Archive - May 2006
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 25, 2006 - 10:58
This is a great list of graphic novels focused on ones that would appeal to people who think they don't like comic books (i.e., superheroes)
David Willis reports that T Cambbell's History of Webcomics is in stores. Our archives are still a little wonky but this search pulls up most of the series T wrote at Comixpedia that the book is based on. The book has updated and expanded on the original series so if you like the articles here at Comixpedia there's plenty of new material in the book to check out.
Wow - a soccer team has adopted the Toothpaste For Dinner webcomic as its namesake. Maybe a whole new market for webcomic t-shirts!
Tom Spurgeon catches an article on an Indian comics-on-cell phones company.
And in notwebcomic news, the next Muppet movie: The Bear Wit Project!
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 25, 2006 - 10:41
Jon Morris has a collaborative comic project going - check out the guidelines for details but it's an invitation to submit comics on the theme of calamity:
The theme is CALAMITY!, and may include stories about chaos, cataclysm, conflict and catastrophe, disasters, death, doom and destruction, mishaps and misadventures, wrecks, ruins and fuck-ups, trials, tragedies and tribulations, bad luck, unfortunate happenstance, and downright all-encompassing kerfluffles. Funny stories about said topics will probably be the preference among the participants, but interested would-be participants shouldn't let that stop them from tackling a serious story - all genre are acceptable, in the long run, so go nuts.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 24, 2006 - 16:55
UPDATE: BoingBoing reports that a lawyer has filed a request for the police record in the Sandifer case.Ã‚
This is a weird story - Philip Sandifer who has written for various webcomic sites, including Comixpedia, was investigated by University of Florida police because of a horror story he wrote in his livejournal. Sandifer is a graduate student in the University's english program. Sandifer recaps the incident on his livejournal here.
Eric M. just posted on this - I had seen the BoingBoing story before, but for some reason didn't put 2 and 2 together as to the fact that it was the Philip Sandifer I've met before.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 24, 2006 - 13:37
I don't know if this means anything to webcomics or not but my gut tells me that some Merlin-like genius is going to figure out something cool to do with the new canvas tag (reportedly to be added officially in HTML 5.0) supported by the Firefox brower. (It's not yet supported by IE though)
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 24, 2006 - 07:58
The international blog of webcomics: Waffle has a post on webcomic problems. Adam Cuerden lists some of the wrong turns a creator can make with a character, particularly the sins of making your protagonist "godly".
1. "The Chosen One": Suddenly, your ordinary character is the only one that can save the world, and he'll need to work hard to get the incredible amount of power he needs to save it....
2. The stupid weakness: He may be all-powerful, but the colour yellow makes him useless. Er, unless he tries really hard to overcome it.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 24, 2006 - 07:49
It really has been a hell of a year for the Blank Label Comics crew. Check out the highlights at their website.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 23, 2006 - 21:57
I have to say - I've never seen webcomics get as worked up about a political issue as I've seen on network neutrality. And some of the reactions have been pretty entertaining.
If you're working on something on this issue you might consider sending it into Jeff Pulver's Viral Marketing Contest to Save the Internet. The grand prize is $1000. They're probably anticipating short videos but who knows - other approaches might prove to be just as viraltastic!
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 23, 2006 - 15:15
Yirmumah! - your sacrilegious comedy quota fulfilled.
(I'll also throw out this Words & Pictures which might be offensive to any practicing acolytes of Athena.)
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 23, 2006 - 12:28
Sparkneedle archives are now free (formerly only available to Girlamatic subscribers).
Digital Strips looks at the rotating cast of artists on the webcomic Pet Professional. Are there really four artists on that strip now? Wow...
It's been one year since the founding of Blank Label Comics.
New Peter Bagge webcomic on the "war on drugs" at Reason magazine. Cranky middle-age libertarian goodness!
Kris Straub is working on a second Starslip Crisis book and his webcomic has just hit the one year mark as well.
Fleen checks into Owen Dunne's My New Mommy webcomic. It's ending. And Fleen thinks Dunne's website navigation is confusing. Most of what Dunne has done is pretty hilarious IMO.
Tom Spurgeon rounds up reports on the recent BookExpo America event in Washington DC.
Gluemeat celebrates various Canadian holidays. I wish we had Muffin Day in the states too...
The Bone website has been redone and now features a blog from creator Jeff Smith.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 22, 2006 - 23:54
Several folks asked me to let them set up a bio for their user accounts at Comixpedia. I've added some fields to everyone's user accounts that should let you put in some basic information about yourself, including where you're at in the world (personally I'm curious about our community of readers here). If there are other types of information people want let me know and I'll consider adding to this.
After logging in go to your My Account page and click "edit" and then click "member information". On that page you'll see input fields for name, location, URLs and bio. All of that will show up on your My Account page (which all of your posts and comments are linked to).
I also added a "buddy list" function (we need a better name for that? how about My Comixster?) that lets you add other users on the site to your "buddy list". The buddy list gives you a page with a list of your buddies (as well as those who've picked you as a buddy) and a list of your buddies' recent posts. I think this could be useful but I'd like feedback on it.
After logging in you'll see a link to my buddylist in the upper righthand menu. To add people to your buddy list you need to find their user account page and there should be a link on it to add them as your buddy. Clicking on your My Buddylist page gives you a list of buddies, posts, etc. (I also added a block listing recent posts from buddies - its on the lower left corner of the site.)
Two more things - you can enable a Contact Me page for yourself here at Comixpedia. (Here's mine) Just go to your My Account page and click "edit" and down at the bottom you need to check the box next to "Personal Contact Form". Down there you can also change the time zone here at the site for your account.