The Comics Observer

Dig Comics director Miguel Cima speaks out

I’m very excited to announce the launch of a new column at The Comics Observer starting tomorrow. Director/writer/host of the award-winning documentary Dig Comics, Miguel Cima, will be contributing a new installment every month, where he’ll be looking at what excites him about the art form found in comic books and graphic novels, and what he feels is holding it back. He starts off with a doozy where he challenges readers and publishers alike to step up.

Disclaimer: I helped produce the two Dig Comics shorts that can be seen on DigComics.com, and continue to serve as a consultant and more as we talk with production companies to launch a TV series, feature-length film or web-series. To follow our progress and join in the crew’s comics discussions, check out the Dig Comics Facebook page.

Caturday: Sponge Loving Kitteh Edition

I love the reaction shot at the very end.

There’s a Magic Meathands show tonight where we’re teaming up with the improv group In Rare Form. One of our fans loves both of our groups, so he conspired to get us to perform together on the same night. See? Dreams do come true!

At The Comics Observer:

Caturday: Fast Exiting Kitteh Edition

Music fans: Ten on the Tenth is happening NOW! You have until tomorrow at 9 AM Pacific / 12 noon Eastern to post 10 songs that fit the theme of love.

Speaking of now, tonight is a fully improvised comedy show with the Magic Meathands (including me!) and Jump Start Comedy at the Mary Pickford Studio in West LA. Tickets are $7 ($3 for kids 12 and under), and the show starts at 8 PM.

Meanwhile, at The Comics Observer:

Caturday: Playing Catch Edition

Here’s a round-up of me on the internet this week:

The Comics Observer launched this week:

Meanwhile, Ten on the Tenth gets tweaked: Announcing the Updated Rules! If a day isn’t enough time for you to think up 10 songs that fit a given theme, you’ll like how it will be run this month and going forward.

And the improv comedy team The Magic Meathands have some Ch-ch-ch-changes to our performance schedule. Short version: We’ve got a show next Saturday night at the Mary Pickford Studio in West Los Angeles, but we say good-bye for now to our monthly Friday show at the Westside Comedy Theater.

Oh and if you’re in Hollywood this weekend, you can go buy some of Joni Mitchell’s furniture. No kidding!

Ten on the Tenth – Revised Edition

Yesterday the new rules/guidelines for Ten on the Tenth were posted. This is a site for music fans to come together to share and discover music around a given theme each month. When does it happen? On the tenth of every month. Everyone shares ten songs. Hence the name!

Ten on the Tenth had its inaugural run last month, January 10th (scroll down to the comments to see everyone’s lists). We had a great turnout, especially considering I came up with the idea exactly five days earlier. But not everyone that wanted to participate got a chance. It turns out not everyone can drop everything to put together a list of 10 songs within 24 hours. So, I decided to loosen things a bit to allow people more of an opportunity to play.

So the short version is that I’ll announce the theme on the 8th of every month to give people a couple of days to think about it. Then, I’ll open things up on the 10th, when everyone can post their 10 songs within the given theme. Instead of only 24 hours, you’ll have 48 hours, until the morning of the 12th. So if you missed playing last month, now you’ve got more of a chance to play this month. Now don’t blow it!

Oh and in case you missed it, The Comics Observer launched yesterday! Tomorrow I’ve got a special article posting about a unique hybrid of a play and graphic novel.

Introducing The Comics Observer

Tomorrow morning, The Comics Observer will go live. I hope you’ll check it out if you have any curiosity about comic books, graphic novels, manga or the like. I’ve put a lot of work into structuring a site that will hopefully be more unique than the standard comics news site or blog. My aim is to post content for people with differing levels of interest in and experience with comics. Some of what’s up there now will give you an idea of what I’m talking about, but it will hopefully be more evident going forward.

The Comics Observer also has its own Facebook and Twitter accounts. Please like and/or follow, respectively.

Everything that I’ve posted here under the Dig Comics category will be there as well, along with accompanying comments and what-not. I haven’t decided yet whether I’ll remove them from here. It’s kind of redundant to have them in both places, but there are a number of sites linking back here to specific articles and I haven’t figured out a way to automatically forward/redirect visitors without redirecting the entire CoreyBlake.com site to ComicsObserver.com. Since CoreyBlake.com will remain active, that obviously won’t work. So I guess for now, doubles is what we get.

Anyway, thank you to everyone who has visited and followed my comics writing so far and I hope you’ll enjoy the new site. See you over there!

Caturday: Kitteh and Puppeh Make Out Edition

Coming back to life after getting walloped by a killer cold this past week. Finally feeling like I might be able to string together enough words to form some semblance of a thought.

Next week, my new comics blog launches! The name? The Comics Observer. You’ll be able to check it out next Wednesday at ComicsObserver.com. If you’ve enjoyed my comics coverage here, like the Facebook page or follow on Twitter to learn more and keep up with the latest.