Archive - Feb 2006
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 10, 2006 - 12:59
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 10, 2006 - 12:51
Tom Spurgeon has been the best source to follow the Danish cartoon crisis - his most recent update on the topic from yesterday is a comprehensive round-up of stories on the continuing story.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 10, 2006 - 12:40
Johanna Draper Carlson's blog Comics Worth Reading is a great round-up of comic books. Although she doesn't write about webcomics that much, it's easy enough to read the entries she files under the category of "webcomics" on her site.
She recently posted about De-Act-I-Vate, a site responding to Act-I-Vate, a group site recently founded by indy creators Nick Bertozzi, Leland Purvis, Dean Haspiel, Josh Neufeld, Dan Goldman, Tim Hamilton, Michel Fiffe, and Nikki Cook.
De-Act-I-Vate "functions as a space where a similar collective of cartoonists can let the world soak in their comix yet is not limited to a few handpicked individualsâ€¦. the purpose of DE-ACT-I-VATE is not to slander the group or the individuals but to cradle and embrace those who will not be a part of an elite group."
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 10, 2006 - 12:17
I've been reading Will Write For Chocolate since I discovered it this year. Debbie Ridpath Ohi is a working writer and her real-life experiences ground the strip with a kernal of truth. It's not as funny or moving as a great webcomic would be, but it's also new so there's lot of room for Ohi to improve.
No question, however, that Ohi's writing on the site about writing is interesting.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 10, 2006 - 00:06
An early bit of week 2 of the Old School issue: an interview with Brandon "Scrubbo" Sonderegger, creator of Silly Cone V, Filthy Lies and Inside the Box. Scrubbo was one of the first creators to join Keenspace, part of one of the earliest collectives (The Four Toon Tellers) and eventually jumped to Keenspot.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 9, 2006 - 16:52
I'm taking some inspiration from D.J. Coffman and Yirmumah to declare this Saturday International Burt Reynolds Day and urge everyone worldwide to include a cameo of Burt Reynolds (mustache or no mustache) in your webcomic (or on your webcomic website) this Saturday.
Do it for Burt! Do it for webcomics!
If you do it, let me know ahead of time or afterwards by replying here or emailing me and I'll post a list on the site for people to check 'em out.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 9, 2006 - 16:34
Chris Muir in his political webcomic Day By Day criticizes the Coretta Scott King funeral and the political blog Pandagon responds. I thought this was interesting for two reasons: one, blogs "talk" to each other all the time (expecially political blogs) taking each other on through posts, but this is the first time I've seen a webcomic directly included in that process (I'm sure it's not the actual first time it's happened of course) and second, Pandagon essentially "remixed" the webcomic to make it's point (and encouraged its readers to do so in the comments). I wonder how Muir, or any politically-minded cartoonist, reacts to that sort of reuse?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 8, 2006 - 17:06
K. Thor Jensen has a slight change of heart towards the WACOM and digitally-drawn art. In the comments there some discussion of what's the best software to use with a WACOM. I've only used Photoshop with it myself so far - anyone want to make a pitch for why I (or anyone) should spend the money for another piece of software?
Submitted by ubersoft on February 8, 2006 - 15:38
"Cartoon Riots." That's the phrase MSNBC used to describe the continuing violence in response to 12 cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed published in a Danish newspaper back in September of 2005. The controversy has been framed as a struggle between freedom of speech and respect for religion. Some have called the cartoons legitimate, protected political speech and some have called it hate speech. The controversy has spurred more cartoonists to comment on the issue, even as the violence shows no sign of slowing down.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 7, 2006 - 21:32