Archive - Aug 3, 2003
Unicorn Jelly, described by its creator Jennifer Diane Reitz as a "MangaStrip," is the story of a society coming to terms with its apparent imminent destruction and its efforts to survive. But it is also the story of the struggle between the heart and the mind, of the power of change in the face of tremendous odds, and of the power of the individual who believes.
It's official: webcomics are better than print comics.
Life Assessment Day, among other things, involves creating/updating a list of ten things one most wants to do before they die. You don't need a yearly day, of course â€“ I encourage you to sit and come up with the ten things you most want to accomplish in this mortal coil. It's exhilarating.
Does 'get a job' go to the top of things I most want in life before I die?
Mirror Mirror On The Web
It happens a lot. We don't spend a lot of time talking about it, or analyzing what went wrong. We don't sit down and articulate areas for improvement. Generally, the readership for a webcomic gone wrong takes its time and attention elsewhere, and the creator is left to toil away in obscurity and isolation until the fateful day they have to pull an "Old Yeller" and put their comic down.
Four years ago, however, David M. Willis helped thin out school-based comic strips when he ended his three-year run of the popular, well-loved Roomies! – a Web comic about two best friends who discover that college life is nothing like what they imagined. But instead of starting from scratch and giving the Web comic-loving community fresh new characters in a totally different atmosphere, Willis started up a Roomies! sequel called It's Walky!
There he was.
He looked nothing like I expected. Instead of thin, parted hair, thick baroque curls snaked around his upper head. He was taller and thinner than his cartoon likeness. But something about the way he carried himself, the way the glasses sat on his eyes... I still recognized him.
According to the mainstream press, it's the year of the blog. And in many ways that's absolutely true. To name just one example, political blogs are making an impact beyond just providing the kind of thoughtful commentary no longer found on screaming-head talk shows; arguably blogs helped to keep the Trent "We Would Have All Been Better Off" Lott scandal alive until he resigned as Majority Leader of the United States Senate; Howard Dean, candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States, has used his blog as a means to inform, organize and raise significant funds; and we can read Andrew Sullivan and Tom Tomorrow exchanging witty quips as if they were at a virtual table at a virtual Algonquin Hotel.
There are two issues of interest to explore here. First, why are blogs with significantly smaller audiences than webcomics having an exponentially larger impact on popular culture? Second, why are blogs doing a much better job of building community and drawing attention to other worthy blogs than webcomics?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 3, 2003 - 21:01
It's time for Community Interview #5. This time Scott McCloud has agreed to answer your questions. Here's how it works -- post your question to Scott in a comment in response to this post.
ONE QUESTION PER COMMENT, PLEASE.
If you see another question you think is interesting, moderate it up. If you see something not so useful, moderate it down. We'll take questions for two weeks, until Friday, August 15th. We'll send the top ten questions to Scott McCloud to answer and post those answers later this month.