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John Allison- Comics


John Allison has been creating webcomics since 1998, when he debuted “Bobbins,” a series which ran on Keenspot for four years. Allison’s reputation as an artist was solidified in 2002 when he began his second comic strip “Scary Go Round,” which ended earlier this year. The full color strip was notable for its long form stories and a unique sense of humor which rarely manifested itself through punchlines and gags, but rather through dialogue and characterization. His comics are also notable for the lack of a status quo and their constant evolution.

Bad Machinery is a comic by John Allison.

Born of lightning and thunder, like a rare gas escaping from a crack in a blighted mountain, Bad Machinery tells the story of Charlotte, Jack, Linton, Mildred, Shauna and Sonny, six enterprising youngsters with an eye for MYSTERY.

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Scott McCloud


Scott McCloud has been writing and drawing comics professionally since 1984. His first series, Zot!, garnered multiple nominations in the prestigious Harvey and Eisner awards. His book Understanding Comics was a New York Times Notable book for 1994, and has since been translated into over 16 languages.

McCloud began the international 24-Hour Comics movement, wrote the influential Bill of Rights for Comics Creators, and is one of the very first American comics artist to incorporate manga influences into his work—nearly 20 years before manga exploded onto the American comics industry.

Throughout the 1990s, McCloud was an ardent supporter of webcomics. His theories have been influential in game, web, and interface design. He has lectured on comics and digital media at Google, MIT, Pixar, Microsoft, and the Smithsonian Institution. In 2008 he drew a comic introducing Google’s new browser, Chrome.

In recent years, McCloud launched a series of seminars on the art of storytelling through comics, culminating in his 2006 book, Making Comics. He is currently beginning work on a graphic novel; his first original work of fiction intended for print in nine years. Frank Miller (Sin City, 300) has described McCloud as “just about the smartest guy in comics.” Locus magazine called him “arguably, the most important cartoonist alive.”

Scott McCloud is somebody who I have Really Taken an interest in. After briefly looking at his work I went on to further research at my local libraries and even buying comics that he has created from Ebay. I love the way that some of his sketches and illustration are very basic but manage to show a perfect representation of the story etc.

Taking a closer look;

This is the ‘ZOT!’ comic I bought off Ebay, it is no. 22 and the origional price would have been $2.00. I t was made in October 1988 by Eclipse Comics. For a comic that is that old it is in excellent condition !! This is page 1, looking at this page and the cover, I’ve noticed that Scott McCloud tends to make use of the full-page. that is not always the case as I looked through the comic but it is a lot of the time. The inside of the comic is black and white so i do like the fact that the cover is in colour. I am mostly interested in page 1, though, as he seems to have kept the main illustration at the bottom of the page but I think it works well as you still seem to be drawn to it.

Chris Ware


Chris Ware was born in 1967 in Omaha, Nebraska, where he was first inspired by reading Peanuts paperbacks in his grandmother’s basement, unlimited access to 1970s television, and a local neighborhood cartoonist who had also worked under his grandfather’s managing editorship at the newspaper the Omaha World-Herald. Ware got his start in published comics, however, while attending the University of Texas in Austin. He drew comics every week, and sometimes on a daily basis, for The Daily Texan, still the country’s largest university newspaper.

In 1994, Fantagraphics Books co-publisher Kim Thompson offered Ware a regular comics series, which Ware accepted, titling it The ACME Novelty Library. Fifteen issues were published by Fantagraphics, with the 96-page, full-color 14th issue finishing “Jimmy Corrigan” in 1999. ACME set the standard next to which regular-sized comics were to be shelved, irritatingly published in a variety of different sizes and formats ranging from digest-sized black-and-white pamphlets to two 11” x 18” full-color horse-chokers. As a result of these experiments, between approximately 1995 to 2001 Ware shamelessly commandeered the comic medium’s general trophies for lettering, coloring, and stapling, winning dozens of so-named Harvey, Eisner and Ignatz Awards, as well as garnering the Angouleme “L’Alph Art” and the elusive Reuben Award for Excellence.

I do like comic work and have enjoyed looking at Chris Ware’s. The way he uses a lot of block colour in some illustrations is interesting as is the use of black. In the above image, hes seems to show lots of use of the same colours which I also find an interest.