Archive - Jan 2005
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 31, 2005 - 15:04
If you, webcomic creator, are ever in a position to get your work published, never, never, assume the publisher is your best buddy and that a "standard contract" is somehow fair to both of you. Companies are not people and most of the time a contract is between you and the company (not the people who work for the company).
This sad story of contract stupidity involves not a webcomic creator but a brilliant mathematician who wrote a book based on his website. You may not be able to calculate differential equations, but you can certainly be smarter about contracts.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 31, 2005 - 12:31
There was a spot of trouble this morning with the site but it should be resolved now. I think it was due to an external feed Comixpedia was using for webcomic updates (I've since turned that back off).
Also just as an experiment, I've added a box showing the most recent updates from Talkaboutcomics (which features updates from creators on the Modern Tales websites). If you have a suggestion for a similar feature to add feel free to email us.
Hey now - how about some webcomic news? Read on fair readers...
Submitted by lichkeeg on January 31, 2005 - 11:58
Black List Press is a collective of like-minded webcomic artists who came together through the months of September and November in 2004 to promote a sense of quality, unity and community. Balanced with a good dash of known authors as well as ones not so well known, Black List Press hopes to provide visitors with good reading material, as well as a place to discuss webcomics, art, media and more.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 31, 2005 - 02:16
Well week 4 of the January issue is up. That marks 24 full issues of Comixpedia. I think I can speak for all editors and contributors, past and present: "Man, I'm tired."
Week 4 gives you a column from the Damonkey Man, interviews with both Jeff "WIGU TV" Rowland and the creators of Least I Could Do and finally, a review of Bigger Than Cheeses by Desmond Seah.
February's issue takes a look outside the cozy confines of the panel to hunt down the elusive experimental webcomic. Assuming the Internet doesn't get snowed in, we'll bring you the first week of the February issue on February 7th.
In webcomics, "the funny" is a rare commodity that too often sadly gives way to a focus on characterization and plot. Pure gag comics can be hard to find since creators often decide, despite starting in the humor aisle, that the plot department is where to be. It’s pretty refreshing then to find that Bigger Than Cheeses by Desmond Seah is, was and hopefully will always be a gag webcomic.
Now, admittedly, I've been playing Mr. Recluse for the last year â€“ I hardly lurk on boards anymore, I may rummage through my blog lists every moon or two, and my e-mail engine is getting a severe case of cobwebitis.
So it's possible that I may just be out of the loop, and thus very much wrong in what I'm about to say... but here goes anyway.
I think that webcartoonists and enthusiasts are starting to grow up.
Least I Could Do is about the obsessively and yet endearingly ever-horny Rayne and his cast of supporting characters has been drawing in hordes of laughing readers over the past two years. They've just published their first collection of strips, and are in negotiation for a possible animated series. Ryan Sohmer and Chad Porter, who write and draw the comic respectively, were kind enough to give us an interview.
Jeff Rowland is a serial webcomic creator. His first work was the old school When I Grow Up, his second the popular and well-received WIGU and his most recent work includes a journal comic called Overcompensating and a new webcomic called WIGU TV.
Read on for nine questions with Jeff Rowland. Why only nine? Because The Man wouldn't let Rowland have ten questions.
How did you know the time was right to end WIGU?--alschroeder
Submitted by Joey Manley on January 30, 2005 - 18:46
Modern Tales has started a collective blog at Talk About Comics for cartoonists from the Modern Tales family to post news, hype, wit, and wisdom.
Talk About Comics will continue to host forums for webcomics and creators at this new URL.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 28, 2005 - 18:06
Only a couple of episodes in the archives so far but for a literary geek like myself, The Epilogue by Reva Sharp is a clever idea filled with boundless possibilities. Taking place in the afterlife, the comic is filled with characters based on famous writers like Mark Twain, e.e. cummings, Slyvia Plath, etc.
The art is a bit... rough at this point and not every strip has delivered actual funny, but I'm just so taken with the concept that I can overlook that for now. Be sure to check it out.