Archive - Sep 21, 2003
Who needs to drink like a fish when you can draw like one? Tim Fish's little webcomic corner of our universe certainly goes to great lengths to bring a whole new meaning to the term "Bottom's Up!"
Young Bottoms In Love, a short story webcomic anthology site that updates weekly, focuses wholly on gay love, relationships, and of course, implied or "tastefully"-depicted soft-core snuggling.
If the popularity of Boy Meets Boy teaches us anything, it's that webcomics need more hot, shirtless young men making out with each other.
On his web log site, triggercut.diary-x.com, the work of journal comic designer Neil B. may seem sparse in quantity. The quality of such minutiae, however, has established him as a truthful and thoughtful writer among fans and critics. Born and raised in Pennsylvania by Indian-American parents who emigrated to the States before he was born, his web log could be considered a chronicle of events in the life of a young gay man, as he is such, but more to the point, says Neil, is to extract the â€œuniversal in the specificâ€ and appeal to a general audience, both gay and straight. Here he makes a strong case for such in this interview with the Comixpedia:
I've been watching a lot of westerns lately, and my favorite so far in terms of "watching over and over again until I know the lines by heart" is easily Tombstone, with Kurt Russel sporting a fantastic moustache. After watching a movie, particularly one with a self-congratulatory "making of" feature, I like to search around for old reviews to see what other people thought of it. Consistently, what I came across for this particular movie was one particular complaint â€“ the romance was distracting, not well done historically or otherwise, and just plain bad. This rocked me back in my seat. I LOVE the romance! Sure, it's just a little side part and distracts from the main story, but isn't romance itself just a side part of our lives and a distraction from the mundane?
A Farewell to Paws
Okay, I was going to get into this big thing about the point of this column, and politely explain that how it's just great that all webcomics creators are supportive and friendly and sloppy kisses all around but that the medium's ability to self-criticize is completely eroded by everyone's reluctance to piss anyone else off...but screw it.
But that would take an awful long time, so here's the deal:
Webcomics can, on occasion, be a good read.
Most of the time, though, reading webcomics is like being locked in a coffin with a rabid, amphetamine-crazed monkey in possession of (a) a taser and (b) the total and unerring knowledge that your groin is responsible for every ill that has ever befallen any member of the monkey nation. Ever.
People â€“ most of them webcartoonists â€“ keep asking me the same question over and over. In fact, it was asked to me again during the Keenspot panel at Comic Con 2003, and I started babbling about something else, if I recall correctly.
The question is, of course, why the CRFH forum is so popular.
Submitted by michaelpatrick on September 21, 2003 - 22:27
You can still read the comic at the home site through www.michaelpatrick.net, but at Modern Evil you can have easy access to archives and post comments about individual strips. So go! Read! Post!
Submitted by cartoonlad on September 21, 2003 - 22:26
This is a belated announcement of the newest comic strip at TheSnakeFarm.com, Spade Phillips, P.I.. Matt Kowalski's Spade Phillips, P.I., like Clay Welch's Kozy K, were comics page neighbors of Thomas Deeny's Planet Earth (and other tourist traps) in its original run in The Texas A&M Battalion. Now, after several years of the strip's completion , all three years of Spade Phillips, P.I. strip will be collected online.