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Phineus: Magician for Hire Interview – Part 1

Barry Linck creator of the webcomic Phineus: Magician for Hire takes the hot seat…

Q1: What is ‘Phineus: Magician For Hire’ about?

A1: Phineus is a fantasy/horror/sci fi comic, published on the web, about a paranormal investigations team.

Phin and Sara Beam make up the Beam Agency. The married couple solve all manners of supernatural problems, from vampires and werewolves, to evil garden gnomes, zombies, Elder Things and evil sentient eyeballs bent on world domination.

Phineus is a wizard. A magic Adept, who can cast spells and do magic. Sara is a gun-toting, butt-kicking archeologist and former superhero. Together they protect the world from all the things that go bump in the night.

Q2: Phineus and Sara may be married but they seem like they’re from different world – How did these two get together?

A2: Well, they are from very different worlds, but the same as well.

In the Phineus universe, certain people are what I call “Freak Magnets”. Certain people are genetically destined to run into the paranormal or supernatural. These two are Freak Magnets.

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Epic Fail in Epic Snowball Fight! – Comic Creators for Freedom!

Epic Fail's Amuletts supports Comic Creator's for Freedom

This Wednesday (11th Jan) is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. To participate I joined over 100 other comic creators in creating a fabulous wallpaper based on the theme EPIC SNOWBALL FIGHT! To get it you need to donate to Comic Creator’s For Freedom and the money goes to charities dedicated to the prevention of human trafficking and supporting its victims. Namely these are Love 146 and Gracehaven House. This is a very good cause so please donate and belive me when I say the wallpaper is EPIC and well worth it! If you don’t believe me just look at the preview below. The Donations Drive will last for two weeks, from Monday January 9th – 20th.

Comic Creator's for freedom wallpaper preview
The 'Comic Creator's for Freedom' wallpaper features female characters from all over the web, including Girls with Slingshots, The Dreamland Chronicles, Kukuburi, Earthsong Saga, Looking for Group, Love and Capes, The Dreamer, and tons more including Epic Fail! Donate today to download this unique, once-in-a-lifetime wallpaper.

You may not know it, but there are currently 27 million enslaved people worldwide- more than double the number of enslaved Africans during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. UNICEF estimates that 1.2 million children every year are sold into slavery, most of it sexual. The US Department of Justice estimates 16,000 victims of human trafficking are brought into the United States every year. Unlike slavery in the past, what is happening today is happening in secret. It won’t end until awareness is raised, and people like you and me take a stand.

To learn more about the CCA visit www.comiccreatorsforfreedom. To learn more about the problem, visit http://love146.org/slavery. (Note: contains adult themes and actual accounts of sex slavery.)

Amuletts of Epic Fail supports comic creators for freedom

Please donate & also feel free to share the content of this post (text, banners, etc) with others 🙂

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The 30 Characters Challenge

This is cool and if I’d heard about it earlier I would have totally signed up!
30 characters challenge
‘The 30 Characters Challenge’ is to create 30 new characters in 30 days, one for every day in November*. Because there can never be too many characters, right? Who’s with me?

This is a great website to visit for inspiration not to mention great art. With over 150 participants, including several webcomic artists, all you’ve gotta do is sit there and refresh the page ever 10 minutes or so and you’re going to find something new.

We’re talking characters in every style and genre, stretching the imagination and getting the creative juices flowing. Those artistic muscles don’t exercise themselves! Character design can be tricky and there’s nothing like learning by example.

Registration is closed, but late-comers are encouraged to participate on their personal websites. Personally I’ll be waiting til next year (I should be using my free time to draw comics anyway), but that doesn’t mean I haven’t bookmarked 30characters.com and won’t be enjoying what its artists have to offer – I certainly shall.

*Yes, the same month as NaNoWriMo, just to be awkward.

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Webcomics Cookbook to Feed the Hungry

The collaborative Cookbook ‘Webcomics: What’s Cooking?‘ organised by TGT Media and featuring custom comics from numerous webcomic artists (including me) is set to raise money for food banks across America and Canada – just in time for Thanksgiving! ‘Feed your Family – Feed the World‘ is it’s moto, so make sure you support this fantastic project. A Kickstarter fundraiser is expected to launch soon with the books intended release date being October 30th.

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My thoughts on ‘School of Saatchi’

School of Saatchi was an interesting reality TV style Art programme by the BBC and gave us a glimpse into the elite ‘Art World’ or ‘World of Contemporary Art’ as I have sometimes heard it called.  It’s nothing like the inclusive world of webcomics and self-representing artists that I enjoy.  It’s a world of Galleries and Collectors, waving a bone tantalisingly at attention-starved artists to see them beg and jump through hoops when ordered.  Ugh!

It was farcical to watch the judges send away the artists who demonstrated good, technical ability and promptly ask the rest to do life drawing!  I felt a mixture of amusement and annoyance in the first episode when the experts/judges started asking what art was.  Frankly they came across as not having a clue (confirming what I’d long suspected).  But ultimately Saatchi – a man of action, not words (or appearances) – decides, so we can ignore them.

On the subject of the ‘king-maker’ he has caught a bit of flack for doing this programme from critics.  They say he’s not as big as he used to be and is trying to revive past glories.  But critics like criticising.  I quite like the way Saatchi covertly looks at the artists’ works and simply chooses what he likes.  He leaves the furory and shit-flinging to everyone else.  Good for him.

I’m not going to recap the show, I’m just going to give my opinion on the final contestants.  I’ll try to be constructive rather than destructive if possible.