Archive - May 16, 2006
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 16, 2006 - 10:33
The Webcomics Examiner has a new article up called "A Shrinkage of the Center". Joe Zabel was nice enough to ask me for comments on the idea of the piece but of course I've been too swamped to sit down and extract some rational thoughts from my brain to respond properly.
Maybe the difficulty I had with articulaing a response was in how that article framed its questions. I've never been part of "the comics community" or fandom generally. I recognize that there is a tribal aspect to comic book fandom - much more so than any other type of comics readership. I don't think webcomics has every really had that aspect to it. Largely because unlike comic books webcomics have not coalesced around a specific genre and I doubt that webcomics ever will (or just as importantly get tightly linked to a genre in the larger public mind).
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 16, 2006 - 10:28
Here's a story about a newspaper dropping the Peanuts reruns a lot of newspapers ran with after Charles Schulz' death. I love Peanuts strips but you know there's a better way to get them all - the Fantagraphics book series. Leave the newspaper to something new.