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Google awarded patent for social media comics

Matthew Sparkes at The Telegraph: Google has been awarded a patent for what it humourlessly calls “a system for electronically creating comic strip communications” which can be integrated into social networking websites and apps. The search giant noticed that many sites were offering an automated way to create short comic strips, allowing users to enter […]

Posted on: Jan 3, 2014,  Section: Technology, Comments: 1 Comment

Another amazing realistic portrait using the iPad

Earlier this month I posted a video by Kyle Lambert drawing a hard-to-believe-it’s-not-real portrait of Morgan Freeman on his iPad with the ProCreate app. It set off a lot of debate on the validity of the work. I’ve been following ProCreate on Twitter. They say they’ve evaluated the source file and say it’s the read […]

Posted on: Dec 19, 2013,  Section: Technology, Comments: 5 Comments

Tablets are a boon for comic publishers

Ethan Gach writing at Forbes: Unlike when Apple debuted the original iPad for $499 in 2010, the market is now saturated with models at every price point, including a range economy tablets like the Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD, and iPad Mini. As the technology has become cheaper, it?s also become more widespread, with tablet […]

Posted on: Dec 11, 2013,  Section: Cartoons, Comic strips, Technology, Comments: 1 Comment

MonoPrice tablet monitor a viable Wacom Cintiq competitor?

After reading this review of the Monoprice Tablet Monitor, I’m intrigued as a viable replacement for the Wacom Cintiq. Has anyone used this tablet? Looks like it’s sold out on the store. Wacom has long held the crown as the top maker of graphics tablet hardware, but they have not iterated upon the technology in […]

Posted on: Dec 10, 2013,  Section: Technology, Comments: 7 Comments

The most amazing photo-realistic drawing of Morgan Freeman drawn on an iPad

I have an iPad. I use the ProCreate app. I draw stick figures compared to this:

Posted on: Dec 5, 2013,  Section: Technology, Comments: 12 Comments

NYT Reviews painting apps and styluses

The New York Times looks at three different drawing apps and how well the work with a stylus. When he introduced the iPhone and iPad, Steven P. Jobs asserted the touch-screen devices didn?t need a stylus because humans come with 10 great touch-screen controllers sticking out of our palms: fingers. He was proved right, and […]

Posted on: Nov 22, 2013,  Section: Technology, Comments: 5 Comments

53 releases Pencil stylus for Paper app

53 – the company that created the Paper app for iPad have now released Pencil – a stylus for their app. Check out this video: Pencil / Think With Your Hands from FiftyThree on Vimeo. I’ve used Paper before, but mostly for sketching. Maybe someone who uses the app in a more serious fashion can […]

Posted on: Nov 19, 2013,  Section: Technology, Comments: 6 Comments

What caricature can teach computers about facial recognition

Wired magazine has an interesting article on the limits of facial recognition and what the art of caricature could teach those trying to make computer recognition possible. Ben Austen talks to caricature artists Stephen Silver, Jason Seiler, Roger Hurtado, and Court Jones. ?I don?t care how many wrinkles there are around the eye or if […]

Posted on: Oct 31, 2013,  Section: Caricature, Technology, Comments: Comments Off on What caricature can teach computers about facial recognition

Bitstrips promises to clog your Facebook with crappy cartoons

I haven’t seen this pop up on my wall yet – mostly because I have classy friends. International Business Times touts that its popularity is on the uptick. Cool, isn’t it? This Bitstrips app is a Facebook mobile app that is lending its Facebook users a cool sketched avatar. It allows the users to turn […]

Posted on: Oct 30, 2013,  Section: Technology, Comments: 11 Comments

Jason Chatfield reviews the Wacom Cintiq Companion Hybrid tablet

Ginger Meggs cartoonist and comedian Jason Chatfield has posted his review of the Wacom Cintiq Companion Hybrid drawing tablet after a month of use. Boiling it all right down, do I like drawing on it? The answer is yes. I?ve worked full days on it while traveling for the last four weeks and it means […]

Posted on: Oct 14, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Technology, Comments: 1 Comment

The smart watch has been a holy grail long before Dick Tracy

Lots of talk about smart watches with new products from Samsung, Sony, Qualcomm coming this fall. And of course, every news story has to mention the comic Dick Tracy and his iconic walkie-talkie watch. But as NPR reports, the smart watch existed before Dick Tracy’s 1946 debut. From NPR quoting Marc Weber, a curator at […]

Posted on: Sep 12, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Technology, Comments: Comments Off on The smart watch has been a holy grail long before Dick Tracy

Disney wants you to bring your iPad to the Little Mermaid movie?

Yahoo reports: The movie theater is one of the few remaining sanctums where you’re largely safe from the annoying glow of smartphones and tablets. Well, at least until Disney re-releases “The Little Mermaid” on September 13. The studio is actively encouraging kids to bring along iPads and play games while the movie is showing on […]

Posted on: Sep 12, 2013,  Section: Animation, Movies, Technology, Comments: 1 Comment

Wacom debuts two Cintiq tablets and new iPad stylus

Wacom has announced three new products – two of them tablets and the third a iPad stylus. As far as the tablets, there is the Cintiq Companion (starting at $1,999) – a 13 inch fully functional Cintiq tablet running Windows 8, Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter, etc. The second tablet is the Cintiq Companion hybrid (starting […]

Posted on: Aug 21, 2013,  Section: Technology, Comments: 3 Comments

Apple found guilty of ebook price fixing

This week a U.S. District Court has found that Apple Computer “facilitated a conspiracy” to fix ebook prices when it rolled out its iPad in 2010. From Time.com: ?The plaintiffs have shown that the publisher defendants conspired with each other to eliminate retail price competition in order to raise e-book prices, and that Apple played […]

Posted on: Jul 12, 2013,  Section: eBooks, Technology, Comments: Comments Off on Apple found guilty of ebook price fixing

My review: The Pogo Connect iPad stylus is a great digital pen

Some months ago I came across the Pogo Connect iPad stylus online. The device boasts that it is a unique pressure sensitive pen for the iPad. Since pressure sensitivity is one of the missing features of drawing on a tablet, I was curious if the pen lived up to its claims. At $79.95, it’s not […]

Posted on: Jul 8, 2013,  Section: mobile, Technology, Comments: 6 Comments