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Will the Real Superheroes Please Stand Up: Fanboys and Sexual Harassment

Posted by Rebecca Blake on April 21, 2014

In response to the vitriol directed at his colleague and ComicsAlliance contributor Janelle Asselin, senior editor Andy Khouri wrote “Fake Geek Guys: A Message to Men About Sexual Harassment.” The article is directed at both trolls who indulge in anonymous threats of sexual violence against the women with whom they disagree, and the majority of male fans to who would never contemplate engaging in such behavior. He points out that harassment, and enabling harassment by remaining silent when it occurs, is antithetical to the standards of decency and fairness promoted by superhero comics. Khouri challenges men to check trolling and harassment. In other words, Khouri is inviting fans to emulate the true superheroes.

Skip the Rage: Jessica Hische on Dealing with Ripoffs

Posted by Rebecca Blake on April 17, 2014

Lettering and illustration rockstar Jessica Hische’s recent article deals with the thorny issue of ripoffs. In describing the typical sequence of outraged reaction followed by regret and a more formal communication with the infringer, she recommends skipping the rage. She also distinguishes between an individual who is copying an artists’ style versus a designer or agency actually reusing work without permission. In the former case, Hische points out that the imitator may be inexperienced, and she advises educating them about the inadvisability of copying someone else’s style. In the case of a work being outright infringed, Hische recommends sending a stern letter to the artist or agency that produced the infringing work. However, she cautions that taking on a large company can be expensive and time consuming. Her best advice is for artists to register the copyright on their creations.

Stickman’s Tips to Displaying at a Convention

Posted by Rebecca Blake on April 11, 2014

In 2011, Seattle member Mark Monlux published “Stickman’s Advice to Having a Table at a Comic Book Convention.” The primer’s advice is borne of Monlux’s many years of experience as an illustrator, cartoonist, convention attendee. The strip covers the process of renting a table, from the initial reservation through handing booth visitors. He offers commonsensical advice, such as bring lots of business cards, prepare your pitch, and bring water (useful after exercising that well-prepared pitch).

Name that Typeface from 1932: Advanced Font Search

Posted by Rebecca Blake on April 07, 2014

Designing a poster for a production of “Ragtime” and want to achieve typographic authenticity? Visit the Advanced Search feature on Fonts in Use. The search parameter will permit you to search for fonts by publish date, or covering dates before or after a particular year. Additional search fields will let you select by foundry, designer or agency, published format (including tablet/iPad), location, etc. The results are displayed in thumbnails with the typefaces used listed underneath. Clicking onto the font name will take you to a page listing the designer and foundry, with links to their websites, and a list of related faces.

Name It and Claim It: New Top Level Domains Released by ICANN

Posted by Rebecca Blake on April 02, 2014

ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, has released a new batch of top level domains. The new domains include .photography, .gallery, and .graphics, permitting creatives to end their URL with something more memorable than the ubiquitous .com (or much less sexy .net). As Petapixel points out, many of the new domains are geared to photography; the list includes .equipment, .camera, and .lighting. Unfortunately .illustration has not been released, but .consulting, .marketing, .picture, .solutions, and .vision are available.

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