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A New Year, A New Schedule!

Posted in Other on January 6, 2010 by comicmole

Happy new year all!  My new year’s goal for Comic Mole is, rather than having a flurry of updates and then nothing for a month or two, to pace myself to one update every two weeks and try and keep to a steady schedule.

Its unfortunate that I probably can’t manage anything more frequent than a bi-weekly update schedule, but such is life I guess.  I know I’d rather read a blog with a slow but steady stream of updates to one that randomly dumped loads of stuff on me then went dead for weeks at a time!

Actually, it has been suggested that perhaps I could cast about for folks who might like to do a guest review or two.  If anyone likes that idea then please get in touch!  You would need to be able to write about as well as me (e.g. you don’t need a degree in English or anything, but people should hopefully be able to understand what you’re on about ^_~ ).  If anyone were to jump on this idea then their work would be added in between my bi-weekly updates, thus taking us to the dizzying heights of weekly updates every now and then! (if anyone would like to re-visit anything I have already talked about, that’s fine, multiple opinions on things are always welcome)

My first review of the year should be this weekend, once I’ve had a chance to type up my horrendously old fashioned analogue notes into magical digital form.

And with that, I shall bid you farewell until the weekend ^_^

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Hello Again! Manga Jiman, and the Small Press at AyaRevolution 2009

Posted in Event, Other with tags , , , , on August 19, 2009 by comicmole

Hi, didn’t see you there, welcome back again to the small press burrow that is Comic Mole Investigates.  Its been a while but I hope that normal service will resume now with a cavalcade of new reviews! (hmm…I wonder how many I have to write for it to be considered a ‘calvalcade?’…)

Over the past couple of months I’ve been on my own little comicking adventure: writing and drawing an entry to this year’s Manga Jiman competition.  My comic is finished now, but the deadline for the competition is the end of September, so if anyone else out there wants to try their hand at making their own short (6-8 page) manga-inspired-comic then there might still be enough time to squeeze in an entry – ganbatte (good luck/do your best) if you choose to enter!

The Small Press at AyaRevolution 2009

It might be assumed that an anime convention is purely for the sale or promotion of large-scale commercial products: new DVD box-sets, pre-release showings of new movies, shiny new mass market manga volumes lined up for sale, and a crowd of eager fans chomping at the bit to snap up the products they want.  Well, to a certain extent that’s true, but there is a whole lot of individual creativity present at anime cons which is well worth experiencing.

Cosplay is one such element that is steadily growing as a con phenomenon, branching out from anime-based events to Expos and comic conventions.  The results are often fantastic to look at, but in some cases it requires many months of planning and construction to finish an outfit.

In the same vein of individual creativity is comicking: it can often take several months of a small press artist’s free time (or more) to create that next issue of their ongoing series, or that unique one-shot.  Unfortunately though the small pressers aren’t walking around with copies of their comics strapped all over them for you to peruse as they walk by (hmm…maybe we should try this…).  So if you like going to anime cons and already enjoy small press comics, or even if you’ve only ever read Viz or Tokyopop manga (but are curious…), don’t forget to clear the haze brought on by a room full of shiny new anime merch, and look out for the indie artists at your next anime event!

At Ayacon this year were: ITCH Publishing, Speedlines Publishing, Panic Room Comics, Sweatdrop Studios and Ushio (probably among others that I can’t remember off the top of my head ^^; )

New Comic, New Category

Posted in Other on March 4, 2009 by comicmole

Just a quick note to say that from now on there will be a new category to look out for on this blog: New Comic.

There are just too many quality UK small press comics being released, both in print and on the web, for me to keep up with the newest releases in full reviews or columns.  Therefore sometimes I will make a post simply to highlight a new release with an image or two and where to read and/or buy the comic.

Some of these new comics I will have read and some of them will be suggestions of things that look intriguing.  Any new comics that prove to be interesting and have some staying power will be covered in more depth in future columns or reviews, and those which suffer from a lack of updates or are dropped by their creators will simply not get any more coverage.

I look forward to suggesting some great new comics very soon!

FanDanGo t-shirts now on sale!

Posted in Other with tags , , , , on December 9, 2008 by comicmole

Kate Holden has now made two of her popular t-shirt designs from her webcomic FanDanGo a reality with a new online store!

There are two designs available at the moment (in multiple colours): ‘Mad Hare Day’ and ‘You Guessed Wrong’

t-shirt1 t-shirt2

Needless to say I’ve ordered one of each already ^_~

Welcome to Comic Mole Investigates!

Posted in Other with tags on November 3, 2008 by comicmole

Hi and welcome to Comic Mole Investigates!  Before I dive headlong into the proper posts I thought I’d give a brief introduction to myself and what this blog is here for, so here goes!

My name is Vicki, I’m British and I’m in my mid-20s.  I got interested in small press comics about 3 years ago, very soon after getting into drawing my own comics.  Almost as soon as I started buying others’ work I wanted to write about it, and 3 years on I still am.  Hopefully this blog will provide a useful and interesting resource for people who are just getting into UK small press comics, those who want to know more about certain creators, or those who are simply looking for something new to read.  It will cover both printed books and webcomics, and note where some comics cross over into both formats.  Unsurprisingly, more about me can be found on the About Me page, and more about the blog can be found on the About this Blog page.

In addition to the main review posts, I hope that the extra pages I have created for this blog will be useful to readers – as well as the ‘about’ pages mentioned above there are Comment Guidelines, my Contact Information for those who would like their comic to be reviewed, an Index of Creators and Publishers, and an Index of Comics covered in the blog.  This should make it easy to search for a particular review or find out where to buy a certain comic.

Saying that, not all of the blog posts will be straight-up reviews, there will be several post categories listed on the right hand side of the screen under the links to the extra pages.  Here’s a brief rundown of what these categories mean:

Column – An introduction to, and recommendation of, a particular comic or artist. Usually swings more to the positive than a full-blown review, but should mention any prominent points that some readers may not like.

Event – A post to highlight an event that’s coming up and whether or not I am going to be there.

Interview – A question-and-answer interview with a comic creator.

Other – Any posts that are not do not fall into the other categories.

Review – An in-depth look at a particular comic. Usually covers the story, characters, artwork and extras, as well as the facts about the work (when produced, price etc.). Reviews are usually a bit more balanced than a Column, taking into account the positive and negative points of the work (although they usually still constitute a recommendation – I’m not here to ridicule creators’ work, if I don’t like something at all I probably just won’t review it).

Thoughts On… – Hopefully there won’t be too many of these! Thoughts On… are reviews that are rougher around the edges – a bit of food for thought rather than a properly constructed review.

So there you have it! Hopefully I have covered all of the essential points about this new blog, so now I’d better go and write some content – please enjoy!