Well, its that time again. Joyce’s birthday is today (February 2nd) and that’s the time we start gearing up for another Bloomsday. To get people in the spirit I usual do a series of drawings, bookmarks really, released daily over twitter. 135days from now until Bloomsday itself this makes for a nice little birthday gift to the Old Fella.
This year, 2016, also marks the centennial of the Easter Rising in Dublin, an important moment in the struggle for Irish Freedom and a date close to the heart of many fans of Joyce’s work. To honor and commemorate that date I’ve changed the format of the bookmark drawings this time around.
I’ll be drawing portraits of one hundred “Heroes of Irish Freedom” from now until Bloomsday based upon a list developed by good friend Pat Callan. So far they’ve been great fun to do and have given me a chance to learn more Irish history each day. I hope people use them as I have, as a window into study. We’ll try to figure out a way to drop some links to good biographical information onto the tweets for people encountering them that way, and our hope is to collect the group of them somewhere once all is done.
“But that’s only 100drawings,” you may say. And “what about the other 35?” you may say.
Good question. Don’t worry. I’ve got something more Joyce in mind as we draw closer to Bloomsday.
So let’s get started, and we’ll see you on Bloomsday,
Well, as some you of you get the weekly email updates, you probably know that we held off on giving you four pages of the comic last week because I was waffling. It seems that every time we make a change in the environment, no matter how slight, it raises new questions for me about how to best present the work as well as the methods I and Josh are using. We’re closing in on the end of the Telemachus chapter now, and I’m starting to miss Buck Mulligan already. This next bit is kind of a spotlight on Mercurial Malachi as we handle ‘The Ballad of Joking Jesus’ just in time for the holiday. Last week I decided to hold the pages we had so we might deliver an eight page update this week that pulls off the whole of the joke. Read more “Overdue. An apology. Of a sort. (No Sunday in Comix)”
There are quite a few people doing this for a living of course, and even more finding a way to make enough money to think of it as “supported hobby.” The secret is in realizing that while what you’re putting out there is free content the ownership and control of it as an intellectual property is entirely your own. Read more “Money!?! From Webcomix!?! (No Sunday in Comix: Part 3)”
So friend and fellow cartoonist Gabe Ostley brought up some good points about money and webcomix on another part of our blog.
How does “free media” reward the people who publish it? Can someone really make a reasonable living making webcomix or will it always be more of a passion for us and less of a business?
Tough questions we’re all asking ourselves these days.
This is, invariably, the subject of any blog related to the field of comix and I’m relatively certain you’d be able to find it pretty high on the list of topics for most art/hobby messageboards. Everyone wants to figure out a way to “live the dream” and make a reasonable wage out doing the thing they love. Every one of us.