MannionKickstarterA favorite here at The Comic Archive, Steve Mannion hooked up his camera and showed off inking some panels of an upcoming issue of Fearless Dawn, which has a kickstarter running right now if you are interested in picking up a copy. I’m a sucker for watching people ink.

Hey there all. I wanted to give a quick update as to why things have been quieter than usual around The Comic Archive.

We live in a really crazy time to read comic books. After the crash in the 90’s there have been constant worries about the impending “death of comics”. But then came the movies. And the internet. And iPads. And quite honestly, I think right now is one of the most exciting times to be producing comics. Not since Action Comics #1 has there been such an opportunity to connect with readers of all ages.

It was that realization six months ago that lead me to decide to experiment on something new with the site. Instead of focusing on building a virtual library for comics fans and creators, I wanted to make a big sign pointing in the direction that I think comics are heading. In part I want to continue our goal of documenting changes in the comics industry, but I also want to help shepherd it and point a light on some of those changes to help facilitate that change.

For me that change comes down to the universal appeal and broad readership that indie comics can bring about now that distribution has been upset by the advent of digital comics. Now if you have a voice at all you can hop onto iTunes, Amazon, Tumblr and a half dozen other places to share your comics. And that excites me. I personally think this will lead to a greater diversity in subject matter and genres within the umbrella of comic books.

So that’s what is going on these days. It means that while very little video has been posted in the last six months, there is a lot being filmed. At some point in 2014 I will stop filming and start the editing process, which will take a bit of time as the site has never been my day job. I will continue to make sure that The Comic Archive checks in every once in a while and when I get to that point of releasing the documentary I will be sure to let everyone know (probably more than you wanted to hear). TheComicArchive.com will also serve as a place where you will be able to watch extended and deleted scenes from the documentary.

I want to thank all of you for your continued interest and support in this. I’ve had so much fun meeting creators and talking to fans.

Mike Furth

Big City Dare2Draw, a good friend of The Comic Archive, has launched a kickstarter to raise funds for a pilot of an American Idol style show centered around comic book artists. The concept is great and would provide a welcome forum for aspiring comic book artists. They have also amassed a stellar set of rewards, with signed comics, sketchbooks, and of course copies of the finished show among other things. And for those looking for some professional help to make it into the industry some of the higher tier rewards might catch your eye. Such as:

Individual art classes, taught by Dare2Draw Mentoring Artist Simon Fraser, at his studio (2-3 hrs. each). PLUS, a copy of the D2D Pilot DVD and Sketchbook.

Check out this link and see what they are cooking up.

hbcOne of my favorite indie comics creators out there today, Writer/artist Steve Mannion lets us in on a look on an in process page of his book Fearless Dawn.

Cover1Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare are no strangers to kickstarter, having successfully made Halloween Eve in 2012 using the crowdfunding website. Now they are upping the ante by launching a regular series through kickstarter. Here they talk about the genesis and collaborative process behind Rocket Girl.

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