Archive - May 2004
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 31, 2004 - 21:16
Week 4 leaps cat-like from the rooftop, landing behind its intended victim with a soft NC-17 Webcartoonist List sound. Without a word, it pulls out a long, sharp interview with Partially Clips' Rob Balder, and thrusts it expertly through The Heart of Abracax review.
Week 4 is coming for them next. Then for YOU.
Submitted by Chris Cantrell on May 31, 2004 - 14:09
Hank Burns has just purchased the old video store downtown with dreams of rental success. But will this venture prove to be disasterous or will he succeed where others have failed?
From the twisted mind that brought you the The Asylumantics comes a story of one man's dream to hardly work in an industry he loves. Updates five days a week in glorious color. Come help us celebrate our launch at Please Rewind!
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 31, 2004 - 11:55
In this article in the Sunday magazine, the NY Times notices that manga is selling really well because girls read it and because it's carried in bookstores.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 31, 2004 - 02:02
Looking back on Loserz from this comic to the current one it's as if Eric anticipated the Comixpedia theme of NC17 for the month of May and decided to play along. Not so much funny ha-ha, as funny-"dude I can't believe you put that in your comic".
Have you ever had one of those really vivid, epic dreams, one where the first thought that crosses your semi-conscious mind when you wake up the next morning is, "Damn... that dream would make a great book! Where's my pen, I gotta write this down..."?
When you try to write it out on paper, however, it comes out all clumsy, incoherent, and incomplete. You look at the words inked there and know that they are supposed to be brilliant, but you just can't seem to make that crucial jump from dreamagination to readality. Sound familiar?
Last November, Hard, author of Sexy Losers, asked in his comic's Livejournal why women read his comic. He was asking because he had so many women writing to him, and as he put it: "â€¦sometimes they will add 'Yes, there are females that read your comic' as if I am suddenly shocked that there would actually be females that would find sex humour at all interestingâ€¦"
Taking a look at my bookshelf, I find the two best books ever on the subjects of writing and drawing comics. Both are written by director/screenwriter/playwright David Mamet.
The books are On Directing Film (which is about writing comics) and True and False: Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor (which is about drawing comics). I donâ€™t know why the titles make them sound like theyâ€™re about directing films and acting in plays; maybe the publishers figured they could sell more copies that way. Whatever. Theyâ€™re about making comics.
Rob Balder has been delighting webcomics readers, readers of independent newspapers, convention-goers, and booklovers for several years now with his Partially Clips. He paused long enough in a busy schedule to answer ten questions at some length – with his observations on the current state and future of webcomics, of his trials and tribulations in book publishing, and what started him on this path... and his plans for the future.
Webcomics have wasted no time in taking advantage of the unfiltered, uncensored, and plain uncontrollable nature of the Internet. Webtoonists have also in their own small way acted out like smaller-scale rock stars, now and again trashing a virtual hotel room. In the spirit of celebrating the abuse or stretching of good taste, artistic boundaries, and/or common sense, we present our somewhat brief and arbitrary list of 17 notorious cartoonists. Some get the nod for a one-time act of notoriety while others continue working on their lifetime achievement awards even as we go to press.
Submitted by Anonymous on May 29, 2004 - 13:52