Archive - Oct 25, 2005
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 25, 2005 - 18:32
We went through an upgrade this weekend, but all's well for now - the Webcomics Encyclopedia is up and running.
We still need entries for lots of creators and webcomics so if you have some time be sure to put something down on your favorites (even if your favorite is you!).
UPDATE: More info continues to emerge on the purge of webcomics from Wikipedia, including the fact that it may largely be the work of one person, admittedly hostile to webcomics as a medium. Further updates are on this earlier news post.
Submitted by Erik Melander on October 25, 2005 - 16:28
From the "missed it" department comes the news that the first issue of the bi-monthly webcomic magazine Zoinks! was mailed to subscribers in early October. Copies are still available for purchase through the website. The next issue is scheduled for December.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 25, 2005 - 16:08
A Lesson is Learned But the Damage is Irreversable creators David Hellman and Dale Beran join the DayFree Press group. (Link from Digital Strips)
Tom Spurgeon reports that Supernatural Law will begin publishing installments online. Spurgeon also has a good roundup on recent articles abut Bill Watterson, triggered by the release of the mammoth Calvin & Hobbes anthology book.
The Oregonian has good feature on Joe Sacco, probably the finest working comic-journalist* today. (*Sacco reports in comic format - someone should standardize a term for that)
Submitted by Twentyfour on October 25, 2005 - 14:37
It's webcomic Swap Day all this week at Eyeskream Webcomic Creators Group. Eyeskream members play the ol' switcheroo and draw each others' comics for a day, but can you guess who did what? Visit the Swap Day site for contest and prize details.
Submitted by Erik Melander on October 25, 2005 - 13:48
DJ Coffman, of Yirmumah! fame, has a new blog devoted to "...tips, techniques and random thoughts on making money with your webcomics...".
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 25, 2005 - 00:52
Work on the forthcoming Comipedia webcomics directory is rolling along. I just discovered tonight, however, that former Comixpedia contributor and all-around webcomics genius John Barber does not have a wikipedia entry.
If anyone can fix this please post an entry for Mr. Barber at the wikipedia and at our own Webcomics Encyclopedia. Barber's entry should go here.
No Daniel "Merlin" Goodbrey entry either! Aspiring fans and scholars put that one here.
UPDATE: As it happens, Eric Burns was snarking about non-experts' campaign of deletion on webcomics in the wikipedia this morning.
UPDATE #2: C'mon on! No Lea Hernandez entry? I threw up a stub on the Webcomics Encyclopedia but you could write pages about Ms. Hernandez.
UPDATE #3: A thread at Digital Strips has an apparent reply from the main non-expert nominating webcomics for deletion. I also had the impression, like T Campbell, that Wikipedia was more akin to a HHGTG than a much more selective, limited document. More troubling to me, however, is that this whole episode brings into stark relief the issue of generalists versus specialists that often plagues such projects. This is a particularly egregious example of (at best) a generalist making decisions without sufficient input from specialists (people who actually have any knowledge about webcomics). Not saying people can't talk about things they aren't expert on. but they sure as hell ought to at least listen to the experts a little.