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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 ^^; )


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!