Jun 252012

It’s getting down to the wire — sign up for the new Creating Comics class, our flagship series where you can either learn how to write a comic book script (as well as how to find an artist, do your own comic, etc.) or write and draw a minicomic and get it sold out in the world.  It’s only $25 per session — about the same as a continuing education class.  Comics are like oranges — good and good for you!

For more information and to sign up, go here:


Jul 212010
The now familiar complaint at Comic-Con International is that the event has become too much about movie stars and not enough about comic-book creators. But Hollywood’s obsession with the massive San Diego expo may not be a bad thing for comic writers and artists — the relationship is, of course, reciprocal. In-demand comic-book creators are now getting “star treatment” at the convention — and not just by their loyal readers.

Ed Brubaker Guest Deejays on KCRW!

 Posted by on July 19, 2010
Jul 192010

Ed Brubaker Guest Deejays on KCRW!

Award-winning comic book writer and graphic novelist Ed Brubaker does not shy away from dark themes in his work — or his songs picks. He chooses a slate of songs about heartbreak, loneliness and survival in his Guest DJ Project set for Los Angeles-based public radio station KCRW (89.9FM and KCRW.com). You can find the full set streaming and for download, with a transcript, here: http://www.kcrw.com/music/programs/gd/gd100714ed_brubaker

Ed prefers music that “hits you right in the heart” and kicks off his Guest DJ set with “It Changes” from the Snoopy Comes Home Soundtrack:

“(This) is the song Charlie Brown sings after Snoopy leaves. As an ex cartoonist, I just like Charles Schulz better than Charles Dickens and this song was, I think, the first time I ever felt ennui as a child. It very much informs everything about Charlie Brown as a character and about, you know… the particular genius of Charles Schulz is that he taps into this loneliness that we all feel. And it’s just a song that, every time I hear it, it just brings tears to my eyes.”

He also reveals the music that inspires his work, particularly the tone of his comic book series Criminal:

“When I was struggling with “Criminal,” when I first began it, trying to find the right tone for it, I actually found that tone in old Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits. That sort of seedy, depressing kind of music. I thought, if I could get that type of tone across, then I would be golden. So, yeah, that is something I think about sometimes — what music do I want people to listen to when they read this type of comic.”

Ed has worked on such notable titles as Batman and Captain America and his critically-acclaimed miniseries “Incognito” was just optioned for a feature film by 20th Century Fox. Considering a conversation we had in KCRW’s Music Library after we taped this session, I wouldn’t be surprised if there were more. It appears Hollywood is knocking on his door!

On KCRW’s Guest DJ Project, an array of cultural trendsetters and icons are asked to share FIVE songs that have inspired them throughout their lives and a new set is posted each week. We recently taped sessions with The Guild’s Felicia Day, as well as “Watchmen” star Malin Akerman, which will be airing in the coming months. We’ve also featured Mark Waid, Tim Sale, Jimmy Gownley, Brad Meltzer and more. You can find them all in the KCRW archives here: http://www.kcrw.com/guestdjproject

About KCRW:  KCRW 89.9FM, licensed to Santa Monica College, is National Public Radio’s flagship station for Southern California. The Santa Monica-based nonprofit represents cutting edge radio at its best, presenting an eclectic mix of independent music, news, talk and arts programming. The terrestrial signal serves Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura Counties, as well as parts of San Diego, San Bernardino, Kern, and Santa Barbara Counties and the greater Palm Springs area. KCRW’s programming is internationally renowned and available worldwide via KCRW.com, including three streaming channels, 27 podcasts and archives of our locally-produced programs and live band performances. Hear KCRW music online, all the time, on the ALL music stream Eclectic24.


Jul 092010

Kapow! Join us for our pre-Comic Con panel on Digital Comics! Our expert speakers from Marvel, comiXology, BOOM! Studios, IGN and more will discuss digital comics, including apps and distribution, social media, and marketing, at Meltdown Comics megastore in Hollywood. With complimentary refreshments thanks to FILTER.

Our expert speakers will discuss
– What’s successful in comics digital distribution: online, mobile, motion comics, apps, etc.
– Is the iPad a game changer in how we can download and read comics
– How do u reach online core fans to promote comic-related properties in movies (Wolverine, Iron Man, Dark Knight), television, and video games
– How to artists and publishers use social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to create buzz around projects and reach fans. What to tweet about?
– Video games to comics

Register Here

Scheduled speakers include:
– Ira Rubenstein, Marvel, Executive Vice President, Global Digital Media Group (NY) @Marvel
– David Steinberger, CEO of comiXology, which built Marvel and DC comics apps, and its own app of upcoming releases @comixology
– Sam Humphries, comic book writer (Fraggle Rock, CBGB), architect of MySpace Comic Books
– Chip Mosher, BOOM Studios, Marketing Director
– Rich George, IGN Comics Editor @IGN
– Jason Badowar, comic book illustrator (Heroes, True Blood etc.) and co-founder of WEvolt.com, an online platform which digitally distributes and monetizes comic book content via deals with Universal Music, Arcana, and more.
– Moderator: Kevin Winston, Digital LA, founder, former MySpace Integrated Marketing of Movies, Comic Book Channel, Games

We’re looking for speakers, comics app creators, established comic artists using social media, etc. If u r or know a potential speaker contact info@digitalla.net with COMIC as the subject.

– 7-8p Check-in and networking with light apps, thanks to FILTER
– 8-9:30p. We’ll talk apps and more on our panel + Q&A.;
– 9:30-10p. Even more networking

Register Here

Note: Note: $5 of your registration fee will be donated to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, founded in 1986 as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of First Amendment rights for members of the comics community.

We”ll be hosted by Meltdown Comics, LA’s must-see pop culture destination. Meltdown’s large 9000 sq ft store on Sunset will be hosting comic events thruout July leading up to Comic-Con. Check out the schedule at http://meltcomics.com and follow at http://twitter.com/meltdowncomics

Nov 102009

Alan Moore To Write Rock Opera For ‘Gorillaz’ Duo.
Alan Moore

Legendary comic book writer Alan Moore is set to write the lyrics for the next opera by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, the duo behind the popular “The Gorillaz” virtual band.

In an interview with Mustard Magazine, Moore stated “[Albarn and Hewlett] came down to Northampton last week because we’re planning for me to do the libretto on their next opera.” Albarn and Hewlett’s previous “circus opera” was “Monkey: Journey to the West” which received critical acclaim in 2007 and led to a series of animated promos for the 2008 Olympics on BBC.

Moore also revealed that Albarn and Hewlett will be contributing to “Dodgem Logic”, a bi-monthly underground magazine founded by Moore that will debut later this month in the United Kingdom.

“[For the third issue] we’ve hopefully got [The Gorillaz] onboard,” Moore said. “Being an opportunist, I asked them if they’d be prepared to contribute some pages to ‘Dodgem Logic.’ Rather than just doing an interview, I thought it would be interesting to hand over a few pages for them to curate.”

“Dodgem Logic” is Moore’s self-described “fanzine” that harkens back to some of his earliest work in the British comic press before he became known for several seminal comics including “Watchmen”, “V For Vendetta” and “The League of Extraordinary Gentleman.”

The most recent volume of “League of Extraordinary Gentleman”—released earlier this year by Top Shelf—featured a sampling of Moore’s lyrics in songs inspired by “The Threepenny Opera.”

Earlier this week, musician Jeymes Samuel hinted that Albarn and Hewlett are also working on the long awaited “Gorillaz” animated feature film.