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Archive - Jul 2005

July 19th

Keenspot SDCC Announcements

The silence surrounding Keenspots San Diego ComiCon panel has been deafening and since Comixpedia did not have an operative in place we have been patiently waiting for word on what was announced at the panel. Thankfully Wednesday White took it upon herself to make a public inquiry or we might never have found out. In the comments Aeire outlines what was revealed.

Keenspot will implement an incentive program intended to reward Keenspot comics that update regularly, Keenspace will change name to Comic Genesis and finally there is a TV show in the works.

Update: More announcements made at the panel is now available in the Websnark thread.

Update #2: Chris Crosby posted a list of news from the Keenspot panel at the Keenspot homepage.

Animation World Magazine Looks at Digital Comics

Animation World Magazine has an article looking at digital comics in general and the Eisner awards new digital category in particular. The article contains a lot of interesting stuff, including that all the Eisner nominees for Best Digital Comic, except possibly Kibuishi's Copper, have print versions of their comics in the works.

Webcomics Creators Band to Save ConnectiCon

Perhaps no convention has done more to embrace webcomics creators of all degrees of experience as ConnectiCon, run by Matt Daigle and Briana Benn. As this year's convention came to a successful conclusion, the con was suddenly hit with unexpected expenses long into the five figures. Now, some well-known webcomics authors are donating their resources to saving Matt and Briana from financial ruin, as well as saving the con itself.

July 18th

Wired on Webcomics

San Diego ComiCon has promted Wired News to takes a look at webcomics. It is pretty much your average overview of the field, but with some interesting quotes from various people. The Talk About Comics blog post on the subject has a few comments on a quote made by Scott McCloud.

And apparently someone spat on Scott Kurtz at Comicon.

*update*: Kurtz has commented on the spitting incident on his website

Greenlee, Howe and Lien-Cooper Joins Forces

Some time ago, Amber "Glych" Greenlee announced that she was consolidating her comics on a site of her own, Panel2Panel.com. Now comes word that she will be joined there by Barb Lien-Cooper and Ryan Howe. Lien-Cooper and Howe brings their comic Gun Street Girl, which was previously part of subscription site Graphic Smash.

"Basically, our goal in making Gun Street Girl a web comic was to reach as wide an audience as possible," said writer Barb Lien-Cooper. "However, we've learned that being on a site with a pay subscription wall was counterproductive to our purposes. Since there's no real corollary between the degree of professionalism of a web comic and whether it's free or pay, and since some of the web audience finds pay sites to be a turn-off and a distraction, we feel this move is the best thing for us to do."

Things of Interest - Monday Morning Post Nerd Vegas Version

Newsarama has an interview with the creative team behind Viper comics' upcoming mini-series The Middle man. Artist on the series is Les McClain, creator of the Eisner Award nominated webcomic Jonny Crossbones.

Sequential Tart also has an interview with a creator published by Viper comics, Otis Frampton. Oddly Normal started its life as a webcomic before being picked up by Viper.

Update from Xerexes: I was working on a post when I saw Erik's so let me just add that The Comics Reporter has some thoughts on Comicon this morning (as well as an entertaining interview with James Kochalka) and as Erik mentioned Dale Ingram has some comments on the plethora of webcomics panels this year (Ingram also has a promising webcomic Hold My Life).

July 17th

Welcome to Week Two of Our July 2005 Issue!

Welcome to week two of our July 2005 issue of Comixpedia.

Our feature this month is Phil Kahn's record of the Keenspace Meetup.

Our reviewer, Andrew Bonia checked out Demian5's When I am King.

Al Schroeder interviewed Ghastly of Ghastly's Ghastly Comics.

And Welton Colbert took on Whispered Apologies.

[Note that Eric Burns' column, Feeding Snarky, will be delayed one week.]

The Keenspace Meetup in Washington D.C. July 2005

Phil Kahn's narration of his experience at the Keenspace Meetup (shindig, gathering, what-have-you) in Washington D.C., starting at Union Station. The original proposal to meet came way back in September 2004. Our story begins on Saturday, July 9th, 2005, sometime in the morning…

In the Tentacles of Ghastly: An Interview

Ghastly of Ghastly's Ghastly Comic (link NSFW) is one of the most popular strips on Keenspace, lampooning the more adult themes in Japanese anime and hentai, and now he is moving into Web Comics Nation/Adult Webcomics, flexing his creative muscles in new ways. In a chat, he gave us more information about his current comic and his future projects. (NOTE: most of these links are Not Safe For Work.)

When I am King by Demian5, reviewed by Andrew Bonia

When you talk about infinite canvas, you’re walking a fine line between cliché and getting publicly attacked as an artsy-fartsy idealist. Still, while the majority of webcomic artists stick to tried and true printed page formats, a few have emerged to really try to grasp the narrative possibility of digital space without descending into pretension or inaccessibility. In the case of Demian5’s When I am King, the creator manages this in addition to plenty of dick jokes.