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NO Such Thing as Blog Rants: Art Contests, more like shart contests by Tara Audibert

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I have always been enraged by art contests. I had a teacher named Carla Collette in animation school, who started a discussion about art contests, she gave us this speech about how illogical they were for any other profession, it makes no sense and it is quite demeaning.

Now if you want to enter a contest for fun, hey by all means, I have entered karaoke contests, potato sack races, and even a fork licking contest, for FUN! I would never stop fun, or say get rid of contests, I like winning!

BUT when companies EXPLOIT contests to be able to pick and choose from a pile of work done, this is utter and complete bullshit. I have seen it for logos, artwork, pitching animated shows!!!! How much free work are you able to squeeze out of artists who most likely would like to get paid for their work. This holds true for student work too. Students do not need YOUR contest exposure unless you are PIXAR. Oh you are not PIXAR, then bugger off, I’m going to pitch my idea to PIXAR, or ANY NUMBER OF STUDIOS AND NETWORKS accepting pitches right now. We live in a world where people are screaming for content MORE MORE MORE. There is no need for you to enter a contest, there is someone, somewhere, who will pay you for your idea. This is the truth. Because most people have no ideas, no clues, they have stopped using their imaginations long ago. Most people don’t take risks, or think outside the rules of society <– THIS is what artists get paid for.

Let’s say I have a carpenter contest, and get everyone to build me a house, then I go around and pick the house I want to live in and pay for, and the rest, sorry, you lose, all that work you did, for nothing, oh but I got you exposure and you get to keep the house you worked on, try to sell it to someone else. How about I have a contest for fill in any job here  and guess what, it is still ridiculous.

I entered an animation “contest” once,  well it wasn’t a contest, because EVERYONE got some software and a wacom tablet, and EVERYONE got their work put on TV together. I think this is a good way to do something fun and collaborative AND it benefited the programming by providing content. Everyone WINS!!!

What I am saying is, that when you are making a deal the terms need to be even. Contest holders are GETTING to CHOOSE something very valuable, and that a lot of work has gone into. Even if the work has taken a short time to create, it has taken that short amount of time because of experience the artist has gained.

What can I do about it Tara? Well I’m glad you asked artist friend! It all starts with you lucky bug! Don’t enter any contests where you are not explicitly benefitting from it an equal amount or greater than what you are putting in. DON’T DO WORK FOR FREE. If you are putting in a lot of effort with little reward, it’s not a good thing.

see the math is all here              z\leq x+y,

  • Z= Your Time & Energy
  • X=What you get, win or lose
  • Y=Fun you will have

So after having this big discussion about art contests in college, my teacher Carla, proceeded to tell us about this art contest that she was entering one of her works! HAHAHA but it was too late I was already a convert! Have I ever entered an art contest? damn straight I have, I’ve especially entered ones I’m sure I will win 🙂  Because winning is FUN too! HAHAHA


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A Day in the Life of an Artist-Andrew Clark Independent Comic Creator

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Andrew Clark is an independent comic creator from Halifax NS who has an unhealthy attraction to donair subs and beer. Check out more of Andrew’s work sliceoffate.deviantart.com


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No Such Thing As Reviews #10: Nyobi Issue 1. Independent and Pop Culture Reviews

Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s edition of No Such Thing As Reviews! Otherwise known as Next September They’re All Retired <– sheesh these are getting harder than I anticipated….

I’m Ryan Atkinson and every Tuesday here on No Such Thing As Reviews, we’ll be reviewing a plethora of pop culture and wonderful things! Most often will be independent comic books, but who knows, T.V., movies and many other things may show up. The reviews will consist of a brief overview of what we will be reviewing, a small summary of the content (SPOILER ALERT!!), my personal thoughts on the content including a rating out of 5 and whenever possible we will include an interview with the creators as well!
This week I’ll be reviewing the comic book Nyobi issue #1. Nyobi was created and is written by Larry Higgins with the cover artwork and interior shading done by Andre Boulard and the interior artwork done by David Coates.

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The main character of this story, Nyobi Lee, is a Japanese/American J-Pop star from the group “The Geisha Girls”. When she was 16 at a fan meet and greet, after being swarmed by a large group of fans was engulfed in a ring of bright light and vanished, reappearing at the back of the building she also finds out at a later date that she is able to use the same fields she teleports through for energy blasts.
Nyobi as a character was first thought up by Larry Higgins as an RPG character back nearly 20 years ago and has evolved into quite a heroine in her own right.
The story in issue #1 centers around Lucas Cassie, a teenager who is going through a bout of depression and is stumbled upon by a – for a lack of better words – shadowy demon that feeds off of the sadness, hate and despair of the world. This demon can sense how strong Lucas’ negative energy is and decides to jump on the opportunity to siphon off of Lucas and in the same instance increase his depression.
We follow Lucas through a typically rough school day for him, the only upside to the day is his crush says hello to him out of nowhere and brightens up his day. Until later in the day her boyfriend stops Lucas out in the school yard. Feeds him the “Stay away from my girl..” line and starts to beat him to a pulp until she comes in and seems to intervene. She gets the bully to stop just long enough for her to help him up, and give him a swift kick in the nuts.
This proves to be the last straw for Lucas and he decides, to the shadow demons delight, that he will commit suicide once he gets home to the high rise apartment he and his family live in.
He writes his note, and proceeds to jump from the balcony.
Meanwhile while this is happening, Nyobi is getting ready for a meeting and learns over social media that a fan of hers is planning on committing suicide and she finds out Lucas’ address and immediately teleports to his apartment and proceeds to catch him mid-air.
The book ends on a cliffhanger, once the ordeal is over, Nyobi is speaking with her agent and she mentions that her nose is bleeding. And ends with Nyobi looking frightened as old hell.
Overall I really liked this book. I’ve had some troubles with depression myself over the years and this story is a refreshing take on the superhero(ine) mythos.

Larry has assured the fans of his book that some questions that were left unanswered (including the bleeding nose and the shadow demon) are addressed in future issues and in issue 2 we will meet Nyobi’s first true villain, Avani.
I’m a huge fan of David Coates’ artwork, both in this book and in general and Andre Boulard did an amazing job on the cover and shading.

My rating for this book is:
Artwork- 4/5
Story-4/5

I would for sure recommend this book to anyone keeping in mind that this book does contain coarse language and mature themes, so parental discretion is advised.
Unfortunately this week there is no interview, womp womp. But that is only because issue #2 is right around the corner and we’ll be interviewing Larry Higgins for that issue!

 

Thank you all for reading! If you’re an independent  creator and would like to have your work reviewed please contact me directly at atkinsonryang@gmail.com and I’ll get back to you asap!

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No Such Thing As Reviews #1! Independent Comic And Pop Culture Reviews.

Hello everyone and welcome to the first edition of No Such Thing As Reviews! Otherwise known as Never Step Through Alien Reservoirs. I’m Ryan Atkinson and every Tuesday here on No Such Thing As Reviews, we’ll be reviewing a plethora of pop culture and wonderful things! Most often will be independent comic books, but who knows, T.V., movies and many other things may show up. The reviews will consist of a brief overview of what we will be reviewing, a small summary of the content (spoiler alert!!!), my personal thoughts on the content including a rating out of 5 and whenever possible we will include an interview with the creators as well!

This week I review Psychosis issue #1, created and written by Adam Atkinson (No relation) with cover artwork, lettering and the interior work done by David Coates and the 3, count them, 3 variant covers drawn by Christian Stewart, Pete Davies and Matt Rogers respectively.

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The book is set in a post apocalyptic future. In the year 2034, civilization as we know it was quickly wiped out completely by the “Genetically Gifted” in an event known as “The Great Purge” and humanity has been struggling to survive, never able to regroup and rise back up to it’s former glory.

Jump to 2107, the story follows Victor Stevens who is a member of a group of rebels who oppose the genetically superior humans and their forces. Victor also suffers from a split personality disorder. All he has to do is put on the mask and poof! The normally quiet Victor dawns a new name and becomes the sword wielding, bloodthirsty killer Psychosis.
In issue #1 we are lead through Victors infiltration of a Genetics facility as he explains how much Victor disapproves of what he is about to do, but how much he loves it. He comes across a mountain of a man known as “The Brick” who barely gets a single hit in before Psychosis slices his ankles and leaves him for dead as he proceeds through the building, mowing down armed guards as he goes.

Down the hall, he finds the children we now know he was looking for in cages (obviously being experimented on by the scientists also in the room). After he frees the children, he gives the scientists 3 words to plead for their lives. They fail.
As they leave the building, The Brick bursts through the door and shoots one of the kids. We learn the child’s name is Chloe. We don’t learn the connection between them, but it’s obvious that Psychosis cares a great deal about this child.
And that’s it! Curtain call, fade to black. Adam leaves us hanging just there in a moment of seeing that the cold blooded killer has a heart after all. Leaves us wishing the book went on just one more page. And I love him for it.

What Adam has managed to do is put us in a scenario where we need to know what happens next. I spoke with Adam about his book several months ago (We are both indie comic creators from the Greater Moncton area after all, we’re bound to bump into each other) and from what I was able to squeeze out of him about book 2, you won’t be disappointed.

So my rating on this book is as follows:
Artwork- 4/5
Story- 4/5

I would for sure recommend this book to anyone, keeping in mind of the mature themes so parental discretion advised.
And I want to make clear, while I’ve summarized the book, and spoiled pretty much everything (womp womp) I haven’t spoiled QUITE everything. That along with David Coates’ artwork would prompt a must read, any day.

The book is in full black and white, which I’m not normally a big fan of, however, the black and white shading in the book help along with the dystopian feel of the book. I’m a big fan of David Coates and his artwork. He’s contributed to other independent projects that we may get to in the future and if you’re new to his work, you’ve been missing out!

I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with Adam and asked him a few questions on his process, you can find our interview below!

What got you started in comics?
“I got started in reading comics thanks to an old friend of my families, Grant. Growing up in a rough part of Toronto, I had video games (SNES), Movies, and eventually comics. Todd McFarlane’s Spawn (Issues 1-5) were the first comics I owned, and his ability to tell a captivating story is what made me get mine out there.”

How did you come up with the idea for this story?
“This story is one that has been years in the making. I wanted to create what I would consider a realistic view on what the world would do if people where born with powers. They would most likely be idolized, and just take control. David really helped me flush out all of the fine tuning, and helped me to come up with the solid foundation to build off of.”
Do you use an outline/plot or do you run with an idea and see where you end up?
“I have an outline for the start, main twists, and the ending of the whole story, but I just write and let it flow. The story builds on its own, and really, my only challenge is trying to keep it within a 20 page comic!”
What inspires you most to create?
“Other creators. That and my family (Wife and Son), those are my real inspirations.”
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if so, how do you overcome it?
“I am lucky to be working on about 4 different comics, doing reviews, writing short stories, and working on my first novel, so I haven’t really had time for writers block. I just move on to one of the other projects if it happens.”
If you could choose an actor/actress to star in a movie based on your book, who would it be?
“Brick (Villain) – Brock Lesnar
Frederick Vandermar (Villain) –
Sarah – Georgie Henley
Logan – Ty Simpkins
Victor/Psychosis – Stephen Amell”
What were you like in school?
 “I was a decent student, tried my best, but was often bored. I was a very creative person, and actually got in a tad bit of trouble for a story I wrote in my family studies class. Let’s just say I had a really dark/morbid imagination… I owe a lot of who I am to my teachers at RHS though, and one English teacher in particular. He knows what he did, and is honestly the only reason I am doing what I am right now.”
What is your favourite motivational quote?
 “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

― Toni Morrison

Where can we buy or read your comic?
” Right now you can pick it up around town at The Comic Hunter or GameZilla, but if you want a copy, you can also Email psychosisthecomic@gmail.com for a PDF or hard copy, we can find a way.”
If you could give only one piece of advice to aspiring creators, what would it be?
“Stop worrying about what others think, and create what you want to. Trust in your own abilities, the rest comes from hard work, and dedication. Writing (creation at all) is like a second job. You will put in a hundred hours, just to get one thing you are happy with, then most likely scrap it, as you feel like you can do better. You WILL always be your own worst critic.”
And finally, the question on everyone’s mind. Soup or stew? And why?
 “Come on man, was that even a question? Stew all the way. It just works better, bread can hold it, and it is like eating a tiny piece of heaven.”

I’d like to send out a very special thank you to Adam Atkinson for taking part in our very first interview! Keep an eye out for Psychosis #2 which will be released in the near future!

I’d also like to thank Tara and Curtis for letting me ramble on about things I may or may not like on their website!

Thank you all very much for reading! If you are an independent creator and would like your work reviewed, or if there are any indie comics you would like to see reviewed, feel free to either comment below or email me at atkinsonryang@gmail.com. If you have a suggestion of next weeks alternate acronym (N.S.T.A.R.) please do the same! 🙂

I’ve been Ryan Atkinson, and I’ll see you all next week!

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A Day in the Life of an Artist-Tara Audibert Film Maker, Comic Artist & Podcaster

Hi! My name is Tara Audibert, I earn my living as an artist. Welcome to my day!

I have worked in TV animation for more than a decade and am currently working on my own film funded through the Canadian Counsil for the Arts and NBarts entitled “The Importance of Dreaming”. I have taught animation for many years and continue to work as a freelance illustrator & consultant for comics. I co-host the podcast No Such Thing as Grown Ups, and we promote indie artists like ourselves through showcasing A Day in the Life of an Artist. We make funny videos and web series so Subscribe to our Youtube.

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Garage Sale Tales Eps 4: Naked Garage Sale

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