Archive - May 2004
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 14, 2004 - 12:15
Comics.212.net - Information and Opinions on Comics
I don't know who writes Comics 212 but a post on webcomics that seems to have been motivated by the Comixpedia review of Hard's comic provides a decent counterview to our review.
Of course I have to wonder about a comics blog that doesn 't have C/P and S/Tart in its blogroll.
I wonder - what do I have to do!! We've been around 15 months already.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 13, 2004 - 21:28
At the request of some of our readers, we have made http://news.comixpedia.com available to view Comixpedia news without the cover art for this month.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 13, 2004 - 16:46
You can follow news postings at Comixpedia on this page. It doesn't show the cover (or the forum or blog updates though).
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 13, 2004 - 13:40
After a stint of Bobbins-styled artwork and guest artist fill-ins, John Allison began the next chapter of Scary Go Round this week. Entitled "Count My Toes" the storyline starts off with a lively BBQ but quickly cuts to a scene of destruction and the possible death of a major character.
Also this week, the second Scary Go Round collection, "Blame the Sky" is available for pre-order from the website.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 13, 2004 - 12:05
BoxJam's Doodle drops the hint that it will begin updating again soon. Good news.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 13, 2004 - 11:59
I wasn't paying attention and Comixpedia reached over 1000 members on the site. An arbitrary achievement but cool to see that the site continues to grow - even dispite some backlash over this month's cover.
I guess some % of the member accounts are not used, and some % is probably duplicate accounts. Still it's always unexplicably satisfying to reach arbitrary numerical goals - something in human nature I guess.
Submitted by howiecat on May 13, 2004 - 09:31
New readers can start at the beginning!
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 12, 2004 - 22:23
Dalton's latest column uses PVP's infamous Naked Jade gag as a starting point to bash on webcomics that use sex to "sell" the comic. I think the point is (although I'm not always sure Dalton has a point) that webcomics should be trying to explore sex in interesting ways, artistic ways. Not just slapping a sexy label on something - essentially retreading cheap sex visuals and/or jokes.
Straub of Checkerboard Nightmare says:
And further in (Comixpedia, not the ass), it starts to feel like these guys... do the ones writing the articles read any webcomics? I think they dropped the ball on this one. Among the opinions tarted up as fact, Kurtz is accused of sexing up PVP as a publicity stunt. I don't even know where to approach that. Anyway, I guess the lesson is, if you use any sexuality or inappropriate language in your work, you're a manipulative juvenile sellout? I guess some things aren't allowed to be funny.
I'm actually a fan of PVP and liked that series of strips. No it wasn't terribly original but it was mostly funny. PVP is a little like Full House (or whatever the hell that Bob Saget series was called) sometimes. That's ok. I don't know why Dalton picked up on it. I think it does illustrate his point although there are probably other examples with fewer redeeming qualities.
But Dalton thinks I'm kind of an ass so it's not like he'd listen to me anyhow...
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 12, 2004 - 21:59
Wow I go out of town for a couple of days on a business trip (that would be real life business as in the kind that pays my rent and puts food on my family's table, not the Comixpedia business which, um, doesn't) and I get back and all heck is loose. And quite possibly broken too.
Today was the first day for me at work since the May cover went up that I took a look at it from the work place. I'm actually kind of in agreement with some of the folks on our forums - I was a bit uncomfortable looking at it from work. That's never really been a criteria for the cover artwork but we've never had an issue theme that was intentionally provocative. Not just provocative but borderline exploitive. The point of this issue is to talk about the limits being pushed, mangled and broken by webcomics. Will we accomplish that? Maybe, it's always really down to showtime and after the curtain rises that we get to see whether an issue of Comixpedia flies or crashes.
I am glad some folks care enough to praise and/or complain about something the site did. It's easier to work with when it's criticism as opposed to flaming but that's life. I can deal.
Submitted by goonigoogoo on May 12, 2004 - 15:24
J. Meinzer (aka Fenris) has returned to making new episodes of his suspended webcomic, Aikida. The webcomic is starting anew with a "Batman-esque Year One" reboot.