Archive - 2004
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 31, 2004 - 14:10
The Comics Reporter
summarizes a letter from the director of the Comic Book Legal Defence Fund covering their work in 2004. As always, there are a number of important speech related cases and bad laws that the CBLDF took on (or is still fighting).
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 31, 2004 - 03:32
Ashton Cummings, PHP Programmer wrote the Kamikazee Comic Updating script used by Sam And Fuzzy. It looks good from the screen shots but I can't tell if it's a script that let's you load a bunch of comics into a directory where they'll be loaded in the future based on file format or one of those scripts where you have to punch in the date of appearance for each one.
Also key would be whether or not it "hides" future comics prior to their publication date.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 31, 2004 - 03:27
The Norm had a proposition for readers after creator Michael Jantze pulled his comic out of the newspaper and left his syndication deal. If he could get 4000 dues-paying members to his website he would keep making new The Norm comic strips.
The amount at issue is (at a minimum) 4000 x $25 or $100,000. That's a lot really in terms of what's been raised by the subscription/fundraising drive model but in some ways it's possible that Jantze is a lot more famous than anyone who has gone this route.
The terms of the drive has always been 4000 or more equals new The Norm and 3999 or less equals a full refund of money to those donating. From the looks of the website they haven't gotten to 4000 yet but I imagine we'll hear the final results at some point in the next couple of days.
Submitted by Flatwood on December 30, 2004 - 16:24
Flatwood officially turns one year old this January 1, 2005. Creator Zachary Parker has crafted a special installment for the anniversary, available at his website.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 30, 2004 - 01:37
Scott Kurtz is once more testing the power of the PvP hordes. He's asked fans of PvP to vote for it as a write-in candidate for best continuing series on the WIZARD FAN AWARDS BALLOT.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 30, 2004 - 00:04
Tom Hart has a new print collection of Hutch Owen entitled "Unmarketable" available. Published by Top Shelf, the book is available in bookstores (including online sites Amazon, B&N and Powells) or you can order directly from Top Shelf.
The Comics Journal said: "Owen is the consummate outsider..." Hicksville creator Dylan Horrocks described him as 'a prophet, a socio-political saboteur... hilariously funny. He's the hero we all immediately recognize and desperately need.'
Tom Hart will also be on a tour for the new book visiting the East Coast in March (Boston, Rhode Island, New York, Washington DC).
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 29, 2004 - 15:19
Or as he says, Not really. More like "Appreciation for the Websnark" with a nice sketch at the bottom of the post.
Is anyone NOT reading Websnark at this point? :)
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 28, 2004 - 20:47
Broken Saints is the Sundance Film Festival Award-winning and critically-acclaimed groundbreaking Web epic.
Now the techno-spiritual saga is available on DVD with completely revamped art and effects, a 5.1 Dolby Surround remix of the entire series (including optional VOICE NARRATION from industry pros including William B Davis (THE X FILES), Kirby Morrow (DRAGONBALL Z), David Kaye (BEAST WARS), Michael Dobson (TRANSFORMERS ARMADA), and Emmy Award Winner Janyse Jaud) and over 4 HOURS of additional features including Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes, documentaries, Fan Films, Concept Galleries, and Slideshows.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 28, 2004 - 12:51
Eric Burns has posted the first half of his Shortbread Awards. Websnark.com: 2004 Bringing the Funny Shortbread gives you the big winner for funny and the previous Websnark post gives you the 14 citations for sub-shortbread (I guess). Both posts are a fun read with lots of insightful comments on some of the funniest strips for 2004.
Granted Burns doesn't pretend to consider strips he doesn't read so some worthy candidates are included but given the enormous number of webcomics out there it's amazing how many great strips one man (he is just one man right?) did read in 2004.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 27, 2004 - 16:41
From Scott McCloud comes word that Will Eisner is recovering from a successful quadruple bypass surgery which took place on Friday.