Archive - Jun 2007
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 29, 2007 - 11:48
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 29, 2007 - 10:47
An interesting article in the NY Times talking about a new book by Andrsew Keen called The Cult of the Amateur. It sounds like the book covers a lot of territory but one point of interest to webcomics was the notion that free content is killing content:
"What you may not realize is that what is free is actually costing us a fortune,â€ Mr. Keen writes. â€œThe new winners â€” Google, YouTube, MySpace, Craigslist, and the hundreds of start-ups hungry for a piece of the Web 2.0 pie â€” are unlikely to fill the shoes of the industries they are helping to undermine, in terms of products produced, jobs created, revenue generated or benefits conferred. By stealing away our eyeballs, the blogs and wikis are decimating the publishing, music and news-gathering industries that created the original content those Web sites â€˜aggregate.â€™ Our culture is essentially cannibalizing its young, destroying the very sources of the content they crave."
Joel Fagin follows up his previous article on the selling of webcomics Reinventing Micropayments with another look at how creators could sell digital comics. This time, he further explores the notion of selling comic downloads and examines the initial results of Starline X Hodge's sales of her comic Candi.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 28, 2007 - 13:07
I'm not a journalist, but I am sick so please wipe your hands after reading today's post...
- Comics Worth Reading has some links to thoughts on digital piracy of comics. Also earlier this month, a bit on downloading manga and what that might mean for North America.
- There was a brief blip of attention this month for Adobe's new E-reader thingee. Anyone believe the hype?
- Finding Wonderland interviewed Kazu Kibuishi, Gene Yang and Svetlana Chmakova. Great stuff!
- Short piece on Steve Purcell, the creator of the Eisner-nominated Sam & Max webcomic.
JUSTIFY MY HYPE
- Sequel to Rumble Girls: Silky Warrior Tansie is now starting up online: Runaway Lightning Ohmry. (h/t CWR)
- It's probably not negative enough to catch on... but check out Useful Lies, a new Websnarky-like blog mostly (so far) about webcomics.
- The webcomic The Paranormals officially launches.
- I'm not sure if I linked to this review of Multiplex or not. Whatever, I like Multiplex more and more as time goes on for its ability to do movie jokes and build characters and storylines well.
- What is "noir-fu"? The Retriever knows!
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 27, 2007 - 21:27
The Union of Concerned Scientists are have a contest to pick the best editorial comic - they're calling it Science Idol. Go check out the finalists and vote for the best one.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 27, 2007 - 15:05
Owen Dunne (You Damn Kid and The Beevnicks) posted that he was taking the summer off to recharge. Here's a snippet from his post:
The more time I spend on the Internet, the less creative I feel. Does that make sense?
Makes sense to me. While I enjoy the daily updates that many webcomics creators put out, there's no need to self-enforce a never-ending schedule on yourself. A break, particularly for a comic with a fan base, in many cases is probably going to be a good thing, particularly if it does help the creator re-juice the batteries some.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 27, 2007 - 13:06
100 episodes of Kawaii Not. A hilarious comic with such a simple, iconic art style and Murphy has a great twisted sense of humor (dark but happy!).
It occurred to me that a lot of Kawaii Not comics would make wonderful short animations (like 15 second ones). If ComixTALK had any real pull I'm sure Comedy Central or MTV would be looking into it - right now!
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 27, 2007 - 12:41
Chris Van Gompel of Hockey Zombie cranked out a few comics for a morning shock jock show called TnT.Â The comics are already breaking FCC rules right and left...
Last month, I complained that it was difficult to dig up enough stories to fill a full column for an â€œall agesâ€ themed issue. I had no such problem this month! Of course, itâ€™s no surprise that fantasy stories are plentiful in webcomicsâ€”fantasy comics have long been one of the most successful genres among independent print comics, from Elfquest, to Bone, to Finder. Fantasy creators continue to explore every inch of the genre, from philosophical, to action-packed, to erotic, to the downright silly.
Fantasy webcomics this month, is it? A large topic.
And we can make it even bigger. I mean, depending on how technical you wanna get, all fiction is fantasy. It's stuff that never happened, at any rate, and that's as basic a definition of fantasy as I can think of.