Archive for the ‘Books About Comics’ Category

How to Color for Comics

Friday, March 26th, 2004

Phil Meadows and I are trying to locate a copy of Antarctic Press’ How to Color for Comics. The company is out of stock of the book, so we can’t get it on Amazon, either.

Anyone know of a vendor that has a copy available?

Phil and I are just trying to get our Small Press Idol piece in tiptop shape for when we submit our color entry. (Oh, by the way, have you VOTED FOR US oh please oh please oh please?)

Elfman: How to Create an Icon

Thursday, March 25th, 2004

Haddix HQ has online previews of the new book Elfman: How to Create an Icon

Chuck Dixon & Ron Marz To Write Book

Friday, February 27th, 2004

Ron Marz has revealed that he is teaming with Chuck Dixon to write a How to Write Comics-type book. It will be published by Watson-Guptill. This is the same company that published a How to Draw Comics-type book by former Dixon and Marz CrossGen-mate Andy Smith.

Evanier fever is preferable

Thursday, February 12th, 2004

Mark Evanier’s third collection of POV columns will be released under the title “SuperHeroes In My Pants”. I prefer Evanier fever to that condition.

POV is, or was, a column regularly published in Comics Buyers Guide. Some of those are re-printed here and some come from the online editions found on ME’s website. The man has experience in this business. He has experience in many businesses.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the endangered species, the professional writer.

If you want a copy, ME will tell you where to get it. The collection is published by Twomorrows Publishing, also known mainly for being Roy Thomas’s brainchild, publishing “Alter Ego” magazine, and “The Jack Kirby Collector”.

American Gods, Innovation and the Ground Breakers

Tuesday, November 25th, 2003

Check this out, dudes!

There is a well written article called ‘AMERICAN GODS’ that has been posted by the Village Voice. The issue also sports a controversial cover by Alex Ross in which Uncle Sam is giving the reader ‘the bird’!

Without overreacting to the image, I highly recommend that you give R.C. Baker’s article an attentive read over. It is a very solid synopsis of the role of comics and comic book art within American life since the 1930’s. It discusses the pivotal roles of Jack Kirby, Neal Adams, and Alex Ross and how they respectively impacted the eras in which they broke new ground for the comic books.

Despite what some other Monitor Duty contributors have said about Ross’s ‘Uncle Sam’, I personally enjoyed it on a number of levels. Is it flawed? Yes it is. Yet it also facilitates another interpretation/voice of how “the west was won” (in a manner of speaking) and where it may be headed.

I highly recommended this ‘AMERICAN GODS’ article for its brevity, intelligence and punch.

The Holy Grail for Peanuts Fans

Tuesday, October 14th, 2003


I’ve waited years for this. My grandmother had a book of the early Peanuts strips, which I eagerly sought out every Sunday afternoon when my family would have Dinner with her. The book mysteriously vanished one day when I was a teenager, and I’ve missed those simply-drawn kids with the grown-up dialogue.

Fantagraphics “fan buy-out” big success

Tuesday, June 10th, 2003

ICv2 is reporting that Fantagraphics’ appeal to fans for increased orders in order to save the company from ruin has really paid off. They’re not out of the hole, yet, though, so you can still help and get some great books about comics in the process!

If you haven’t gone to their website, or ordered a Fantagraphics book from Amazon or Barnes & Noble (use the links on this page and Monitor Duty benefits as well!)

Alan Moore Book Announced

Monday, March 24th, 2003

Avatar Press has announced a new book by Alan Moore, reprinting a lengthy essay he wrote in the ’80s on writing comics.

The original was printed in serialized format in a British fanzine, and this is it’s first appearance in a single volume. Written in 1985, the “Miracle Man” and “Watchmen” era, it offers a window into the author’s method and views on the process “while he was beginning to
create some of the greatest comic book stories ever told.”