I'm not that familiar with this site yet so I could very well be posting out of place... I'm just wondering if any one here is into writing/drawing/reading comics? I know Portland is supposed to be the indie comics capitol of the U.S. and it seems like a number of you are from that area... I'm currently writing a graphic novel that I hope to draw over the next couple years. I'm also doing a daily web comic, (diary style, maybe similar to James Kochalka's American Elf) which is readable at If you like comics, please take a look! If you are a comics person, get in touch. Some of my favorites:

Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis)
Craig Thompson (Blankets)
James Kochalka (American Elf, Peanut Butter and Jeremy)
Lynda Barry
Lili Carre
Adriane Tomine
etc etc etc

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Comment by Breena on March 31, 2009 at 12:43pm
blue green olga

these days i'm really liking lilli carre - have you read anything by her?

also, todd, i just read chris ware's jimmy corrigan... i was really intimidated by it, but just sat down and started it and it's incredible! i wonder how big he actually works...
Comment by Olga on March 30, 2009 at 12:13pm
i enjoy comics! web comics, graphic novels, comic books, comics made into movies, etc etc.
Comment by Todd Fadel on February 21, 2009 at 12:55pm
oh, even crazier, is that i have a free screen capture program (jing) and i can do two illustrations that have minor changes (a closed and open mouth) and do a live puppet out of an illustration like this:

Comment by Todd Fadel on February 21, 2009 at 12:29pm
i'm a huge chris ware fan.. i have a rusty brown lunchbox as a briefcase..

also, i've liked paul pope, ted mckeever and others. I'm a sucker for the stuff..

haven't read in a while.. i'm gonna check out some of the stuff you mentioned.. i'm sure i've seen some of them.

Upsidedown Cat is great at making comics.. she has a blog here. You should start something up with her!

The sketch party idea, in my opinion, would be a great one, if we could get folks interested...there's a website i use where you can collaboratively draw with numerous people online in real-time! Real-time comic collaboration would be sweet, wouldn't it?

also, if you use google presentations (free), you can do a share a presentation file with others (doing a panel per slide?) and export it as a pdf, and put it up on and do use audacity (free) to record a voice track to go with it!!


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