Archive - Mar 2007
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 15, 2007 - 15:44
Over on Talkaboutcomics is an interview with Dale Ingram, the creator of the rock & roll comic Hold My Life. I have had Hold My Life on a list of webcomics I want to write reviews for and I actually have notes on the archives to date (I really just need to sit down and write complete sentences...) It's certainly a webcomic worth checking out and so is the interview.
Submitted by Erik Melander on March 15, 2007 - 06:39
- Sequential Tart interviews Rich Burlew of Order of the Stick.
- Tod Allen, author of The Economy of Webcomics, has a short essay on why last weeks Captain America media event would have benefited from digital distribution.
- Derek Kirk Kim is working on two new books, one with Jesse Hamm and one with Gene Yang. The information is rather limited at this time, but one is slated for release this August and the other at the end of 2008 (if I read the entry correctly).
- Preparations for the Penny Arcade Expo 2007 is well under way. If you want to save some money, there is an early-bird registration rate for those who register before March 31st.
- Finally, from the "not-webcomics at all" department. Shaennon Garrity makes a note of a "Get Your Girl Into Comics" thread on the Johm Byrne forum.
The thread currently running on the Byrne board is notable only because it's such a perfect, Platonic example of the genre. It's like a template for all Get Your Girl Into Comics threads on all comic-book forums for all eternity. It's got every one of the essential elements
Submitted by Erik Melander on March 14, 2007 - 08:08
From the AP piece:
Serialized, episodic graphic novels have been around for a while, published by behemoths Marvel and DC Comics, among other imprints. "Love & Rockets," by Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, was the indie comics success story of the '80s. Now, Web comics communities like ACT-I-VATE (other similar sites include Chemistry Set http://www.chemsetcomics.com/; Sugarskull http://community.livejournal.com/candycalavera/ and Lunchbox http://lunchboxcomic.blogspot.com/) have begun to develop cult-like followings.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 13, 2007 - 15:02
If you'd like to update the bio that runs at the bottom of every article you ever wrote for Comixpedia magazine please email it to xerexes AT comixpedia DOT com (use html for formatting and any links). Thanks.
UPDATE: You can also send me a photo/image of yourself (100 x 100 pixels) for your contributor bio.
Submitted by Erik Melander on March 13, 2007 - 07:26
The awards' season certainly has kicked off it seems.
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.
The members of the Sugarskull collective conducted an interview amongst themselves and recorded it in comic format. The members of Sugarskull are Jones, Sarah Glidden, Sarah Davis, Alice Hunt, and David Patty and between them they create a lot of comics including: Vampirates, The Reader, The Awakened, Goodbye Chains, Keeps, Small Noises and Venus in Points.
Founder Alice Hunt describes Sugarskull as "designed to give quirky quality comics more attention" and their comics as "a little sweet and a little dark, like the candies that gave us the name."
A mini comic might be one of the best off-line promotional items for your webcomic you can have. It's handy, it's quick and it gives you something to sell cheap or giveaway at conventions, stores and wherever potential readers may gather.
And for not much money at all, you can add some color. This month, Grant Thomas provides a step-by-step guide to creating a classy color cover for your next mini comic.