Archive - Apr 11, 2004
Enter the ferocious Tyrannosaurus Rex. A merciless beast, he surveys his territory, smashing houses and stomping helpless passersby. Soon, he is confronted by the equally vicious Utahraptor. The two engage each other with lightning speed. In the end, only the mighty T-rex remains. This happens every day in Dinosaur Comics.
It's a comedy.
Here's a scenario: you're browsing the Internet, looking at various sites, when you unexpectedly come across some very familiar comics. You know all the characters. You can quote from the dialogue. You know exactly how the story ends, without even having to read it. And yes, it's even got your name in the credits. It is, in fact, your work, reproduced on someone else's site. They never even asked permission.
What do you do?
BoxJam Does Boffo! (Interview-style, That Is)
Joe Martin has produced 30,000 individual strips, by his count, has Mr. Boffo, Cats With Hands, and Willy 'n' Ethel in current production, and produces other strips as well. He does all these without collaborators. He's been able to keep all his strips among the consistently funniest around, and his productivity has landed him in the Guinness Book of World Records.
He's also written other strips, he paints, he writes books, he writes songs, and has written for TV. We didn't ask, but he probably writes ballets and operas as well.
For eight years, David Allen and the gang at Plan 9 Publishing have been bringing the best and brightest of the webcomics world to readers' bookshelves, releasing collections of such popular titles as Sluggy Freelance and Kevin & Kell. Now, the North Carolina-based company is branching out into prose and non-fiction by tickling our funny bone, and even tackling national political issues. Trisha Sebastian sat down with publisher and owner David Allen at Ubercon in New Jersey to get the full scoop.
Raise your hands if you were at the San Diego Comic Con International last July.
Now, of those who went, put your hand down if it seemed a little crowded to you.
Comictastic: 'tastic or not so 'tastic?
I'm getting tired. It seems I've been reading discussions on the whole Comictastic thing for ... three or .. maybe 5 .. or 6 hours now. (link, link, link, link) It's silly. No, Comictastic and similar programs are not a "distribution system", they are NOT "redistributing" your comics - your web server is doing the distributing. Comictastic and similar programs don't even do "deep linking" which has been found illegal in at least one US court case. Comictastic and programs like them are simply specialized web browsers doing something that I have done manually in the past; requesting only the image of the comic from the web server because of bandwidth concerns.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 11, 2004 - 15:37
Once Upon A Time in Elasia by Jason Briggs is just starting but it may be something big. The art is top-notch, not only is Briggs skilled but he's clearly worked out in advance a lot of details about the world he's creating. Second, the story, while still mysterious, has a decent pace and he has managed to drop a ton of hints as to the contours of this strange but familar place that I hope he pulls together in a satisfying way.
In a nutshell, so far the strip focuses on a young girl who raps/beatboxes for money in a poor Mexican town just south of the border. Her grandfather (father?) was a fighter and enforcer for a crime syndicate. He may be dead now. There's a wild mix of asian, latin, slightly science-fiction-ish influences going on in the tale.