I just wanna say thank you to all those that have emailed over the years and set their comics and links.
The iPod format recommends files are 640 pixels wide x 480 pixels high if you're creating content just for iPods or if you're repurposing existing work. Keep an eye on your lettering though. Look at your finished frame and scale it to 50%. If you can still read the lettering on your monitor, it'll be okay for an iPod.
The Clickwheel system is automated and will set your files for download by numeric sequence so if they not uploaded in the right order they will not be downloaded in the right order. Take special care to note that if you have more than nine files, you must put a "0" in front of the single digit files. Once you have your files named properly, bundle them, as one ZIP file and then you are ready to upload to the site.
Also when you upload an iComic the Clickwheel site will automatically create a ‘CBZ’ version as well so users without compatible iPods can read your comic too. They it’s a simple case of sticking a link onto your site to the download and the public have full access to your comics for next to no money.
They’ve started getting PREDATORS and VICTORIANA artwork in which according to Dave West “is all great stuff” On Dave Hitchcock's (Spring Heeled Jack) Blog he's announced that he's started on the Victoriana cover artwork.
They are now showing some new panel art (still in progress by the looks of it) on their website. It is for their new comic book series called FRACTURE. This new mature comic comes from Michael Burness and Mark Bell who have worked together on a number of Unico Collection stories.
Barry Renshaw and Co and starting up their Red Eye franchise once again and have been asking all small pressers to contact them with comics and news etc. You can contact the team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Review: This is the first time I have ever read (or even seen) anything from Itch but I have been aware of them within the whole UK SP community, so I was really looking forward to get into one of their comics.
Urban Beats issue one is about a character called Milo who for reasons I’d expect are revealed later on starts seeing animal heads on humans. You are also introduced to a second character called Caipora who… well actually I’m not going to say as it gives the game away. You’re going to have to go out and buy it to find out… go on… off you pop.
I’ve not been a big fan of Manga style artwork but I found this to be very pleasant to look at if even a few panels did seem a bit off but really when the other 99% are inch perfect then why quibble. Scripting duties by Daniel and Anna have produced a very good first issue with tight dialogue and a very interesting tail to tell (see what I did there). This is a great little comic and I suggest you should go spend your hard earned money on it.
Dan Cox and Bob Molesworth has made it through Dimestore Productions 2009 Small Press Idol. Go to their website to buy the limited edition ‘Tokyo Gonzo’ to count as a vote to help them win. All the best lads from the ACG.
They are doing a new book which will be printed as a limited edition of 50 copies. If you want one contact Itch ASAP/ The book may be available at the MCM Expo in London this year also.
Making its way to an Expo near you! Emma Vieceli's anticipated Manga Shakespeare follow up 'Much Ado About Nothing'.
They are having a bit of a early summer sale at the moment and have dropped the price of all of their comics. Their Unico Collections (which the ACG co-produce) is now down to just £2.