When Cartoon Allies found itself overburdened to run both a club and SVA's long-running anthology Inkstains, Amedeo Turturro and Trent Thompson responded to the call and put forward their vision of an anthology comic. By MoCCA Fest 2011, they had presented their primer of INK, and in the Fall they unveiled their first issue. They've foregone traditional print runs for a digital-only release platform, hosting each issue on their website while distributing comics straight to Apple devices with their iPad app. So how is the digital revolution holding up?
INK is certainly our department's flashiest magazine to date. One of Amedeo and Trent's major goals on this project was to create a very polished magazine, something to compete with professional mainstream releases. Tightly designed with full-color comics and magazine-style articles and interviews, their first issue proves that they're well on their way toward that goal. The project's professionalism extends beyond the magazine's actual pages; the INK team has dedicated time to interacting with press outside of the school, appearing on major comics news sites like The Beat and Comics Alliance.
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INK is our department's most ambitious anthology in recent years and has great potential. The magazine's leadership flaunts an ideal of control, which has been used to craft a very professional and efficient organization that publishes a nicely-polished magazine. However, Uncle Ben warned us of the great responsibility that comes with great power, and this model could make INK resemble those two corporations which ignore such catchphrases to repackage them and make a buck. Still, I trust the dedicated crew behind INK to continue pumping out a magazine which represents some of the shining aspects of our department, and I'm sure that as long as they're open to the concerns and dreams of our student body and faculty, INK will grow to meet its goals and more. I'm proud to be a part of its journey and look forward to see their future publications.
Check out INK's website to find current and future issues of the magazine. If you're interested in contributing to or participating in INK, contact them at INK (at) sva (dot) edu
Eric Alexander Arroyo is a hot-blooded junior who wears a fedora, digs giant robots, and obsesses over flowing scarves. He's spent his life wandering Florida and Las Vegas, and hopes to find an apartment in the bowels of a volcano. Although he's training to be a cartoonist, he'd rather be a crime-fighting cyborg when he grows up.