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Monday, June 8th, 2009

Subject:scritchscratch.com!
Posted by:scratchcomics.
Time:8:39 pm.
Man! It's been forever since I've posted here! Plenty of new comics have gone up since then, but specifically over the last few weeks, including some for the new strip "Peas."

Today is official "relaunch day". So I thought it would be an appropriate day to make a post here, and maybe try and garner some interest in my strips. I've been working on revamping the site and there is now a "Peas" section, as well as an overall site redesign to make it a little sleeker and simpler, and I did new drawings for all the different pages (like "contact", "about", etc) and the Cyrius section has been redesigned as well!

Here's todays comic:



The RSS feeds are up and working again too.

All the comics now go through the main page: http://www.scritchscratch.com

And of course each of the comics still has it's own individual pages....

CYRIUS THE CYCLOCTOPUS: http://www.scritchscratch.com/cyrius
PEAS: http://www.scritchscratch.com/peas
SCRATCH COMICS: http://www.scritchscratch.com/scratch
JOEY THE ROBOT: http://www.scritchscratch.com/joey

Thanks for your time!

-christopher.
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Thursday, November 24th, 2005

Subject:because this should totally be posted here
Posted by:jsangspar.
Time:7:51 pm.
The Coast article on the Halifax comics scene

(10 months sans posts? Man, this joint needs to get hoppin')
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Tuesday, February 1st, 2005

Posted by:scratchcomics.
Time:3:14 am.
my 100th scratch!Collapse )

(x-posted, because I'm celebrating!)
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Thursday, January 20th, 2005

Posted by:jsangspar.
Time:9:13 am.
Has anyone read any Alejandro Jodorowsky comics? I love his films, but I don't know if his comic-writing is any good.
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Thursday, December 9th, 2004

Subject:Top Ten Graphic Novels
Posted by:studio_verite.
Time:8:06 pm.
Mood:accomplished.
My list is up on the Coast website now.

My taste seems to be going indie this year and there is only one entry where the writer and artist were separate people. I tried to pick a variety of genres and styles so there's something for everyone. There were a couple books I didn't get around to reading (Shadow of No Towers, The Originals) and a couple books I couldn't include because I worked on them (The Filth, Runaways).

Wanna argue? Did I miss anything?

Cross posted from my journal
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Wednesday, November 24th, 2004

Subject:Hey kids! Comics!
Posted by:studio_verite.
Time:8:09 pm.
Mood: rushed.
Hey comics people, for the third consecutive year I will be writing a Top Ten Graphic Novels list for the Coast. So I could use some help...

What was you favourite book or books published this year?

Either new material or a collection of older stuff, as long as it was published in 2004 and has a spine. I have the start of a list in my mind (some of which I still have to read) but I don't want to miss anything. And hey, even if it doesn't make my list I'd still like to get some recommendations for reading. So hit me with your best shot.
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Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004

Posted by:whiskeysamurai.
Time:9:03 am.

Just reading some of Joe Casey-a-rama, and there's an interview with Ed Brubaker where he goes through critiques of his new Authority series with Joe and discusses the various critical viewpoints.  Interesting stuff. 

They talk about the "writer-driven comic", and that's something I was interested in getting opinions on.  Do you think an unfair amount of credit is given to a writer over an artist on a series?  How much does the artist have to do with the "storytelling" in a comic?  Brubaker in the article says:

"But, I think people are being unduly harsh on the previous run, and I thought Robbie had an excellent grasp on the team and direction, especially in his last arc. If he'd had Bryan Hitch drawing it, everyone would be calling him their god right now."

Just interested in what you all think of this.

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Monday, September 27th, 2004

Subject:Are You Excited About Comics?
Posted by:whiskeysamurai.
Time:10:11 am.
Mood: anxious.

Because I'm not. 


I don't read much in the way of the superhero serials these days, so the forecast of what's to come, as well as the weekly peeks in the New Comics racks have left me pretty cold.  (For the record I do read Ex Machina, but it's more politics than heroics, so far at least, and a damned good read... crap, I guess I read Warren Ellis' Ultimate stuff too, but only until he's off 'em.)


Is anyone else constantly disappointed on the state of comics in the last number of months?  I really haven't bought anything new besides the few series I collect (The Walking Dead, Street Angel, aforementioned hero books) which is rare because I usually find a trade or seven to purchase that lead me to a diet of ramen and coke for the remainder of said weeks.  Looking at the shipping lists and forecasts down the line (from ninthart and thefourthrail), I see nothing but nothing on the horizon.  Seriously, four new 2099 series from Marvel??  All of which got mediocre ratings at Fourth Rail. 


It's a sign, a terrible portent of doom, undeniable proof of the coming comics apocalypse.


Or that's what I think at least. Any comments?

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Thursday, July 22nd, 2004

Subject:Fan Films
Posted by:aren_silver.
Time:5:30 am.
So has anyone checked out any decent fan films lately?
There's a decent Batman one here.
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Wednesday, July 21st, 2004

Subject:on Watchmen
Posted by:jsangspar.
Time:2:02 am.
I feel like I'm finally "getting" Watchmen, I can totally understand and currently agree with the ultra-high rankings everyone else gives it, and it's all thanks to this site:

Watching The Detectives

I always considered Watchmen a really, really good yarn, but was never really able to appreciate the finer points of characterization (like Mothman, who admits to being frightened at the idea of conflict in his one appearance, and ends up an alcoholic basketcase) and symbolism (all the atomic-bomb-shaped airships), and never really noticed that it took place in an alternate universe where Nixon is president well into the 80s and the US won 'nam.

Is it normal to miss so much of the book on your first two readings?

oh, how I'm reading it is: I'm reading each chapter then going back and reading it with the accompanying annotations from the site. by the end of the first two chapters with this method, I was able to notice 90% of the things that are brought up in later annotations; it's really helpful.
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Wednesday, June 9th, 2004

Subject:What I read this week... 6/9
Posted by:r_lex.
Time:10:20 pm.
Keeping in mind that this a backlog from a couple of weeks of brokeness.

Swamp Thing #4: This book is only of interest to people who have been following Swamp Thing for some time. I'll admit that I'm no expert, but I did read (and thoroughly enjoy) the Brian K. Vaughan penned SW title of the late nineties. Still, with the amount of backstory that's going into this book, it's hard to imagine it drawing in many new readers. Enrique Breccia's art is dope though, dark and creepy making me think of the quintessential Swamp Thing artists like Bisette and TotIeben.

X-Statix #23: I'm enjoying the Avengers in the book (Allred draws 'em with real panache) but Milligan has little to no understanding of who these characters are. He has Hawkeye acting like the kid he was when he debuted back in the sixties, and Ant Man acting like a... well, an idiot. That said The flirting between Myles and Clint was quite funny, and Venus Dee Milo is fun to read about, just because her design is so weird. Sad this book is ending, but at least it'll go out with the original creative team intact.

Green Arrow #39: I love Phil Hester's art. I've kept on the book because of it, but I'm starting to get kind of tired of it. Winick is perfectly serviceable as a writer (better than Kevin Smith was IMO) but I just want something to shake up the book a bunch. Almost forty issues in and I'm tired of the status quo that's been established. I'll probably stay with it a bit longer (for my boy Hester at least) but it's not getting any hotter as far as I can tell.

Astonishing X-Men #1: Joss Whedon underwhelms with his new X-Men book. Lit from the embers of Grant Morrison's run (with the same cast almost exactly) he gives us lots of his trademark dialogue, but little in the way of actual story. Still his affection for the characters shows through and gives me hope for the future of the series. Hopefully it'll come out more on time than his last foray into comics, Fray. Oh yeah, and Cassaday's artwork is typically awesome. Hopefully he'll be on a regular monthly book for a good long time.

Spoilers for Identity Crisis #1 ahead...Collapse )
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Wednesday, May 19th, 2004

Subject:Artists?
Posted by:whiskeysamurai.
Time:7:41 pm.
I never want to call myself a writer, because I hate being all pretentious (as I find it hard to be considered a writer without anything published), but I have a 50-ish page screenplay/comic-script that is collecting dust. I'm wondering if anyone on here is desperate for something to draw, or knows of someone who is, because for better or worse, the thing is finished and ready to go.

It's a punk-rock zombie story; a light-hearted tale of drinking, screwing, attempted suicide, and making corpses go boom and splat.

I'm planning on doing it as a mini-comic unless I somehow come into enough money to self-publish it, so it'd be for kicks not cash. If you think that you or someone you know could draw scenes of mass punk rock zombie carnage, and has the time to do it, drop me a line at

mikecaswell@northboundcomics.com

If it goes forward, I don't expect massive time committments; my end is done, so you can take your time with yours.

Thanks!

m.c.
http://www.northboundcomics.com
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Sunday, May 9th, 2004

Subject:I have never felt more dorky...
Posted by:r_lex.
Time:9:05 am.
...than the moment I realized I found My Little Ponies painted up like Justice Leaguers to be funny. Guy Gardner is especially amusing.
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Thursday, May 6th, 2004

Subject:Free Alan Moore Junk
Posted by:r_lex.
Time:10:49 am.
Hey y'all, if you go here you can download and read a ton of cool Alan Moore stuff that is unavailable elsewhere. They have a transcript of my beloved Twilight proposal and a great Frank Miller Daredevil parody you can read called Grit which I recommend the shit out of. Funny.
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Tuesday, May 4th, 2004

Subject:X-Statix is ending...
Posted by:r_lex.
Time:9:55 am.
It says so right here. I'm of two minds. On the one hand, it's had a solid run thus far with amazing art on every issue (save one). On the other I will seriously miss getting to read these characters on a regular basis, and don't want anyone else to use them. I remember being flabbergasted when I heard Allred was going to be drawing X-Force. Little did I realize that the book would become such a biting satire of celebrity and Marvel's self-involved mutant books. The classic X-Men soap opera turned on it's head and inside out. Oh well... at least maybe this'll mean more Madman.

Or here's a weird rumor... I heard Dorkin and Allred were pitching a Metal Men series to DC. That'd be worth the price of admission.

I only ever seem to post about superhero books these days. Should do something about that.
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Sunday, May 2nd, 2004

Subject:Free Comic Book Day - YOUR side of the story . . .
Posted by:zyblonius.
Time:3:13 pm.
Mood:Inquisitoriative.
All right folks, I know some of y'all made it on down, so let's hear about it . . . what did you think of our little Free Comic Book Day? How was the selection? What did you think of what you got? Should we work on crowd control? If for any reason you missed it, what did you miss most about it? Who really is the most attractive of all the very attractive Strange Adventures employees? All these and more are the questions you should be asking yourself, and perhaps if you feel like it you can post answers as well, right here in the convenient area provided by our generous LiveJournal hosts. And now I'm off to my on journal to write an in depth look at my own personal experiences of triumph and tragedy on this most free of all comic book days. Ciao . . .

EDIT - Just so everyone knows, we have a ton of stuff left over, much of which didn't even get picked over, and we'll be giving it away pretty much as long as supplies last. So why not come and avail yourself further, without the maddening crowd, yes?
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Saturday, May 1st, 2004

Subject:Jesus God!
Posted by:jsangspar.
Time:10:50 am.
If you planned to take advantage of Strange Adventures's Free Comic Book Day #1, get down there ASAP - I was there at 10 and it was mightily packed, and they're giving away awesome stuff - Sin City monthlies, huge 15 dollar Judge Dredd back issues, mini-sized TPBs, it's a damn treasure trove. I only got 6 books (Oni Full Color Special 2001 (disappointed with the total lack of Allred work found within), a Judge Dredd, a Shade The Changing Man, a League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, a Hellblazer, and a Maxx) because I hate crowds, and there was one hell of a crowd. Hurry!
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Wednesday, April 28th, 2004

Subject:The Escapist
Posted by:r_lex.
Time:8:31 pm.
Just finished reading the second issue of Michael Chabon Presents: The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist. For those of you that don't know, Chabon is an author who's Pullitzer Prize winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay focused on a pair of jewish comic book creators and their famous creation The Escapist. Although Kavalier and Clay seem initially like analogues for Siegel and Schuster and the Escapist a stand in for Superman, both the protagonists and their creation eventually evolve into something much larger. The Escapist sort of becomes a catch all in the novel, a way to plug in various bits of comic history as they relate to the overall story. That's what makes doing a bi-monthly Escapist comic anthology so interesting. Whatever era of comics the creators feel like working with, they can. Want to write an EC style crime story? Go ahead. A World War II Nazi slugout? An issues-driven seventies pastiche? A manga adaptation? All doable. And the talent has been lining up to pitch in their interpretations. The first two issues alone contain material by Bill Sienkiewicz, Kyle Baker, Howard Chaykin, Gene Colan, Dan Brereton and Chabon himself. And the solicitation for the third issue promises Mike Mignola, Brian Vaughan, Marv Wolfman and Dean Haspiel.

I love the idea of a template like The Escapist. A loose guideline for creators of all stripes to create stories in line with whatever period or style they want. A touch of the post-modern and a whole lot of fun.
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Tuesday, April 27th, 2004

Subject:Suggestions.
Posted by:whiskeysamurai.
Time:1:02 pm.
Okay, so I'm pretty strapped for cash lately, which has caused me to be uber-selective in what I pick up at the comics store. I'm curious to know what monthlies I'm missing out on, what I absolutely MUST be buying, and why. Here's what I currently read on a sporadic-approaching-regular basis:

THE WALKING DEAD - I'm a zombiphile, so this is a no-brainer (sorry). Decent writing, excellent art, and a cool view of what happens after the survivors escape from the mall, so to speak.

DEMO - Cool premise, excellent execution. While I'm a bit hit and miss with Brian Wood's writing, he's dead on here, nailing the emotion of these characters, and giving us a subtle, no-frills look at kids with "powers".

WANTED - Not completely sold on this series, as the novelty is starting to wear off. Probably will have to re-read them before I make a decision whether to carry on buying this series.

THE LOSERS - Well, not really. I bought the first trade, and I'll probably pick up the second when I have the cash, so I'm steering away from the singles. So far it reads exceptionally well in trade, so that's how I'll collect it.

Let it also be known that I'm not much of a fan of superheroes, but if there's something in that realm you think will appeal to me and my ilk, by all means suggest away!

m.c.
http://www.northboundcomics.com
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Monday, April 26th, 2004

Subject:Northbound Comics.
Posted by:whiskeysamurai.
Time:4:53 pm.

Hey everyone, just a quick note to let you know that I've posted/responded to stuff at the  Northbound Comics message boards.  Feel free to check it out, sign up, start your own threads, 'cetera.

Mike.

 

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