GeekSpeak for 2012-03-17

Mark Crilley - Mastering Manga

Comic artist and author joins Lyle Troxell for a discussion about marketing using YouTube… well more like how to be awsome like Mark Crilley and about comic book art. In the first half Charlie Lang, and KUSP station manager Terry Green talk about This American Life’s retraction of their Foxconn/Apple story, and a bit about SPDY.

Akiko (comic book) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Akiko is an American comic book series written and drawn by Mark Crilley and published by Sirius Entertainment. The comics have spawned a series of children’s novels from Random House.

SPDY: An experimental protocol for a faster web

As part of the "Let’s make the web faster" initiative, we are experimenting with alternative protocols to help reduce the latency of web pages. One of these experiments is SPDY (pronounced “SPeeDY”), an application-layer protocol for transporting content over the web, designed specifically for minimal latency.  In addition to a specification of the protocol, we have developed a SPDY-enabled Google Chrome browser and open-source web server. In lab tests, we have compared the performance of these applications over HTTP and SPDY, and have observed up to 64% reductions in page load times in SPDY. We hope to engage the open source community to contribute ideas, feedback, code, and test results, to make SPDY the next-generation application protocol for a faster web. 

TAL Retraction of Daisey's Foxconn/Apple story

We’ve discovered that one of our most popular episodes contained numerous fabrications. This week, we detail the errors in Mike Daisey’s story about visiting Foxconn, which makes iPads and other products for Apple in China. Marketplace’s China correspondent Rob Schmitz discovered the fabrications.

Mastering Manga with Mark Crilley

It’s THE book on manga from YouTube’s most popular art instruction Guru!There’s more to manga than big, shiny eyes and funky hair. In these action-packed pages, graphic novelist Mark Crilley shows you step-by-step how to achieve an authentic manga style—from drawing faces and figures to laying out awesome, high-drama spreads. You’ll learn how a few basic lines will help you place facial features in their proper locations and simple tricks for getting body proportions right.

Our Guest Mark Crilley

Mark Crilley is an American comic book creator and children’s book author/illustrator. He is the creator of Miki Falls, Akiko, and Brody’s Ghost. He is also noted for his instructional videos for drawing in the manga-style.

Mark Crilley's Channel - on YouTube

How-to-Draw Videos on Every Conceivable Subject!

Published author/illustrator of Brody’s Ghost and Miki Falls, as well as Akiko and Billy Clikk.

Mark and Lyle mentioned: Bone by Jeff Smith

Bone is an independently published comic series originally serialized in 55 irregularly released issues from 1991 to 2004. Bone was drawn and written by Jeff Smith. Smith’s black-and-white drawings were inspired by animated cartoons and comic strips, a notable influence being Walt Kelly’s Pogo: “I was … a big fan of Carl Barks and Pogo, so it was just natural for me to want to draw that kind of mixture of Walt Kelly and Moebius.”1 Accordingly, the story is singularly characterized by an effective combination of both light-hearted comedy and dark, epic fantasy: Time Magazine has called the series “as sweeping as the Lord of the Rings cycle, but much funnier.”2

Mark Crilley mentioned: Usagi Yojimbo

Usagi Yojimbo (兎用心棒 Usagi Yōjinbō?, lit. “rabbit bodyguard”) is a comic book series created by Stan Sakai in 1987.3 In 2011 IGN ranked Miyamoto Usagi 92nd in the top 100 comic books heroes.

GeekSpeak for February 25, 2012

We covered a bunch of stories on the Feb 25th episode of GeekSpeak. And this is the episode in which Al brought up that the This American Life story might be misleading and Lyle kinda pushed forward. Good job Al for being on-top-of-it!

Pakistan's Internet filter has the Valley buzzing

Friday was the deadline for companies to file their applications to win a piece of a Pakistani project that has stoked controversy stretching from to South Asia to Silicon Valley.
In late February, Pakistan’s National ICT R&D Fund, which represents the government, began inviting bids to help create a “national-level URL filtering and blocking system.” The system was described as a way to protect the public from “undesirable content.”

River Likes Mark Crilley's Book - YouTube

A 6 year old’s take on Mastering Manga.