Archive - 2005
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 9, 2005 - 14:19
Niego by Jason Sigala wraps up today after about a 15 month run. I'm not sure how many readers Niego had at the end of its run, but I suspect a great number of potential fans never found it. Sigala has a great handle on the art side of things and he was very capable of writing dark, caustic humor.
It's possible that the concept for the strip (twenty-somethings lives) was just a little too generic for this strip to catch on like gangbusters. Hopefully, Sigala will return to comics with another project in some format.
One of my favorites from the archives is this send-up of that Fanta ad in the movie theaters.
Submitted by PhilKahn on December 9, 2005 - 14:13
Penny Arcade's Child's Play Charity Drive is going strong, but there's still more we can all do. I've put an auction up on eBay for Child's Play, selling one of my customized essays. All proceeds, of course, go to Child's Play. (Read more for more details)
XEREXES: Phil Kahn blogs regularly on webcomics at I'm Just Saying
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 9, 2005 - 13:10
CBR reports on Komikwerks' plans to put its webcomics out in Playstation Portable (PSP) format.
Submitted by Chris Crosby on December 9, 2005 - 13:03
Submitted by Sonictail on December 9, 2005 - 01:17
This Weekend @ Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia, Perth's only Anime Convention (called Wai-Con) is running.
Submitted by Th'_Mole on December 8, 2005 - 13:20
Welcome to the Thursday news report.
Just FYI, the December issue of Comixpedia magazine should be available late Sunday/early Monday - we'll only be publishing for two weeks this month because of the holidays. We will also be sending you to the BETA site for the articles because we need to see how it does under some real volume of use. (The articles will be available here too in case the BETA site goes down)
I'm not sure when this was posted, but it looks like Michael McKay-Fleming will not be regularly updating Alice! until next year, January 2nd.
Tom Spurgeon (The Comics Reporter) links to an interesting interview with Liza Coppola, Viz Media Vice President for Sales and Marketing.
It looks like Coffee Achievers is updating again. This is Mitch Clem's other webcomic with art by Joe Dunn. Although updated sporadically this year, it's absolutely worth checking out.
Slick gets.. a.. date.. with Monique? Chalk that up as another sign of the impending Apocalypse...
The creators of Applegeeks will be guests at MagFest, a video-game convention, which takes place in Charlottesville, VA next January. Apparently this is the first time they've been invited to a non-manga/anime convention.
And a nice essay from Eric Burns this morning on "Best of" lists. There's also quite a comment thread going on to the news post about Stuart Robinson's compilation of a list pulled from del.icio.us bookmarks. I'd have to agree with Eric 98% on this one. Any list is opinion and like all opinions should be evaluated by the listeners as to content and the source behind it. (It's important to remember that most lists don't make pretensions to being "awards" and so shouldn't raise all of the WCCA-related award issues). And given the huge number of webcomics now, it's inevitable that very few people are going to completely agree with any "list" in its entirety.
For myself, I very much appreciate a well-thought out effort to craft such a list, even if I find myself shaking my head at some of the choices - it's not a trivial exercise to make a well-informed recommendation on a subject as vast as webcomics. And not surprisingly despite the large nunber of webcomics I've read, I still often find on such lists something new that I really enjoy.
Submitted by kjc on December 8, 2005 - 12:14
Good news! Twilight Agency by D. and L. Graf is back from hiatus this week, and has launched a new text tale.
TA is a complex and well-scripted alternate near-future universe with a deep, multi-layered set of stories and comics. The characters are interesting, the technology is nifty, and the adventuring is fun. KJC gives it two genetically-modified and magically-enhanced thumbs up.
Submitted by Stuart on December 7, 2005 - 11:28
The Best Webcomics of 2005 -- as selected by... everyone!
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 6, 2005 - 18:00
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 6, 2005 - 16:55
Anime Con News has a story on the ill-fated Con No Baka which got shut down in progress by the hotel it took place in.
You can read the convention's apology to guests and to dealers online. Reading this you can't help but feel a little for the organizer, Aaron Yorgason, but it doesn't change the fact that a lot of people want their money back and it doesn't look like he has much to return at this point.