Archive - Dec 2008
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 31, 2008 - 18:09
What a year! Well while I'm shivering through the flu this New Year's Eve I hope some of you out there will celebrate the ringing in of 2009 right. If it's not obvious already I decided to skip any big year-end lists or articles in 2008; I just didn't think I could do them justice this year.
Submitted by The Administrator on December 30, 2008 - 12:43
If you see this post you're at the new server...
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 29, 2008 - 12:37
Actually I have nothing much to add to this -- Wikipedia standards for inclusion actually seem to continue to evolve, imperfectly but generally in the right direction. Webcomics continue to get added, edited and sometimes put up for deletion. This post seems to be a good overview of keeping an entry on Wikipedia up in the face of efforts to delete (it was inspired by this Fall's discussion to delete the entry for Something Positive).
And while officially I have nothing to do with it anymore, Comixpedia.org seems to be chugging along nicely as a place to put wiki-like entries on webcomics. Since they don't delete anything at Comixpedia.org you can always start an entry there and then copy/paste with one at Wikipedia (they both share the GNU license so such sharing is 100% legal).
Submitted by marvelouspatric on December 28, 2008 - 23:21
In a move that surprised no one and caused others to throw shoes at presidents, the Marvelous Patric is thrilled to announce that his popular and long-running comic, Freaks N Squeeks, is returning with all new comics as of December 29th, 2008.
"People still know how to read, right?" Patric was over heard to say as he slaved over his drawing board, sweating pure brilliance.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 23, 2008 - 12:51
It'll be reallly sloooow posting at ComixTalk until next year. Hope you all have a nice couple of weeks whatever holidays you may be celebrating!
Submitted by Al Schroeder on December 23, 2008 - 10:07
In the Dec. 23rd update of the CROSSOVERLORD we have not only a guest cameo from Wonderella but the return of the WCCA-award winning GREEN AVENGER with a page done by the Green Avenger's creator, Abby Lark!
This is all a special Crossoverlord Christmas present to our readers, and fans of both Wonderella and The Green Avenger! (And yes, Abby assures us that TGA will be returning ... eventually.)
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 19, 2008 - 12:20
Still awfully relevant and interesting - the short-lived The Webcomics Reader column at ComixTalk. Kelly Cooper wrote four articles in 2006 taking a fresh and down-to-earth look at critical analysis of comics. Don't be put off by the word "critical" and "analysis" -- these are four lively and fun articles that anyone who enjoys comics and wants to know more about how to talk about what why they like comics should read.
BONUS: Impress your friends at holiday parties with your new-found comics wonkery!
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 19, 2008 - 11:09
But what Understanding Comics has showed me -- a point which I didn't realize before -- was that I had been a fan of superheroes whose exploits were frequently delivered in comic book form, and not comics themselves. It was quite a revelation for me at the time (you might say it was like I was struck by a bolt of lightning) and it marked a very clear turn for me to actively seek out good comics not just good superhero stories presented within comics.
In my research at the time, I was discovering, too, that many fans experienced similar transitions. Not necessarily from reading McCloud, but from reading some comic that suddenly opened their eyes to the possibilities beyond what they had been reading. Not everyone experiences it, naturally, and those that don't are the ones who primarily read superhero books and don't care for "art comix".
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 18, 2008 - 10:29
Did you know that, with a 1% cover price share and assuming the books are equal in cost, a Zuda book would have to sell 10,000 copies to make the creator what I would selling 100 copies of Templar? And that’s assuming there are no penalties in the payout for deep discount/damaged/give-away books, and the payout isn’t be split in half between a writer and an artist or something.
There's a good discussion at FLEEN in the comments. Here's my question though -- no matter how good Spike is at DIY (and she is good) shouldn't ZUDA be able to do better? Otherwise what the heck is ZUDA adding to the value chain? It's just another flavor of the question I feel like I've been asking all year -- given all of the DIY tools available to a comics creator, what role is there for a publisher/agent/manager kind of entity? I think there is one for a company built around doing really well and efficiently the kind of business and marketing things that someone should be able to do for the new breed of comics creator but I'm not sure I've seen it yet.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 17, 2008 - 14:19
Dramaticus Super Personae:
So apparently webcomics did not invent comics drama... but I'm much happier writing in a pretty drama-free zone these days.
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