Cynthia’s Niece, Jenny

Sally Forth - April 10, 2015

Sally Forth – April 10, 2015

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Re-introducing… Jenny!
(And some of those recorded pep talks as well…)

Sally Forth - August 18 2013

Sally Forth – August 18 2013

Sally Forth - April 30, 2014

Sally Forth – April 30, 2014

Sally Forth - August 17, 2014

Sally Forth – August 17, 2014

Sally Forth - March 25, 2015

Sally Forth – March 25, 2015

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New Sally Forth Banner

Just got my new retractable banner in the mail from imPhotoGraphics.
Speedy delivery – in plenty of time for C2E2.

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So far happy with the results.
Will report back as far as durability goes after some use in the field.

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Sally Forth Drop Panels – January to March 2015

Comic Strips are formatted different ways for different size requirements. The “drop panel” is a panel or tier of the strip that can be omitted because of size restrictions without affecting the gag or storyline.

For example, Here’s the Sunday strip for January 4, 2015 with the drop panel…

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Then without…

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And now without further ado, here’s the drop panels for
January 4, 2015 through March 29, 2015.

January 4, 2015

January 4, 2015

January 11, 2015

January 11, 2015

January 18, 2015

January 18, 2015

January 25, 2015

January 25, 2015

February 1, 2015

February 1, 2015

February 8, 2015

February 8, 2015

February 15, 2015

February 15, 2015

February 22, 2015

February 22, 2015

March 1, 2015

March 1, 2015

March 8, 2015

March 8, 2015

March 15, 2015

March 15, 2015

March 22, 2015

March 22, 2015

March 29, 2015

March 29, 2015

For more from previous posts, go to Sally Forth drop panels.

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Unabashed plug time!

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Ask A Cartoonist: Your Best Strip Ever

Recently King Features asked their cartoonists to talk about the best strip they’ve ever written or drawn, and how they were inspired to create it.

Mine was a recently rejected concept idea.

Deciding the particular look of a character in a comic strip is always a challenge. Just a couple months ago Francesco started writing strips showing how the preteen Hil, Faye and Nona would be like in their twenties.

The first strip (in color) is what the characters ended up looking like in the strip. The second version (black and white) is my first interpretation which ended up on the cutting room floor.

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For examples from other cartoonists, be sure to check out the Comics Kingdom blog.
Ask A Cartoonist: Your Best Strip Ever.

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Sally Forth Easter Tradition – Art Mirrors Life

One of the first Sally Forth strips I drew solo after taking over from Craig MacIntosh was the March 31, 2013 Easter strip.

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To mark the occasion, my wife and I ate the ears (more like the whole heads) of the kids’ chocolate bunnies they got for Easter that year.

Tesa and Anna

For some reason Tessa and Anna did not share in the humor of this.


For those interested in a Sally Forth chocolate bunny retrospective (covering 2004-1014), check out Sally Forth – An Easter Tradition.

And what will happen in the battle of the bunny ears this year?
Stay tuned…

Sally Forth drop panel for March 29, 2015

Sally Forth drop panel for March 29, 2015

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Mike Wolfer on Fan art/Homage art

The following is good advice from fellow Kubert School alum Mike Wolfer.
Originally posted on his Facebook page.


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I’ve seen seeing quite a few stories and posts concerning “fan art/ homage art” and the legality of selling works featuring characters created by others. To all of the artists out there who have a talent for drawing and are thinking of setting up a booth at comic conventions (or on eBay, or Etsy, or Redbubble, or anywhere else), here’s some easy rules of thumb:

1. If you’re a comic pro and are selling prints of your art featuring a company-owned character, and you’ve made arrangements with or have the approval of that publisher to sell your prints, you’re good.

2. If the above applies, except you do not have the publisher’s approval, you may one day be faced with a lawsuit, as Ghost Rider creator Gary Friedrich experienced.

3. If you’re a “fan artist” and are creating original works, from your own layouts, of characters owned by others, and you’re doing commissions (i.e. you draw a single piece and sell that single, original piece to a collector), that’s generally okay.

4. If the above applies but you’re reproducing that art and selling art prints in quantity, you’re looking for trouble.

5. If you’re a “fan artist” and you’re directly tracing/swiping/lightboxing others’ work, right down to duplicating their unique and recognizable styles, and you’re hiding being the despicable dodge that it’s an “homage” and that it’s an original piece of art because you changed a few colors here or there… If I can walk up to your booth and look at your art prints featuring the work of others and easily detect 20 different artists’ works, then you need to close up shop. In fact, convention organizers should not even allow you to purchase a booth in which you’re selling mass-produced forgeries. If you’re selling these prints on eBay, Etsy, Redbubble, etc., then you need to be reported, and I would heartily encourage anyone and everyone to do so.

As an artist, if I saw my original work copied and reproduced by someone else as art prints on display at their booth, and if they were taking credit for the work that I created and were making money from it- Let’s just say that there would be immediate and quite public consequences.

I hope that clears things up.

-Mike Wolfer

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UPDATE…

When it rains, it pours…
A recent post on Scott Shaw’s Facebook page.

    I’ve been attending fan conventions since the World Science Fiction Con (WorldCon) in Berkeley, CA in 1968, so I’ve seen a lot of ’em. Lately, I’ve been noticing that at least 25% of the retailers’ floorspace at fan shows seems to be devoted to artists selling prints (for $5 to $20) of their work using countless famous characters that they don’t own and have never drawn professionally.

    In an age where TeeFury can steal the concepts of others and sell T-shirts bearing immediately recognizable characters while using a loophole that keeps them out of court), I’d feel unethical selling prints of characters I’d never worked on. However, drawing prints featuring characters I have drawn professionally is merely self-promotion.

    Commissions are original drawings for collectors and priced accordingly. But looking around the events I’ve been attending lately, I’m getting kinda sick of seeing vein-necked super-thugs, “sexy” female characters traced from porn photos and ADVENTURE TIME rip-offs. We get enough of those in mainstream comics drawn by professionals…which just shows how the lines of demarcation have become blurred like never before.


For more on the subject, check out National Cartoonists Society President Tom Richmond’s take on this on his blog – Comic Con Print Hustlers.

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Also his follow up, Parody and Copyright and Prints?

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Sally Forth – Charade

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Does the picture of Sally in the first panel of the March 23-28, 2015
strips seem familiar?

Well, here’s the reference Francesco sent me to go by…

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

And for those who are unfamiliar with the Audrey Hepburn movie this is from,
I’ve included the original movie poster.

charade

-Jim Keefe

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