Archive - May 2006
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 22, 2006 - 11:08
Looking through Comixpedia's archives: interesting or pointless? You decide!
1 Year Ago:
- We posted the last slate of articles from our Collaboration Issue at Comixpedia.
2 Years Ago:
- Joe Zabel was working on launching the Webcomics Examiner.
3 Years Ago:
- Brad Guigar showed us Jeff Darlington's "crib" in his Keencribs series (sadly the actual article is not up at Brad's site anymore).
- It was also the debut of Bruce Schwarz: Double-O-Slacker by Zack Smith and Victor Gomez. Unfortunately, Nextcomics.com which published this (and other webcomics) is gone, gone, gone. Anyone know if the webcomics from there have showed up elsewhere?
- Modern Tales Longplay announced the debut of 6 new webcomics: Death Swamp by Toby Craig, Ambient History by John Barber, Amy Plays a Game of Chance by Alexander Danner and Bill Duncan, You Aren't Allowed to Think That Way by Paul Levy, The Origin of Ulysses by David Lasky and Holiday Phone Call by Nick Mullins.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 22, 2006 - 10:50
I read part of it - a lot more use of existing villians/characters than probably most superhero movie adaptions jam into one movie.Ã‚ Some of the early scenes I read were a nice twist on expectations though - like Superman/Kent meeting up with Lois late at the Daily Whatever office.
Monique MacNaughton reviews Chris Shadoian's webcomic about the movies, Popcorn Picnic. MacNaughton finds PP to be "a witty and sometimes wistful conversation about current film and pop culture references."
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 22, 2006 - 10:06
J.R. lays out the problems with Alexa for tracking a site's popularity. Not really any news there. But he also pitches an open source (or at least open API) version of it and that I think could lead to something more useful. It really is a problem that needs a better answer then we have available now.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 21, 2006 - 21:32
Scott McCloud plans to visit all 50 states in the union to promote his forthcoming book Making Comics. The madness begins September this year.
Warren Ellis links to some webcomics without comment. I suppose he's implying "go check them out" but one can never assume to much with the old man.
Speaking of print comics, Joey Manley reviews a recent graphic novel from Howard Chaykin titled Challengers of the Unknown.
Also from the Comixpedia blogs:
- Arthur, King of Time and Space hits the two year milestone with its 731st daily update;
- A new podcast from Onezumi.com; and
- Bang Barstal is having a guest art fortnight.
John Allison has been drawing past American presidents for potential (hypothetical?) t-shirts. They're all awesome - although I'm curious as to what he might do with earlier presidents like Abraham Lincoln or Thomas Jefferson.
And I can't remember now if I linked to this post from Bob Byrne from back in January 2006. Titled "Everything I've learned over the past 5 years...." it's a hodgepodge of tips and mantras to keep making comics.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 21, 2006 - 20:53
A Goats post about chasing down a copycat t-shirt salesman actually raises an interesting legal question which is: how much copyright protection do you actually get for a parody, especially one that incorporates material that is copyrighted or trademarked by someone else.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 21, 2006 - 09:37
Just a note on Comixpedia upgrades.
I've turned on the WYSIWYG editor for all of you (what you see is what you get). Please let me know if you don't see this and what browser you're using. It's a port of the TinyMCE editor to Drupal and I've used it without problems for a couple months now. When you're using this editor don't use html other than what the buttons below the input box support. (If you really like writing out html by hand than (1) click the "disable rich-text" link and then (2) goto "Input Format" and choose Filtered HTML)
Also, I've also turned off bbcode. You can still "quote" people and that does show up as bracket - quote - bracket when you click "disable rich-text" but that's the only bbcode-ish thing on the site now.
Second - I opened up the "topics" on the site to "freetagging" which means when you post a blog or a forum topic you can tag it with whatever descriptive words you want. Just remember to be descriptive - the point of the tags is to help people find your posts when they search the site.
Third - I'm experimenting with adding a rolling feed of creators blog, webcomic updates and blogs about webcomics (see the lower left hand column).Ã‚ You can subscribe to the collected feeds of any of these categories of feeds here.Ã‚ You can also write a blog post here about any of these items simply by clicking the little "b" icon next to each entry.
The code on drupal is great for this kind of thing, but it may be too much work for me to add RSS feeds. Tell me if you think it's a useful feature or not! (also if you want to add your RSS feed to it post a comment and tell me which category the feed goes in.)
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 20, 2006 - 21:02
Jim has updated a list of his writings on comics -- in addition to his earlier writing for Comixpedia, he's been writing recently for Newsarama. His latest column at Newsarama is on social skills and networking in the comics industry.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 20, 2006 - 20:47
Once a Free Comic Book Day comic book, now a webcomic: Free Scott Pilgrim #1 by Brian Lee OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Malley available here at Newsarama.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 20, 2006 - 20:02
Zortic by Mark Mekkes started on Keenspace in 2000 before getting snapped up by Keenspot. Here's a snapshot of artwork from the beginning and very recently:
(Above, part of the very first Zortic. Below a very recent Zortic)
And just as a bonus here's a Zortic from a storyline parodying the DaVinci Code which works in a Websnark essay.