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Materials lists – Making Comics

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Once, comics were done with a very short list of materials. In many ways that was an appealing aspect of them, and it’s still possible today. But, our options have greatly expanded. And if you think of Sequential Art as more of a system to tell stories by juxtaposition, what you juxtapose could be something else entirely other than drawings!

So, first, i’m going to list our first class must haves! I’ll talk a bit about tools in the first session, and based on that you’ll know what other tools you might need to pick up.

First class must haves!

Marker Paper – Thin [13.5lb]: Strathmore makes a good 13.5lb pad. It has the transparency you need for tracing while being great for working in pen and ink as well as pencil on.
Cartridge Paper: The same kind of paper you use in a jet printer or copier, pick up a ream of 500 from Staples!
Prismacolor Col-Erase Colored Pencils: They sell them in packs and as singles at DeSerres so you can pick your own colours. I suggest blue or light blue, but NOT the non-repro blue! – TOO LIGHT. I also use red & orange and sometimes green! You’ll probably want at least two of a light colour like Light Blue, and two of a dark colour, like Red.
Sharpener: I recommend KUM sharpeners for the best blades, you can get an affordable small mettle one at Nota Bene Papeterie for sure for about $5 or so, though you might have to ask at the counter for them. There are cheaper options but a cheap sharpener can end up costing you a lot in pencils.
Mechanical pencils and leads: – I suggest HB. 0.5mm or 0.7mm.  Or good wood graphite pencils. Again HB, but if you can afford it get one of each from 4B to a 2H.
Pigment Pens: There are many brands, see the section below! Some in come in several sizes, you don’t need all of them, I recomend getting a one fine, medium and large or their numeric equivalents.
Erasers!: One kneadable & One white plastic. You will want both.

Ok, here’s the fuller lists for the whole course.

Digital Tools

For Making Comics, even if you work mostly in an analog mode with pencils and paper, it’ll be useful to be able to scan your art to make blue lines. And we’ll talk about lettering digitally, and a little bit about colouring in Making Comics.

For Intro to Cartooning, all our studies and drawing can be done digitally with a good tablet capable of pressure sensitivity; or with a lightbox; or the thin 13.5lb marker paper listed for tracing below.

Any one of those three will do it but you’ll must have at least one!

Making Comics 101 and Intro to Cartooning will be taught using traditional ways and means, I don’t draw digitally myself so I don’t instruct digital drawing. That said I think it’s possible to do all the work for both courses with a good tablet that has good pressure sensitivity. And you’ll need software that allows you to work in layers.

I’ve used Photoshop forever, it’s not as affordable these days. The open source program GIMP is  free, as is the fully featured and much more easy to use open source Krita! Both can do many of the things you would want Photoshop or Illustrator for.

Another option is the Affinity suite, a full line of programs to challenge Adobe including a PS like image editing program with layers as a function.

I recommend also taking a look at Manga Studio as well. You can download it to use for a month before spending any $ to try it out. It’s become very popular and is the only program out there made specifically for drawing comics.

All of these will require a pen tool to use. Wacom makes the best but there are a lot of decent cheaper options too.

Drawing tools for Making Comics & Intro to Cartooning!

  • Prismacolor Col-Erase Colored Pencils: These are NOT pencil crayons! They sell them as singles as well as in boxes at DeSerres so you can pick out your own colours. I suggest light blue but NOT the non-repro blue – TOO LIGHT.  I also use red and orange sometimes! I use these for penciling so get at least three for the course. Do not try to substitute regular colored pencils for these.
  • You will need a Sharpener; I recommend the Palomino-KUM Long Point Pencil Sharpener. Generally getting a better one will save you $ on the pencils themselves.
  • Mechanical pencils and leads – I suggest HB to 2H range. It’s possible to get blue erasable led for technical pencils too. But I find it fragile and not very good so i recomend 2H, HB and 2B leds, if on a budget, then just HB leds.
  • Erasers: One kneadable & One white plastic. You will want both.
  • Pentel Correction Pens! There are other correction pens around, but not as good as these at all. I’ve picked up Prestos at De Serres and Staples. And saw bins full of them at Librairie Jasmin co-op UQAM!
  • Pigment pens: Comic artists generally use these a lot, one of my own core inking & lettering tools. These are MANDATORY for both Making Comics and Intro to Cartooning. There are several brands to try ranging from about 3 to 5 dollars each. DeSerres has all of these but i’ve linked to Jetpens on the site here. Note these are not simply felt tip pens, Pigment Pens have pigment based ink, super black and sable. And they are semi permanent, you can use watercolor over them and they won’t bleed once they fully dry.

Pigment pens traditionally come in a range of sizes, for the class, get at least one 02, 05, and 08. Or a Super Fine, Fine & Medium. Coptic, Micron & Faber-Castell make them as felt tipped brush pens too. But I don’t really recomend those as much at all. See my entry on brush pens below for why.

  • Markers! Sharpies, a standard tip, fineliner, and wedge. Other kinds of Permanent markers are also usable, but I always find Sharpies to be versatile and hardy. I don’t draw with them often, but I use the big wedges to fill blacks a fair bit!
  • Marker Paper – Thin [13.5lb]One way or another you will want to be able to trace things, over your own rough drafts not least of all. Tracing paper is no good for ink, if you spring for a lightbox or work digitally [in layers] you can do it that way. But the best low fi alternative is using very thin 100% cotton Marker Paper. Strathmore makes a good 13.5lb pad. It has the transparency you need for tracing while being great for working in pen and ink as well as pencil on. DeSerres has the Strathmore that I can recommend. Note that some thicker papers are also called ‘marker paper’, make sure whatever you get is this and smooth to the touch, and you can see your finger through a single sheet when pressed against it from behind.
  • Bristol paper, Smooth: I ink, and do washes on Bristol. It’s possible to ink on Marker paper as well, but if you are interested in traditional mediums or doing work with wash, Bristol is much better. I work on different sizes myself, but for the course i recommend a pad of Strathmore Smooth Bristol, 300 series or higher quality. Fabriano’s Bristol is not bad at all. And i’m liking Canson’s Foundations Smooth 100lb. There are a few other brands, feel free to try them but I know for a fact those are best for inking. You can also get smaller pads, but 11″x17″ gives you the option to print large blues for the class, or cut it down to two sheets of 8.5″x11″ which you can run through the manual feed of your own desktop jet printer to print blues at home which is very handy.
  • Cartridge Paper: The same kind of paper you use in a jet printer or copier, pick up a ream of 500 from Staples! A lot of thumbnailing and sketching, character design and general thinking out of cartoons and comics can be done on this cheap kind of paper. It has limits but for basic pencil and ink work it’s a perfectly viable medium and will let you save your bristol for the final drawings and best work. If you want to work larger 11″x17″ reams are still very cheap! Mastering our craft means a lot of drawing, so having lots of cheap paper on hand is important!
  • Rulers! It’s good to have a few. I strongly recommend the first 4 kinds mentioned here: A medium size T square – 30 inches will do. A straight ruler that is at least 18 inches long.  I have a few short ones as well but you need at least one that long for working on full size art. A set of french curves or bendable ruler, and a 30-60-90 set square. Non critical, but It would probably help to pick up a circle and ellipse template or two, too. A Compass with ruling pen attachment or pencil holder is also often super useful. And, I do recommend getting an Ames Guide as well, for lettering by hand.
Theses Items are worth considering,

but definitely optional.

  • OPTIONAL BUT RECOMMENDED: If they work on paper every cartoonist NEEDS a Light Box sooner or latter. You can make one, or buy them. It used to be and still is true, that some are pretty expensive. DIY light boxes can be very affordable and if your light is bright enough pretty effective. I’ve built two myself. But recently I ordered a $26 LED one from Amazon, and it’s really very effective as well. For ease and price that would be my first recommendation.  A traditional Light Box around the same size goess for about $70 at deserres. To go the DIY route, there area  lot of options. Depends on how much Light Box you think you’ll need? I like this easy DIY version with a binder, clever AND portable! You can make a simple working home Light Table, using a glass table, or a cardboard or plastic box with a sheet of Plexi or glass in place of it’s regular lid to give you a better working surface. And some kind of bright light source you can safely place under or in it for the light. You can also get a little more adventurous, and make a wood box for it, or use one of these cheap ikea tables, or like this, this maybe, or one like this?
  • OPTIONAL – White Gel pens are handy for details in white ink sometimes. Personally use Uni-ball Signo Broad UM-153.
  • OPTIONAL – Traditional nib Inking Kit: Pick up a pack of Zebra G-nibs, or not as good but Speedball Nibs are used by many and some recomend starting with a DELETER Trial Pen Set; Some good indian [I use PEBEO Graphic India ink myself], or acrylic inks; A good nib holder. Nothing fancy needed; A small sable brush, Winsor Newton is the go to brand, but I like using sumie style sable brushes a lot myself and they are a bit more of a deal often. Grab a #2 or #3. Or both; And a bottle of Bleed Proof White, I like both those made by Daler-Rowney & Dr.Ph.Martin’s. Also good to have is a small container to hold rinse water, and a pallet or Inkwell.
  • OPTIONAL – Brush Pens: We will cover a little bit of traditional inking with brush, generally i no longer use dip brushes often myself though. Instead i recommend brush pens! Felt brushes are a bit easier to use the first time, but lack some of the subtle range of a hair brush. I’ve been testing several, but my all time favorites are synthetic hair brush pens. The best of those for under or about $20, is the A Pentel Pocket Brush [comes with two refills]. FYI DeSerres DOES stock usually these, but they don’t keep them with the pens. Ask for them in the calligraphy section. Designed like a fountain pen with a replaceable ink cartridge. There are a few cheaper models made by Pentel, but the ink in them is not waterproof so not as good for inking unless you order the Pigment Ink version. The next step down in price and quality is a top end felt tip Brush pen. I’m told the Zebra Disposable Brush Pen is one of the best, and I’ve used Faber-Castell’s. The felt version of the Pocket Brush is pretty good too. And I really like the Sakura Pigma Professional Brushes, great for inking comics!
  • OPTIONAL – Sketchbook: There is a lot of note keeping sketching and rough thinking out of things in planning comics, and you want a single place to keep all your development work. So get a dedicated sketchbook for this. A good size is a classic 8.5″ x 11″ hard cover or spiral student sketchbook. larger can be good though as well.
  • OPTIONAL – A sharp X-Acto, Pocket or Utility Knife.
  • OPTIONAL – Ballpoint pens, and Felt tip pens in my kit and always recommend them. Handy for a number of uses. Not really a good replacement for Pigment pens, but if you’re just drawing for the first time or casually sketching on the go, both can be excellent.

Where to find things!

You’ll see I often link to Jetpens on the site. Mostly because they don’t break the links so you can see what the things look like. They have pretty good prices, and if you buy a bunch of things shipping can be decent. But It takes a while to show up I find.

Local is better, I don’t know ALL the art supply stores in town but i’ve tried to research a few,  I recommend calling ahead before heading out, to see who has what where? First, I’d recomend La Co-op Saint-Laurent des Arts, they have one of the best selections of exactly the tools I recomend at good prices, especially if you become a member there.

Other options include DeSerres all over town, big shops and generally broad rage of stock, but can be hit and miss on having things in stock and staff only know their own sections at best; La Boutique des ARTS de la Coop UQAM where with a membership their prices are a tad cheaper than DeSerres generally and well stocked shop for such a small one. Around the corner from it in the same building/underground complex is Librairie Jasmin co-op UQAM! Great for things like the Gel Pens and Presto Correction Pens.

Brush pens and nice sketchbooks can also be found at Au Papier Japonais, and Nota Bene Papeterie has some very nice sketchbooks and a great selection of pens! And Encadrements Des Cèdres is a nice shop as well. I hear Avenue Des Arts in Westmount can be good, Kama Pigment for pencils and paints and a small drawing supply section, and if you’re a student at concordia they have a decent Art Supply Store worth checking out too.

Again I suggest calling ahead for all of these to see who has the things you need before visiting them, saves time. Also several of the items, like gel pens, mechanical pencils and correction pens, can be sourced at places like Staples!

Comics: Comic Books – Illustration History


The precursor to comic books, cartoons have been popular in England and America since the early 1800s, originating as satirical and political cartoons printed in newspapers and periodicals. The most influential cartoonist of this period, Thomas Nast played a large role in bringing down “Boss” Tweed’s corrupt political machine in 1870s New York through a series of cartoons heavily critical of Tweed. Through a natural evolution, cartoons developed into comic books, first through publications containing compilations of cartoon re-prints, then as books with original cartoon artwork, before reaching critical mass through the creation of superheroes in 1938. 

Platinum Age


Published in 1897, The Yellow Kid in McFadden’s Flats is considered to be the first comic book, insomuch that it bore the phrase “comic book” on its back cover. Far from the full-color glossy comic books of today, this book featured black and white reprints of popular newspaper comic strips. Subsequent comic strip compilation books included reprints of The Katzenjammer Kids, Happy Hooligan, Buster Brown, and Mutt & Jeff.

The first monthly comic book, aptly titled Comics Monthly, began publication in 1922, though it also featured reprints of daily newspaper comic strips. In 1933, Funnies On Parade became the first color comic book printed in the now standard size of 6 5/8 x 10 1/4 inches.  

In February 1935, DC Comics’ precursor, National Allied Publications, published New Fun #1—the company’s first comic book and the first ever comic book consisting of completely original material. Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, soon to be known for creating Superman, began working on New Fun in October 1935. In the March 1937 edition of Detective Comics #1, Siegel and Shuster introduced their character Slam Bradley, the forebear of Superman.

Golden Age


The Golden Age of Comic Books began in June 1938 with the debut of Superman in Action Comics #1. Batman premiered less than a year later in Detective Comics #27.

In October 1939, Marvel Comics’ predecessor, Timely Publications, released Marvel Comics #1 which included the Human Torch, Angel, and Prince Namor the Sub-Mariner. Along with Fawcett Comics’ superhero Captain Marvel, DC Comics’ Flash and Green Lantern debuted in 1940. Marvel’s Captain America and DC’s Wonder Woman were first published the following year.

The period from 1938 through the mid-1940s represents the peak of comic book popularity. Whereas current monthly sales of popular comic book titles hover around 100,000 copies, in the early 1940s Superman, Batman and Captain Marvel titles each regularly sold in the range of 1.5 million copies per month.

During the return to normalcy in post-war America, superhero comic books sales plummeted and many titles ceased publication. Through the mid-1950s, the void was filled by comic books containing more serious themes such as crime, romance, Western, and horror. However, through this period comic books based on the Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman characters retained a modest audience.

Silver Age


In 1954, psychiatrist Fredric Wertham wrote in his bestselling book Seduction of the Innocent that comic books of all types were corrupting the youth of America. Wertham posited that Superman represented fascist ideals, Batman and Robin promoted a homosexual lifestyle, and Wonder Woman was a lesbian with a bondage fixation. Members of Congress were so alarmed that they called Wertham to testify before the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency.

Sensing public backlash, that same year comic book publishers created the Comics Code Authority in order to self-regulate their industry, much as the Motion Picture Association of America was formed to prevent government involvement in film production. The Code set a number of requirements for comic books:

“In every instance good shall triumph over evil…”

 “If crime is depicted it shall be as a sordid and unpleasant activity.”

“Females shall be drawn realistically without exaggeration of any physical qualities.”

 “…vampires and vampirism, ghouls, cannibalism and werewolfism are prohibited.”

Subsequently cancelling many horror, crime, and romance titles which violated the Code, comic book companies began publishing comic books featuring superheroes from the Golden Age. They revamped existing superheroes and created new superhero characters. The return of Flash, albeit an updated version of Flash, in Showcase #4 (October 1956) marks the beginning of the Silver Age, when superhero comic books saw a renewed commercial success.

The late 1950s through the 1960s saw a change from dark and supernatural comic book themes to the other end of the spectrum with books containing silly plots and a high degree of camp. Such plots involved Superbaby and “The Super-Monkey from Krypton” in Superboy #76 (October 1959) and Batman and Robin teaming up with comedian Jerry Lewis to fight the Joker in Jerry Lewis #97 (December 1966).

Heralding the outrageousness of the Batman television series in the mid-1960s, Batman comic books introduced ridiculous characters such as Batbaby, Bat-Ape, Bat-Mite, and Ace the Bat Hound. Also during this time, taking the place of serious villains to battle Superman, numerous forms of kryptonite were brought forth—gold, blue, Jewel, red-green, Magno, red-gold kryptonite and Kryptonite Plus.

Bronze Age


The Bronze Age signaled a more realistic style within comic books as a younger generation of artists, including Neal Adams, John Byrne, George Perez, Frank Miller, and others, replaced aging artists who had helped to create the superhero comic books of the 1930s and 1940s.   

The beginning of the Bronze Age of comic books is marked by the shocking murder of Peter Parker’s girlfriend Gwen Stacy at the hands of the Green Goblin in Amazing Spider-Man #121-122 (June-July 1973). In a genre where heroes are relied upon to surmount almost any challenge, it was revolutionary to illustrate the brutal murder of an innocent character alongside the ultimate failure of her anticipated savior.

In 1971, the Comics Code Authority relaxed some standards, going so far as to state, “Vampires, ghouls, and werewolves shall be permitted to be used when handled in the classic tradition …” 

This more lenient attitude allowed for the return of the horror comic genre, including titles such as The Tomb of Dracula in 1972 and Ghost Rider and Tales of the Zombie in 1973.  Additional supernatural characters Man-Bat, Swamp Thing, and Blade were introduced in the early 1970s.

In addition, socially conscious stories became more numerous in the 1970s, most famously during the collaborative adventures of Green Lantern and Green Arrow as they fought against racism, pollution, and social injustice. Green Arrow also confronted his sidekick Speedy’s heroin addiction while Iron Man came to terms with his alcoholism.

Understanding that a vast majority of their superheroes were Caucasian men, DC and Marvel introduced a slew of minority superheroes such as Storm, Black Lightning, Blade, and the Green Lantern John Stewart.

Dark Age


Kicking off the Dark Age of comic books was the publication of the monumental series Crisis on Infinite Earths. To commemorate DC Comics’ 50th anniversary, DC published Crisis on Infinite Earths as a 12-issue comic book event. In this series, DC planned to clear up decades of plot inconsistencies, as well as bring together conflicting characters from the Golden Age and the Silver Age. The idea was to have multiple alternate realities brought together to make one consistent reality, as in reconciling how Green Lantern Alan Scott from the 1940s can exist in the same reality as Green Lantern Hal Jordan of the 1960s. To wit, the Justice Society of the 1940s (with their Green Lantern) could exist at the same time as the Justice League of the 1960s (with a different Green Lantern). To solve some of the inconsistencies, certain major characters were killed off and characters long out of play were brought back with new storylines. Ultimately Crisis on Infinite Earths was a major success for DC Comics.

From the mid-1980s through the early 1990s, anti-heroes were popular. Dark, pessimistic stories reigned, as in Alan Moore’s Watchmen, where a world looks down on once mighty superheroes or in Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns where a 55-year-old Batman has retired from crime-fighting, leaving criminals to terrorize Gotham City.  Readers witnessed Superman dying, Batman becoming critically injured, and Green Lantern Hal Jordan slaughtering his fellow Green Lanterns.

The Dark Age also saw the publication of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus, Art Spiegelman’s moving, autobiographical tale of a Jewish family in Poland living through the reign of Nazi Germany.

This period ends with a massive sales slump and industry downsizing caused by a speculator’s market where excess merchandise, too many collector’s editions, and too many series were produced in an inflated market. The sales slump contributed to the bankruptcy of Marvel Comics in 1996.

Modern Age


The publication of Alex Ross’s Kingdom Come in 1996, which harkened back to the optimism and strength of Silver Age superheroes, marks the beginning of the Modern Age. During this period, comic book publishers attempted to rectify their mistakes by creating a leaner business plan and putting more effort into a fewer number of projects. Following the dismal failure of the motion picture Batman and Robin (1997), superhero films were put on ice for retooling. In 2000, the modest success of The X-Men helped put the popularity of the superhero movie back on track.

Over eighty years since the debut of Superman, the comic book industry has remained relevant through the early adoption of digital comics, successful saturation into the film and television markets, and maintaining a strong connection to their fan-base.


Jesse Kowalski, Curator of Exhibitions, Norman Rockwell Museum

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Comic book care and Storage

We store comics to keep them valuable. Air pollution, ultra violet light, dirt and oil from fingers as well as rough handling all contribute to the deterioration of a comic. Storing a comic properly is essential to keeping it valuable. There are 3 major storage components to proper comic storage. They are a comic bag, a comic backing board and a comic box.

Putting your comic in a properly sized comic bag not only keeps dust, dirt and finger oils off the comic book surface, but helps prevent scuffing which can bring down the value of a comic book considerably. The three most popular comic bag materials are polyethylene, polypropylene and Mylar. Bags Unlimited carries New Comic Bags, Regular Comic Bags, Dell & Silver Age Comic Bags and Golden Age Comic Bags as well as Treasury Comic Bags in all three of these materials. All three materials are considered to be archival-meaning that there is nothing in the composition of the material that can contribute to the breakdown or destruction of the comic being stored in it. Mylar is considered to be the most archivally sound and is the choice of most museums and archivists as it has the longest shelf life of the three materials. Every day comic collectors can feel comfortable using polyethylene comic bags or polypropylene comic bags. Our comic bags come with a fold over flap that can be taped on the outside of the bag. We also carry comic bags with a reseal tape on the body of the bag (vs. the flap), so the tape doesn’t catch on the comic and cause damage to the comic.

Backing Board

Comic Backing Boards come in different thicknesses and acid-free properties. The basic purpose for using a backing board is to give the comic some stiffness, which helps keep the comic pages from bending, creasing or wrinkling. When a backing is placed in the center of the comic it protects the comic book spine from crushing. The second purpose for using a backing board in a comic is its potential to neutralize acid in the comic book paper. Acid in the paper that the comic is printed can cause the deterioration of the comic. Using an acid-free backing in your comic can potentially trap and neutralize acid in the paper. The three types of comic backing boards we offer are: economy comic backings, standard acid-free comic backings and archival comic backings. The economy comic backing should be used for short-term storage and stiffening purposes only. It does contain acid and can contribute to the breakdown of the comic. People generally use this board for quick sale items. The standard acid-free comic backing material is acid-free and can be used for long-term storage (over 100 years). The archival comic backing material is acid-free and buffered with calcium carbonate, which means that it will remain archival for 100’s of years. Our comic backing boards are sized to properly fit into our comic bags.



All of our Comic Boxes are super strong and come with sturdy well-fitting lids and handle holes that can be left in the closed position for storing or pushed open for carrying. They are properly sized to hold a comic in a bag with a backing board. Our comic divider cards (used for categorizing) fit in our comic boxes with the lid on. All of our comic boxes ship flat which takes up less storage room. They fold together when you are ready to use them without glue or tape. Storing your comics in a properly sized box helps protect your comics from corner and edge damage. Putting your comics in a comic box also protects the comic from being exposed to ultra-violet light. Ultra-violet light causes inks to fade. Our comic boxes are made form either Corrugated Plastic or Corrugated Cardboard and come in several different lengths for your various storage/display needs. Comic storage boxes do not need to be acid-free if you have your comics in bags. For short tern storage the most popular material choice for comic storage boxes is corrugated cardboard. It is sturdy and reasonably priced. Corrugated plastic comic boxes are an excellent choice for long-term comic storage because the material is acid-free, water proof, vermin resistant and extremely strong. They are more expensive than the corrugated comic boxes, but the material properties of the plastic corrugated material make the extra cost worth the investment for long term archival comic storage.

Corrugated Plastic


Long Island library accidentally gives out pornographic comic to families

FARMINGDALE, Long Island (WABC) — A library on Long Island is apologizing for accidentally putting a pornographic comic book in a free giveaway bag to families.

The Farmingdale Public Library gave it out Saturday, Aug. 14, during Free Comic Book Day, an annual nationwide event.

“I’m glad that the parent brought it to our attention,” library director Debbie Podolski said. “It was a mistake. It slipped through.”

The cover of the comic, “Tales of a Grown-Up Nothing,” shows a teenage girl skateboarding and makes no allusion to the pornographic material inside.

The comic features pictures of people in various sexual positions and one woman using a sex toy. It also features a picture of a man appearing to kill a police officer with the words “The Antifa Super-Soldier Cookbook” above it.

Eyewitness News exchanged emails with one local father who said his child looked at the pornographic comic. The father was upset, but did not want to be identified or do an interview with Eyewitness News. He said he was aware of one other child who was also given the comic book as part of the giveaway.

Podolski said after the father made the library aware of the comic book, the library removed two other questionable titles from the comic books it received from Diamond Comic Distributors – the company which sponsors Free Comic Book Day. Podolski said the other comics featured foul language. She said they were all thrown out.

Podolski said in the six years the library has participated in Free Comic Book Day, the library never received mature material from Diamond Comic Distributors.
“Each participating library orders the age-related titles they would like to receive (All Ages, Teen, Mature) and then receives an assortment of titles based on the requested age-ratings,” Ashton Greenwood, Diamond spokesperson, said in a statement to Eyewitness News. “Given this mishap by the library, we are reviewing guidelines going forward.”

Podolski said the library separated the titles in the giveaway bag with a piece of paper to identify the comic for children, teens and adults.

Laurie Rozakis, Vice President of the library’s Board of Trustees, applauded the way Podolski handed the situation after Podolski realized the pornographic comic had accidentally been distributed.

“I think our library handled this masterfully,” Rozakis said.

Podolski said the library will not participate in Free Comic Book Day again.

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The Best Manga and Comic Art Supplies


Name Sizes/Types Colors Water/Copic Proof Features
Deleter Comic Paper A4, B4, A6 1 N/A Ideal for pen and ink. With and without scale markings.

Penciling Tools

Name Sizes/Types Colors Water/Copic Proof Features
Kokuyo Campus Student Eraser – For 2B Lead N/A 1 N/A Erases soft graphite and colored pencils well.
Pilot Color Eno Neox Mechanical Pencil Lead 0.7 mm 8 Yes/No Non-photo blue mechanical pencil lead (Soft Blue). Easy to draw and ink over.
Pilot Neox Graphite Lead 0.3 mm, 0.4 mm, 0.5 mm, 0.7 mm, 0.9 mm 1 Yes/No Smooth, dark lead that erases well.
Prismacolor Kneaded Rubber Erasers Medium, Large, Extra Large 1 N/A Moldable for precise and gentle erasing.
Staedtler Mars Erasing Shield N/A 1 N/A Protects drawings for careful erasing.
Uni Arterase Color Pencils N/A 36 Yes/No Non-photo blue wooden pencil (Aqua). Easy to draw and ink over.
Uni Mitsubishi Hi-Uni Pencils N/A 1 Yes/No Smooth, dark pencils that erase well.

Inking Tools

Name Sizes/Types Colors Water/Copic Proof Features
Copic Multiliner Pens 0.03 mm, 0.05 mm, 0.1 mm, 0.2 mm, 0.25 mm, 0.3 mm, 0.35 mm, 0.5 mm, 0.7 mm, 0.8 mm, 1.0 mm 10 Yes/Yes Firm needle-point tips. Good for templates. Refillable option.
Deleter Black 4 Manga Ink 30 ml 1 Yes/Yes Very dark, resists lifting.
Pentel Pocket Brush Pens Medium 1 Yes/Yes Expressive synthetic bristle tip. Refillable.
Speedball Calligraphy Ink 0.4 oz 11 Yes/Yes Easy to write and draw over.
Tachikawa Comic Pen Nib Holder – Model 40 N/A 1 N/A Compatible with both regular and round nibs. Comfortable rubber grip and protective cap.
Tachikawa Comic Pen Nib – Maru (Mapping) Model N/A 1 N/A Firm, fine tip. Good for details.
Winsor & Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Brushes Round 000, Round 00, Round 0, Round 1, Round 2 1 N/A High-quality kolinsky hair brushes. Excellent spring, point retention, and fluid capacity.
Zebra Disposable Brush Pens Extra Fine, Fine, Medium 1 Yes/Yes Firm felt brush tip. Easy to control.
Zebra G Nib Chrome, Titanium, Hard 2 N/A Sharp, flexible tip. Good for showing movement.

Coloring & Toning Tools

Name Sizes/Types Colors Water/Copic Proof Features
Copic Markers Ciao, Sketch, Classic 359 Yes Intense, easily blended color.
Deleter Screen Tones 182 mm x 253 mm 5 N/A Give gray tones and patterns an even, professional look.


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Deleter Feather Sweeper Small 1 N/A Gently brushes away eraser dust without smudging.
Deleter French Curves Small, Medium, Large 1 N/A Templates for both sharp and soft curves.
Kutsuwa Stad Compass with Mechanical Pencil 0.5 mm 3 N/A Compass uses 0.5 mm leads and doubles as a mechanical pencil.
Midori Multi Rulers 30 cm 3 N/A Compact, clear ruler that doubles as a protractor. Also available in aluminum.
SmudgeGuard Gloves XS, S, M, L, XL 3 N/A One- and two-finger gloves protect against smudges.
Staedtler Ames Lettering Guide N/A 1 N/A Helps you draw precise guidelines and slope lines. Adjustable.
Staedtler Mars Flexible Curve Ruler 30 cm 1 N/A Bendable ruler.

Gear Store and comic books – PlayStation.Blog

With the launch of our Horizon Forbidden West gameplay trailer last week, we’d like to celebrate the occasion with some brand new merch on the PlayStation Gear Store as well as new comics via Titan Comics! We started yesterday with the release of the Horizon Forbidden West EP, but we have more in store for you! Get stuck in with Horizon Raw Materials, our very own merch brand aimed at extending the world of Horizon beyond videogames. 

Did you enjoy the latest look at the Clawstriders in our Horizon Forbidden West gameplay trailer? With our new tees you can display these agile machines in all their glory. 

Clawstrider Black Tee

US – IN STOCK – $22.95

EU – PRE-ORDER £22.50/€25.00

Aloy’s weapons and armor are made from and customized with materials found in the world of Horizon, and feathers are no exception! This gorgeous dark grey tee shows another take on the iconic Spear design.

Feather Tee

US – IN STOCK – $22.95

EU – PRE-ORDER £22.50/€25.00

We’re also adding a new thermos mug to our drinkware line-up, this time featuring the majestic Tremortusk. Will you have what it takes to deal with this mysterious yet awe-inspiring creature? Who knows for now, but you’ll definitely have the mug to show for it!

Tremortusk Navy Mug

US – PRE-ORDER – $27.95

EU – PRE-ORDER – £24.95/€28.00

These three items are an addition to what is already featured on the PlayStation Gear Store; in case you are tempted by some of the other merch but can’t quite make up your mind, we’ve created two bundles that combine some of our personal favorites!

Get ready for the hunt with this adventurous bundle following Talanah’s journey as the Sunhawk of the Hunters Lodge.

Includes: Feather Dark Grey Tee, Watcher Mug, The Sunhawk Graphic Novel

The Sunhawk Bundle

US – PRE-ORDER – $59.95

EU – PRE-ORDER – £54.95/€60.00

This bundle features a trio of machines which truly instill amazement in everyone who encounters them (though we advise to do so from a safe distance)!

Includes Clawstrider Black Tee, Tremortusk Mug, and Tallneck Water Bottle*. 

Majestic Machines Bundle

US – PRE-ORDER – $74.95

EU – PRE-ORDER – £59.95/€69.00

*This image shows the US version of the Tallneck Water Bottle, the water bottle on the European PlayStation Gear Store differs slightly in color and design.

Last but not least, we’ve also been working together with Titan Comics on the second arc of Horizon Zero Dawn comics, this time featuring on fan favorite character Erend. In Horizon Zero Dawn: Liberation, the story takes place during the events of the original game, and explores the never-before-told adventures of Aloy and Erend as they hunt for a killer with links to Erend’s past. As the pair fight off a series of deadly machine attacks, Erend reveals the sweeping tale of the liberation of Meridian — as well as more details on the disappearance of his sister, Ersa.

The first issue will release on July 14 2021, and the second issue will hit the stores on August 9 2021; both can be pre-ordered here. 

As a sneak preview, please enjoy this debut of #2.1’s interior art below:

We hope you’ve enjoyed this update on Horizon Raw Materials. Stay tuned during the coming weeks and months for more exciting news on all things Horizon! 
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10+ Essential Art Supplies to Help You Draw Comics

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Comic art is an exciting medium that tells a story through a series of images and text. Since the 20th century, it has risen in popularity all around the world, from comic strips and superhero comics in the United States to manga culture in Japan. Its use of sequential panels allows for a range of creative narratives and expressions.

Although some artists have transitioned to digital media, many cartoonists, like award-winning graphic novelist Tillie Walden, continue to tell stories through pen and paper. Want to start drawing your own comics? Then make sure you have some of these essential art supplies to help you get started.

Looking for more art supplies? We’ve got you covered in our guide to the best colored pencils and best drawing pencils.

Want to start drawing cartoons? Then make sure you have these art supplies!



Like other traditional art forms, comics also begins with a sketching phase, so it’s important to find the right drawing utensil for your process. While some cartoonists prefer a wooden pencil with a softer lead that will help them draw quickly, others may prefer the control of a mechanical pencil. Another popular option is a non-photo blue pencil, which creates marks that will not be detected by a Graphic Arts Camera or scanner.


Blackwing Palomino Pencils (Set of 12)

Blackwing | $24.95


Pentel Graph Gear 500 Pencil (0.5 Lead)

Pentel | $5.66


Staedtler Non-Photo Pencil

Staedtler | $2.16



The most popular paper for cartoonists is Bristol paper. This is available in two different surfaces: smooth or vellum. The smooth surface is popular with pen and ink media as it allows the ink to glide across the paper with ease. On the other hand, the vellum surface can be used with a wider range of dry media and will give the pencil or pen a bit more grip to work with.


Strathmore 300 Series Smooth Bristol Paper (9″ x 12″)

Strathmore | $6.73


Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Vellum Paper (11″ x 14″)

Strathmore | $12.71


Rulers and Compasses

Another vital tool every cartoonist should have on their drawing desk is a dependable ruler. This will help you measure panels and draw even lines. Likewise, a compass or protractor is a great utensil to aid you with sketching circles.


Blick Stainless Steel Ruler (12″—24″)

Blick | $4.72 – $7.76


Alvin Bow Compass

Alvin | $19.58


Pen and Ink

Once you’ve sketched, measured, and drafted your comic it’s time to go over it in ink. This can be done in a variety of ways, so it may take some experimenting to find what works best for your style and story. Some of the most common inking tools that cartoonists use are dip pens or brushes, which are used with India ink, refillable brush pens, technical fine-nib pens, and fountain pens.


Speedball Cartooning Pen and Nib Project Set

Speedball | $9.34


Speedball Super Black Waterproof India Ink (2 oz)

Speedball | $4.28


Kuretake Brush Pen

Kuretake | $31.71


Sakura Manga Comic Pro Set – Sketching & Ink Set, Set of 8

Sakura | $18.42


Pilot Metropolitan Collection Fountain Pen

Pilot | $21.99


Need a little more help before you get started? Then pick up some art books!

Need some extra help before you start drawing? Not to worry! There are a variety of how-to-draw books that will guide you through the ins and outs of making comics.


Making Comics by Lynda Barry

Lynda Barry | $16.19


Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud

Scott McCloud | $19.99


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Road workers near Volgograd found a way out from the comic zebra

“Literally three days after the article was published, road signs appeared at most dangerous intersections, vegetation was mostly removed from the territories adjacent to the road,” residents told Vysota 102 reporters.- The problem of the “transition into the unknown” was solved simply and ingeniously. The fence-fence, built on budget funds, against which the “zebra” drawn for budget money rested, was simply sawn for pedestrian passage. Dangerous sections of the road along Dzerzhinsky Street, where trees blocked the view, were also put in order. ”

In addition, according to Krasnoslobodtsev, the intersection of st. Lenin – per. Kirovsky finally acquired a STOP sign, which instructs drivers, in addition to stopping at the stop line, to give way to vehicles that are moving along the intersected road.

At the crossroads of st. Lenin and st. Kalininskaya, a sign appeared from which it is now clear that the driver is not on the main road. True, the stop line without any STOP sign and without a traffic light at this intersection remained incomprehensible.

Most people were impressed by the speed with which all this was done. After all, they had been in correspondence with officials and the traffic police for more than two years, and there was no sense at all.“And then it instantly became clear that nothing was impossible and if you wanted to put things in order in the city, it was possible in a very short time,” they say.

People believe that work on signs and markings will continue as there are still questions. There are no signs and plates at the intersection of st. Timiryazevskaya and st. Kalininskaya, and in the event of an accident, prove that when turning left from st. Timiryazevskaya on the street. Kalininskaya had an advantage, it will be difficult.Also, the mystery of the passage to the street remains unsolved. Krupskaya, because no one knows where he is leading. There are still questions to those who coordinated the project for the overhaul of the road.

“In any case, now it is more convenient and understandable to move around for us, residents and guests of the city. Still, it’s nice when at least something is done for the people, ”concluded Krasnoslobod residents, thanking the journalists for their attention to their problems.

Warcraft footage shown at Comic-Con
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According to, the section showed a lot of footage. At its beginning, a group of Horde men walk through the wilderness until they meet green orcs. A lot of the video is devoted to Durotan and his pregnant wife.

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“This seems to be a significant part of the whole story,” the newspaper notes.

After Durotan, viewers see a wizard who creates a portal, as well as orcs breaking through it. After they pass through the portal, they meet people on horseback. Among them are King Llane and other characters. They say that the Horde are monsters that must be destroyed. Then footage of all the characters is shown again, returning to Durotan and his wife with a child who is in danger in the human world.

Stills from the film in the last seconds of the video

Strict security measures were observed in the section.For example, the presenter of the text broadcast on ComingSoon had to close his laptop during the video showing, and later leave the premises.

Twitter MadManMovies noted that the shown footage cannot be called a trailer – there is much more material, so most likely they are not intended for publication on the network.

The movie also has its own website with separate registration for Horde or Alliance players.

As a reminder, director Duncan Jones said the day before that he would like to shoot two sequels to the original film if things go well with the film.According to him, he has already discussed this idea with Blizzard. In an interview with io9, Jones said that Warcraft is almost finished and there are literally ten scenes left to add to the film with visual effects.

This year’s Comic-Con takes place in San Diego from July 9 to 12. At the festival, a stand with statues of Orgrim and King Llane Reen, as well as armor and other props for the film, was organized for the presentation of Warcraft. Legendary has also released a VR app that lets owners fly over Stormwind in a griffin.





Features of the tales of Saltykov-Shchedrin

Jan 18 2019, 11:03

A special place in the work of M.E. Saltykov-Shchedrin is interested in fairy tales. In them, the fantastic and the real, the comic and the tragic are woven together, grotesque, hyperbole, irony are widely used, the art of Aesop’s language and folklore traditions are surprisingly manifested.

There are heroes typical of Shchedrin in fairy tales.Here are the stupid, ferocious, ignorant rulers of the people (“The Bear in the Voivodeship”), here are the people, powerful, hardworking, talented, but at the same time obedient to their oppressors (“The Tale of How One Man Fed Two Generals”, “Konyaga ”). The heroes of these tales are depicted as masks-symbols, combined into collective images of social types.

The most common motive of Shchedrin’s tales is the idea that the interests of the working people and their exploiters are irreconcilable.

One of the most famous tales of Shchedrin is “The Tale of How One Man Fed Two Generals.”Using the technique of fiction, the writer transports two generals to a desert island. With caustic irony, the satirist writes: “Generals served in some kind of registry; there they were born, brought up and grew old, therefore, they did not understand anything. They didn’t even know any words … ”.

Two generals who were not adapted to anything almost starved to death, because they could not get their own food, because they believed that “the rolls will be born in the same form as they are served in the morning for coffee”. Suddenly one of them comes up with an idea: to look for a man on the island who would feed them and do everything for them.

Shchedrin portrays the peasant as a fine fellow: he knows everything, knows everything, even cooks a handful of soup, emphasizes his dexterity, folk ingenuity. But at the same time, he is not spared by the satirist. The generals force this hefty man to twist a rope so that he does not run away. And he obediently obeys the order. And for the fact that he returns the generals to Bolshaya Podyacheskaya, he receives gratitude: “a glass of vodka and a nickle of silver: have fun, peasant!”

The tales of Saltykov-Shchedrin are truly encyclopedic.Using all shades of the comic, Shchedrin smashes enemies with the weapon of satire. Angry evil ridicule is one of the main tasks of Shchedrin’s tales, and their enduring value lies in their relevance to this day.

In many of Saltykov-Shchedrin’s tales, there is a belief in the ultimate triumph of positive ideals. This faith illuminates the woeful pages of his satire.

The writer’s contemporaries were amazed at his ability “in front of the representatives of the censorship department to tell the public such things that not everyone would dare to whisper in his own ear, fearing the proximity of a police officer …”.Saltykov-Shchedrin was able, in the words of his contemporaries, “to carry out positive ideals in a negative form.”



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