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Archive - Jul 2005

July 14th

Thursday Website Spottin'

A couple of websites I wanted to mention: first, Vera Brosgol has a new "home" website called!. If you like webcomics, Brosgol is someone you ought to be reading.

Second I've been skimming the new WebcomicNation RSS feed and I just had to point out the two with the most outlandish premises - both fun to read so far. One, Antique White House posits that there was no renaissance or industrial age and imagines a pagan and polygamous president John Kennedy in an alternate modern-middle ages world and the other, World War II Wild West Zombie Tales, well I think the title says it all!

Congratulations to Maritza Campos

Maritza Campos, creator of CRFH!!! is the proud momma of a baby girl. Congratulations!

July 13th

Tycho Part of New Gamer Mag: The Escapist

The Escapist magazine features a lineup of cool writers including Penny Arcade's Tycho Brahe who has an article in the first issue called The Mainstream is Coming! The Mainstream is Coming!. The Escapist looks like it's positioning itself to be Wired for gamers.

Currently Available Tarquin-Created Webcomics

The webcomics crafted from Daniel Goodbrey's Tarquin Engine are still mostly in what you might call the "gee whiz this is a cool tool" stage of artistic development as the numbers of creators experimenting with Tarquin grows. Still there are great examples of what one can do with it and Goodbrey has a list of several Tarquin-created webcomics here.

Wednesday Morning Around the Internets With Xerexes

Sluggy Freelance not only does pop culture parody well, but it often isn't afraid to let the consequences of the parody storyline seep into the core of the strip (e.g. Alyee from the aliens storyline). I have some high hopes for the "28 Geeks Later" storyline just beginning.

Everyone is off to Comicon. Any enterprising Comixpedia readers who are attending Comicon and might be interested in writing down some of their impressions of this years 'con (and have some sort of photo-capturing mechanical apparatus) should shoot me an email pronto (xerexes AT comixpedia DOT com) so I can deputize you as an official Comixpedia cub reporter.

Tom Spurgeon points me to The Quill Awards which are "a consumer-driven celebration of the written word created to inspire reading while promoting literacy." The nominees are picked by a panel but the public votes for the winners from August 15 - September 15. The Flight 2 Anthology, Megatokyo Volume 3 by Fred Gallagher and Hutch Owen: Unmarketable! by Tom Hart are among the books eligible to be nominated in the Graphic Novel category.

Last, although I haven't listened to it yet, Photoshop Radio from Photoshop World sounds like it might be a decent podcast to check out.

Oh wait one more thing. BRAAAAINNNNNSSSSSS!!!!!

July 12th

Comic Journalism: Fresno Bee Conversation With Scott McCloud

Fresno Bee Online published a comic capturing reporter Matt Thompson's interview with Scott McCloud.

McCloud, on his website noted that "[Thompson's] comics-style, photomontage online version of the interview, captures me in creepy mad professor mode, including my soon-to-be infamous 'four tribes' theory." McCloud looks more pixelated then "creepy mad" to me, but in any event there's not a ton of meat to his four tribes theory in the interview. Not enough yet for infamy anyway. Still it's a good read and the reporter does a decent job of coming to the interview prepared with intelligent questions.

Warren Ellis Makes Another Call For Webcomics

Warren Ellis has made another call on his Bad Signal email list for webcomics to read.

I need new webcomics to read. If you are a webcomics maker on the list, send me your URL. The ones I like will get linked up on warrenelliscom at some point, in the hope that I'll point some of my absurd traffic your way. 29000 unique visitors went to the site yesterday, so we might as well put it to some use

His post goes on to list a number of webcomics he reads regularly and to talk about the need for more sites aimed to curate webcomics.

Ellis is a comic book writer, his work includes Transmetropolitan which is published by DC and Desolation Jones which is published by Wildstorm.

New Version of Infinite Canvas Released

A new version of the Infinite Canvas application by Markus Müller has been released. Version 1.3 adds a viewer based on Macromedia Flash.

The editor requires Mac OS 10.2.8 (Linux or Windows versions are not available) and the viewer Macromedia Flash Player 7. Both are released under the GPL and the source code is available as a separate download.

Xerexes Tuesday Morning Updates

Gossamer Commons needs your guest strips (and maybe resend them if you already did one because Eric had a slight hard drive problem).

So you might have noticed we're having a webcomic jam/comic book giveaway this month. The writer of Dead Eyes Open, Matt "Sinbad!" Shepherd, has wrangled most (all?) of the webcomic events sponsored by Comixpedia and we know that he's a heck of a witty guy. The artist, Roy "Orbinson" Boney, Jr. did a cover for Comixpedia. Be sure to send in those zombie comics for the jam because besides the chance to win something, we'll be showing a random selection from the jam entries on the front page here, starting later in the week.

I have not dived into the widely praised Sam and Fuzzy webcomic yet but this insightful post on it by Occultatio is pushing me to do so. Plus the post has "Moonlighting" in the title. That'll always be my favorite tv show (it's like Star Wars to me and the group of friends I had in highschool if that makes any sense).

Last but not least, the Comics Reporter catches newspaper comics taking a page out of the webcomics playbook as Blondie starts a three-month crossover with other dinosaur comics on the newspaper pages like Beetle Bailey, Garfield, Dick Tracy and the Wizard of Id.

The Gods of Arr-Kelaan: Going Home (Book 2)

The webcomic The Gods of Arr-Kelaan will be printing their second volume of their "Going Home" series in August 2005.