Archive - Sep 14, 2003
In part two of his look at the history of webcomics, T Campbell reviews the first comics to appear on the then new world wide web. Doctor Fun by David Farley and NetBoy by Stafford Huyler can both make claims to being the first "webcomic".
Tom Hart and Leela Corman are married – and so are their professions. Both are artists behind successful comics, Hart on the web (Hutch Owen) and Corman in print (Subway Series), and the two manage to balance close quarter living and their artistic differences.
Comixpedia: Do you find you are competitive with your significant other?
I should go ahead and warn you right now. This month's "Why Do Online Comics?" focuses heavily on the print side of comics. This may seem a tad odd to you, but since doing online comics has led me to a lot of this line of thought, and since ultimately I think the best world is one where online comics and print comics build off and feed off each other in a strong symbiotic relationship, I feel presenting the information in this column is not only merited, but important.
So how was your last New Year's Day celebration? Got drunk? Maybe went out and danced with people in the streets? Found out you're the reincarnation of the Chinese Zodiac's Rat God, and that thanks to it being the Year of the Rat, suddenly everyone wants your power?
No? Then you don't know what you're missing.
A Tale As Old As Time...
So I wake up this morning, and my webcomic is still asleep. No problem, I think. Let it get a little sleep. It's been working hard, what's the harm of a few extra hours of shut-eye for my hard-working little darling? So I crawl out and go for my morning run (which, by the way, I only go on because I have repetitive stress injury from drawing and typing â€“ but, you know, these are the compromises you make in a good relationship).
When I get back, it's still sacked out, so I throw together some breakfast, figuring it's probably my turn, anyway. I'm pulling the last piece of toast out of the toaster when, sure enough, my webcomic straggles in.
I'm going to change pace a bit and dole out some advice for would-be writers or critics of comics at large. Take note and feel free to disagree with me...
Here's a little exercise: Take your favorite comic and read the dialogue out loud.
Submitted by Anonymous on September 14, 2003 - 12:57
Soon after the official announcement of the addition of Boy Meets Boy, El Goonish Shive, and Gaming Guardians to the Keenspot line, a new wave of cartoonists have openly announced that thay have been invited to join up with the popular webcomics hub.
Proclaiming it either directly on their site, or through public message boards, Mark Mekkes (Zortic), John Troutman (Basil Flint, P.I.), Brandon "Scrubbo" Sonderegger (Silly Cone V), and Joe England (Zebra Girl) have confirmed the invitations, as well as their acceptance, into the Keenspot fold.
The reasons for this sudden invitation boom have not been fully or "officially" explained, though they do not come as a complete surprise. During the Keenspot panel hosted at the 2003 San Diego Comic-Con in July, Keenspot administrators mentioned the planned addition of at least a dozen new titles to the Keenspot lineup in the ensuing months.