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Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

SPX has been over for a week and I’m still recovering. What a great show! The week leading up to the show was stressful, but I now have a list of things to prepare ahead of time. The show itself had ups (meeting some great artists!) and downs (being stuck in a corner where few chose to tread). Overall, it was very inspiring.

I want to publicly thank Norb and Robert, with whom I shared a table. The pressure of knowing they were counting on me smished this comic into existence.  Also, hi to Hall, Bill, and Patrick who showed up and gave their support. I need to thank Roberto and Ulysses too and hope that one of them looks at this site so they can send me their URL! :)

Everyone else should go check out:

There were oodles of great comics at SPX (see the full list). I’m looking forward to next year and hoping to have more time to wander around. I did manage to speak with two gentlemen from Sverige, one of whom completed a comic called, Simons 120 Dagar (Simon’s 120 days). After a little google searching I found a snippet on youTube about his trip. Unfortunately, he only had a single copy of the comic and it wasn’t for sale. Luckily, a fellow Svenska Skolan student has agreed to try and find it for me. Anyone out there with access to Swedish comics, please let me know! :)

a²alien in flash

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

The alien has been around for quite a while and has always been an easy out when I have been uninspired to create something new. At some point, I had a bit too much time on my hands (imagine that!) and created a flash movie which features the alien. Every once in a while I tell myself to go back to the source files and add sound. In the meantime, I hope you will enjoy the silence.

Death and the Maiden

Friday, January 9th, 2009

One of my favourite web comics is being re-published in blog form and I am so excited! Death and the Maiden was one happy piece of solace I had during a rather stressful time a year or so ago. I hope you will all enjoy it as much as I did and still do! Waiting for the next update always tries my patience; but, to me, that is a sign of good storytelling. I higly recommend starting from this beginning with The Prologue.

Square Cat Comics and the Honorable Mentions

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

Since starting a2alien, I’ve begun to appreciate more and more the hard work that goes into consistently creating comics, web or otherwise. There are quite a few comic artists whose hard work inspired me to begin a2alien in the first place. So, I’ve decided to share some of my favourites with you over the next several weeks. First up, Squarecat!

I have been following Squarecat Comics for several years now. Sometimes I swear I’ve been living the same week as Jennifer O. Witness the yen for chocolate milk, the ice cream in winter, or the Red Sox in action! I am really hoping that she decides to return to SPX one of these years. I was lucky enough to buy vol. 1 & 2 of Squarecat in 2006 and hope to see vol. 3 sometime soon.

As if comics weren’t enough, she and her oft featured boyfriend, Matt, are creating 52 songs in 52 weeks. Check out the Honorable Mentions for more. I am completely amazed by this project. Seriously, when do they find the time?! :)

Donate to CREATE South

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

I’ll keep it short and sweet. Today is the donation drive day for CREATE South, a conference being held in SC this April. From their site:

Saturday, April 25th, 2009 we will be holding the second annual CREATE South conference. It will be held at the Horry Georgetown Technical College, Grand Strand Campus in lovely Myrtle Beach. It is a meeting for those interested in blogging, podcasting, video, social networking or any other form of self-expression. Serving the residents of the Grand Strand and beyond, it is a venue to bring together like minded people to network, to teach and to learn. If you would like to get involved in these arenas but don’t know how to start, this is the place to be. With introductory presentations and hands-on detailed demos, the beginners and the experts alike will have plenty to learn.

Check out the CREATE South site and donate a buck or two. The first year was a great time with lots of learning and networking opportunities.

Hope to see y’all there! :)

XL Comics

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

EDIT :: Sad news. XL Comics is no longer available due to funding issues. Anyone with extra cash should get in touch with Tim (see the comments) Maybe we can bring them back!

I’m not sure when or how I stumbled upon XL Comics, but I immediately subscribed to the RSS feed and have been happily enjoying it ever since. Despite Tim’s assertion that he can’t draw, the magic marker drawings are wonderful and inspired. Also, it’s funny as heck.

XL Comics is based on Extra Large, a radio show, with Andy and Tim on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tony is my favourite character so far. Forget “Danger,” deranged is the new middle initial .. D is for deranged!

Delay Today

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

There will be a bit of a delay for the comic post today. But, hopefully the next installment will be up this evening. Remember, you can always sign up for the a2alien RSS feed so you’ll always know when a new comic is up and ready for viewing!

Happy Wednesday! :)

Sam Koi

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

I was lucky enough to see Mal Jones’s Koi paintings at Washington DC’s Artomatic show several years ago. An entire room was hung with adorable (but not over cute), almost comic-like Koi paintings and even had a wall painted with the little creature. It was mesmerizing and memorable, which is why last year at SPX I started squealing mid-aisle when I realized the little Koi had been turned into a comic and had a name, Sam Koi.

Luckily, Sam Koi’s creator did not run for cover, but instead signed an “I love Mal Jones” postcard for me. It was then I found out that Sam Koi would be available as a web comic as well, and it is beautiful. The stories are artwork and the comic blurs the lines between what most people think of as “comics” and “fine art.”

Don’t take my word for it though, go see for yourself. As of this post, there are three Sam Koi episodes available. I’m eagerly awaiting the next installment!

Northern Geeks (or … How many times can I type Northern Geeks in four short paragraphs?)

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

A while back I started to highlight some of my favourite web comics. Today, I am continuing with Northern Geeks. I found this site after clicking on a Project Wonderful ad off another web comic site. Just goes to show that occasionally, those advertisements really do link to something wonderful; and, for we web comic publishers, that paying for ads works!

It looks like Northern Geeks was started back in 2008 and has been going strong ever since. I am thoroughly impressed by the consistency of this comic since it updates every single day. (As has been recently evidenced, just updating weekly can be an issue for some people *cough cough*) Not only is there a consistent comic, the Northern Geeks site includes a blog, reviews of games, and a podcast. If you’re looking to waste some work hours, this site will get you through a week at least.

Even better, Northern Geeks hails from Canada .. !! Hence the Northern in Northern Geeks I suppose. (Yes, we get jokes .. sometimes.)

Anyway, these little blurbs aren’t really meant to be reviews, but simply a way to share my favourite comics with you. So, check out Northern Geeks from the beginning and let me know what you think!

Oh, and the answer is six! :)

DM of the Rings

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

OK, let me say that I am WAY late to the party on DM of the Rings by Shamus Young, but it really doesn’t matter because this comic can be re-read over and over. It has had me bent over in laughter too many times to count. I’ve only been lucky enough to actually *play* D&D once (Thank you Delaware crew!) but have long been friends with people who play on a regular basis. DM of the Rings basically takes every comment and complaint I’ve heard throughout the years, tosses them in a blender and purees. Which leads me to believe there is indeed a wit check involved, but what do I know, I don’t play. :}

Anyway, Twenty Sided uses image stills from the Lord of the Rings movies and places the characters into their own personal h*ll of a D&D game. Whether you play D&D or not, it is a hilarious interpretation of the story and a great way to have hours of your day disappear.