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Archive - Jul 10, 2005

Week One of July 2005

Welcome to week one of our July issue. We are themeless this month – utterly and completely without theme. There have been many debates, on Comixpedia and elsewhere, about whether our themes help or harm us. So we're trying an experiment this summer. Neither July nor August will have themes. And please – no arguments about whether themelessness constitutes a theme itself.

This week we have a feature piece from Neil Cohn called "Reframing 'Comics'" in which Neil explores new levels of visual language, in particular the vocabulary we use. Our interview is with Stephen Crowley, creator of Loxie and Zoot as well as Magellan. Our review is from Alicia Curtis, who read through Jeffery Stevenson and Seth Damoose’s horror humor comic Spook'd. Regular columnist Erik Melander peered through his Looking Back Glass at June and early July. And finally, we've got Modern Humor Authority from Kristofer Straub poking around the idea of webcomics awards.

Reframing "Comics" by Neil Cohn

In one of my previous articles for Comixpedia I spoke of the hierarchic structuring of the comic industry and alternative viewpoints to democratize those hierarchies. I asserted that change cannot flow top-down from corporations controlling the industry or from technological innovation, but rather from a reorientation about the conceptions of the medium. This piece explores one way that we as individuals can potentially alter the perception and organization associated with this medium: through vocabulary. People associate with the world greatly through the words they use, and different expressions can largely determine the way in which they relate to concepts. Thus, by reframing the vocabulary associated to "comics" we can alter the perceptions and considerations that they create in our culture. This issue is by no means new to comics, though the approach taken here will develop a deeper and more expansive solution than those proposed in the past.

Spook'd by Stevenson and Damoose, reviewed by Alicia Curtis

Remember Michael Jackson’s Thriller, the campy horror video from the days when Jackson himself wasn’t so terrifying? Complete with zombies, Vincent Price, and dancing, Thriller crossed genres and became a huge success. Jeffery Stevenson and Seth Damoose’s horror humor comic Spook'd, hosted at Movie Poop Shoot, provides a similar experience, only in two-dimensions.

Stephen Crowley: Anything but Conventional

Stephen Crowley chronicles the doings in a group of nudists in Loxie and Zoot as well as the doings of super-powered, gaudily-costumed superheroes at the academy where they train in Magellan on Graphic Smash. He manages to cover an equally wide variety of subjects in this interview.

Through The Looking Back Glass by Erik Melander

Flamewars are certainly fairly common in the small world of webcomics, and this month's column will be devoted to the one that took place at the beginning of June. The instigator was this strip by Penny Arcade, which in turn was a response to this Comixpedia news post. Things soon escalated as more and more people became involved.

Although a public brawl such as this is usually made up of hot air, there are often at least some interesting discussions within it.

Modern Humor Authority #5

This week at Modern Humor Authority, Kristofer Straub pokes at the motivations behind webcomic awards.

Web Cartoonist's Choice Awards winners announced!

The winners of the Web Cartoonist's Choice Awards (AKA the WCCAs) have been announced! This year's ceremony was hosted by Comixpedia's own Welton Colbert.

If you aren't the ceremonial type, the complete list of winners (which includes the nominees) is available.

Congratulations to everyone, organizers and participants alike!