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Archive - Jul 2005

July 11th

Zombie Webcomic Jam and Dead Eyes Open Giveaway

Hey all you zombie-lovin' Comixpedia fans and fanettes! Two great friends of Comixpedia: Matt "Santeria!" Shepherd and Roy "Extra!" Boney Jr. have a brand new comicbook out published by Slave Labor Graphics called DEAD EYES OPEN. I managed to squeeze, guilt trip and otherwise pilfer obtain five copies of issue #1 (which by the way is available at your local comic book store now, hint, hint) which are signed by Shepherd and Boney, Jr. and when DEAD EYES OPEN goes global super-secret platinum in sales, well who's to say what these copies will be worth.

So here's the deal: we're going to give the 5 copies away to five winners in a drawing August 1st. How to enter yourself in the drawing? Everyone who plays in this month's Zombie Webcomic Jam is automatically entered in the drawing. To play in our Zombie Webcomic Jam you have to draw zombie versions of your favorite webcomic characters (including your own if you want) and email the following: 1. Your name; 2. A URL to your drawing (it must be in a file less then 100K and in gif, jpg or png format and be no wider than 800 pixels across); and anything else you want us to post on Comixpedia along with your jam entry (if you have a webcomic feel free to include its name and URL). I'll be posting ZOMBIE WEBCOMIC JAM entries to the jam page as they come in.

You can send in entries for the Zombie Webcomic Jam until Sunday, July 31st at midnite. Any entries received after that date will not be eligible for the drawing. All the details and other information on the DEAD EYES OPEN giveaway can be found here.

The Monday Morning Xerexes Update

scarfman tipped us to the Daily Grind Ironman losing another competitor - Scott Kurtz announced he was dropping out as he began running guest strips from Chris Giarusso while Kurtz is at the San Diego Comicon. Kurtz is also on 3 panels this year - one for Image and two for webcomics (more details after the jump).

gordonmcalpin also caught that there is a new Stripped Books webcomic in the new edition of the online magazine Bookslut. The new strip, by guest illustrator Dan Henrick and Stripped Books creator Gordon McAlpin, adapts Sandman writer Neil Gaiman's keynote address from the 2005 Nebula Awards dinner, in which Gaiman muses about the state of science fiction today.

The Yirmumah boys are having a fundraiser week - if you're a fan of Coffman and McDeavitt's biting sense of humor (see today's installment!) then drop these guys a buck or two.

Gary Chaloner kicks off a new site hosting his ongoing series: Will Eisner's John Law. Chaloner is holding a July draw for a signed (by Will Eisner and myself) limited release hardcover of Will Eisner’s JOHN LAW: Dead Man Walking (from IDW). WEJL updates on Mondays at Modern Tales and the new stand-alone site.

Click READ MORE for a list of webcomics-related panels at the upcoming San Diego Comicon!

Design a Character Competition

Have you ever wanted to be involved in the design of a computer game? Better yet, a computer game that's based on a webcomic?

Now is your chance to do just that.

Errant Story Leaves Keenspot

Michael Poe has moved his comic, Errant Story, from Keenspot to his own server. Errant Story has been hosted on Keenspot for the better part of three years and Keen was also the home of Poe's previous comic, Exploitation Now.

UPDATE: The original newspost at Errant Story has been removed. Poe has not responded yet to email on the earlier posting.

UPDATE 2: It's official, Errant Story is leaving Keenspot.

July 10th

Week One of July 2005

Welcome to week one of our July issue. We are themeless this month – utterly and completely without theme. There have been many debates, on Comixpedia and elsewhere, about whether our themes help or harm us. So we're trying an experiment this summer. Neither July nor August will have themes. And please – no arguments about whether themelessness constitutes a theme itself.

This week we have a feature piece from Neil Cohn called "Reframing 'Comics'" in which Neil explores new levels of visual language, in particular the vocabulary we use. Our interview is with Stephen Crowley, creator of Loxie and Zoot as well as Magellan. Our review is from Alicia Curtis, who read through Jeffery Stevenson and Seth Damoose’s horror humor comic Spook'd. Regular columnist Erik Melander peered through his Looking Back Glass at June and early July. And finally, we've got Modern Humor Authority from Kristofer Straub poking around the idea of webcomics awards.

Reframing "Comics" by Neil Cohn

In one of my previous articles for Comixpedia I spoke of the hierarchic structuring of the comic industry and alternative viewpoints to democratize those hierarchies. I asserted that change cannot flow top-down from corporations controlling the industry or from technological innovation, but rather from a reorientation about the conceptions of the medium. This piece explores one way that we as individuals can potentially alter the perception and organization associated with this medium: through vocabulary. People associate with the world greatly through the words they use, and different expressions can largely determine the way in which they relate to concepts. Thus, by reframing the vocabulary associated to "comics" we can alter the perceptions and considerations that they create in our culture. This issue is by no means new to comics, though the approach taken here will develop a deeper and more expansive solution than those proposed in the past.

Spook'd by Stevenson and Damoose, reviewed by Alicia Curtis

Remember Michael Jackson’s Thriller, the campy horror video from the days when Jackson himself wasn’t so terrifying? Complete with zombies, Vincent Price, and dancing, Thriller crossed genres and became a huge success. Jeffery Stevenson and Seth Damoose’s horror humor comic Spook'd, hosted at Movie Poop Shoot, provides a similar experience, only in two-dimensions.

Stephen Crowley: Anything but Conventional

Stephen Crowley chronicles the doings in a group of nudists in Loxie and Zoot as well as the doings of super-powered, gaudily-costumed superheroes at the academy where they train in Magellan on Graphic Smash. He manages to cover an equally wide variety of subjects in this interview.

Through The Looking Back Glass by Erik Melander

Flamewars are certainly fairly common in the small world of webcomics, and this month's column will be devoted to the one that took place at the beginning of June. The instigator was this strip by Penny Arcade, which in turn was a response to this Comixpedia news post. Things soon escalated as more and more people became involved.

Although a public brawl such as this is usually made up of hot air, there are often at least some interesting discussions within it.

Modern Humor Authority #5

This week at Modern Humor Authority, Kristofer Straub pokes at the motivations behind webcomic awards.