How much My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fan content is there out there? LET'S FIND OUT.
A few highlights:
What I Learned Today
, morals to episodes
Twilight adjusts to a Season 3 plot development
, random, catchy
Celestia and Luna play Resident Evil 4
(repurposed from Two Best Friends
The best of Sweetie Bot, from Friendship is Witchcraft
Slice of Life
, a very well done fan Tumblr
How much more could there be? Well.... [more inside]
animated series opening sequence redone in stop-motion
Not content with having re-imagined the Justice League
, Cartoonist Dresden Codak reboots the X-Men with stranger mutations and more sci-fi backstory.
Young Edd Gould
always enjoyed drawing comics of himself and his friends. Growing up in the internet age, his doodles
evolved into Flash animations of increasing complexity, and in time Edd and pals Tom Ridgewell
and Matt Hargreaves teamed up to produce an "Eddsworld"
series of online webtoons and comics
At first crude and halting, the group's "eddisodes"
progressed from surreal shorts
into full-fledged productions that pushed the boundaries of amateur web animation, with expressive characters
, full soundtracks
, complex effects, and a fast-paced, off-kilter sense of humor: MovieMakers
- Rock Bottom
- Hammer & Fail
At its height, the college co-op was producing shorts for Mitchell & Webb
and the UN Climate Change Conference
, fielding offers
from Paramount and Cartoon Network, and racking up millions of hits on YouTube
Work slowed, however, when Gould was diagnosed with leukemia
-- a relatively survivable form, though, and Gould carried on working gamely
through his hospital stays. So it came as a shock last week when Matt and Tom announced that Edd had passed away
, prompting an outpouring
in his short 23 years.
has been approved to write and submit what may be the first ever Ph.D. dissertation in comic book form
. See here
(PDF) for a taste of the style and content.
is a veteran American cartoonist best known for his delightful comic-book guides to science and history, many of which have previews online. Chief among them is his long-running Cartoon History of the Universe
(later The Cartoon History of the Modern World
), a sprawling multi-volume opus documenting everything from the Big Bang to the Bush administration. Published over the course of three decades, it takes a truly global view -- its time-traveling Professor thoroughly explores not only familiar topics like Rome and World War II but the oft-neglected stories of Asia and Africa, blending caricature and myth with careful scholarship (cited by fun illustrated bibliographies
) and tackling even the most obscure events with intelligence and wit
. This savvy satire carried over to Gonick's Zinn
chronicle The Cartoon History of the United States
, along with a bevy of Cartoon Guides
to other topics, including Genetics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, The Environment
, and (yes!) Sex
. Gonick has also maintained a few sideprojects, such as a webcomic look at Chinese invention
, assorted math comics
), the Muse magazine
mainstay Kokopelli & Co.
(featuring the shenanigans of his "New Muses"
), and more
. See also these lengthy interview snippets
, linked previously
. Want more? Amazon links to the complete oeuvre inside! [more inside]
now has many animated series (all episodes, in their entirety) available to view online at their website including The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Superheroes
, X-Men, The Animated Series
, X-Men Evolution
, Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes
, and Spider-Man
(1967) (Full list inside) [more inside]
Super style simply strikes you? Jeweler nOir
teamed up with DC Comics for a line of sparkly Superhero accessories. Wear Gotham city as a ring
or just beat Diana at her own game.
How much money do you make with that webcomic internet thing? Dorthy Gambrell of Cat And Girl Answers.
Is Batman a State Actor? Could you pass a Mutant Registation Act? Law And The Multiverse
considers legal matters in a world of capes, supes, and alternate dimensions. (via Mefiprojects
"Fabulas Panicas" (Panic Fables)
. Filmmaker and frequent Moebius
collaborator Alexandro Jodorwsky, had his own trippy newspaper comic in the 60s .(previous Jodorwsky and Moebius
is an interesting guy
, coming from an artistic family (including a cousin
who created the animated series Cow and Chicken
). His professional work
has mostly been in the world of comics
, though he did direct a movie for Roger Corman
, entitled "Take it to the Limit
), as a way "to recharge [his] batteries
after the Maxx." The Maxx
was a 35 issue comic (plus a few bonuses), and later animated
and aired on Mtv's Oddities in the mid 1990s. (More videos inside) [more inside]
Tales of the Beanworld ("A most peculiar comic book experience")
recently resumed publication after a long hiatus. It's a strange and abstract mix of Native American mythology and culture, with a strong ecological focus, into an wonderfully charming cosmology. While it certainly invites, uh, overthinking
, it's also entertaining on a purely casual level.
A sample short Beanworld story
is on the Dark Horse Comics Myspace page.
If you have questions about it, the BeanWeb
just may have answers, along with illustrations from the comics. There is now a Beanworld Wiki
to supplement it, and creator Larry Marder keeps a blog
where he talks about things bean.
Okay, now that it's properly introduced... the real
point of this post is to link to this awesome Beanworld Flash cartoon
, animated by Fashionbuddha and with music by They Might Be Giants!
is a 2 year old web cartoon from Belgium (in English) by Jeroen
. [more inside]
editorial cartoons have that sort of vulgarity
, puerility, absurdity
, and self-awareness
that help me get through the unending despair of reading the news every day.
(He also draws great faces.)
The Animated Calvin & Hobbes
. A fantastic student project. via
George Baker's subtly subversive WWII strip.
Comic Strip Artist's Kit
Carson Van Osten's tips for cartoonists and animators, scanned huge for easy printout.
Fokke & Sukke
are a strange couple of birds. Having dominated the funnies in various Dutch print media for over a decade, their irreverent antics
are now available in English, regrettably under the tamer
monikers Duck & Birdie (click "previous" for more gags)
. [more inside]
"It's as I always say... all really intelligent people should be cremated for reasons of public safety!"
Hot on the tail of the forthcoming Hellboy animated series
, the Sci-Fi Channel has adapted Mike Mignola
's marvellous, absurd Eisner-Award
-winning comic The Amazing Screw-On Head
into a 22-minute animated pilot. The episode is available for viewing
on Sci-Fi's site right now.
It's 1968. Hippies are everywhere, and they're reading underground comics. Your name is Joe Simon
. You want to create a mainstream comic book with a hippie as a hero. What do you come up with? Brother Power
It only lasted two issues. Of course, it did a little better than the Black Bomber
, a white bigot who sometimes turned into an African-American superhero. That comic was never
The Center for Cartoon Studies
, nestled in the historic village of White River Junction
, Vermont, will learn you up good
on how to be a comic artist/graphic novelist. They operate under the charter of the National Association of Comics Art Educators
; Charles Schulz's widow Jean hooked them up
with funding for a library in town. When you apply for admission, don't forget to include that story
about you, the snowman, and the robot. A photo tour of the Center and its surroundings can be seen here