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Archive - 2008

It Takes A Genius To Draw One: An Interview with Phil Foglio

Phil Foglio,  along with Kaja Foglio, creates the wonderful steampunk-flavored science fantastical webcomic, Girl Genius.  Given all of the characters dressed up in alternate-Victorian clothes and wonderful steam-age gadgetry in the comic, it seemed extra appropriate to post this interview with Phil to the site today.

Bomb Shelter Webcomic Idol Week 1 Update

The voting is fast and furious -- be sure to vote if you want to have your say on who gets the boot this week.  (I really prefer'd the vote for your favorite comic approach of last year, but that's not the way they've organized it this year).  Here are the top 3 comics in danger of not making the cut to week 2 (as of Friday AM):

ZOMBIE GORILLA SAYS GRREAHHHH!* (BRAINS!)

It's HALLOWEEN folks.  What's your costume this year?  I drew a quick sketch of an idea last night I posted at Fright Night.org called Zombie Gorilla.  Now I think there's a whole comic there that needs to be done! :)  I googled last night but couldn't really find anything on gorilla zombies so maybe I'm charting new territory?  (Let me know if I'm overlooking pre-existing work in this genre!)

WEBCOMICS.COM
You all are reading this site now right?  A great site that reminds me in spirit a heck of a lot of the earliest incarnation of ComixTalk/Pedia (and more power to them).  I still like writing and talking comics here, but heck, the Halfpixel guys are all talented creators and they're stirring up a lot of excitement over there to talk shop and help everyone interested in webcomics get better at it.  That's pretty cool and I am having fun over there reading other people writing smart about webcomics.  Let's hope they're able to steer a course clear of trolling and other Internet nonsense that has plagued many webcomic sites before (including this one in years past).

CONTROVERSY?
The Daily Cross Hatch interviews Keith Knight about a recent comic he did that seems to have garnered a lot of reaction.  Good interview with a talented cartoonist - go read to find out the whole story.

October 30th

Twenty-twenty-twenty Four Hours To Go I Wanna Be Webcomic'd

Wow - lots of news and stuff for the day before Halloween and five (5!) days until the end of the Dubya era in the US of A.  (Btw fellow Americans - get out there and vote on November 4th - early if it's allowed in your state..  I already did myself)

BUSINESS
Advertising platform Project Wonderful warns - autosurfing sites are a really bad idea (and a violation of PW's TOS).

DJ Coffman likes what he sees from T-shirt printer Redbubble.com.

Don't miss Howard and Sandra Tayler's guide to shipping -- there's clearly a lot you can learn from their experience before trying to sell your own t-shirts or books.

INTERVIEWS
The New Yorker has an interview with Dilbert creator Scott Adams.

CBR has an interview with Smile creator Raina Telgemeier.

Daily Cross Hatch has an interview with Slow Wave creator Jesse Reklaw.

HOLLYWOOOOOOD!!
Paramount has acquired the screen rights to Dave Roman's supernatural detective series, Agnes Quill.  I've read Agnes stories before (click here for the webcomic version) and just picked up a collection from Dave at this year's SPX (the collection is from SLG, published in 2006).  You never know how these deal will turn out -- movie gets made or development hell -- but I have to say, this is a great premise for a movie.  I could easily see a version of it as Ghostbusters crossed with Buffy.

BASIC TRAINING
Comicspace Colonel Joey Manley is looking for comics about military life.  He lists several he's found already.

The Dresden Codak Show

This looks interesting! FLEEN has a few notes on this project from a September conversation with creator Aaron Diaz.

October 28th

Everyday, Everyday, Everyday I Write The Book of Biff

Earlier this month, I interviewed Chris Hallbeck who does the weirdly funny webcomic The Book Of Biff.  More recently, I found out that he was a finalist in this year's Bomb Shelter Webcomic Idol contest.  A bit of a fortuitous coincidence and reason enough to hustle this one onto the website.

Bevery Hills Webcomic II: Botox In Da Haus

20 PERCENT
A Distant Soil blog has a list of literary agents accepting graphic novel representation. (h/t Journalista!)

BOMB SHELTER WEBCOMIC IDOL
Talking about Webcomics Idol 2008, Gary says Brad Guigar is Simon.  I'm guessing D.J. Coffman, who usually doesn't worry about telling people what he thinks, has an equal claim to that seat  Maybe with a few more "dawgs" Brad can take the Randy role.  I guess that makes me Paula?  Bomb Shelter encouraged us to throw up some initial critiques -- I was sweating a cold+ all weekend so I'm hoping to throw some more constructive feedback up there as the contest goes on.  Brad and D.J. are successful practicing cartoonists.  I'm not, of course.  So I won't be trying to break down craft, but trying to offer impressions as a reader and perhaps observations based on webcomcs as a whole.  We'll see what I come up with!

FRIGHT NIGHT
Eric Millikin is part of a big scary art show in Detroit on October 30th called Damned.

Jennifer Contino has an interview with Sam Costello of the webcomic Split Lip.

Tomorrow a new webcomic Werewif debuts.

Graham Annable has a Halloween cartoon for your enjoyment.

Not comics, but Entertainment Weekly has a list of the 20 Scariest Movies of all time.

October 27th

New Copper Comic

Huzzah!  The first new Copper comic in over a year.  Here's the story from Kazu Kibuishi:

I intended to post this comic at the beginning of November, but Amy and I leave to go on a book tour in Italy tomorrow (courtesy of Michele Foschini and Renoir Comics), so I decided to post a little bit early.  Along with my ragtag crew of artists, I've been pulling longer hours on Amulet 2 than ever before.  Amy and I have been getting up and heading to the studio at around noon and leaving when the sun is rising.  So what prompted me to find the time to do this?

Can I Get a Webcomic?

COMIXTALK
If you're just joining us this Monday we've got new stuff posted this weekend including interviews with the creators of ZAP!, Chronillogical and Misfile.  Plus Dr. Haus reviews the webcomic Mistakes of Youth.  We've had a big October issue so if be sure to check it out to see what else you might have missed!

BOMB SHELTER WEBCOMIC IDOL
It's another edition of BSC Webcomic Idol and I'm a judge again.  I'm not sure if they're letting you vote off a comic each week or you have to vote for your favorite (and the least vote-getter leaves) but either way it's an elimination contest.  I keep doing it because the entrants have been strong contenders and the feedback and dialogue over the webcomics has usually been very interesting.  Plus ultimately some good comics get a lot of exposure.

I've gotten a chance to look at some representative work from all of the webcomic entrants but I'll definitely be digging into each of them.  Unlike the other judges who all are extremely talented comic creators I am the "journalist" type so my feedback may be more general but it'll be aimed at whether I think the comic is working for the audience.

MILESTONES
FLEEN in writing about American Elf's 10th year anniversary asks "would yesterday’s American Elf tenth anniversary strip be the first webcomic that went for ten years on a daily basis? I think it might."  I think the answer is clearly no.  American Elf is certainly a comic that has been created for 10 years on a daily basis but it was only published on the web on a daily basis back to 2002 (here's the Wayback Archive for the site).  I have a ton of respect for Kochalka's work but his career at this point in time is largely split between a pre and post-web era.  (Moreover, American Elf is not the first journal-style published on the webcomic, Drew Weing's The Journal Comic got to the web first.  I saw Heidi MacDonald's panel with James Kochalka at SPX this year and he actually cited seeing Weing's webcomic as a strong motivation to agreeing to work with Joey Manley to put his diary strips up on the web.  UPDATE: thanks to James Kochalka for commenting below -- and just to clarify -- Drew's contribution to the genre of journal/diary comics was putting it on the web, essentially as he made them; an idea that someone assuredly would have got to but I think it's generally agreed that Drew acted on first.  As to the basic idea of making a daily journal comic, Drew's comic came well after James Kochalka's work.)

UPDATE 2: Very interesting podcast of an interview between Joey Manley and James Kochalka at the recent SPX in Bethesda, MD.

REVIEWS
A review of The Phoenix Requiem (h/t Journalista!).  ComixTALK recently interviewed the creator, Sarah Ellerton.

ADVERTS
Ryan North writes that he's updated the help/FAQ system at Project Wonderful.

EVENTS
Blog@Newsarama writes about the Transgender Day of Remembrance Webcomics Project.

October 26th

Top Ten Bomb Shelter Webcomic Idol Finalists

The top ten finalists for this year's Bomb Shelter Webcomic Idol contest are up: Shi Long Pang, The Superfogeys, The Book of Biff, Soul Driver, Simulated Comic Product, Xylia, Newspaper Comic Strip, Marooned, Lawn Darts, and Calamities of Nature.