Archive - Aug 21, 2005
Submitted by kjc on August 21, 2005 - 23:42
This week, Al Schroeder interviews mneonix08 on The Fall and Rise of buzzComix.
Andrew Bonia reviews Shortpacked! by David Willis.
Eric A. Burns talks about porn, reputations, Josh Lesnick, and sex-positive comics in Feeding Snarky.
And Welton Colbert takes on Tymothi Godek.
David Willisâ€™ much beloved Itâ€™s Walky! was an epic science-fiction story mixed liberally with teen-angst drama and quirky, character-driven comedy. That story concluded last year (though the series is still showing signs of life) and for his next project Willis chose a more open format, free from the bonds of continuity and logic. The result was Shortpacked! a gag-a-day strip set loosely within the world of Itâ€™s Walky but with a whole new direction.
One of the most popular webcomics top lists and forum board was buzzComix (AKA bCx), which was run by Mneonix08. In mid-May it went down, and only went up again this August first. Mneonix08 talks about the perils and pleasures of running such a list, what exactly happened, and what new features are out there.
Tymothi Godek has comics in a wide array of styles and techniques at his site The Yellow Light. Most notable are his WCCA-nominated infinite canvas comics, created with Markus Muller's Infinite Canvas application.
So here's the thing. I like porn.
I don't talk a lot about liking porn, because you're not supposed to come right out and say it. "Man, what a beautiful morning," you never say. "I think I'll have a cup of tea, and maybe go down to the market, and when I get back I'm going to enjoy the bounties of porn that are my birthright as an internet consumer." People would look at you funny if you did, and your boss would stop letting you have complimentary coffee and donuts in the morning.
But I do like it. And most of you probably do too. We might not be cheerful about it - we might not march into gas stations with our head held high, grabbing the latest magazines off the rack and marching right up to the gas station attendant to make our purchases (that might be the one situation in life where you are that concerned about what a gas station attendant thinks of you) - but we do like it.
Which leads us inexorably to porn comics, which I don't often talk about either.