Archive - 2005
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 6, 2005 - 15:30
Just yesterday, creator Derrick Fish announced on his website that he could not find the inspiration to keep writing Dandy & Company.
He explains further on his site:
Iâ€™ve been delaying this decision for weeks now. In many ways, since July when my marriage came to an end, Iâ€™ve been trying really hard to keep my energy and creativity up on a story that has so much to do with my married life.
Iâ€™ve been working with Dandy, Bernard and the gang for over 20 years now in one way or another, and I have no doubt that iâ€™ll return to this universe soon enough. But for now, I just donâ€™t have it in me to keep it going just for the sake of doing so. I donâ€™t want the strip or the characters to suffer, and the best way to do that is to step away from it for a while.
Submitted by boneflake on December 6, 2005 - 15:15
In celebration of the holiday season, Zoinks! Magazine is offering a special reduced rate of only $1.00 (plus shipping) per issue when signing up for 6-issues between December 4, 2005 and December 31, 2005. Zoinks! is a bimonthly magazine featuring print work from webcomics creators and articles about webcomics.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 6, 2005 - 14:21
I was reading Joe Zabel's interview with Tracy White and saw her mention that she used to do comics for a website called Gurl.com. Gurl.com still publishes webcomics (and in fact has a link for folks to send in their work) with, of course, a primary focus on the interests of teenage girls.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 6, 2005 - 11:51
Carson Fire has a new webcomic called Winger about "Shelf Life Books" a smallish mega-bookstore chain and features: Dab Winger (described as an unconventional conservative), Minion Marlowe (described as [about as] likely to be picketing outside the store as pushing Chomsky on unsuspecting customers.) and Ollie Oxenfree (described as a [former] card-carrying communist who more recently has shown some disturbing right-wing tendencies himself).
With two episodes out so far, it's clear Fire has no intention of being subtle with this effort. David Willis posted a note comparing it to Chris Crosby's Sore Thumbs. In terms of broad-brush caricature of political stereotypes, that's not a bad reference point.
Submitted by Joey Manley on December 6, 2005 - 11:35
Joey Manley tell us: In this weekâ€™s Webhead column over at Comicon Pulse, I look at webcomics drama â€” back-biting, flamewars, gossip, and intrigue. You know you love it! I also call out the five biggest trouble-makers in webcomics. By name. Are you one of them?
Submitted by Neil Cohn on December 6, 2005 - 11:35
A new essay is posted on the differences in spatial representation between Japanese manga and American comics at Emaki.net. Also new is a blog for extended thoughts on comic theory and the projects of Neil Cohn.
Submitted by Reinder on December 5, 2005 - 19:06
Out on your virtual newsstand - a new edition of the Webcomics Examiner featuring "The Best Webcomics of 2005" and Part 2 of "The Artistic History of Webcomics", a rountable with T Campbell, Shaenon Garrity, William G., Phil Kahn, Bob Stevenson, Eric Burns, Wednesday White, A. G. Hopkins, Rob Balder, Tim Godek, Zabel, Alexander and Brandy Danner.
Lee Adam Herold's Chopping Block is back with a new story (and a different art style).
Power restored to whichever one of those Dakotas houses Keenspot World HQ and Chris Crosby returns to updating Superosity and Sore Thumbs.
Eric Burns weighs in on the recent Questionable Content storyline with an extra-biscuity biscuit. I've been impressed with QC all year really. It's a fantastic strip and Jeph Jacques just gets better every month. EVERY MONTH!
Webcomic pioneers John Barber and Brendan Cahill are in cahoots at Marvel in bringing forth a new Cahill-penned comicbook called Sable & Fortune. CBR has an interview with Cahill.
Super-reporter Jen Contino has an interview with David Alvarez, creator of Yenny.
John Lynch reviews Beaver & Steve, by James Turner, the winner of this year's WCCA Outstanding Newcomer Award.From Laurel and Hardy to Asterix and Obelix pairing up a straightman with an idiot has been a successful trope in comics for decades. James Turner's Beaver & Steve matches straight, um, beaver, Beaver with the agressively idiotic Steve.
A simple list of people of webcomics based on their contributions to the medium in 2005. And we have no doubt that we left off someone we shouldn't have. We're sorry. We'll try harder next year.
A freewheeling discussion about the wide world of webcomics with Eric Burns, Wednesday White, Phil Kahn, Giland Pellaeon, Bob Stevenson, Ping Teo, Daku, Karl Kuras, Doctor Setebos and William G, moderated by Xaviar Xerexes.
You may have noticed that in 2005, the "webcomics blogosphere" took off like never before. There were almost as many people writing about webcomics as making them (okay not really, but there were a whole lot more blog posts about webcomics this year.) We gathered together several popular bloggers for an online roundtable discussion on webcomics here at the tail end of 2005.
We talked about webcomics and creators, art and commerce and of course, webcomics drama. Plus some predictions for the year ahead.