Archive - May 15, 2005
Submitted by pclips on May 15, 2005 - 23:54
The creators of five notable webcomics: Sluggy Freelance, Star Cross'd Destiny, Fragile Gravity, PartiallyClips, and Order of the Stick, have formed a booth-sharing group called Webcomics Vault for San Diego Comic Con 2005. In addition to their own merchandise, Webcomics Vault plans to act as a retail bookseller for other webcomics creators who can't attend.
UPDATE: Webcomics Vault was not able to obtain SDCC booth space this year afterall (SDCC just informed them today) so it will not happen this year. Maybe in 2006!
Submitted by Starline on May 15, 2005 - 23:54
Willis also announced that he will be involved with Starline Multimedia which is already publishing Real Life: The Complete Year One Collection from Greg Dean.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 15, 2005 - 23:18
This week we have a column from Eric Burns on collaboration, plus an Eric Burns interview with two collaborators in life and webcomics: J. Grant and Mel Hynes.
Alexander Danner has part one of a Practical Guide to Collaboration and Andrew Bonia reviews an interesting experiment in webcomics: Spamusement by Steven Frank.
It's also time for the second installment of Welton Colbert at Comixpedia. This month, Colbert offers his opinions on Strip Fight, the webcomic content site.
And if you missed Week 1, be sure to check out Erik Melander's news recap column, Through the Looking Back Glass; Mark Mekkes column on collaboration; an interview with the creators of Apple Geeks; and the third installment of Modern Humor Authority by Kristofer Straub.
Steven Frankâ€™s Spamusement is summed up well on its front page: "Poorly-drawn cartoons inspired by actual spam subject lines!" Itâ€™s a simple concept that goes a long way.
Where most of us would automatically hit "delete", Frank has appropriated the detritus of his inbox and given it new life, recycling his junk mail into single-panel, often silent comics entirely based on the subject lines of his daily pile of spam.
One of the most liberating facets of online comics is that it has made it easier than ever for creators interested in working collaboratively to find each other. No longer must writers troll local comics shops and art schools in the hope of finding like-minded artists. Instead, they can go straight to a large community of comics creators, where geography is no barrier. They can get to know the people they hope to work with, and everyone can see samples of each others' work on their websites before committing to any sort of collaboration. All in all, the Internet has allowed for more people to experience more productive and rewarding collaborative experiences.
Welton Colbert was once respected and feared all at once as both a comics creator, and a sequential arts historian. He has come out of retirement to share his wealth of knowledge with a new generation of artists. This month, Welton takes a look at the place where unbridled creativity and friendly competition collide, Strip Fight.
Mel Hynes and James Grant do a comic together called Two Lumps, which is the self-proclaimed anti-Garfield. Grant is also (in)famous for his prior webcomic FLEM. Eric Burns interviewed both of them about working together on Two Lumps, collaboration in general and Grant's secret plan to get on Keenspot.
This month's "Feeding Snarky" represents a milestone, at least for me. Up until now, the columns -- for better or worse -- have reflected my critical opinions as an observer and consumer of webcomics. They were, naturally enough, my opinions on the subject, and they came from an outsider's perspective.
This month, however, the theme is "collaboration," and that's a topic I have -- dare I say it -- first hand experience in. In fact, I have experience both in collaborating on a webcomic and in not collaborating on a webcomic, and therefore I can speak to the advantages of having someone on hand who knows what the Hell they're doing with a pencil.
Submitted by Shepherd on May 15, 2005 - 11:20
Amazingly high-quality work on display: The Mayday Event is not the most populous event Comixpedia has ever seen, but MAN, is it producing some great stuff. The latest entries evoke everything from Eddie Campbell to the golden age of slapstick. Check it out -- and it's never too late to get involved!