Archive for December, 2008

Drink & Draws

December 15, 2008

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I’ve been seeing these things around the web. Drink & Draws. It’s where artists, mainly of a cartoonist type mindset, get together at a bar or pub and pick a common subject matter to draw and sketch about. It sounds pretty freakin’ cool, actually. The only problem is you have to be living in an area with more than one cartoonist to get together and draw. I don’t see that happening anywhere near me. They don’t even have to be professional cartoonists or even have their stuff on the web. They could just be artists that like drawing comics and haven’t quite figured out what to do with it yet. All the people I knew years back that drew comics as a hobby have all moved away and don’t really draw any more. Mississippi just don’t seem to be eat up with cartoonists. There’s the creator of Arlo and Janis but he lives on the coast which is a very far piece off and being a syndicated cartoonist would probably not have the time for it. I’ve met him in person a couple of times at shows he’s had and talked to him by email and he’s a very cool fellow. The only other one I know that has done anything with his comics (on the web like me) I have never actually met in person. We’ve just communicated by email and live a couple of hours away from each other. I don’t actually drink alcohol and would probably call it a Meet & Draw, or even an Eat & Draw if I could find even a couple of people locally that would be interested in doing something like this. They would have to be in central Mississippi around the Winston County area. Sometimes it helps to get inspired if you have others of like mind to associate with. If anyone that might read this blog is a cartoonist in the central MS area or knows of someone in this area that is interested in drawing comics or getting into drawing them just email me. You can go to my web comic site at http://bubbaworldcomix.net and find my contact on the home page.

WHERE HAVE THE ARCHIE COMICS GONE?

December 12, 2008

I was in the Wal Mart the other day….I really hate going to the Wal Mart. I miss the department stores that use to be on Main Street in my town. Our old Wal Mart moved out to the bypass and is technically a Super Wal Mart. It’s actually a smaller size Super Wal Mart. It added things to the store to make it bigger, the most noticeable being the grocery side. The rest of the store doesn’t seem that super though. In my opinion they actually went down hill on the sections I did use, Men’s Clothing, Books, DVD’s. The old store seemed to have a better selection before it became so called super. The toy section was disappointing before they even moved. Even thought I don’t care to shop at the Wal Mart I still wind up going there for stuff now and again. I will occasionally pick up an Archie Comics Digest off the rack at the check out and get it for nostalgia sake. I read the Archie Comics growing up and loved them. I still occasionally enjoy them when I get them now. I was doing some shopping for an angel tree kid, a local charity that provides Christmas gifts for needy children, when I decided to add some Archie Comics Digests into the mix. I couldn’t find any. Nowhere on the magazine racks at the check out or in the rest of the store. I looked several times. I asked different cashiers and none of them could remember the last time they even saw any around. I have already fussed about the fact that there are no longer any comic book racks in any of the grocery or convenience stores that I can tell of. The last hold out was the fact that the Archie Digests were at the check out of the Wal Mart. Now that is gone too. Just where will kids get any decent comics to read to get them interested into the field and keep reading them as they get older. I worry about this because I’m a cartoonist. There are not many cartoonists around for me to talk shop to now and just how will future ones get interested in the field with no reference materials for them the read. Unless you live in a major city that has a book store chain or, even rarer, a comic book shop, you’re just out of luck. The internet is the only place left to read comics regularly without having to drive a few hours to find a decent book store.

I must commend the local librarian in my town for having the foresight to start putting Graphic Novel comic books on the shelves. I even donate a few here and there to add to the collection. The Tupelo library really impressed me when I went in there one day to look around and kill time while I was there waiting on my Mom. They had a huge Graphic Novel comic book section they had just got in. It brightened my day. I guess that’s where the children in the smaller towns might have to start discovering comics at now. They cant just walk into a drug store or convenience store with their parents and see them on a rack anymore. I just hope more libraries choose to keep them on their shelves.

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