THE RACE IS ON!
JUNE B:DC CHALLENGE
by: Kyle Latino
Well, first things first: sorry for the break in posts. There was some craziness and laziness (admittedly on my part), but now that things have settled it appears that I will be writing this spot solo for the foreseeable future. Lee has taken on other responsibilities in his life, and we all wish him the best, don’t we? So, yeah, stuck with just me. Ha!
Now, (full story here) June’s issue of the NEW YORKER has a rather interesting cover, it seems. Artist, Jorge Colombo, digi-painted that cover on a $4.99 app (Brushes) on his iPhone. The image is quite remarkable in many ways, not just in skill, but what it means for this digital age we are enjoying. Your average cover has a few thousand dollars worth of software behind it (photoshop, illustrator, etc.), yet this cover was done on a program that costs about as much as a big-beef borrito, cowboy cookie, and small coke at my local Roscoe’s Tacos. Even if you count the investment of the device, itself, you’re still only talking in the neighborhood of $200 – $300 (and sure a computer to sync it to, but you get my point).
As I am so inspired by this momentous event, I am starting a new convention of this feature. I’m calling it the B:DC CHALLENGE! Every month, it will be a new challenge concerning digital comic making (which I’m already worried about running out of). So, here is the low-down on this month’s challenge: DRAW A COMIC ON AN iPhone OR iPod Touch. You can use any drawing app you wish, but NO PHOTO COMICS! (Hey, that’s a good idea for July’s challenge.) You don’t have to letter on the iPhone, just draw/paint. Minimum of 8 panels, do more if you like. I’ll take stick figures, but I really urge you to stretch yourself. Try to make a comic that you would want read. Content is subject to censorship if chosen for display on this site. When you’re done, send me an email with the panels or links to latino.kyle AT gmail DOT com. Heck, any feedback on the feature, poems about the sadness over Lee’s departure, or hot scoops in field digital comics are more than welcome at the same address!
-Good luck, and good comics!