Archive - Jul 2004
Submitted by Meaghan Quinn on July 28, 2004 - 14:36
An article at Silver Bullet Comics announced that Komikwerks is adding Stan Lee's Sunday Comics to their lineup. It is published as a subscription model, with a cost of $4.95 per month, $49.95 for a full year.
Submitted by Dedos on July 28, 2004 - 11:37
James Kochalka, Superstar indeed!
Submitted by Steve Bryant on July 28, 2004 - 08:50
In a roundtable discussion moderated by Park Cooper, Mike W. Barr (writer, Sorcerer of Fortune), Steve Bryant (artist, Athena Voltaire) and Barb Lien (writer, Gun Street Girl) talk webcomics, storytelling craft and more at Comicon.com's forum, The Pulse.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 27, 2004 - 22:39
Wired has a story called The Incredible Shrinking Comic about the trend towards putting comics onto cell phones for viewing. While this story is generally positive note the following paragraphs oh knwledgeable and sage 24 Hour Pixel People reader and wonder aloud why someone should pay 2 dollars a month for tiny comics on a celll phone when it is still unclear how many people will pay 2 dollars a month to read comics on a full size monitor.
Later this summer, an aggregation site called GoComics will expand to include offerings of strips like Doonesbury and La Cucaracha, all available to mobile-phone users willing to shell out $2 or $3 a month for access.
GoComics, which works with a number of comic-strip distributors and hopes to strike deals with comic-book makers like DC and Marvel, reports making 1 million sales in 2003. Nearly two-thirds of the customers are women, perhaps because they like the ability to personalize greetings, said co-managing director Chris Pizey.
Ultimately, GoComics hopes to convince cell-phone users to pay to see about 150 comic strips, many of which are now offered on the Internet for free. It's been a challenge to "reteach or retrain" Web users to pay for content, said Pizey, who also works in the online side of the comics business.
Submitted by Dedos on July 27, 2004 - 18:17
When Scott McCloud tries to explain Understanding Comics to people, he invariably gets asked if it is a "how-to" book because the overview "[a] comic book about comics that explains the inner workings of the medium and examines many aspects of visual communication along the way" may not resonate with too many people not already interested in the inner workings of comics.
Since the release of his first book, McCloud has kept busy in the lecture circuit, with seminars and workshops on comics & technology and the art of comics storytelling. These visual lectures have culminated in a new book, Making Comics, his answer to the "how-to" manual for creating comics.
Submitted by Dedos on July 27, 2004 - 11:53
The 2004 Web Cartoonist's Choice Awards were announced July 25th. Big congratulations are in order for newcomer Adrian Ramos who picked up 6 awards for Count Your Sheep. Penny Arcade remains a favorite with 5 more awards to put on their mantle, including Outstanding Website Design. Both these titles share the coveted Outstanding Comic award this year.
The full list of categories and winners follows below:
The creator of a fantasy webcomic has a surprising amount of power. Without the standard limitations of a real world setting, a story can take off in any direction. The creator sets the course, makes the rules, and somehow brings about the end result. Such creative freedom provides incredible opportunities for the ambitious storyteller.
A fantasy webcartoonist can literally build a universe from scratch, with innovative characters, concepts, situations and worlds.
When Our Leading Edge Sliced Through the Fun Jugular
I wanna charge The Tortured Sympathetic AntiHero with Murder of the First Degree.
He's killed all my fun.
A hero, a sidekick, a quest, and an implacable enemy. What we have here are the ingredients for a classic adventure story, and the creators of Van von Hunter oblige, stirring up an action-laden concoction that satisfies and amuses.
Shaenon Garrity is the creator of Narbonic, L'il Mel, and More Fun, all published by Modern Tales subscription sites. Garrityâ€™s first strip, Narbonic began in 2000 and features the antic antics of Helen Narbonic, mad scientist extraordinaire. She is widely considered to be not only a true creative talent but also a true thinker, with notable personalities such as Scott McCloud praising her many skills over the years. In the ensuing reader-run interview, Garrity talks about mad science, her experiences with freelancing and comics, and Joey Manley's Evil FactorTM.