Reading Women Write About Comics’ discussion of the Twin Peaks pilot made me remember a recent conversation I had about the show. My brother’s been wanting me to watch the rest of True Detective, and I’ve mostly balked because I’ve been too busy, but also because on some level watching that show I was like, “Boy, I really miss watching Twin Peaks. That was a great show.” And then my Dad said he didn’t like the show because he thought it was stupid that a lady carried around a log all the time (a two by four, at least, would have been more acceptable) and I launched into this long on-the-spot discussion about how it needs to be a log because LUMBER and connection to nature and the tension between man and nature. My dad was still like, “A log is too uncomfortable to hold for long periods of time.”

I love this story

— 1 day ago with 6 notes
#logs  #lumber  #twin peaks  #log ladies  #dads 
Trying to create a new children’s comic - what was involved.


I’ve been meaning to write this all up for a while. Our contribution to the world of children’s comics, www.moosekidcomics.com, launched on 20th June this year. A 36 page, full colour, all-ages comic, featuring original characters by nearly 40 artists, all online to read or download, and all free. It was a bit ambitious, but that was exactly the point.

We wanted to make a comic completely free of financial or business decisions. We didn’t want to target a demographic, or factor in distribution costs. We wanted to create this as an ideal, a statement of intent, a shot across the bow.

So, now the dust has settled a bit, I wanted to describe everything that went into it, and be completely honest about all that was involved.


Moose Kid Comics has taken about a year to build. And while that sounds like a lot for a single issue, we needed that whole year. Partly for the contributing artists to be able to fit it into their schedule, partly for myself and Moose Kid editorial consultants Chris and Andy to chip away at what exactly this thing would look like. I think we’ve ended up with a comic which has a really nice feel to it, an overarching style (despite the huge variety inside).

I had a lot of qualms about creating the main character myself, and about taking more pages than anyone else. I certainly didn’t want to overshadow any other artists, and sought a lot of advice on whether what I was doing was a good idea. The reason I did take the lead, however, was because I wanted us to create a comic where there was a character at the front, and bumbling away behind the scenes, and waving goodbye at the end, so the reader had a point of entry. Someone to identify and empathise with, so they could be carried along through the other strips. A memorable, very visual, anchor around which everything else can spin. And making Moose Kid a kid who loves comics, being transported into comics, and chased by grumpy authoritarian figures, seemed like the best way to hook a reader in.

Anyway, as I said, it took a year. Of that year, I’d say the time I’ve spent on it equates to about a month, full-time. That’s quite a chunk (I was surprised when I worked it out), especially for a freelance illustrator like myself. That’s a lot of emails, a lot of admin, and a lot of tweaking. I’ve edited anthologies before so I knew what would be involved, thankfully on Moose Kid the artists have been pretty stone-cold amazing and made the process a lot easier than it could have been.

Financially, I’d say it will have cost me about a grand. A lot of that is on getting printed copies of the comic, to send to artists and for contests (also a limited number available for sale, more on that later). I also got a ton of leaflets printed and sent to a number of comic shops and libraries around the UK. Then add the postage of a few hundred and yeah, that’s about everything.

Since this was a non-profit project, none of the artists involved got paid. Now, that’s always quite a hard sell, when you’re asking someone to contribute to your idea for free. However, I think the mere concept of trying to build a children’s comic was enough to win the first round of artists, and I could then use their names to bring in even more. When we initially asked artists to get in touch, we had nearly 400 responses. Even Sam, the amazing web-lord who built the site, refused payment. What this showed was the sheer goodwill, the clawing urge to bring children’s comics back to the fore, and if we could in any small way contribute towards that, then hey let’s just try it.

So how did it do? www.moosekidcomics.com scored about 15,000 hits in total on the launch day, mostly through word of mouth and social media. Since then we’ve had a small but steady build to about 25,000 total. We had a brilliant amount of coverage, here are just a few of the great reviews from Forbidden Planet, Women Write About Comics, and Broken Frontier, we even got a mention in The Guardian.

Publishers too, got in touch. That’s something obviously I can’t say too much about, but they’re good names, and I wonder where these discussions might lead. We’ve also arranged to do a special one-off Moose Kid event on September 20th at The Cartoon Museum in London, where artists will be running comic-making workshops. Do book your kids in, there are only a limited number of places! Also important to note is that there will be a limited edition printing of Moose Kid Comics available to buy on the day (and after, if there are any left). This is the only place you’ll be able to buy a copy, it’ll be reasonably priced, and all profits go to the Cartoon Museum.

From all of this, the most apparent message is that there is a very real need and desire to create more original content children’s comics, and get them in front of children. Adults, kids, comic artists, publishers, they’ve all been overwhelmingly supportive in helping Moose Kid find an audience, and asking what they can do. Some even offered money to help the cause. And while Kickstarters and the like are very appealing ideas (I’d love ideally for artists to get paid, of course!) I’m concerned I couldn’t handle the huge amount of work involved in running one, and it would make any future issues take even longer. Moose Kid, for my part, was intended to be a side-project, but towards launch it became all-encompassing which is a little tricky at times.

Could we have done better? Undoubtedly, you can always do better. I worried the issue was too long, I worried that it was too frantic perhaps. However I don’t think there’s a duff strip in there, so I’m chuffed with that, and I’m very glad that all the artists liked the comic too. That was a BIG relief.

As for the future, well let’s see. An issue 2 is definitely on the cards, although it may be some time. It would be nice to get new artists on board too, although space is obviously limited since we already have so many great talents already. I can’t tell you how many emails I write beginning with ‘sorry its taken me so long to reply’, since we still get an influx of (genuinely great) prospective artists wanting to join.

I owe a massive, MASSIVE, debt of gratitude to all the artists who gave up their time, all the editors and designers who helped and advised, and to all the readers and reviewers who spread the word. We have an industry here just waiting to explode, and an ever-growing audience just waiting to grab hold of it. Reaching them is the hardest part, so hopefully with our efforts, we might have influenced at least one person to make their own comic too.

Remember & reflect!

— 1 day ago with 29 notes
#comics  #making comics  #kids comics 










Darren Hunt of Utah

The murder of young Black Men by police continues.

oh for fucks SAKE

Y’all he was shot in the back…. HE WAS SHOT IN THE BACK…


He was carrying a sword? This mf in my geography class carried a sword to class everyday and when I expressed my discomfort it was dismissed. But this brotha was shot in the back.

and it was a blunted sword.. couldn’t have cut anybody… but white people walking around with loaded rifles in target…

Exactly! This is evil.

Damn. Niggas can’t even cosplay anymore? I would love to see the cosplay community say something about this but that definitely won’t happen

Also: this paper is edited by a clown. It should’ve been in the first fucking paragraph that this dude was cosplaying. I’m reading this shit wondering why the fuck this negro is walking down the street with a sword and obvious answer is hidden almost at the en of the article.

This dude was cosplaying.

He was dressed up in a costume.

Should all black people just stay home on Halloween this year?

Friendly reminder that the police shot a black cosplayer in the back

It’s already hard enough being black and cosplaying. It’s so fucking hard. And when you finally get over this mountain of an issue, finally realizing it’s not trying to be “white” if you like to cosplay. Finally realizing that it’s not a problem with YOU because you have so few characters to choose from. Finally being brave enough to cosplay outside your race despite the backlash you KNOW you’re going to get. After all of that you still put your fucking soul into this shit and put it out there because you love it and you want to share that with the world.

I’m fucking crying and shaking there’s so many emotions it could be anyone it could fucking be anyone

(via rememberwhenyoutried)

— 2 days ago with 114025 notes
#cosplay  #racism  #america 


Special Agent Dale Cooper | Twin Peaks | s01e02

(via twinpeaksgifs)

— 3 days ago with 215 notes
#twin peaks special agent dale cooper 


Sequential art, building community



Sequential art, building community

(via official-mens-frights-activist)

— 5 days ago with 102766 notes
#trigger warning: rape  #art  #sequential art  #survivor stories 

" @SupermanHomepge: #OnThisDay "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" made its debut on ABC-TV on September 12 in 1993. "
YAY! Let’s go watch some Lois and Clark!


" @SupermanHomepge: #OnThisDay "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" made its debut on ABC-TV on September 12 in 1993. "

YAY! Let’s go watch some Lois and Clark!

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— 5 days ago with 86 notes


I have Keratoconus which is a genetic condition that causes the cornea to turn cone shaped. It makes it hard to see, because bright lights form halo effects, obscuring the vision, and making it difficult to read, and in my case, draw. The day before my birthday, I went to a specialist, who gave me three options; Cross linking eye surgery, (which is still considered experimental in the United States, and not covered by insurance) Intact lenses (also not covered by insurance) or complete cornea transplants (Which is covered by insurance, but much riskier than the other two listed). 

Although there is some hope, since the Intacts is currently going through trial runs and studies for it to be approved by most insurances, I will learn by october, if I will be an acceptible participant for the study, and receive the intacts at either a reduced price, or not pay at all.

But, worse case scenerio, I will have to pay $5000-9000 per eye.

I cannot afford that, on my walmart salary. My family is barely skating by with what we have, and we still struggle every month to make ends meet. There is absolutely no way we would be able to pay for this surgery.

And, that really scares me. 

As an artist, and a writer, I depend so much on my eyes. Keratoconus is not curable, and will only worsten, if they go untreated. I NEED this surgery, but I can’t pay for it, with the few hundred bucks I get from putting up with walmart customers.

So, I turn to you, Tumblr. This is very hard for me to do, since I was raised to believe that if someone can work for their money, they very well should, and reserve the free help to the people who truly cannot help themselves. But, if you feel like you can, and want to donate, please feel free to send that money to my Paypal, at maryzolgarcia90@yahoo.com

If you want to help in another way, please spread my Commissioning Info or feel free to commission a piece of artwork from me directly by sending me an ask here, note me at my Dev.artor Email me your information at the same Email stated for my Paypal.

Simply re-blogging this really helps as well.

Thank you for taking your time for reading this out.

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— 5 days ago with 32750 notes

I must be going to the wrong cons. 


I must be going to the wrong cons. 

(Source: howtokillasuperhero, via vivace-joyous)

— 5 days ago with 7031 notes
#cons  #deadpool