Skip to main content

Archive - Jul 2005

July 27th

Interesting Thoughts About 4th Generation Business Strategy

An interesting riff on the concept of 4th generation warfare as applied to the evolving media landscape and accompanying earthshattering changes to the existing corporate media business model comes from the uber/hep/geek blog of screenwriter John Rogers. What's it all mean? There's a lot to the post but here's one except:

Personal brands are now more important than corporate brands -- or at the very least, more efficient. Nobody -- and I say this full-knowing the outcry from some suited friends -- goes to see a movie because it's from Paramount. Or Fox. Or Warner Brothers. Or Sony. Not a human on this planet says "Well, I wasn't going to go, but it's a Paramount flick." People go to movies because the media campaign -- usually integrating strong personal brands, hey, look at that -- has convinced them this particular project from the studio is worth their time.

And Rogers name checks Penny Arcade in the post so it's clear he thinks this applies to webcomics.

Joe and Monkey Begins Year Two

Today is the one year anniversary of Joe and Monkey by Zach Miller. And, starting August 5th at Wizard World Chicago, a book collecting the first year of Joe and Monkey will be available.

The comic, best known for ushering in a long-lasting peace between France and Greenland, continues its Monday through Friday schedule into Year Two.

Sheffield Wednesday In The House!

This week's series of news updates brought to you by Increasingly Odd References. Increasingly Odd References - we make the things that make you go, eh.

In blogland, there's a great post here with two interviews: one with John Allison of Scary Go Round and the other with Jeph Jacques of Questionable Content. Elsewhere, Srdjan has a lengthy review of Darken. Finally, check out the recent post from Occultatio where he checks in on Loserz, Schlock Mercenary and Bob The Angry Flower. (Speaking of BTAF, fans should check out Notley's annotated archives and examples of his other webcomic PopStrip at his site.)

Also, this is a bit odd - Drawn! blog points us to a scan of a strip where Charlie Brown and Lucy from Peanuts take a tour of a newspaper plant.

Whoa - Scott Kurtz getting spat on at Comicon? It was those dastardly Warp 9 To Hell guys! (W9TH also has a funny couple of strips on a webcomic Family Feud)

Wednesday Morning News Roundup

Digital Strips noted some days ago that Zoinks!, the webcomic magazine helmed by Bill Charbonneau, is returning to print (yes, it's a print magazine) in October and is accepting submissions.

Joey Manley has updated the Webcomics Nation website with descriptions of its features. For those of us that has been keeping an eye on the forums there seems to be no completely new features announced. But does anyone know if WCN's business strategy is completely reliant on advertising now or are there some kind of premium accounts?

UPDATE:Joey Manley has commented in this post clarifying the business strategy of WCN.

A blog by the name of Ponderance has interviewed both John Allison and Jeph Jacques. The questions cover both their webcomic businesses and interaction with their readership. Interesting stuff.

Penny Arcade has made another line of limited edition prints. 250 were sold at Comicon and 500 were available through their ThinkGeek store. The previous set of prints sold out in under eight hours and some later appeared on eBay. The second set became available through the store yesterday and sold out in under two hours. Each print was priced at 80 USD.

July 26th

Melonpool Books on Sale!

For a limited time only, all remaining stock on The Ultimate Melonpool, Melonpool II: The Voyage Home, Melonpool III: A New Hope and Melonpool V: This Island Earth have been dramatically reduced in price (regularly $19.95, now only $7 plus shipping)!

This is an effort for Steve Troop to regain control of his linen closet as well as get these hi-quality collections into the hands of fans that might otherwise not be able to afford them. All books come signed by the author and can be bought through the Melonpool website.

HPS announces launch of second Asylumantics book

Haunted Pixel Studios is pleased to announce the release of the second Asylumantics collection which is entitled Ignorance Is Bliss. The new title is schedule to start shipping on August 1st, but readers can place orders now at the Asylumantics website.

Everyone Loves Eric Raymond

You really can't get much geekier than Everyone Loves Eric Raymond which is about "the real lives of Richard Stallman, Eric Raymond and Linus Torvalds as accurately as comedically possible. Their real lives, which include living together in a house, with dynamic dimensions, without their wives. Also, they always wear the same clothes. And don’t move their eyes much."

If you know the references being made in the strip it's funny, but if not it's just a bunch of fat old guys talking nonsense. The (short) archives start here.

Tuesday's Webcomic Is Full Of Grace

What's going on today? It's a balmy 110 on the heat index where I'm at (but it's a wet, sticky heat!)

Aaron Hildebrandt notices an interesting trend involving webcomic alter-egos and real life romance.

M.E.Russell is helping out a good cause by selling prints of a comic he did about a local soccer team supporters crew. Read the Culture Pulp update for more details.

Madreric reports his webcomic, Madgoth got accepted by Keenspot but reading his blog post it sounds like he's talking about Keenspace Comic Genesis.

And one more Comicon photo set - this one from the Little Gamers "1 Love Tour" of California which includes way more than just Comicon (Comicon photos start here). Looking at Mr. Madsen I'm thinking Jason Lee for the movie version.

July 25th

Additional Dumbrella Style News

Sam Brown has an art show at the Wax Poetic Gallery in Burbank California called "My Life As A Cloud." The Wax Poetic Gallery is also a Spa & Salon so be sure to get the Poetic Massage while you're there. (Onomatopoeia costs $50 extra though).

Next someone has provided instructions on how to create your very own "Truck-Ra" model. Truck-Ra being the fierce eater of vans and railroad tracks roaming the Scottish highlands (appearance in SGR here).

(Tell Me Why) I Don't Like Mondays.

Eh, just kidding. (I have nostalgicly good memories of the Boomtown Rats song though)

First up in today's news round-up - cat garza's Cuentos de la Frontera is back on ModernTales, updating on Mondays and Wednesdays. It will rerun the original series until sometime in mid-October (just in time for Dia de los Muertos) when new episodes will begin.

Bob Stevenson shares some moments from his Comicon experience this year. Scott McCloud also notes that he hung out with Tycho and the Dumbrella crew without bloodshed. Also Tom Spurgeon has a post with a bunch of drawings from this year's con.

John A gives us his 100 top singles of alltime musicdom.

I didn't realize that Girl Genius has a LiveJournal.

Last but not least your moment of zen - Irregular Webcomic on webcomics.