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Archive - Jul 2005

July 25th

Konfabulator, Yahoo! and Webcomics

Yahoo! has recently announced that they have acquired Konfabulator and plan to make it available to the public as a free download in the near future. For those unfamiliar with this application, there is a very lovely webcomic at the Konfabulator website (with art by none other than Vera Brosgol) that will bring you up to speed; in short, it enables users to place small but useful programs called "widgets" on their desktops.

One such program is a webcomic-ripping widget.

Xerexes: Just a note that Brosgol's webcomic is very well done. After reading it and enjoying it try to imagine how boring that history of Konfabulator could be if it was just typed out.

July 24th

Week Three of our July 2005 issue of Comixpedia

Welcome to week three of our July 2005 issue of Comixpedia!

Our feature this month is a cranky soapbox rant written by yours truly, Kelly J. Cooper.

Our reviewer, RJ Astruc, read through and commented upon Reckless Youth by Claude TC.

Al Schroeder interviewed Sarah Ellerton of Inverloch.

In this month's Feeding Snarky, Eric Burns contemplated history and hair.

And Ping Teo's Essence of… took on… well… "freedom" might be the best way to put it.

Reckless Youth by Claude TC, reviewed by RJ Astruc

The British have a different sense of humor. There’s no easy way to explain its subtleties, but it’s the reason shows like Red Dwarf and Coupling failed miserably when "translated" for an American audience. Perhaps it’s the almost-casual mixture of normality and weirdness, or the quirkily irreverent characters, or the knowing self-parodies – or maybe just the Brits’ readiness to lampoon anything, including taboo subjects like religion, in such a way that it comes across as cutely inoffensive.

Invariably Inverloch: Al Schroeder interviews Sarah Ellerton

Inverloch tied with Order of the Stick for Outstanding Fantasy webcomic at the 2005 Web Cartoonist's Choice Awards and was nominated for outstanding art, web design, and environment design. Sarah Ellerton, the creative talent behind Inverloch, gave us a glimpse into crafting this long-running (literally - 320 pages out of a proposed 750 pages) webcomic.

Feeding Snarky by Eric Burns

I've talked, a few columns back, about Superguy. Superguy was (and still is) a mailing list for amateur fiction, started in the late eighties. Not really 'fanfiction,' since the stories and characters were original, but instead a wholesale satire on superheroes, Superguy let people who loved the media, or loved humor, or just loved typing a chance to build an audience, create, experiment, learn the craft of writing, and in general build whole new worlds. Also, there was a supernatural talking fish.

Soapbox: Getting the Comics to the People by Kelly J. Cooper

I was in Japan a couple of weeks ago – mainly in a small part of Tokyo. And one of the places we visited is a little shop in Roppongi, just a few feet down one street from the main intersection. (Like any other big city, Tokyo has neighborhoods that are referred to by name – Ginza, Roppongi, Shinjuku, etc.)

My boyfriend had found the place when he visited (briefly) back in April. So, while wandering around Roppongi (which he wanted me to see because it's apparently a popular tourist haunt – complete with its own Hard Rock Café – and has a memorable sort of atmosphere) we decided to stop in at the place where he'd seen a sign that said Webcomics in English (surrounded by Japanese). The sign also says Comics and Internet in smaller letters.

The Essence of Webcomics by Ping Teo

I think I can summarize it in one sentence:

Webcomics should be free.

July 23rd

King Features disables two-week-behind archives

King Features has just changed their comic posting policy for their print comics put online two weeks in advance. The gist is they're now a month behind, and only the first week of that month is shown. Viewers have to sign up for their DailyInk subscription service to get full access, with the added benifit of having them posted that day like any normal webcomic.

July 22nd

Post on How Weblogs, Inc is Doing Really Well With Google Ads

This post from the CEO of Weblogs, Inc. might help explain why Keenspot is going to the trouble of transcribing every webcomic in its archives. If it can result in anything like Weblogs, Inc. type money, Keenspot is going to be pretty happy with the results I imagine.

Looking for Something to Mock?

The Wikipedia is doing an amazing job of collecting Internet phenomenon which coincidently probably also represents all of the easy targets for jokes many a webcomic creator has made over the last decade. Still it's fun to see what the internets have wasted time obsessing over in the past.