Tag Archives: Comics

Typesetting Manga

15 Jun

How is typesetting manga different from typesetting American comics?

US comics tend to use speech balloons with a horizontal format, whereas Japanese comics use speech balloons with a vertical format (because of vertical writing). Manga balloons, in Japanese form, and in well-lettered English translations – use a LOT more white space within the speech balloon. A ‘typical’ US comic will use horizontal white space equal to one or 2 characters. A ‘typical’ manga will use horizontal white space equal to the longest line of text. Shoujo manga will sometimes have a little more white space, and Shonen manga will sometimes have a little less, but they will generally have more than US comics.

US comics tend to rely on the order of panels to guide the reader through the page and through the story. Manga is much more likely to use the word balloons to guide you through the page and the story, which means the speech balloons are more likely to cross the panel borders.

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Webcomic picks, vol. 243

20 Mar

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This is a fun webcomic I thought my readers would enjoy.  The strip has a real oldschool feel and would fit in well in a newspaper comic section.  The humor reminds me of something halfway between the Far Side, and Non Sequitur.  The art has an appealing simply style that is drawn with thick black lines, and the coloring is top notch.

http://www.safelyendangered.com/comic/larry-the-advice-arachnid/

Enjoy!

Book Trailers

13 Jan

Here are some book trailers I thought were cool.

And just for good measure – here’s some truly adolescent cartoony ultra-violence, provided for you in stop motion form.

Analyzing the Eisner Awards -Best Artist Infographic

18 Feb

A while ago, I decided to analyze the winners of the Eisner Awards, and present the information as an info-graphic.  Here is the result.  My apologies for the weird colors.  That’s the result of not saving for web.

Eisner_awards_Artist_1

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Science Fiction Art Inspiration November 2012 -pt. 2

26 Nov

Here is some more inspirational science fiction art.


Image 1-3: Comics pages from Moebius – Jean Giraud.

 

Image 4-7 – art by comic book artist Francois Schuiten.

Bombast Podcast -It’s Alive

13 Sep

Monarch Henchmen cosplay at C2E2
note: Neither person in this picture is either Phil or Matt.

So this post is to let my readers know that I’ve now started a podcast / internet radio show.  It’s with my buddy Phil Jacke, and it’s called Bombast Podcast.  The subject matter is movies, comics and random conversation.  We had a fun time recording it, and we hope you’ll have a fun time listening.

for the Show, we’ve created a Blog –

http://bombastpodcast.wordpress.com/

and there is also a libsyn page you can go directly to to download an episode.  It’s also available for free in the itunes store.  On our first (successfully recorded) episode Phil and I lay out their ideas for what the show will be, mainly, a place to dicuss comics, movies, music, and whatever random folderol they want to talk about.  Topics discussed include Canadians, the DC reboot, Shingles, Nicholas Cage, Crime in Rockford, and more.

http://bombastpodcast.libsyn.com/

To readers of this blog,  I plan to continue posting her, at least for now…  Hope a couple of you check out the radio show, and at least 1 of you enjoys it, haha.
Matt Jeske, signing off.

Happy Birthday Jack Kirby -Pt. 2

28 Aug The Cover to Fantastic Four #3 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

Today is the day Jack Kirby was born in 1917.  If he was still with us, he would be 94.  Jack is one my favorite artists, and he had a tremendous work ethic, drawing up to four comic books a month, (an unmatched achievement…) while also being a great originator.  He created or co-created Captain America, The Fantastic Four, Galactus, Silver Surfer, The Avengers, The Mighty Thor, Kamandi, The Demon, The New Gods, Mister Miracle, The Inhumans, and the Boy Commandos!  (plus too many more to name)  Here’s a sampling of his genius in pictorial form.

Captain America number one, page 1

Doctor Doom Versus Silver Surfer by Jack Kirby

The Cover to Fantastic Four #3 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

"jack kirby at his drawing desk"

young romance comic book cover

The cover Boys Ranch number 6 by Jack Kirby