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Understanding Comics and Kazu Kibuishi – Throwback Thursday

With posting this morning about beginning the Astral Chronicles as a webcomic, I thought I would share the posts and experiences that helped get me here. So rather than this itself being an old post, this is a post leading you back to a few older post!

The most important was probably getting to hear Kazu Kibuishi, author of Amulet, talk about the process of being a graphic novel author. And while the easiest thing to say is probably that I’m not at the same point in my writing career that Kazu is… I can absolutely say that he inspired me. Here’s a link to my post, talking through his process and thinking:

One of the important things I got out of Kazu’s presentation was the importance of the book Understanding Comics, a non-fiction comic about comics by Scott McCloud. Really getting into the deep questions of what comics are as a medium – rather than as the sorts of genre that dominate our perception of comics – got me thinking about them as well.

It was in that post that I even fully committed to the idea that I was going to get a webcomic going, as a way to get and keep me writing/drawing, and as a way to serialize the work. Plus it lets me self-publish; if I really get going with this, I have other stories I could do as a graphic novel.

Amulet vol. 1 coverSince we’re talking about Kazu, I think I will also link to our two posts about Amulet. We started reading the series before Kazu came to town, so that we would know who he was and what he was up to – we got hooked and finished the series (up to where it is), and even finished up the most recent volume real recently. Fantastic series, and in the second post I actually talk more about Kazu’s presentation and how he does the work of producing Amulet.

If you’re looking for a great comic series to read, that’s great for all ages (once they can emotionally deal with the idea of death), then absolutely check out Amulet. And if you like comics or want to know what the big deal is, and you haven’t read Understanding Comics, definitely check that out! Also, you can find Kazu on his website boltcity.com, or on Twitter as @boltcity.

Alaska Robotics Mini Con

Alaska Robotic Mini Con

Alaska Robotic Mini Con

I am so incredibly proud of my little town because we have a growing geek community and our local comic book shop decided to host a mini comic convention. It was great because they got enough community support to hold the con with free entry!

I went with Geek Baby for just a little while and there was so much going on. Unfortunately I was not able to participate in a lot of the happenings, but I did get to walk through the “hall” and look at all the comics and artists that were participating. There were a lot of people there and a lot of people showed up in cosplay even, which was amazing. The number of artists that they got to come to Juneau was pretty amazing. Here are some of the best parts of the event. Continue reading

Tomorrow – First Year of a Mini Comic Con!

Cover to the most recent Capital City Weekly! http://www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/042016/ae_1268079332.shtml

Cover to the most recent Capital City Weekly! http://www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/042016/ae_1268079332.shtml

Wow, first a gaming con, and now a comic con! Our local comics (graphic novel and trade paper backs) store is hosting a first-annual miniature (one-day and comics mainly) Comic Con! Here’s a link:

We’re super excited that it’s happening. Sadly, I am working… but Holly is planning to go with the Geek Baby! So she’ll have some thoughts and/or pictures to come. I was looking through the list of guests and came to Kazu Kibuishi and told Holly right away that she needed to go.

There’s a pre-event tonight (Geek Baby needed to sleep…) that Holly just saw on Facebook is standing room only… this is going to be pretty awesome! If you’re in town, I’d recommend checking it out tomorrow. If you’re not, well, it’s still exciting to be seeing new Comic Cons starting up all over and all the time!

Finally: Understanding Comics

Life being what it’s been, it’s taken me a while to finally finish reading Understanding Comics, by Scott McCloud. This had been recommended to me by several reliable sources, like GuestGeekBrian, and Kazu Kibuishi. And how long it took me to get to and read it should be no comment on this book either for how important it is nor how good it is.

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Because it is quite simply one of the best, most important books I have ever read.

In short, this 1992 book attempts to explore the art form of comics at the very core. What it is about comics that make them comics, and not just drawings, or picture books, or illustrated literature, or really any other medium or thing – they are their own thing, described in the singular and plural as “comics.”

Along the way, he argues against any thought that comics are intended for only a specific genre or genres; the comics are only for a specific age group; or that comics are not art. He also takes an international approach, with the most specific and compelling difference being Japan and manga (see also: Tezuka). He also takes a historical approach, defining comics back far enough in time that he hit on a topic near and dear to my heart: but more on that below.

I feel like I could talk for a long time about this book, but it would be far more efficient for you to just go and read it! Hopefully like it was for me (or for Kazu before me), this book should be available at the library. Of course, I only had to get it at the library because I finally returned Brian’s copy to him, unread… And I won’t need it from the library again, because I’m definitely buying this one to reference later!

But anyway, allow me to briefly hit on some of the major definition points of comics, hit on that historical connection with my own research, and finally speak a bit about how this book informs discussions on this blog, and in my own life.

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Amulet – All Caught Up

So after Holly and I started reading Amulet, Holly wrote an initial review. When we were about halfway through reading, I got to chance to see the author, Kazu Kibuishi, presenting live about his process. Now that I have read through Volume 6, and am now officially all caught up with all there is thus far, I thought I would add a bit to the discussion.

I don’t want to add too many details because, like Holly, I don’t want to spoil you – I want you to read these. They’re great. And knowing more now as I do, I think they’re even better – as they were developed entirely as Graphic Novels, as a form – not printed as comics and then bound together. I had mentioned in my previous post that I had more I could write about that, and about Kazu’s process – so I’ll talk about that!

Then I’ll just talk about a few of my favorite aspects, and things that I think might interest you more in the story, to get you reading too! I have found Amulet on ComiXology, so I know that is a reading option. It’s also wildly popular with younger readers right now, and published by Scholastic who know how to get kids and adults reading the same thing! As such, you should definitely be able to find this at the library, at least in the US! (Sorry Japan, you might not have this one.) Alright, let’s take a look at Amulet!

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