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Buzzboy Double Page spread

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New Podcast: CBD 48: Klatuu Borada Nikto! Comics Related Jobs to make the Earth Stand Still, Art Sup


Klatuu Borada Nikto! Brought to you by Canson Fanboy Paper!



Part 2 with Canson Paper ambassador Karalyn Johnson, and Rich, Jamar, and John discussing jobs related to the comics industry, comics supplies, and staying on a path towards creativity.

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CBD 47: I'm a Fan, Boy! Karalyn Johnson Talks Comics Paper, Comics(ish) Jobs

There's a new podcast up at Comic Book Diner, covering the biz of comics>>>



Comics-related jobs are discussed by the CBD gang as they welcome fantasy illustrator and Canson Paper ambassador Karalyn Johnson. We talk about Heroes Con, Comic and Manga art board, and the validity of a cheese omelette.

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Vote for Buzzboy!-- and your OTHER favorite webcomics!



I'm excited to say Buzzboy is one of the 150 Webcomics up for a spot in ComicMix's Webcomics March Madness Tournament!

I'm there right along with other Keenspotters Skullkickers and a few others (What? No Brawl in the Family? No Wayward Sons?), as well as personal faves Girls With Slingshots, Dr. McNinja, PVP,

JG

Sheldon and Evil-Inc.-- head over-- you can actually pick your favorite 128!
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Listen to my Podcast! Kickstarter Review and News!

Episode 46: Order of the Kick!


Comic Book Diner 46, brought to you by Canson Fanboy Papaer!

Canson Fanboy Paper presents a new Comic Book Diner! Crazy next door neighbor Thom Zahler talks about his Kickstarter campaign, John talks about the validity of stick figures, and Rich and Jamar discuss “Philly Wiz Wif”?

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Comics are the Brangelina of Reading! New Podcast at the Comic Book Diner!

"Comics are the Brangelina of reading. -- Dr. Katie Monnin
"Comics are the Brangelina of reading."

                             -- Dr. Katie Monnin


Like Buzzboy? Then Check out Buzzboy creator John Gallagher's Podcast!


While Jamar is on assignment, Rich and I interview "Dr. Katie," professor of literacy, and author of four books on using comics and GN's in the classroom. Dr. Monnin offers up a viewpoint that the definition of reading is changing, and we are on the cusp of a communication revolution.

Creators will get insight on how to prep and market their books to different grades from K-12, and other educational venues. Lesson plans, vocabulary, and more are discussed by the gang, and Dr. Monnin shows us why she is regarded as one of the top (and most energetic) authorities on teaching with graphic novels.

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Creator Ownership Battle: Gary Friedrich


Here's a tale of caution, but maybe not the one you think I'm going to tell. Gary Friedrich has been in comics for some time, and was the initial writer, and I believe, co-creator of the character Ghost Rider. He sued Marvel Comics when the Nicolas Cage movie inexplicably made millions, claiming the rights reverted back to him at one point.

Gary lost. He lost big.

Not only did he lose against Marvel-- he lost the countersuit they filed, and now owes them $17,000 for the money he made selling prints of the ghost rider character. You can read in-depth analysis here, at Robot 6>>

Based upon a very capable legal review, it seems Marvel comics was in the right. The problem: This is the first time they have gone after a creator related to a character for selling said-character related items at a convention. 

Basically, this means that every time any artist EVER drew Spider-Man, Superman, Batman, and Ghost Rider, and received money, a tip or a candy bar in exchange as a commission, they were breaking the law, and can be sued.

Again, it is within their right.

But I really, really hate bullies.

My friend Mike White is a police officer-- Green Lantern was the comic that inspired him to be one, and I really believe he never abused his authority when taking someone in. Could he get away with it? Probably. But did he? No.

This was a warning to any creator who feels he was wronged by a corporation as big as Marlvel/Disney: Mess with us, and we will break you. In this case $17,000 will literally break Mr. Friedrich financially.

Folks have been nice enough to support a fund to help out. Go here to help Gary>>

Now, here's my warning, and one I did not always heed. Companies are in business to make money, not take care of you. If you work for them, watch your butt, get a lawyer, and maybe even consider whether it is worth what you make to give up your own ideas. It may be. I have worked for several corporations, creating characters, writing stories, etc. I was paid well, and will never see a penny of royalties. But I knew that when I walked in. So there are no hard feelings, and there shouldn't be.

But what if I sold one of the six books at a show that I did for NASCAR? They may be able to stop me from doing that. Now, what if they sued me for some imaginary damages, and I lost my house, my health, all to feed a giant corporation?

That would be wrong. Legal-- but, hey, really really bad Karma.

Bullies-- i hate them.

Now that Gary Friedrich has nothing to sell at shows, while others are ignored, he is in trouble.

So here is the germ of an idea:

Hey, this image hit me, and wasn'tr gonna go away until I did it-- anyone wanting to do their own version please lfeel free.

So what if a comics guy, say-- me-- took a public domain character (maybe one that has been written by Mr Friedrich before), that had a super cool vehicle, say a scooter, or something faster. Then maybe I could get a veteran writer to co-plot, and dialogue the story. Now maybe 20 creators could each do one page of this story, while others could offer art for a sketchbook in the back. Maybe there could even be an interview with Gary, and other creators, a study of creators rights, and what the next generation needs to know to prepare for Disney-geddon.

Do you think we could publish a book where all the proceeds went to help this court case? Kickstarter is getting some play tehese days, so maybe, just maybe, we could help out this guy, and hand him the copyright to this version of this newly realized character?

Anyone with thoughts, please feel free to comment, or go help out >>

If any creators want to join me in this endeavor, please e-mail me at john@sky-dog.com

If there is interest, I will volunteer my time to help give Mr. Friedrich some help, and maybe some inspiration.

Why am I getting so fired up about something like this-- next time it could be me. Or you. Or your friend.

And I really, really hate bullies. But you already knew that.

-John Gallagher
john@sky-dog.com



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Buzzboy: Sidekicks Rule, Book 2

Today marks the beginning of Book 2 of Sidekicks Rule!

In coming weeks, we'll see the "Super-Duper Idol" Competition, a threat to Buzzboy and the world, and an age old question is asked: Beavers or Monkeys?

I must admit, I have watched American Idol a few times here and there-- really, my favorite part is the audition stage, where the freaks really hit the scene. Of course, you can be a fan of The Voice, X-Factor, America's Got Talent-- or not. Either way, the results are the same.

The answer might surprise you.

Tip your waitress...

john
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My Secret Origin

Buzzboy will continue shortly-- right now, to give you a better idea of who is writing and drawing these stories, I present the true story of how I became a cartoonist, and the person that inspired it all. Originally appearing in an anthology for The Hero Initiative, an organization helping comic creators in need.



This is a great organization helping fill the gap that some under-insured or unfortuante creators suffer when medical bills or other issues hit. I personally know half a dozen creators who have received help, insums as small as a few thousand dollars to help pay a mortgage while a family member dealt with chemo, to several thousand to pay for an eye operation ensuring sight for an artist that never received any type of retirement payments from the comics industry he inspired for over 40 years.

Please consider supporting the Hero Initiative>>

Back to the story: You'll see a bunch of comics covers in this story, which are, of course © and ™ their respective owners-- they are shown for historical purposes only. These covers represent the actual comics I owned back then as a five-year-old, and they were a big part of this story as well.

I think almost everyone has a teacher, parent, friend that helped push them along towards their destiny. I was lucky enough to have several, including my fourth grade teacher, Miss Kathy Irwin-Lentz, who let me incorporate comics into my classwork. I was able to draw some reports instead of writing them-- it was years later when I realized this was actually HARDER than just writing the report.

There were others, from childhood through adulthood, like Steve Hauk, the first inker I ever had. Steve was a talented, friendly guy, but would take on a curmudgeonly attitude when telling me when my pencils were not up to snuff. I think some would have been turned off by this caustic tone, but Steve was really passionate, and I listened to every word he said, and learned alot.

Criticism and support are often the same thing, and even when you don't agree, it can help you to define what is important to you.

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Comic Book Diner Podcast 44

Comic Book Diner

With my fellow comics creators Jamar Nicholas and Rich Faber, I have posted the latest podcast talking about the business of comics for professionals, aspiring creators, and folks just interested in the behind-the-scenes fun  (and heartaches) of creating comics digitally and in print.

This week, we discuss Turkey Reubens, SOPA and censorship, taking advice (or not), and whether the next big comics hero is “Bear Eater.”


Sorry, Jennifer Anniston is NOT in this episode.

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