Archive - Mar 2006
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 8, 2006 - 15:24
Ryan North makes a pretty entertaining interview. A little bit about why he uses the static art approach of Dinosaur Comics to bleeding all over his second self-published book to The Ryans collective.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 8, 2006 - 12:30
Phables is a strip Brad Guigar has been doing for the Philadelphia Daily News and now he's posting online.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 8, 2006 - 11:39
There are special events and there are special events.
I just noticed that the Comic Genesis folks held a KeenLace event this past February, resurrecting it from its last installment in 2003.
I was never much of a fan of these type of "pin-up" events (which also include Bikini-Keen or whatever it was called) simply because there's so little to it really. There's no creative challenge to meet, nor any unusual collaboration between creators or characters, and there's nothing particularly inventive about the "pin-up" topic itself (the recent Batgirl LJ meme was a notch higher on that scale although not much).
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 8, 2006 - 11:29
Adam Burke is a talented dude and this installment of his new series Splendid Everlasting is just about the funniest spin on "paying the bills versus following your dreams" I've ever seen.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 8, 2006 - 10:04
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 7, 2006 - 12:31
This Keenspot thread shaped up to be an interesting discussion of the relationship between creators and their audience. Kicked off by a post worrying about a one-week dip in readership numbers (!), Carson Fire and others take the thread into a discussion of doing what you want versus acknowledging what the readership wants.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 7, 2006 - 11:58
Fleen interviews Dave Kellett (syndicated creator of Sheldon). Fleen also wrote recently about Kellett's latest print collection of Sheldon comics.
The Outer Circle celebrates it one year anniversary with a week of guest strips from Ali Graham (HOUSD), David Buist (Taking the Bi-pass), Tyson Smith (Pirate and Alien), Frank Page (Bob the Squirrel), Joe Dunn (Joe Loves Crappy Movies) and d!o (John & John) among others.
Joe Zabel has a new article up at the Webcomics Examiner exploring a theory of introverted and extroverted webcomics.
The Comics Worth Reading blog recommends checking out Spark-Tower Wilson’s Silent Song by Jeff Coleman and Stephen Greenwood-Hyde. CWR notes that "it’s cool that they’ve captured the texture of paper underneath the art" and points to this interview with the creators as well.
Digital Strips notes that Keven Volo (creator of PixelSrips) has taken on the daunting task of putting together an eBook on how to market a webcomic dubbed "Marketing Your Comic"Â”. Many artists and creators are using the web to get their work out there. They create something, they build a site and upload all of it, and wait. Just because you post your work, doesn't mean they will come. Part one of "Â“Marketing Your Comic"Â” is out now as a free download at his website.
Webcomics collective, Hyena Comics which includes Taking the Bi-Pass, Bob the Squirrel, and Bored and Evil is currently looking for additional webcomic(s) to join. If you are interested, visit and submit your webcomic for consideration.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 7, 2006 - 11:23
Here's a quick fix for everyone who has a website on the Comixpedia Top List now at Comixpedia.net. Change your Top List code to reference the comixpedia.net domain (it used to refer to comixpedia.com). After you make your changes, your code should look something like this:
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Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 6, 2006 - 18:07
Jon and Phillip have redone the Goats website. I really like the evolution of the look and the new layout scheme. It's the kind of thing I'd do if I had any talent for writing code and doing design.
Jon also talks about dropping the Premium membership feature he's had for the last couple of years. Paraphrasing a bit, what Jon wrote sounds like he's very excited about the new direction he's taking Goats in and wants to invest more time in it. Time he'll no longer have to spend on the Patent Pending and other Sunday strips he did for his Premium members.
A tip of the hat to Jon for being upfront with his fans and striving to do the right thing for them.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 6, 2006 - 17:45
I came across this Comixpedia news post today about the beginning of the ongoing Iraq conflict. That war looms so large over life these days I don't think I'd realized we were edging up on the 3rd anniversary of its start until looking at that post.