hard. Another story where dutch artist Frans Mensink trekked through a Russian blizzard to attend a showing of his work really touched me.

This book has a true treasure trove of amazing stories of some of the most influential creators interacting with one another. It is a facet of comic book history that is rarely talked about and certainly hard to find. HIGHLY recommended.

via Bleeding Cool

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Erik Larsen is many things; writer, artist, Image Comics Founder. Over at the massive treasure that is David Wasting Paper Larsen answers questions about both the tools he uses as well as some very interesting little factoids about himself.

What is your favorite pen to use?
I use a Hunt 102.

Do you draw in pencil first and if so do you use a standard pencil or a mechanical one?
I do rough layouts with a standard #2 pencil.

Do you do your coloring by hand or on the computer?

What type of paper do you use?

What thing(s) do you hate to draw?
Cars, animals.

Do you buy your supplies from big chain art store catalogues/websites or a local one that you physically go to?
A local store for most of it.

For the full interview click HERE.

While traditional tools for making comic book artwork, such as brushes and pens, still play a major role in creating, digital tools have found a place in many an artist’s toolkit. Here writer/artist Dean Haspiel talks about what tools he uses and the place that photoshop has found in his process.

Veteran writer/artist Dean Haspiel talks about how he broke into comics, training with the likes of Howard Chaykin and Bill Sienkiewicz.

Every comic book artist uses a slightly different set of tools that play to their strengths and sensibilities as an artist. Here writer/artist Dean Haspiel talks about the evolution over the years of the tools that he uses to create his comics.

(note: I believe this is the Kuretake brush pen that Dean uses but I’m not 100% sure)