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Aaron Carter’s new single. Thought you guys might want to hear it, this shit is FIRE.

I encourage everyone to go buy his single instead of downloading it off of here, so you can support Aaron in his efforts to make a self-funded album. Seriously, his comeback is gonna be better than ever, just you wait. You buying his single can help him do that.


I’m Latino. I’m Hispanic. And they’re different, so I drew a comic to explain.

Terry Blas is a writer/cartoonist and creator of the web series Briar Hollow. He is a member of Portland, Oregon’s Periscope Studio, a powerhouse collective of more than two dozen award-winning creatives. Follow him on Twitter @terryblas and on Tumblr at

Hello, Readers!

I am going to be exhibiting at the Rose City Comic Con tabling with Periscope Studio (booth 1217/1223.) I hope you will come by to say hello and talk about sequential storytelling, illustration and cartooning with me.

Those unable to attend can still obtain prints, chapbooks and more via my etsy emporium! 

I hope to see you there!



Hey friends! I’ll be at Emerald City Comic Con in sunny Seattle this weekend with my good friend and studio/house mate Abby Howard. We will be sitting at the Periscope Studio Island of Booths at Booth 1214. I’ll have stickers, postcards, pins and live sketching at the table, so I hope to see as many of you as possible! I’m also excited to say we’ll be seated right next to Erika Moen, who I will be speaking with on the Freelance Like a Rockstar panel:

-PANEL: Freelance Like a Rockstar
March 30, 4:00pm – 4:50pm, ROOM 2B
Do you fantasize about being self-employed but you just don’t even know where to start? Shh, shh, little friend, no more tears – this group of seasoned pros is here to share their hard-won knowledge with you so you can freelance like a rock star, too.


Hey all, I don’t often have the time to give in-depth comics/art career advice, but I got an email from Tanya this week with some good open-ended questions I found the time to answer, and she graciously agreed to let me post them here for anyone else who might be interested:

What would you say are the three most important things you have done to get yourself to where you are today?

1.  Starting a webcomic.  This gave me a real taste for being my own boss (i.e. managing my time and producing consistent work on-time), and built the foundation of what would later become my readership.  Some of the friends I made in online/webcomic communities in 2004 are still friends today.

2.  Showing up at a convention, visiting publishers’ booths, and asking if they had anyone available to look at my portfolio.  This will not always work, and I was turned away from several annoyed publishers (especially at crazy-busy conventions like San Diego), but I tried it at a small local convention (Stumptown) in 2008, and there was an editor free at the Oni Press booth willing to take look, which is how I got an invitation to pitch material to Oni Press.

3.  Interning at Periscope Studio.  I got hands-on experience helping to flat, ink, draw backgrounds, etc. for comic artists while I was a college student.  I could ask them questions I had about “breaking in” and get a variety of responses from a pool of freelancers who had each built their own unique models for successful art careers.  It was really striking to me that among the 25 members, no two were the same.  There’s no road map for success in comics, but they had each found their own path to it, so it inspired me to find my own.  The Periscope internship isn’t around anymore, but any opportunity to work alongside an established professional can teach you a LOT.  Take any opportunity to visit an artist’s studio, and work WITH other people in person whenever possible.  I also had a sketch group with Emi Lenox and Angie Wang for a couple of years, and I would learn so much just watching them pencil and ink at a café table and telling each other about the pens we were using or what artists we were reading.

How did you get your first paying job in the art industry? What was your role and who was your employer?

I belieeeeeve my very first job was illustrating a comic for an author who found my work online when I was a junior in college (thank you portfolio site and Deviant Art).  He had a day job but was passionate about writing comics, and he asked if he could pay me a page rate to illustrate one of his scripts.  I liked the script and we negotiated a good page rate, which allowed me to draw 14 color pages over the summer and earn as much as I would have earned at a summer job.  It’s worth noting that aside from this project, virtually every big, paid job I have ever received has been through a friend (an editor asks a friend of mine if they are available to illustrate a comic, the friend is not, the friend recommends me to the editor, the editor contacts me, and I get the job).  That’s why I think it’s reeeeeally important to hang out with other artists in person whenever possible, be outgoing and kind and make friends with new artists, and remember that they are not your competition, but rather your friend group and a network of people that you can help and that can help you.


Blastoff at Periscope Studios - Steve Lieber

anonymous asked:

do you know of any good resources for starting a web comic?

Well… not really, but I do have a couple of related links I really suggest anyone to listen/read: 

The New Disruptors interview with Dylan Meconis (Outfoxed, Bite Me!, Family Man): A fantastic podcast with a veteran in the webcomics community (tumblr here)!

Especially around 10 minutes in, Dylan talks about the blurry line between illustration and comics that I agree with completely. A lot of webcomics nowadays have fully painted, illustrated pages… which is great! But personally, I find them harder to read and a bit uneconomical in production time. This is of course, a personal preference (that I think is right hahaha).

“8 things I’d Like to See More in Comics” by Jesse Hamm - He posted this on his tumblr awhile ago and I LOVED this list. His twitter has some great pro tips as well on comic-ing!

Periscope Studio: In general this collective of comic artists has a TREASURE trove of information on how to do comics both as an artist and as a business. I suggest listening to their numerous interviews/podcasts, I personally find them very inspiring!

There are a ton of resources out there in forms of podcasts, tutorials and articles that I encourage you to seek out! 


Blastoff at Periscope Studios - Jeff Parker