Unlimited Highlights: X-Men

Close up of X-Man Jubilee's faceWith all of the craziness of these past two weeks, I totally forgot about Unlimited Highlights last week – we featured the lovely ladies of Brian Wood and Olivier Coipel’s new X-Men #1! I have yet to pick up my copy of the book, I was in Denver at a comics conference Wednesday – ROMOCOCO 2013, but I was happy to read up on the girls and hit you with some of their incredible exploits. We’ve got Kitty Pryde, Storm, Psylocke, Rogue, and Jubilee

My favorite book for this particular Highlights was Uncanny X-Force #8, simply because it turned me on to the series. I had never gotten my hands on the title before but I was more than pleasantly surprised. In this issue Psylocke faces off against the Shadow King as he threatens a heedless populace with atomic annihilation. So much fun. And the Apocalypse/Archangel stuff later in the series is an absolute blast!

Feel like you’re missing out? You are! Head over to Unlimited Highlights and check out all the great comics featured last week!

Symbolia – On of the “Top 5 Magazine Apps Challenging the Medium”

Screen shot 2013-05-31 at 1.03.18 PMYO! Everyone, I have awesome news! You’ve heard that I’m working for Symbolia right? The all-new, all-incredible tablet magazine of illustrated journalism? Well just the other day MediaShift, PBS’ media blog, highlighted it as one of the Top 5 Magazine Apps that Challenge the Medium!

“Who needs Newsweek when you can read Symbolia?

Symbolia takes advantage of the iPad format to experiment with a new style of reporting. Its stories use not just illustration and text to tell stories, but also include audio clips, animation and interactive elements in the digital storytelling experience.”

That is so so so righteous to see! Ms. Sivek is right, Symbolia isn’t just a tablet magazine. It fosters unique and captivating stories and introduces readers to fascinating people, places, ideas, and issues in a beautiful synthesis of comics, journalism, and interactive media. It offers an entirely new experience for readers accustomed to print and web-based journalism.

Don’t believe me? Check out Symboliamag.com for the inside scoop on the fantastic new publication, links to issues, updates, and more fun than you can shake a fist at!

Follow Symbolia on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and be sure to pick up issues or subscribe to the magazine here!

ROMOCOCO 2013 – Day 1

What’s up everyone! I am currently writing to you from Denver, Colorado and the phenomenal SpringHill Suites downtown at the Rocky Mountain Comic Conference. Just got out of a panel on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and G.I. Joe and I’m now sitting in on a Zombie/Apocalypse panel. Just a little update, I’ll be writing a Day 1 wrap-up come this evening.

Stay classy!

Ryan Claytor’s Crowdfunding Comic: Autobiographical Conversations

Comic of Ryan Claytor talking about autobiographies with Henry PilkinhornDo you like autobiographies? Are you into comics? Then my pal Ryan Claytor has a treat for you! Ryan, or R-Dog as I like to call him, is the big brain behind Autobiographical Conversations, a collection of stories compiled from his latest work in And Then One Day

If you know anything about Ryan’s work you’ll know that he loves writing about himself (kidding!), but more than that he loves the ideas behind autobiography, and playing with those ideas through graphic storytelling. Now you can help him bring his unique brand of comics goodness to the masses!

Ryan’s just launched his first ever crowdfunding project over at Indiegogo to support his monstrous 96-page Autobiographical Conversations and he explains it better over there than I ever could:

Autobiographical Conversations centers on a discussion between Harry Polkinhorn (a professor of English who teaches classes on the personal essay) and me (at the time, a graduate student studying Comics and Fine Art) about autobiography, comics, and the intersection of the two. 

I have spent several years researching, developing, and illustrating this project and I’m eager to share it with you in its final collected edition, as I envisioned it from the start.  My hope is that the comics medium will provide a more visual approach to understanding autobiographical theory and framing the subject matter in the context of a conversation will allow the reader to feel more engaged, almost as though they were part of that conversation unfolding. 

There’s also a brilliant little Youtube video Ryan made that further delves into the work going into this awesome book.

Head on over to Ryan’s Indiegogo page and consider donating. He’s got some awesome rewards at a host of price points, including collections of his existing work, and the big kahuna, a shot at flying Ryan anywhere in the US for an hour long talk about comics! If supporting independent comics creators is your thing, look no further than Autobiographical Conversations.

You can also check out Ryan’s official website at Elephant Eater Comics and follow him on Twitter at ElephantEater!

Back and Better than Ever

It’s been a while since my last post but I’ve been hella busy. I hope you can forgive me. That being said, I’ve got some cool news for you guys that I’m excited to get out there. Firstly, I’m a master! That’s right, on May 5th I graduated with a Masters degree in Digital Rhetoric and Professional Writing from Michigan State University! Where did the past two years go? I just want to give a shout out to all my awesome, intelligent, and supportive classmates and professors who helped me out along the way. You’re all tall glasses of alright.

Second thing, remember my interview with Symbolia’s Erin Polgreen? Well I was so smitten with what they were doing over there I asked if I could help them out. They totally said yes! Now I’m a Digital Fellow working on all kinds of cool stuff, copy editing, social media, secret fun projects, the whole deal. You can check out the announcement over at Symbolia’s Tumblr and while you’re at it, if you’ve got a tablet device, why don’t you check out some issues and see if you’re into the mag? It’s pretty righteous so if you get a chance you absolutely should!

Oh and did I mention that Symbolia’s other co-creator Joyce Rice did this awesome illustration of me? Sweet mother of grud it’s awesome!

Illustration of me
It’s a me!

I’ve got more awesome stuff coming down the pipeline, though I may be moving this blog somewhere else in the near future, but no worries, I’ll be talking to you soon. Stay classy.