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Archive - Jul 2005

July 17th

Welton Colbert vs Whispered Apologies

This month's summer-themed extravaganza, Welton Colbert reviews Whispered Apologies in an all-Ryan webcomic collaboration!

July 16th

Mom's Cancer Wins Eisner's Best Digital Comic Award

The Beat has the complete list of the winners of this years Eisner Awards. The winner of the new Best Digital Comic category is Mom's cancer.

Two Lumps Join Keenspot

Two Lumps, by James Grant and Mel Hynes, has apparently been invited to join Keenspot. No formal announcement is available at the Keen site yet, which leaves the question of whether any other comics have been asked to join this time around.

July 15th

Webcomickers Win Lulu Awards

The Lulu Awards, given every year at San Diego Comic-Con by the Friends of Lulu, have been announced. Several members of the webcomics community got nods this year, including Shaenon K. Garrity and The Flight Anthology (tie for Lulu of the Year) and Vera Brosgol (Kim Yale Award). Another facet of the Internet's impact on the comics industry as a whole was also represented in the "Woman of Distinction" Award, which went to blogger Heidi MacDonald (from's The Beat).

Friday Friday Friday!!!

We got our first ZOMBIE WEBCOMIC JAM ENTRY!!! from Nathan Spargo. We'll be showing them off on the front page during July so be sure to get your entry in soon.

Comicon is underway - check out Warren Ellis and Comicon Live for ongoing blogging. If you see other blogs posting about Comicon add a link in the comments.

Also, I wanted to point out this site, Sweatdrop Studios which has a full line-up of manga-influenced webcomics on it. Sweatdrop is composed of 17 UK-based artists.

Withrow and Barber Book on Webcomics

Scheduled for release August 1st, Webcomics: Tools and Techniques for Digital Cartooning by Withrow and Barber, will explore the tools and techniques behind today’s best online comics.

The book offers an in-depth look at what is happening in this area -- revealing who the pioneers are, what sort of work they’re doing, and what kind of digital tools and techniques they employ. Combining profiles of well-known webcomics creators with detailed workthroughs that reveal the nuts and bolts of every aspect of comic creation and presentation, this book is a must for anyone interested in where comics are headed in the 21st century.

Last Day For You'll Have That Contest!!

Today is the last day to submit an entry for your chance to win a guest appearance in the Viper webcomic, You'll Have That. For a full set of contest rules and prizes, please click here.

Congratulations to Barry T Smith

Barry T Smith, creator of Angst Technology and other webcomics, is the proud father of a baby girl. Moriah Hailey Salas-Smith was born on July 5th.

Congratulations to the entire family.

July 14th

Dark Horse To Publish Penny Arcade Collection

Comicbook publisher Dark Horse has announced a number of new titles, including the first Penny Arcade collection. Dark Horse is also the publisher of the very succesfull MegaTokyo collections.

Crumb Comic on Philip K. Dick

The Religious Experience of Philip K. Dick by R. Crumb was originally published in Weirdo but has been posted to a Philip K. Dick website. This is a wonderful example of Crumb's work where he is not in "shock and disgust" mode. The comic version here also really adds context through its visuals (to the extent it's possible) to Dick's tale of his "anamnesis" experience.

A companion link of sorts is Dick's essay on "How To Build A Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later" which is about his ideas on the nature of the world and how his writing was part and parcel of his exploration of what is real. (both links from Link Machine Go!)