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bound to happen, I guess.

I was always concerned that a publisher would wanna change-up the name or premise somehow. DC already had a book called "Golden Age" and Kirkman & Kurtz were fucking around with a "Golden Agers" idea at one point. But now it's guaranteed to never get published!

Starblast GOLDEN AGE update by mattcrap

-mattcrap



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That's right folks!

MAM goes DIGITAL by mattcrap

The book that looks like it's from the Golden Age is finally jumping into the Digital Age! We've got issues 2, 3, and 4 available for $2 downloads. Please check out these books-- there are SO many talented guys that have contributed.

Scott Godlewski (Boom Studios' Codebreakers & Dracula: Company of Monsters), Joshua Covey (Nobody Likes Jimmy), Ben Perkins (NeoTrash Comix), Ryan Cody (Icarus from Super75Comics & Villains from Viper Comics), Joe Dellagatta (Egg & Atomic Robo: the Getaway), Mikey Babinski (Wonder Woman & She Hulk), Matt Kaufenberg (Shrek), not to mention Michael Kasinger, Dan McDaid, Andy Kuhn, Dan Schkade, Evan Shaner, Dave Flora, Simone Guglielmini, Anthony Schiavino, Michael Powell, Guy LeMay, Sean Hartter, and still to be seen grace the pages of MAM, Lee Gaston, Derrick West, Andy Poole, Claudio Muñoz, Shawn Ullom, and many more!!

Head on over to our blog mysterious-adventure.blogspot.… Jump over to your right hand side, scroll down, and click on the "Add to Cart" button below the issue(s) that you'd like to purchase digitally. We understand that times are tough and the cost of a physical book plus shipping plus whatever else is just outrageous these days. We figure if your average 32 page (24 pages of story w/ about 7 pages of ads) comes to $.99 or more for a download. There's over 40 pages in each of these issues (about 4 or 5 of which are ads) hopefully you'll agree that the book is worth the little bit of extra coin.

You can also skip the blog (if need be) and hit up our Ejunkie storefront www.e-junkie.com/epicallyuninv…



We're still plugging along on the 2011 MAM Annual. We've gotta a ton of great stories from many of our MAM veterans, so keep an eye out for that.


I'm also working with :iconbrattyben: and :iconjoshuacovey: on two new (and different projects) that we'll probably start sneak peeking looks at soon. I'm REALLY excited about these.


Thanks for looking
-mattcrap



Issues 1, 2, and 3 can be purchased (physically) at the link below.
indyplanet.com/store/advanced_…
Mysterious Adventure by scottygod Mysterious Adventure Summer 09 by MattKaufenberg Mysterious Adventure Issue 3 by MattKaufenberg Mysterious Adventure Issue 4 by MattKaufenberg
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I also thought about titling this journal,
"Don't Kill the Superhero, anally rape him."
but I decided against it...dodged that bullet, right?

So I got some notes and emails and have decided to jump back in for a minute or two. Apologies for the length, I'll try to have this be the last one.



Okay, there seems to be some confusion that my "Don't Kill the Superhero" journal was some kinda message of hate aimed at Eric Powell and his video. I like Eric Powell, I think he's a unique voice in American comics, I like GOON too. Thinking I hate Powell is about as accurate as thinking I hate Superman because I didn't like the Malibu Comics' book Prime. Just because something you don't like is inspired by or taken from a source material, doesn't mean that that source material now shares the same status. My journal was inspired by the wave of responses to Powell's video.


So first, Yes I saw the video. I believe I understand it's intent. It's not my job to convince you that it was good or bad or anything else, make up your own mind. I have no problem with the comedic delivery of a good anal raping. Hell, butt-sex in general is fine between two consenting adults-- go for it! He said his peace, then he took it down. I didn't like that part of it. He explained the strangle-hold that Marvel and DC have on the industry (which is completely true) but we're also all well aware of it already. Maybe I was reading into it too much, but it also felt like he was describing the Big2 in such a way as to point a disapproving finger at anyone who supported them by reading a mainstream comic book. It's unfair to make people feel like they're not really a true comic book fan unless they buy independent books. I didn't like that there were no solutions given or proposed. But that's been said by a lot of people already. It reminded me of my favorite Keenan character on SNL "Oscar Rogers" www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo3uxq… his only real advice for everyone, in the current financial crisis, was to "Fix it!" To which he'd scream over and over. It seems to be something we specialize in these days, bitching about a problem but putting forth no attainable goals or suggestions.

The problem with a "call-to-arms" video is that people on both sides will start inferring meaning on behalf of the video's creator and even start attacking the delivery method. If he would have done a "one man and a webcam" style video with the same wording, would it have been as effective or viral in nature? Who knows. He put some style into his message, I don't see a problem with that. I also don't see a problem with wording things in the actual way in which you think them- no filtration, no political correctness, just say it and deal with the consequences. Maybe it's hard to hear, but fuck it, at least there's no misunderstanding. The problem with that is you'll then be held accountable for that choice of wording. I'm a comic book geek, I like superheroes, I make creator owned books and for an outsider looking at that video, I may seem like an oxymoron...or at least just a moron. Maybe guys out there who DO "live with there mom and have never felt the inside of a vagina" will feel a little alienated now because of what he said. Eh, I don't really care so much about that, but it's something to consider, in the long run, in terms of getting your message across. I saw another video Powell did a short while back and it was similar in tone and message. It was funny and he was using some of the same parody tools, but it was also less committed than the more recent one.




If tomorrow, 5000 of us all decide that we're only going to drink Shasta or RC Cola, ultimately Coke and Pepsi will be just fine. If anyone is going into this fervor thinking that they'll be able to take down the evil monopoly of Marvel and DC, put it out of your minds...it won't happen. The real crappy part, is that if it does (by some small miracle) take down the Big2, then there goes the rest of our industry right down the shitter. You can't expect a big company to not ACT like a big company.



I was little upset a year or so ago after Kirkman's video manifesto, that he didn't really put his money where his mouth was. Here he was, a guy who had already seen the benefits of working for Marvel and his creator owned books continued to do well, telling creators that they should also dive in and share the joys of creator owned work. There were a ton of comments at the time about Kirkman breathing rarefied air in the creator owned arena (which is true). The guy has created his own universe (multiple books) within the independent publishing world. (Hell, Millar is trying to do that and it's not really working- what does THAT tell you?) Anyway, he puts up this video and stood behind it, but he didn't (as far as I know, correct me if I'm wrong) really jump out of the gate and make anything other than noise, by using his station in the industry to put indy books under people's noses. He formed Skybound, he announced that Witchdoctor book, but unless he's been underwriting or promoting other books behind the scenes, that I'm not aware of, that was pretty much it.

The ONLY thing Powell has to do (in my opinion) to stand behind his words and to make up for the lack of specific ways to fix the problem, (and the act of taking it down) is to put one, JUST ONE, indy book in the back pages of GOON for a few issues. If he makes that happen, then he's doing his part and everything he said would be vindicated.




I call for a challenge, that ALL of the big name guys who's book come out on a regular basis and who have also spoken out about supporting creator owned books STEP UP and use their station to feature an indy book that they found out there. Not something who's sales are low or an established buddy who's book needs more buzz, but a truly independent book. A book with no publisher, a book that's just a free webcomic, or a book that not enough people are looking at. If all of those guys feature a few pages of these books in the back pages of their own issues (with the title's website and information on ordering) THEN and only then will they be TRULY supporting creator owned comics. It's like a charity says, "Give what you can." If you're just a regular comic book fan, then spending money on indy books is really your only option for contributing to creator owned books. Send a message with your dollars (but no one should tell you to buy shit that you don't want). But if you're a comic book creator who has some pull, use that pull. You might not have it forever and if the comic book industry topples before you help out your fellow creator, then you'll only have your self to blame.



-mattcrap



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I'm really kind of sick of hearing everyone talk shit on the super hero genre as if it's never been worth reading and has never done any good for the industry. There wouldn't BE a comic book industry w/o the enduring super hero comic. Other than main stream superhero books staying published and indie super heroes failing (for the most part) I don't understand where this deep seeded hatred of the genre comes from. Is it just a case of "That boy has a shinier toy than me!"?? If psychological thrillers were the Big2's bread and butter, would everyone hate psychological thrillers?


I think the argument needs to be made that we're all really just looking for a super hero book to be done well. Really that can be said about any book. Over the last couple of years, every time I told somebody about my fantasy genre idea, I'd be met with "Oh that'll never sell, nobody reads fantasy anymore." But look at Skullkickers tearing up sales. We're looking for superhero books that speak to the human condition and are more than just spectacle and punching (or maybe we're fine with that as long as the punching is really pretty). Every nerd that screams about how much Marvel and DC suck, is probably doing so with a Spiderman poster and Batman figure behind him. New superhero books don't create the same engaging characters that have been created in the past-- the Bruce Waynes, the Peter Parkers. Once a new superhero book DOES create a character that resonates with readers, THEN the book has a chance to catch on and stick.

Invincible, Powers, Atomic Robo, all are variations on the superhero archetype, and all have different levels of success. You can argue that Powers is a crime title and that Atomic Robo is sci-fi and explain away their success as non-superhero related reasons, but let's face it-- these are superhero books done right. We also have to resign ourselves to the fact that there are NO BRAND NEW NEVER BEFORE SEEN SUPERHEROES LEFT! Everything and anything that comes out will be nodding to something else that's been done, so if you're holding out for the never-before-seen superhero book, stop. Monster killers, cops, superhero kids, robots, elves and goblins, we've seen all this shit before. The thing that makes these new books great is the creator(s) ability to say something new about those situations.

We also have to stop letting reviews and sales charts define what we buy. I hate the fact that CBR and Newsarama have such a prominent role in what I might buy. I don't buy Previews and I'm not a member of every obscure badass underground comic book message board...I will miss out on cool shit. If there are two new books coming out and the comics news websites decide to an article on one new book (but not another) I might only end up knowing about the one, even if the other is right up my alley. The second book may end up failing because the creators/publishers lose hope and quit doing the book because no one shows any interest.

That brings up another factor: A great idea alone won't give that book the legs that it needs. A wonderful, mind-blowing concept is only half the battle. It'd be awesome if every creator with a brilliant new take was rewarded for their ingenuity, but that doesn't always happen. It's all about packaging and delivery (like with any product). Just because something makes sense on paper, doesn't mean that that noodle is gonna stick. Take Hellboy, an often imitated premise, sometimes simplified and sometimes more complicated- Hellboy is a model that people want to get in on. Whether it be just Mignola's art style or his storytelling methods, people love Hellboy so much that they want to do their own. It's all about finding the pulse of the reader and latching onto it, that's the only explanation. That's why a book like Anchor fails and Skullkickers catches on-- both have big supernatural-ish guys punching monstery things, one lasts and the other doesn't. You can't discount the level of advertising and commitment of staff. Both had pre-release buzz (and I think) both had great starting numbers. There are an almost incalculable number of factors that go into the success of a book after all the panels are done (many of which can't be controlled by the creators). An awesome story and buzz will only get you so far if the pocket books don't open up for your book.

Don't kill the superhero. The superhero isn't hurting you. If you don't like it, then don't buy it. Some of us need the superheroes to be around. I'm not even saying I buy all that many mainstream superhero books, but I will say this: A few years ago when they were doing the blue and red energy Superman story, I remember seeing a late night talk show host put up a picture of the new design and proclaim, "C'mon, that's not Superman!" I remember being pissed off and offended that that guy got to use his national platform to talk shit on something "we were doing." (We, being the comic book people). I remember disliking the new red and blue Superman idea, but also defending it, because how dare a non-reader tell me how my universe should be handled. Now, flash-forward to a few months ago when they make Dick Grayson Batman. I don't read Batman books, I fucking LOVE Batman, but I never read his comics-- I was so pissed and felt betrayed and left out of the loop. How dare they make a decision like that without me? I understand more and more, that the Big2 and their characters are also institutions and properties and brands that go beyond our little sub-culture. The more I see myself turn into a spectator and less of an involved member of that culture, the wider my vision becomes.

Superheroes didn't make your indy book fail. Your indy book failed because indy books are destined to fail if you think shit will be handed to you. Your indy book failed because even the lowest form of promotion for a mainstream book is 100 times more powerful than what you put into the promotion of your non-mainstream book. Your book isn't amazing and mind-blowing and you're not an under appreciated genius just because the Avengers are having a crossover this month. Did you tell your best friend and your mom and dad, and uncles and aunt whatevers to go buy 5 copies each? Did you yourself go buy a bunch from different online retailers? Did you send a press package to CBR and Newsarama and any one else with an email address? Did you flame every message board that you could find with free preview pages? Did you go to cons, did you give shit away, did you spend time, did you spend money?

The superhero is out there and maybe fundamentally, you and he are chasing the same dollar, but that doesn't make him a villain.



oh my stars and kickstarters,
-mattcrap



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I've been thinking about this crap constantly lately, and I'm writing this little babble-fest mostly just for me, to get my thoughts straight and get any misconceptions that I may have cleared up (by you guys hopefully) and to hear your thoughts on the whole thing. I've read just about every article under the sun. I pretty much always keep my mouth shut about shit I don't understand because if I don't know how it works, I can't bitch about it. There's a great Mark Waid interview that cuts down to the heart of the whole thing better than any other I've seen.

Check it out www.comicsalliance.com/2010/12… You don't have to specifically read it to understand what I'm talking about, but if you've gotta few minutes check it out.



Okay so first...I wanna kick the next fucker to use the term
"Digital VS Print" right in his frickin head! Saying "Digital VS Print" is setting up the battle from the get-go, by flat out stating that the two can't mutually exist.



I think it comes down to THREE things...



PRICING:

So, this particular rant was punctuated by my trip to the comic shop today. I bought 7 comic books...FOR TWENTY SEVEN DOLLARS!! That's just stupid money. The shop I go to is great. They're nice guys and they do their best to discount books when they can...which is something I've heard a lot of whiners say about how digital comics won't work because they price them too high, because their local shop gives them a price break on floppies. If the companies or Diamond or whoever charged the shops less then they could pass that on. Digital comics seem like the boogie man because they CAN be sold for cheaper than their paper counterparts. But that doesn't mean that they always WILL be.

DC was talking big shit about how they're releasing Batman Beyond digitally, the same day that it's sold in stores...for $2.99. So pay $2.99 for a book on a cloud or $2.99 for a book in your hand. I don't know why they don't see that correlation. I think their "Draw the line at $2.99" campaign is a great idea, but they DO have to carry that line of pricing to lesser products. A digital comic IS a lesser product-- there's no getting around that. They're not paying to print it or to ship it and next to nothing to distribute it. It should cost less, but that doesn't mean it should cost nothing.

With Indy books, you're essentially paying for this issue so that the guy can make the next one. With the Big 2, you can't even argue that you're paying for the book so that it continues to come out. Look at Thor the Mighty Avenger, I paid for it so it would keep coming out...I and 7000 other people paid for it to keep it coming out and they canceled it anyway.

I think if we look at the two as different levels of the same product, instead of two completely separate animals, then we're one step closer. People always equate comics with the music or movie industry (and you can find parallels) but they're incredibly different. Digital comics are similar to MP3 downloads, in that, you can choose to buy all the issues in a series (an entire album) or just the issues that you want (individual songs off an album). But the overheads and productions costs are different for each industry. Different production costs mean different consumer prices are needed to make their costs back and start seeing profit. Prices need to be adjusted accordingly for different end products too. It costs millions of dollars to produce a film and they make millions of dollars from theater sales. Then the slap the (in most cases) already paid for itself product on a disc and sell it for $16-$30. The profit margins involved are insanely different than the cost going into a comic book. But we can still learn something from that industry. They should tryout a comic book version of "digital copy." Maybe a website address and download code are inside each physical copy of the book that is sold, so that people who are buying the floppy book (and paying more money) are getting more for that extra money spent.




OWNERSHIP:

I hate the cloud, I don't want the cloud. Call me old fashioned, but I want to own the shit that I've purchased. If I hand somebody something as payment and then they hand me something else back? That should be mine. It shouldn't sit in a magical digital limbo and be mercy to the whims of others.

I think digital comic's entrance on the market has been seen as an attack on the collector's mentality that still runs pretty high among us comic booking types. A company can't sell one good cover and two shitty variant covers if their book is being purchased digitally. I have to tell you that I'm a little bit anal when it comes to printed material, I don't like crumpled paper, I don't like wrinkled magazines, I don't like dog-eared book pages...I blame comics. But I'm also happy to say that I only felt like a comic COLLECTOR for a short time. I'm a comic READER and there in lies the difference. A comic reader, who doesn't give a shit about the tactile experience of comic book reading, can get more books (hopefully for less money) if he or she reads them digitally. Let's allow that true readership to flourish where ever it may. Maybe they'll become a collector, maybe they won't, but the material will still have an audience. Take it from me, a guy who has been collecting comics for over 20 years...THAT SHIT ADDS UP! The physical clutter of this hobby is ridiculous.

Fighting over formats is bullshit.

PDF files. That's it! Fuck it, I'll even say JPEGs should be available. If you paid for it, you should have it in the most readily read file type possible. I know the first thing out of everyone (both for and against) is related to piracy. Piracy is the second oldest profession. People have been stealing shit since man first had shit to steal-- Get over it. I of course can say that because no one is pirating my shit. But my thinking is that if it's easy to get legally, people will go to less lengths to get it illegally...and if they won't? If they'd rather get it illegally, then they were going to do that anyway and me making it easier didn't change that.

  


QUALITY:

I think comics look great on my computer. I obviously think comics look great in print, my ceiling high stack of long boxes will attest to that. It's all about preference and convenience and the delicate balance between the two.

I'm so sick of reading comic book reviews, where non-comic book making nerds rip apart books made by the hard working men and women in comics. They're rancorous little fucks who delight in belittling other people's efforts. Not every book is going to a back issue gem and not every book is going to be an epic profound story that stands the test of time. It's entertainment and when you give shit to a guy for not fully rendering a car in the background of a page that you looked at for 38 seconds, you're missing the fucking point.

I think we need to dial it back on the quality of comic book art. I know that sounds crazy, but allow me to expand on that. We demand precision from our comic book artists. We demand an inappropriate amount of time be spent on something that we don't reciprocate. Everybody works at different speeds, some guys are insanely fast and other take forever...sometimes the time spent shows and sometimes it doesn't. But let's make a presumption: 1-2 pages per day. Factor in that comic books artists don't have "shifts" (unless they make them themselves). So let's make another assumption: A comic book artist works 10 our days. Boiling that down to into unfair simplicities makes 5 hours spent per page for production. Let's round out an average page-count at 24, so at 5 hours a page, that comic artist is spending 120 hours on that book. That book that you spend maybe 10 minutes reading.

We should allow them some leeway, let them work a little sketchier, a little looser (hell some guys do already). We allow it from some and not from others. If the information is conveyed, then everybody wins. It's sequential storytelling and we're expecting a fine art masterpiece on every page. If we let them loosen up a little bit, then they could fit more pages into their schedule, if they finish more books, then your books come out on time & more often and then they get paid more because they're getting more issues done and the cyclical beast feeds itself and becomes more self sufficient. If we demand books for less, then we need to allow for a waning in precision of quality. It's like Subway: they saw everybody was broke, so they dropped all their prices. Sure, you don't get as much stuff on your sub as you used to, but you still get a quality product for cheaper.


I'll end with this:

The best Chinese food place in my town doesn't deliver. The old lady that runs it is really nice and always recognizes me when I come in and we chat a little while my food's getting cooked. They're also a little pricey. There's another Chinese food place in town, it isn't as good, but they deliver. They're not as expensive either. Now they both have their charms, sometimes we spring for the good stuff and put in a little more effort and other time we just want that shit brought to our doorstep-- we give our business to both...and both survive.

That's true...and a metaphor.

i love you,
-mattcrap



These three books can be purchased (physically) at the link below.
Mysterious Adventure by scottygod Mysterious Adventure Summer 09 by MattKaufenberg Mysterious Adventure Issue 3 by MattKaufenberg
indyplanet.com/store/advanced_…


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I've been thinking about this crap constantly lately, and I'm writing this little babble-fest mostly just for me, to get my thoughts straight and get any misconceptions that I have cleared up (by you guys hopefully) and to hear your thoughts on the whole thing. I've read just about every article under the sun. I pretty much always keep my mouth shut about shit I don't understand because if I don't know how it works, I can't bitch about it. There's a great Mark Waid interview that cuts down to the heart of the whole thing better than any other I've seen.

Check it out www.comicsalliance.com/2010/12… You don't have to specifically read it to understand what I'm talking about, but if you've gotta few minutes check it out.



Okay so first...I wanna kick the next fucker to use the term "Digital VS Print" right in his frickin head! Saying "Digital VS Print" is setting up the battle from the get-go, by flat out stating that the two can't mutually exist.



I think it comes down to THREE things...



PRICING:

So, this particular rant was punctuated by my trip to the comic shop today. I bought 7 comic books...FOR TWENTY SEVEN DOLLARS!! That's just stupid money. The shop I got to is great. They're nice guys and they do their best to discount books when they can...which is something I've heard a lot of whiners say about how digital comics won't work because they price them too high, because their local shop gives them a price break on floppies. If the companies or Diamond or whoever charged the shops less then they could pass that on. Digital comics seem like the boogie man because they CAN be sold for cheaper than their paper counterparts. But that doesn't mean that they always WILL be.

DC was talking big shit about how they're releasing Batman Beyond digitally, the same day that it's sold in stores...for $2.99. So pay $2.99 for a book on a cloud or $2.99 for a book in your hand. I don't know why they don't see that correlation. I think their "Draw the line at $2.99" campaign is a great idea, but they DO have to carry that line of pricing to lesser products. A digital comic IS a lesser product-- there's no getting around that. They're not paying to print it or to ship it and next to nothing to distribute it. It should cost less, but that doesn't mean it should cost nothing.

With Indy books, you're essentially paying for this issue so that the guy can make the next one. With the Big 2, you can't even argue that you're paying for the book so that it continues to come out. Look at Thor the Mighty Avenger, I paid for it so it would keep coming out...I and 7000 other people paid for it to keep it coming out and they canceled it anyway.

I think if we look at the two as different levels of the same product, instead of two completely separate animals, then we're one step closer. People always equate comics with the music or movie industry (and you can find parallels) but they're incredibly different. Digital comics are similar to MP3 downloads, in that, you can choose to buy all the issues in a series (an entire album) or just the issues that you want (individual songs off an album). But the overheads and productions costs are different for each industry. Different production costs mean different consumer prices are needed to make their costs back and start seeing profit. Prices need to be adjusted accordingly for different end products too. It costs millions of dollars to produce a film and they make millions of dollars from theater sales. Then the slap the (in most cases) already paid for itself product on a disc and sell it for $16-$30. The profit margins involved are insanely different than the cost going into a comic book. But we can still learn something from that industry. They should tryout a comic book version of "digital copy." Maybe a website address and download code are inside each physical copy of the book that is sold, so that people who are buying the floppy book (and paying more money) are getting more for that extra money spent.




OWNERSHIP:

I hate the cloud, I don't want the cloud. Call me old fashioned, but I want to own the shit that I've purchased. If I hand somebody something as payment and then they hand me something else back? That should be mine. It shouldn't sit in a magical digital limbo and be mercy to the whims of others.

I think digital comic's entrance on the market has been seen as an attack on the collector's mentality that still runs pretty high among us comic booking types. A company can't sell one good cover and two shitty variant covers if their book is being purchased digitally. I have to tell you that I'm a little bit anal when it comes to printed material, I don't like crumpled paper, I don't like wrinkled magazines, I don't like dog-eared book pages...I blame comics. But I'm also happy to say that I only felt like a comic COLLECTOR for a short time. I'm a comic READER and there in lies the difference. A comic reader, who doesn't give a shit about the tactile experience of comic book reading, can get more books (hopefully for less) if he or she reads them digitally. Let's allow that true readership to flourish where ever it may. Maybe they'll become a collector, maybe they won't, but the material will still have an audience. Take it from me, a guy who has been collecting comics for over 20 years...THAT SHIT ADDS UP! The physical clutter of this hobby is ridiculous.

Fighting over formats is bullshit.

PDF files. That's it! Fuck it, I'll even say JPEGs should be available. If you paid for it, you should have it in the most readily read file type possible. I know the first thing out of everyone (both for and against) is related to piracy. Piracy is the second oldest profession. People have been stealing shit since man first had shit to steal-- Get over it. I of course can say that because no one is pirating my shit. But my thinking is that if it's easy to get legally, people will go to less lengths to get it illegally...and if they won't? If they'd rather get it illegally, then they were going to do that anyway and me making it easier didn't change that.

  


QUALITY:

I think comics look great on my computer. I obviously think comics look great in print, my ceiling high stack of long boxes will attest to that. It's all about preference and convenience and the delicate balance between the two.

I'm so sick of reading comic book reviews, where non-comic book making nerds rip apart books made by the hard working men and women in comics. They're rancorous little fucks who delight in belittling other people's efforts. Not every book is going to a back issue gem and not every book is going to be an epic profound story that stands the test of time. It's entertainment and when you give shit to a guy for not fully rendering a car in the background of a page that you looked at for 38 seconds, you're missing the fucking point.

I think we need to dial it back on the quality of comic book art. I know that sounds crazy, but allow me to expand on that. We demand precision from our comic book artists. We demand an inappropriate amount of time be spent on something that we don't reciprocate. Everybody works at different speeds, some guys are insanely fast and other take forever...sometimes the time spent shows and sometimes it doesn't. But let's take an estimation of presumption: 1-2 pages per day. Factor in that comic books artists don't have "shifts" (unless they make them themselves). So let's make another assumption: A comic book artist works 10 our days. Boiling that down to into unfair simplicities makes 5 hours spent per page for production. Let's round out an average page-count at 24, so at 5 hours a page, that comic artist is spending 120 hours on that book. That book that you spend maybe 10 minutes reading.

We should allow them some leeway, let them work a little sketchier, a little looser (hell some guys do already). We allow it from some and not from others. If the information is conveyed, then everybody wins. It's sequential storytelling and we're expecting a fine art masterpiece on every page. If we let them loosen up a little bit, then they could fit more pages into their schedule, if they finish more books, then your books come out on time & more often and then they get paid more because they're getting more issues done and the cyclical beast feeds itself and becomes more self sufficient. If we demand books for less, then we need to allow for a waning in precision of quality. It's like Subway: they saw everybody was broke, so they dropped all their prices. Sure, you don't get as much stuff on it as you used to, but you still get a quality product for cheaper.


I'll end with this:

The best Chinese food place in town doesn't deliver. The old lady that runs it is really nice and always recognizes me when I come in and we chat a little while my food's getting cooked. They're also a little pricey. There's another Chinese food place in town, it isn't as good, but they deliver. They're not as expensive either. Now they both have their charms, sometimes we spring for the good stuff and put in a little more effort and other time we just want that shit brought to our doorstep-- we give our business to both...and both survive.



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Heya folks,

It's been a while and for that I am sorry. I'm a day away from the Sketch-A-Day thing being done (which is a HUGE relief). I'm hoping that 2011 will see some more productivity from me in the old comics department. It's been exceedingly impossible to get a day job and I've always been reluctant to dive head first into comic booking because I can't afford the costs that are involved.

I have been staying (creatively) busy though-- both with music and new stories. There's a few new irons in the fire and I'm still plugging away at the leftover jobs that need doing on the MAM Annual.


Scotty and I have been talking and we're going to be taking Mysterious Adventure Magazine digital! Going digital has been something that we've been talking about for a long time now. The webcomic format never felt right, but we're not ruling it out either. We want it to still be the comic book reading experience that we've all grown to love while getting it out to as many people as cheap as possible. We're going non-commercial, non-proprietary, non app, with our digital releases. Once we've ironed out all the details, I'll spill the beans.


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FINALLY Issue 3 is up for purchase on IndyPlanet www.indyplanet.com/store/produ… ! So please, if you've been waiting (or you didn't get one because I ran out) please jump on over and pick it up. There's a few REALLY great gems on there (not just MAM). You have to wade through a bunch of crap, but look around a bit. There are some people that put some quality shit out through Indyplanet.

Sorry it took so long, hopefully they'll have Issue 4 ready soon too.

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Just so you know, I haven't been cheating on you with stupid Facebook or Twatter or anything like that. Just haven't been producing much, hence not posting much. We all have slumps.

Scotty and I have started work on something new, hopefully I'll be able to show some of the awesomeness that he's sketched up soon.


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Sorry for the lack of update, fellas and gals. I was under the weather for almost two weeks (bullshit) and apparently when I get all sick, I get all bitchy and hate everything. I got really down on doing the whole comic book thing.

Even if you don't see them here, I'm still always doing the daily sketches over on mattcraps.blogspot.com/my blog. As a rule, I try to post them on deviant every 10 days, but apparently I didn't get around to it until 30 of'em had piled up. So, if you like big sketch dumps-- Enjoy. If they annoy you and just clogged up your deviation queue, apologies.

The whole "Year of Sketch-A-Days" was supposed to help train me in webcomic'ing but it's really just training me on new ways to be lazy with Daily Sketches.

you can check out all my Sketch-A-Days here ---> mattcrap.deviantart.com/galler… They're all stupid and out of order, whoops.



I finally got back to writing and have hopefully come up with a pretty fun stories for folks who like pulp, folklore, and legends...not just another "monster punching" series. I think I might end up doing the post online thing with it (as long as it's cool with my partner) printing comics is becoming a fucking huge pain in my asshole. I'll give you more details when I have them.



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******EDIT: Sorry folks, I'm all sold out! ******
Thanks so much to everybody who got one, yours should be on your doorstep soon. I'm gonna try to go a different root and get some more copies soon.


Heya folks, we can't apologize enough for all of the delays of availability with issues 3 and 4. They've been done for months and it's just impossible to get them into anybody's hands for some reason.

Kablam/Indyplant's site got hacked and so neither of the new issues are available yet. Both Issue 1 and 2 are still up there but the addresses are changing almost daily. Every time I post a link, it's dead in a day or two.

So in the meantime this is what I'm doing to rectify that...for a limited time you can order Mysterious Adventure Magazine Fall 09 (Issue 3) directly from me for $6.00. I'll be throwing in some MAM postcards and the shipping's included. I only have a handful right now, so ORDER NOW!!

This issue boasts an all-star cast of creative titans. Josh Covey, Simone Guglielmini, Anthony Schiavino, Ben Perkins, Mike Babinski, Dave Flora, Ryan Cody, Scott Godlewski, and Andy Kuhn.

Shoot me a note and I'll get right back to you.


Here's a little preview of a story that I worked on with Josh Covey called "Dust to Dust."
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Our very own :iconboston-joe: is all growns up and featured by the Tesladyne crew over at Nuklear Power. The whole story is available online now.

atomic robo pg 1 by boston-joe Atomic Robo pg1 Joe Dellagatta by whoisrico Atomic Robo pg2 Joe Dellagatta by whoisrico
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Let this be a lesson to you folks, if you don't pimp yourself? others shall do the pimping! Meaning what, kids? That's right...Joe is my ho!



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I realize it's only two issues in, but I'm very happy with how it's going. It makes me feel like I'm reading old Hellboy stories. Mike and Duncan are capturing that sense of dread and uncontrollable approaching future mixed with layer upon layer of tweaked folklore.

TOTALLY my cup of tea.

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I was so horribly upset when Mignola started taking those really long hiatuses and having other people draw HB. To me it felt like he was sinking Hellboy to the bottom of the ocean so that there was a valid real-time reason for HB to not be around. I'm not an avid reader of BPRD (yes, I know it should be) but for me Hellboy is my gateway to that universe. I'll be honest, when Fegredo first started, I HATED it. Which didn't make sense, because I LOVE a good Mignola ape. Seriously, if you can riff on Mignola, you've gotta guaranteed fan in me. There was something about someone riffing on Mike's style while actually doing a Hellboy book-- I don't know-- It made me feel dirty. That being said: I absolutely LOVE what Duncan has been doing with these books. The last few series have been INSANELY well drawn. I think he's really adding something to the Hellboy universe by exploring angles and views that Mike doesn't usually use. It's really cool- we get Mignola sensibilities while getting a fresh set of hands on the visuals. I couldn't be happier.

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I'm loving how rich of a backstory Gruagach is getting and how they're creating a character that you are rooting for even though you're not supposed to. I want him to succeed...I don't want him to kill Hellboy, but i think he's suffered enough at the hands of magicks that he deserves to be restored to his true form. His motivations and choices are flawed and amazingly well done.

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Folks, if you haven't yet? Pick up Darkness calls and Wild Hunt (think they're both in TPB form already). Then go grab issues one and two of The Storm. Right there you've got hours of good reading.


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TV, that is...as in "I Have Issues TV" The Internets greatest Comic Book and Geek Culture program! Thomas was doing interviews for his show at Phoenix Comic Con and he was cool enough to talk to me for a few minutes.

I screwed the pooch on this one, folks-- I didn't see that it was up until now.

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So here ya go- ihaveissuestv.wordpress.com/ta… Check out i have issues: 079 their June 11th post. Thomas and Sean talk about some books and then the interviews are on the ass-end there.


(and I'm a liar...issue 3 is NOT up on Indyplanet)


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Well, I'll tell ya--The fact hat there's very little credit given to the "COMIC" in ComicCon. I know this is probably a topic that's getting a little old at this point...especially seeing as how I'm about a week late to join in on the bitching. Hopefully I have a slightly different tact thereby making it NOT a complete waste of your time to read.      Hopefully.

I didn't go to SDCC this year. But I was almost looking forward to watching the Con unfold on CBR, Newsarama, and G4. We all know from experience, articles, pictures, and video footage that Comicon is largely focused on just about EVERYTHING but comic books. Of course comic books are there and of course alot of the other media is based on (or drawn from) comic books as a point of inspiration. But we can agree that the 4-color 22 page printed on paper comic book takes a backseat...hell, it takes a back back seat. ComicCon is the SUV with three row seating and comics are the retarded nephew that sits in the back.

I know I haven't said anything new yet. Bear with me.

Okay, so as I watched the posts update by the minute (literally) I started to notice a trend: Even the news coming out of ComicCon had nothing to do with comics. To me one of the cool things about SDCC, is that all the companies (big and small) save up their big news and cool new projects to announce at San Diego. Try as I might, almost all I heard about was movies. Even the actual comic book guys that got interviewed were only asked about TV shows, movie deals, and Ipad application launch dates.

THEN, a week after the con I see something. CBR and Newsarama continue to post "CCI: this" and "CCI: that" and I start thinking, "Hey waitaminute! I thought the Con was over!" It was, but what was happening was that our COMIC BOOK SITES were only posting movie and MMOLRPG news during the con and were kind of "saving up" the actual comic book stuff. More likely than not because they could get scooped by CNN or the New York Times about the Thor movie but only comic geeks (their captive audience) care about what new books are coming out...so no rush. I enjoyed the fact that the comic book news was covered (eventually) but it also kind of irked me too. This means, folks, that comic books ARE still at ComicCon! They're there, they're just buried under all the other crap.

San Diego is beautiful, the convention center is amazing, but maybe some tweaks are in order. The games, toys, costumes, movies, and all that help put proverbial asses in the seats... and then cattle wrangle those asses into walking past the real-life in-the-trenches comic book creators. But it doesn't go far enough. Maybe we should obliterate Artist's Alley. At first it was a haven for comic book enthusiasts and now it's a shoved out of the way area to be avoided by movie fans. Maybe shake up the floor arrangements so some artists are right next to some of the big stuff and vice versa, so that everyone is sharing in traffic flow. I don't know-- just spitting out ideas.

It would just be nice if the grand spectacle lent some of it's power and support to the little guys who have built (and continue to build) the framework for that monolithic Pop Culture Mecca that is San Diego Comic Con International.


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Dude, I didn't think it'd happen...honestly. I knew i couldn't swing it cash-wise (so that stopped it right there) but I was really okay with cutting out that hassle.

To be honest I could barely walk around the last time I went. I'm a big guy and it's hard enough for little folks to snake in and out and in between all the bodies in constant motion (and especially those that are stopped). All the while knowing it wouldn't happen, I was oddly alright with it. CBR always does an amazing job with the point-by-point big news stuff and you even have G4 doing live coverage of different parts (if you're that hard up for it) and everybody's mid-con posts of what they're doing.

But somehow that made it all worse!

As I'm slowly getting out of the zero-contributor section of fandom, I feel like i'm missing networking opportunities and business contacts when I don't make it to a show. At PhoenixCon, I ended up with a crap-ton of business cards and "I'll call yous" and I haven't got around to HALF of them! It's funny how the draw for exclusive action figures isn't really the draw for me, it's the possible face to face times...and original art. I love me some live commissions.


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Holy crap-stain, I just realized that I've been on deviant (posting semi-regularly) for seven years. That's either VERY reassuring or VERY sad! This community has been really great to me.  Seven years going by really makes me think about where (and what) I was when I first started on here.

So apparently my 4th of July was a bit slow back in 2003, because instead of being drunk off my ass crazy, i was signing up with this little outfit call deviantART... mostly because I could use it as a centralized storage area-- and it was free!

A day later I posted my first image, and I was off. Libby -Sharpie on CopyPaper by mattcrap

Back then, my son was three, my daughter wasn't born yet, and I was still working a job that I had started when I lived with my parents. I had huge fantasies (and delusions) about how the comic book industry worked and how it might work for me. Luckily a lot of the folks here on deviant were able to post about a lot of their own experiences. Sometimes play-by-play horror shows and sometimes good old fashioned rags-to-riches stories.

I was constantly playing with different styles and techniques Edrick -Fantasy-BIG SWORD by mattcrap

Over the years I saw the decline in writer/artists. The one thing I had always dreamt of being was becoming an endangered species. I worked on my drawing and storytelling skills as much as I could but invariably they developed along separate tracks. I continued to write but my art eventually plateaued and didn't really show any signs of improvement after a while. I still love to draw, but writing is where my heart truly is. I wholeheartedly support the return of the writer/artist, even though I'll never be one.

I resigned myself to just having fun with my style MEGABOLT- StockSuperHero COLOR by mattcrap


At this point, most wouldn't even consider me a participant in the comic book industry yet. I am more than satisfied with the opportunities that I've been afforded so far. Most of them have been of the self-made variety and bore books built on the backs of friends and sacrifices made at the almighty mantle of networking. I can't imagine where our book would be without all our fellow deviants checking it out and telling their friends about it.

Obviously I hope I get the chance to do more and get something published by an actual company (not just an online POD) but mostly just to find a wider audience. Realistically I know I can't compete with the big guns in the art arena but I hope I get to write a killer story one day, for one of those killer artists out there...and I hope you get to read it.


thanks for seven years, deviants!
-matt




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seriously, just kidding- nothing to say really.

I'm reformatting all of issue 4 so it will be available on INDYPLANET. Issue 3 should be available by now but it's not coming up in their search engine. We'll get that fixed and then anybody who wasn't able to pick up a copy at Phoenix Con may do so from KABLAM or depending on how much it may cost me, I might even offer to send out a few if folks are interested.

I used COMIXPRESS for issue 4 because KABLAM wouldn't have been able to fill the order in time for Con, so I just did a re-order from those guys. Which means in a month I'll have some copies of THAT issue at my house.

Thanks for being so patient folks.


In other Mysterious Adventure Magazine news, the annual has quite a bit of great content already. There will be a crapload of stories and a flip-cover gallery. You'll be seeing some AMAZING FULL COLOR SHIT from Scott Godlewski, Ryan Cody, Joe Dellagatta, Joshua Covey, Derrick West, Andy Poole, Dan McDaid, Andy Kuhn, Dave Flora, and hopefully a shit-ton of others.

PLUS remember a BADASS PhantomAce cover by CHARLIE ADLARD!!
CHARLIE ADLARD MAM COVER by mattcrap




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Hey guys and gals

Sorry it's been so long since I made a decent update. I've been keeping up with the daily sketch over on blogspot mattcraps.blogspot.com/ but other than that, I've been neglecting my net-people.

For good reason (I guess) or at least a reason other than JUST laziness as per usual. I've been a bit busy (still jobless) but staying busy trying to turn comic work into some cash. How's it going? It's going, but I'm flexing alot of different muscles out there.


I just finished coloring a six page pitch for :iconryancody: which was pretty fun. I don't know what info is classified and what isn't, so I just won't say anything as to it's content. I've dug Ryan's stuff since I first say it and I've colored a few of his things here and there but it's a totally different experience to color his shadow laden pages. It was pretty cool- he's an awesome colorist on his own, so he showed me some tricks and gave me some tips that will hopefully raise my game a bit.


The SGT ZERO five pager that I inked is available for purchase in good old fashioned print over on Indyplanet. www.indyplanet.com/store/produ… You'll also be able to get it digitally on Panelfly shortly.
It's written, colored, and lettered by Anthony Schiavino, and pencilled by :iconroguehill:. I'll soon be starting ink work on a second (longer) story with the same creative team.




Some really great stuff came out of PHOENIX COMICON!!
Phoenix Comic Con 2010 by mattcrap
I can't count the number of deviants that I met (both old and new) badasses one and all. I'm not going to do that cool thing where you list all their avatars. Not because I'm a fuddy duddy or anti-hip or anything like that, but just because I don't want to forget anybody and I know there's a couple people that I don't HAVE their site address and I don't want to leave them out. I've gotta crapload of sketches and art and books and prints from some of those very same badasses (i'll be posting some of them shortly). I had a blast hanging out with all the Arizona guys again...I'm hooked.

Okay...fuck it!

Our neighbor :iconmichi01: makes all this little cutsie crap that people just went NUTS for...we'll be doing a chibi MAM print next con WITHOUT FAIL! We were sitting next to :iconskulljammer: his fam' once we annexed the DC booth on Sunday (which was pretty cool). :iconsideways8studios: introduced me to Cory Walker and then I ran away like a little bitch. Thomas did interviews for both MAM and Codebreakers for I Have Issues ihaveissues.blip.tv/ I had a blast hanging out with :iconterrytibke: and :iconryancody: and talking to :icontonyparkerart: and :icondiecast75: again. :iconandykuhn: came over and introduced himself (which was CRAZY cool) and I got to hand him the book with the flip cover that he did. I finally met :iconbryce-lee: after SO MANY years and his lady :icony2jenn: did a badass commission for me.

I know that's not everybody...and I apologize.



Our panel went surprisingly well for having absolutely no framework...or moderator. We tackled the unsung hero of indy comics- Social Networking, and it's importance.

The guys behind PIRATE(heart)NINJA have recruited me and another noteworthy artist who may wish to remain anonymous to do an exclusive story for their next themed anthology book. I'd be an idiot to not jump on anything with these Arizona guys- they're all the bee's knees. As soon as they told me what the new theme would be (and then as soon as I asked what that meant) I was hooked. I got an idea pretty quick and ran with it using multiple themes from the weekend in the script. I'll be inking and lettering this one too.


I'm gonna be trying my hands at sketch cards for :icon5finity: We'll see how that goes. I think I'll be taking a crack at the Zombies VS Cheerleaders property.


*whew*

yeah, so I'll be dumping about 3 weeks worth of daily sketches on here and some other random crap and hopefully some Con art too.
JEEZUS!



-mattcrap



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