Archive - May 5, 2003
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 5, 2003 - 22:14
Frank Cho gets the tart treatment this month in an interview by Jen Contino.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 5, 2003 - 21:58
And what would a newspaper article on webcomics be without a quote from Scott McCloud:
I've always been fascinated by comics," says McCloud, 42. "For the last nine years I've been pursuing this notion that comics can flourish on the World Wide Web and digitally.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 5, 2003 - 21:45
A story on Kuro5shin about an author who posted his novel online for free reading, downloading, etc. Shades of Cory Doctorow! The thread at K5 is particulary interesting as it follows the promotional efforts of the author and the support he was able to obtain through an online "tip jar," not an uncommon strategy amongst webtoonists.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 5, 2003 - 20:45
Modern Tales Longplay has a sensational track record of introducing exciting new talents to the world of professional webcomics, and this week no different!
L. Frank Weber explodes onto the stateside scene with 'Crab Allan', a rip-roaring action-packed adventure! Protecting a murder witness from a crooked politician, Crabby suffers bruised knuckles and bullet-wounds in this crisply-paced 129-page graphic novel!
Submitted by Boxjam B. Boxjam on May 5, 2003 - 17:11
OK, it'll generate poems for any web page, not just a webcomic. Nevertheless, the script at Commander Taco is a fun toy that gives new insight into your favorite pages.
As an exercise in vanity, I had a poem written about the doodle:
Doodle is Webcomic Awareness
Day. Be most
pitiable indeed. ; }
if you aware
Submitted by keelin on May 5, 2003 - 17:10
In celebration of the third birthday of Narbonic, by Shaenon K. Garrity, an unparalleled gathering of fans of evil science will take place in Bloomington, MN, on August 2-3. Ms. Garrity herself will preside over NarboniCon, which promises to be a weekend of plotting, tinkering, and manic laughter. Garrity will be joined by fellow cartoonists Jason Furness (Pixelated), Amber "glych" Greenlee (No Stereotypes), and Dirk Tiede (Paradigm Shift), and a host of henchmen, test subjects, and would-be evil interns.
Let's cut to the chase. Quantity does not necessarily equal quality. Of course, it does not necessarily preclude quality, either. In fact, some might argue that 50,000,000 Elvis fans canâ€™t be wrong. It's certainly a well-worn question in every medium of popular entertainment: "how'd you do last night, kid?"
In almost every other medium there's an established mechanism for counting the audience and providing information on what the audience is watching or buying or reading or clicking on. So why not a bestsellers' list for webcomics, an Arbitron system focused on our particular universe? Regardless of whether we love, like, hate, or are indifferent to the most popular webcomics being produced today, it is information that ought to be available to the interested members of the reading public. It could provide some clues as to where the online audience is today versus six months versus two years from now. It could help to keep score of the growth (or decline) of our overall webcomic reader audience.
POW! ZAP! AARGH! WHACK! TATTARRATTAT!
In comics' very early days (at least since the Katzenjammer Kids), they threw slam-bang bim-bam-boom thrills, spills, and chills right at their readers' eyes. Today's online comics are not so visceral. They affect the heart and mind more than the guts. And many would call that progress. But the progress has had its price.
The great Yin/Yang of comics is Art and Story. Can a comic have one without the other and still be considered a quality comic? If a perfect balance between the two cannot be achieved, can the lesser factor at least refrain from becoming a hindrance to the comic? This is a delicate operation, one that may require extra work on the part of the creator to pull off. Cascadia, created by Clio Chiang, has pretty artwork, but zen or no, her writing could use a bit of direction.
When reading a webcomic, one usually hopes to be amused, drawn into the story or, on a good day, both. Outside of the occasional sketchbook tutorial, getting an education is typically low -- if even present -- on the list of webcomic reader expectations. You certainly don't count on learning about the difference between canine and feline tracks, or how to interpret the events behind said identified tracks... but that is exactly the kind of education that creator Clint Hollingsworth manages to offer in The Wandering Ones, in addition to telling a pretty damn good story.