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Archive - Jul 1, 2005

You'll Have A Guest Appearance and Some Swag To Boot

Have you ever wanted to make a guest appearance in a webcomic?

Wes Molebash and Viper Comics have started a contest where the winner will earn a guest appearance in an upcoming You'll Have That webcomic!

Google Ads: Pros and Cons and Click Fraud

Howard Tayler of Schlock Mercenary recently switched from using Google Ads to serving up his own banner ads (Howard has posted the relevant portion of his post as a comment below. Click the title of this post to read it).

If you are using it or thinking about it here's some links on it you might want to look at: "15 Common Mistakes by Google Adsense Publishers that Violate Terms of Service"; and "Click Fraud: What It Is, How to Fight It".

Also, this week the Register reported that Google has been sued by plaintiff Click Defense for breach of contract, negligence and unfair business practices over its Adwords ad program.

Apropos of Something... Funny

The blog Apropos of Something has a running category of remixed comic pages with often truly hilarious results. My favorites are Introductory Spanish with ‘La Antorcha Humana’; The Hulk vs. Spider-Siskel and Super-Ebert; Trapped in a Cave with Dick Grayson; and The Adventures of Thor, God of Theology.

Big News From ButternutSquash

Butternutsquash reports that it has signed with Speakeasy Comics to publish a line of Butternutsquash comic books. Issue #1 is due this November and a preview of the cover is available here. (A longer press release is here)

Also, Ramon Perez and Rob Coughler (the guys who make Butternutsquash) will be at the Speakeasy booth at San Diego Comicon this year.

Friday Follies Update with Xerexes

Here's an assortment of going on's for Friday:

The amazingly odd and funny month of guest art at Gluemeat called Deadmeat is over and new regular webcomics from Case Yorke should resume next week. Now if they would just stop fighting with BoxJam!

How do you explain White Ninja to someone who hasn't read it before? Seriously, I'm asking! Another out of left field big laugh from the brunching ninja today.

I thought these cell phone trailers before the movies were old hat by now, but this PvP is still a funny one.

There's a new issue of the Keenspace Monthly out for July with a cover from McDuffies and a review of Anywhere But Here and an interview with its creators.

Natalie Dee gets some link love from the Drawn! blog. Be sure to check out Exploding Dee if you haven't already.

Last is a webcomic from James Burns called Detached which is a true to life story of Burn's brush with blindness from a detached retina during a busy time in his life. I'm not sure I've made that sound as interesting as it actually is, but this is an authentically engaging piece of journal webcomicing worth a read.

Finding Your Favorite Webcomics Podcast

Digital Strips has a post on how to find your favorite comics-related podcasts through the new update to the iTunes software.

Here's a trivia question for you - what was the first podcast on webcomics? Not the first podcast to call itself a podcast (or whatever teh cool kids are calling it tomorrow) but the first one that fit general description.

Melonpool Hits the Trifecta

The current storyline in Melonpool ventures into Checkerboard Nightmare territory targeting the Melonpool webcomic's supposed "low audience numbers" and the cast trying out various tactics to bring in new readers. A little different subject than usual but Steve Troop gets a lot of mileage out of this familar trope (is this technically a trope?). And he manages to work Websnark, Comixpedia and Digital Strips into this one. And I see today that strip got mentioned by Comixpedia, Websnark, and Digital Strips.

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