When the iceman calls

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Superheroes must be the one of the most feared types of people for tech support staff.

They are magnets for having “computer issues” (as I have already covered previously here) and want everything sorted out right away. They are always complaining that the problem has to be fixed immediately, as it is a “matter of life or death”, or “the fate of the world depends on it”, or “a giant robot is about to crush my skull”.

Well boo fricken hoo! Seriously! Either they are too dumb or overpowered to use their computers in the first place, or they are super geniuses always tweaking settings and adding unauthorised custom software. (Yeah, I’m looking at you batman……)

Artists note :
This joke seems so obvious, yet when I researched it*, I was surprised to find this had not been done yet. The closest I could find was this comic, so I thought I had better give it some props.
If you find another version of this gag somewhere, especially with the iceman in it, please add a link in the comments. I would love to see it.

*Ok, I know what you are thinking – yes, I do research things on the google machine. I am all teknological and stuff.

The Perfect Comic

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This is the most perfect comic ever created!

It’s a shame we will never see it….
But that is OK, because there will never be a perfect comic.

Comic Art is like any other form of art, in as much as it is subjective to the viewer and their personal preferences.
There are so many artistic styles active within the comics world that a single style will never be the one that meet with the approval of all people who view it.

Some people prefer highly stylised images, whilst others want a more photo-realistic version given to them to indulge in.

But the one thing that I think CAN be a common thread throughout all comics, regardless of popularity, the style in which they are created or even the medium they appear – and that is that they should be created by artists who enjoy what they are doing.

Too often in the comics world, artists will clash over the smallest things (often just due to a mis-interpretation of what may have been implied) and full on melee will erupt between two parties. Very often, in these cases, sides are taken and many more artists pop-up, just to throw their hats into the ring and be seen to be part of it all.
Pros and cons of the medium in which a comic is presented, will be debated vigorously.
Egos will be inflated and former glories will be held high as proof that that party is the correct one in the current debate.
And names are always called.

When I see this occurring, I cringe.
I want to just say out loud “can’t you just do what you do and love what you do?”

Not everyone wants to be a pioneer.
Not every comic artist will make a living from their passion.
No one medium is the ultimate and best one to use.
No one knows it all – there is always more to experience.

@ryanstegman posted on twitter recently, a great piece of advice to the newer artists out there – “STAY POSITIVE. There is no conspiracy against you breaking in! Work hard and make your own luck.”

The fact that there is even a perception of a “conspiracy” that newer artists have no hope in breaking into comics and achieving what they want to, is too much for me.
All this fighting and bragging can actually dissuade some upcoming artists from trying, which may then deprive us of some fantastic comic art in the future!

Those who have “made it” in the comics world should be setting examples of how to behave as a professional, as well as portraying what a unified and sharing community the Comics world actually is.
Too often though, they spend their time baiting others just because they can, or defending their own techniques or methods.

I would love to see 2010 be the year that the comics community worldwide, takes a step back and lets little comments roll off their back. Raise thos tolerance levels and become the “bigger man”
Ignore that ridiculous post.
Refrain from commenting, especially when you know the shit-storm it may create.
Let that twitter comment wash away in the tweet stream.

Let’s just remember that we are not journalists or politicians.
Our work should speak for us. Not the other way around.

Overall, I feel that comics creation should stem from of a love for creating comics and drawing – nothing else.
We do what we personally feel is right for our art.
The rest is just gravy.

I did not include trolls in this comic, because they are actually real.

Six Imaginary Creatures

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I did not include trolls in this comic, because they are actually real.

This comic contains six things that do not exist.

The internet, and modern media in general, has allowed myths and fantasy to flourish, spread and crossover into believed fact like never before in human history.
Sure, there have always been those that believe in the creatures that hide in the shadows. And many would say that despite what you may personally believe, it is unwise to refute the belief in these creatures, as it tempts fate.
After all, they are based in fact somewhere, right?

Even shakespeare added the quote to Hamlet:

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

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Don’t Watch man

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If you saw the “Watchmen” movie, then you will know exactly what this comic is referring to.

I did this comic a little while ago, and kind of forgot about it until I was flipping through an old sketchbook.
I decided it was worth adding to the site, as it still made me chuckle.

The “Watchmen” movie was great, and proved that even stories that are thought to be “unfilmable” can be moved to the big screen if carefully approached and thought out.
I read the original comics back when they first came out too, so I was already a fan before the film opened.

However, I do not remember Dr. Manhattans member ever getting as much attention before. Although, it was never shown to a mass audience in such scale before.
I made the mistake of seeing “Watchmen” on an IMAX screen, which is 3 stories tall.
That made Dr. M’s junk absolutely freaking scary!

Oh, and I thought the love scene between Silk Spectre & Night Owl was vaguely sickening and wrong.
Not sure if that was the intention of the film-maker, or due to the scale of the screen, though.