Archive - 2008
Chris Hazelton is the creator of Misfile, a webcomic about, well, a celestial misfiling of epic proportions and the angelic clerk who tries to clean it all up. It's a great premise and Hazelton has been spinning it out on the web for more than four years now.
I got a chance to interview Chris via email this month.
Zap! is a science fiction webcomic hosted on Keenspot. Written by Chris Layfield and drawn by Pascalle Lepas since 2003, the webcomic has continued to improve, particularly on the visual side. (Don't despair the lengthy archives, there is a great overview of the storylines for new readers who want to quickly get up to speed).
I got a chance to interview Chris and Pascalle by email this month.
Greg Poulos and John Chouinard are the creators of the new webcomic Chronillogical, a webcomic about time-traveling graduate students. Greg handles the writing and John creates the art for the strip. It's a relatively new webcomic, but already one I check in on a regular basis. I got a chance to interview Greg and John via email this month.
In this month's installment of "The Travels of Dr. Haus" our intrepid hero travels abroad to review the webcomic Mistakes of Youth.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 24, 2008 - 11:59
Just a few quick site notes:
The "import your outside blog feed" function was broken this week but I've fixed it now and if you're interested in adding your outside blog feed to your ComixTalk account log in and click here.
However, some folks are having trouble using our forum and I have yet to have time to dig into it. So if you're having a problem getting into the forum hang in there and I hope to have it cleaned up by the end of this weekend.
ALSO post your Halloween webcomic news at FrightNight. Not long now until the big night...
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 24, 2008 - 00:58
Wow - ten years of James Kochalka's diary comics this Sunday. Kochalka linked this week to a short documentary about him and his life with his family and his art. Very worth watching.
And Kochalka promises something special for Sunday so be sure to drop by americanelf.com
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 23, 2008 - 09:59
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- Brigid Alverson writes about the new webcomics site from Shadowland Comics.
- An interview with David King, the creator of the webcomic Danny Dutch. (h/t Journalista!)
- ComicMix praises the now completed webcomic Minus from Ryan Armand.
- Ping Teo writes about the many changes in webcomicland over the last few years.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 23, 2008 - 09:38
Todd Allen finds a story on Marvel comics distributed on cell phones in Europe and wonders if this is Marvel's pilot program before bringing it to the U.S. Assuming that to be the case, Allen surmises what it would look like here:
The books in the demo on the CATOOZ website include the Planet Hulk run of Hulk, Astonishing X-Men, the Warren Ellis “Extremis” reboot of Iron Man and Millar’s Spider-Man run, so we might not be looking at terribly current comics here, but we also have a hint of how Marvel might handle new releases digitally: Something along the lines of $1.50 for a single issue, $7.50 for a bundled subscription
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 22, 2008 - 10:45
Todd Allen has an article at Publishers Weekly looking at the financial prospects for several online comics publishers. Interesting article and remarkable that several "names" in publishing aren't making much of an effort to get any revenue from posting webcomics.
Jim McLauchlin talks to Marvel's Joe Quesada about a lot of stuff including a few questions about webcomics:
JM: Shifting gears, you have a new foray into original. Web-exclusive stories with new Hulk and Iron Man stuff. We've danced around this Maypole a few times, but is this indeed the wave of the future?
JQ: I certainly think it's one of the future waves. But comics are branching out in so many directions that digital comics are just one facet of expansion. Marvel is branching out as well, and certainly we've proven to be a company these days that embraces our readers in whatever form they may take whether they be real, virtual or otherwise.
I know some may look at the digital world with fear, but I always go back to this one place: When collected editions started to really become commercially significant, everyone and their mother was claiming this the end of the monthly comic with complete certainty. Perhaps these are the same folks who thought the Ultimate Universe a dumb idea? Anyway, I kept telling folks that I believed that both trades and monthly comics will thrive, and that one would help the other. I feel the exact same way about the world of digital comics. I think it will help monthly comic sales as well as trade sales. There will be people who will like one form over another and there will be those who will like multiple formats.
We're really diving in the pool now. We have new, Web-exclusive stuff launching featuring Kid Colt, Werewolf by Night, American Eagle, Fin Fang Foom and more. We're trying a little bit of everything here. It's not like you see a lot of "regular" Western comics, monster comics, or humor comics out of Marvel. But we'll try them here and see what gains an audience. It's really a rather exciting time for this field, as we cross over into new media.
DJ Coffman does not like pseudo-animated comics.
JUSTIFY MY HYPE!
No matter how popular it is -- Random Assembly should be more so -- go check out Samatha Allen's great (and continually improving) webcomic -- it's funny in a Girls With Slingshots / Questionable Content vibe but it has its own sensibility. And please DO NOT TRAUMATIZE THE CAT!
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 21, 2008 - 14:23
I've been meaning to post about BASH! - a new, free, all comics monthly newspaper that's being distributed through newsboxes in the Washington DC area. I think it's a great idea and I'm glad someone is trying it.
But... (always something right?) this isn't how I would do it. They are using a large variety of formats and differing length comics in it with most of it having an "indy" vibe and a looser feel to it. There is also no real thematic or sectional organization to the paper. I would think you'd want some organizational separation of gag, story and editorial comics with a mix of more commercial, accessible work amongst more challenging work. Still there's good stuff in there and they seem to have ads to run.