Saturday, June 25, 2011

Top Ten Influential People in Comic Books

10. Todd MacFarlane
9.   Carl Barks
8.   Will Eisner
7.   Steve Muffatti
6.   Osamu Tezuka
5.   Jack Kirby / Stan Lee
4.   Frederick Wertham
3.   Bob Montana
2.   Frank Miller
1.   Joe Shuster / Jerry Siegel

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Comic Book Relief

From The Daily Good:

Laughter Is the Best Medicine: Comic Books to Help Joplin Kids Be Kids

Whether created to educate students in Kabul or fight unemployment in New York City, comic books have become a go-to creative instrument for tackling serious problems. Now a team of artists is putting comic books to work in support of the young people in Joplin, Missouri affected by last month's tornadoes, which killed more than 100 people and displaced thousands.

Dreamed up by a former editor at Nickelodeon Magazine, Comics Express is a limited-edition,  24-page comic book, to be distributed for free to Joplin's youth this July. While other relief agencies are helping adults in Joplin piece their community back together, this project aims to help children affected by tragedies by nourishing their sense of humor and their imagination. As Comics Express explains on their website, "The comic book will give young kids up to teens something more fun to think about than damaged neighborhoods and uprooted lives."

To get the project off the ground, Comics Express created a funding page on Indie Gogo, a platform for crowdsourcing funding. While the artists are donating their time and labor, shipping and printing will cost $6,000. A $20 donation will get you a copy of the magazine. Donate $100, and you'll get five copies, a poster, and your name included in an "original thank you poem" inside the comic book's front cover.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Things that didn't get in the App

A hearty welcome for any wandering visitors to Ted Dawson and Wes Hargis's Blog!

The App for "When I Grow Up" by author Al Yankovic that I (Wes) was helping with is over at the itunes store right now. It was just awesome to work with my favorite people at Harper and the talented gang at Bean Creative to bring Al's book to life.

I wanted to show any visitors here a few pieces that didn't get into the App!

These are game info pages and it sort of slowed kids down in getting to the games, so it was chucked for the betterment of the experience. Here's a few that only you guys get to see.