Tag Archives: Webcomics

Happy New Year. Back to Work!

Everyone who does content for the Internet seems to saying what a great year 2011 will be for them and that how they will kick 2010’s ass in some vague way or other. Instead of saying how they’re going to do, they’re making vague statements, metaphors and pronouncements while paving more road to hell with good intentions.

Sure, that’s normal human behavior at this time of year, but I’m going to go one better and give you an actual sneak peek at what’s coming up this year for me, instead of just saying what a swell year it will be.

Comfort Zone the Comic: I did a crappy (really, it was) little webcomic that kind of went way off course last year. I let it go for awhile, but this year, starting in January, I’m going to resolve the “story” of the last comic and bring it into a better storytelling format. It will be twice a week, but instead of three panels twice a week, it will be more of a comic-sized page, or an old time Sunday Comics sized strip, when strips took up 90% of a page. I want to create a comic to show off my real art and storytelling chops.

I don’t want to creatively masturbate three panels a day with week jokes.

Podcasts: Open Mike, Insert Foot is done. Finished. Out with a whimper. I have gotten everything out of that experience that I can get and it is time to move on to bigger and better things. Shows that are better prepared, less reliant on random callers and other people, and stuff that I’m more passionate about.

That Stupid Podcast premieres in January. The first episode sets up the concept and format, and from there, well, it gets stupid.  People are getting dumber and I’ll show you how, with a bit of observation and a pinch of comedy.

Before the Crisis is the working title for my comic book podcast. It will talk mostly about my life in comics, specifically focusing on the years before 1986, comics’ best year (in my lifetime). It will have a strong focus on different types of cultures in comics, the DC multiverse as it was in that time, and many other topics that you don’t hear on Major Spoilers or Word Balloon.  I’m hoping to launch this in the Spring.

Mike the Art Guy: Art, Internet, Business. I’m going to call upon my associates to share with me their experiences in art, Internet, and business. This show will be for working artists and Internet content providers. In between may be episodes that are more journal in nature, where I share my adventures and observations. Still finalizing the format, so look for more announcements about the final launch date in February or March.

I will also be ramping up production on my original artwork, prints, cards, caricatures, and other commission work, or as it’s known, my real job.

I’m not just pulling this stuff out of my butt, mind you. I’ve long ago planned everything out and documented it, so I can focus and keep on schedule with my various projects.

So with that all out in the open, and practically daring myself to fail, I want to take a moment to wish you all a productive and fun year, not just right now in January, but all year long.

Now get back to work.


Car! The Y2CL Commission.

So I get a general tweet from @jhorsley3 of the webcomic Y2CL asking if anyone can draw a car. I think it was like way late at night, early in the morning.

I wasn’t sure. He said he needed several versions of the car. I wasn’t sure.

He offered to pay. I was in.

I have drawn cars. I’ve done a Fury for the band Idle Fury in Florida and several others, so I figured what the hell.

After a brief negotiation and some email exchanging, I started. You can see the end product starting here (The site should be considered Not Safe for Work).

Upcoming Guests on Open Mike, Insert Foot

Open Mike, Insert Foot is my twice-a-week podcast on Talkshoe.com. Lately we’ve been promoting the upcoming SPACE comics show in Columbus coming up on the weekend of April 18th and 19th. I’ve interviewed show organizer Bob Corby and frequent participants Matt Kish and Allen Freeman.

I’ll be interviewing Tim Fischer, another small press cartoonist and podcaster on Tax Day. Tim hosts Breaking the Panel on Talkshoe.com.

After that, on Sunday the 19th, I’ll be talking with Sheila R. Augustine about theatrical costuming and the upcoming production of Grease that she’s working on.

On Wednesday April 22nd, we’ll be talking to online auctioneer expert Wally Kolenda, who hosts Brainstorming Bonanzle on Talkshoe.com.

Sunday, April 26th will feature Dr. Hillaire Tavener, ex-nun, writer, and all around interesting individual.

And don’t forget to download last night’s episode, featuring Jerimiah Witkowski’s adventures at New England Webcomics Weekend.

If you go to the show page, there’s a follow button in the top of the right hand column. Click that to be informed about upcoming shows and other podcastery goodness.

Questions for Tonight’s Show

Hey, if you have a minute, cut and paste the following questions into an email and send them to me (mike.leuszler@gmail.com), with answers of course. I will read some of the answers on the show tonight. And I will gladly plug whatever project or comic you’d like plugged (see last question).

*Define webcomic.

*What are the (up to 3) benefits of webcomics over regular comic books? Over regular comic strips?

*Where are webcomics lacking in comparison to regular comic books or comic strips (up to 3)?

*What are your favorite (up to 3) webcomics?

*What kinds (up to 3) of webcomics do you seek out?

*What kinds (up to 3) of webcomics do you avoid?

*What webcomic (that you do not own or work on) do you wish you had a piece of?

*Do you do a webcomic? If yes, is it a hobby or in a professional (you get paid) capacity.

*If you don’t do webcomics, would you consider yourself a webcomics fan, journalist, or wannabe?

*What website or project of yours (including a brief description and URL) do you want me to mention? Include your name, email, or whatever here.

Thank you for your help! Tonight’s show is at 8:30 pm eastern, 1:30 am GMT.


Tonight on Open Mike, Insert Foot, (my weekly podcast about all things that pique my interest) we will be talking about webcomics. We may also discuss the decline of the newspaper and whether or not that’s a good thing. And, of course, we’ll take some time to remember radio stalwart Paul Harvey. Good day!

The show starts at 8:30 pm Eastern, and the chatroom opens fifteen minutes prior to that. The url is http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/10038.

If you are a webcomic creator, please stop by and take an opportunity to promote.


J.T. Shea on Open Mike, Insert Foot Tonight!

Tonight I will be interviewing J. T. Shea on Open Mike, Insert Foot, my wacky weekly podcast. J. T. is one of the hosts of The Gigcast and is also a ukulele aficionado. There’s a deadly combo.

Other topics may include the Razzies, the Oscars, MiketheArtGuy.com business, The Dark Knight makes a billion dollars, Gary Conduit and Chandra Levy, and the end of OpenMikeInsertFoot.com.

The show starts at 8:30 pm Eastern on Talkshoe.com. The chatroom opens fifteen minutes before that. If you’ve not listened to a show recently, or ever, I suggest popping in tonight.

If you have any questions for J. T., you can leave them in the comments sections, or send them to me via e-mail. Try to get them in before 8 pm Eastern though, since I never read my email during the show.

Greg and Gary Comics by Ben Wilson

http://www.gregandgarycomics.net/ Here is a comic strip by young Ben Wilson of Australia. It’s kinda rough at this point, but Ben is still in High School, so hey, just watch where it goes! I’m sure we’re all looking forward to Ben develop his storytelling and art in the future.


Webcomics and You Video

Webcomics and You! Video

Yah, this is how a lot of people seem to think that Webcomics work. Enjoy.

Business Thoughts: Fan Clubs, Investors, and Memberships

Joel Watson, the mind behind HijinksEnsue.com, a terrific geeky webcomic, has a special section of his site called “The Vault“. To see this section, filled with lots of extras, you only have to pay a small subscription fee. For your fee you’ll have unlimited access to behind-the-scenes type items, extra podcasts and more. If you just want to dip your toe in the waters for a month, you can make a one-time donation. Right now, Joel’s monthly subscriptions are getting him over 700 dollars a month. And that doesn’t include one-time donations. Not bad.

Many webcomic artists and other online artists are hopping on the Assetbar.com band wagon, starting “fan clubs”, including Starslip, PVP Online, and Octopus Pie. For anywhere from 99 cents to maybe 2.99 a month, you get access to a similar conglomeration of behind-the-scenes material as HijinksEnsue.com offers.

I am looking at what I have here and I’m thinking, Hmmmm… I have celebrity caricatures that I can’t sell, and I have a lot of other stuff that I’m sure people would love to have as screen savers, etc. And maybe people would be curious about this other old art sitting around.

And I’ve always wanted to do a membership/investor type thing where people who support me and my art get special discounts and maybe limited edition collectors prints, etc. Discounts that would apply to stuff here on the site and stuff that I have elsewhere on the web, like at my Etsy.com store.

And in addition, Patti Serrano of Talkshoe, among others, has put a bug in my ear to create subscription video art classes. Which alone would be cool because it gives previous students a place to go for advanced classes.

So, anyway, I’m thinking about starting up a club, investor, or membership thing where you if you pay a fee, you get access to lots more stuff. Stuff like my podcast Open Mike, Insert Foot and my upcoming webcomic would be free, but I would have more stuff only available to subscribers.

Mind you, this isn’t a new idea. I’ve been thinking about some of this for over a year now. With the advent of Assetbar.com and the availability of certain Word Press plugins, I can make it happen on my shoestring budget.

Thoughts? Leave a comment or email me.