Archive - Mar 12, 2007
Last week Scott Kurtz and Kris Straub were gracious enough to grant this brand spankin' new Comixpedia front page writer/blogger an email interview about their new partnership. The questions are a bit clumsy, but their answers are interesting and informative. Enjoy!
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 12, 2007 - 09:39
Quick update for your Monday morning. We've got five new articles for ya: interviews with Scott Kellogg and Kathryn Garrison Kellogg; and Mason and Amber William (more in our series of interviews with married creators which started last week with our interview with Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier) plus an interview comic created by the Sugurskull collective.
Also, another feature on printing from Grant Thomas, this time a step-by-step guide to creating a color cover for a mini-comic. Last but not least, (but just barely!) comes the somewhat-delayed overview of the vast universe of webcomics collectives (don't forget we also recently posted an interview with the Blank Label Comics webcomics collective).
We've also had a lot of great reader blog posts this morning including news that Modern Tales (and eventually WebcomicsNation) is embracing the CBR file format for its comics. Other bloggy news includes a new page on PC Weenies highlighting the appearances of its supporters in the comic (supporters of PC Weenies can bid for "guest star" appearances); a new database containing lots of background information on the world of the webcomic Crimson Dark; a six year milestone for TRU-Life Adventures; and updates on The Lumbering Dead and Smithson.
A collective, loosely defined, is any sustained grouping of webcomic creators. What they do together varies greatly from group to group. Some are largely a peer group offering each other critical feedback and encouraging support. Others throw in cross-promotion for each others' work. Some build a collective brand with logos, advertising and a central website. Some share business experience and expertise in areas as varied as merchandise, books, conventions, hosting and website creation.
And what did I find from my research? There's a tremendous number of collectives out there (and that I never want to attempt another "survey" article again). And, oh yeah, checking out collectives can be a great way to find excellent new comics.