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Archive - Jul 28, 2005

Double-Checking the Wikipedia Entry for Webcomics

The entry for webcomics at the Wikipedia is getting longer. I have a few questions about the entry though that I wanted to see if the Comixpedia community knows the answers to:

Was the Polymer City Chronicles the "first regularly published webcomic"? The entry grants that Where the Buffalo Roam was the first comic online and that Doctor Fun was the first comic on the World Wide Web so I'm not even sure what "first" is being claimed for Polymer City Chronicles.

Was Bob and George the first "sprite comic" on the web?

Questions not answered at all: What was the first "infinite canvas" webcomic? What was the first "multimedia" webcomic? What was the first flash-driven webcomic? Others?


Erm, right now I've got more prizes than entries so the odds to win are looking too bad. Remember if you crank out (or loving obsess over - either way) a ZOMBIE WEBCOMIC JAM entry to Comixpedia before midnight this Sunday, July 31st you get: (1) entered in a contest to win signed copy of the new DEAD EYES OPEN comic book by Matt "Snake Eyes" Shepherd and Roy "Banana-fanna, Fo-fanna" Boney, Jr.; (2) your webcomic jam entry (with accompanying self-promotional text) posted here on Comixpedia; and (3) a good feeling about yourself that will carry you through your times of trouble.*

Mail those WEBCOMIC ZOMBIE JAM entries to zombie @ comixpedia . com

* good feelings may not be legal in your state or territory. Check local listing for details.

Thursday Next

Thursday are best spent lost in a good book. But first the webcomic news!

Or not-webcomic news. There's a trailer for V is For Vendetta up. Creator Alan Moore dumped on the project in an interview earlier this year, but it can't possibly be as bad as LXG. Can it?

There's a NY Times article examing whether Amazon's practice of listing used versions of books alongside the new version hurts or helps its overall sales of books. I'm not sure how exactly but it struck me that this parallels somewhat how some webcomic creators have elected to put out both online and print versions of their comics to their own benefit.

Tom Spurgeon catches that Peter David is writing a book on writing comics (Peter David Wikipedia entry).

Apparently, ConnectiCon has raised over 30,000 dollars in its Save Ferris!Connecticon donation drive and will be able to pay off the debt incurred from this year's edition.

Scott McCloud links to Wondermark which is an interesting spin on the clip art style. The art consists of Victorian Age clip art (although unlike some strips it does vary the clip art from panel to panel). The writing is very sharp. Stan LeeXerexes says "Check it out!"

And the Omaha Funksters are looking for new webcomics creators to join their collective.

Excelsior! Party On! Hasta La Vista! Wakka Wakka Wakka! I got nothing...

Digger Volume 1 Available

The first two chapters of Graphic Smash's occasionally acclaimed weird fantasy saga, Digger, is finally available in paperback format, suitable for all the times you're in the bathroom, on a plane, or taking a long car ride and find yourself thinking "Man, I could really use something epic, with wombats, about now. And an oracular slug would just be icing on the cake."

Digger, Volume One is available from Sofawolf Press and includes an exclusive six page mini-comic.