Archive - Jan 5, 2009
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 5, 2009 - 22:08
Wow - lots of awesome MC Frontalot news (links lifted from FLEEN.com) including this Matt Boyd conducted interview with the MC himself.Â But the main deal being winners of the video contest Frontalot ran for his new song Wallflowers (which is a heck of a catchy song).Â Amongst the fan-submitted videos the winner was a stop-motion one which looks like it took a lot of work and really how much can you complain about toys dancing on top of a Merlin-game style floor.Â But as far as concepts go IÂ loved the one from fuzzy gerdes that took last runner-up. Â I kind of think you could do a lot more visual funny with it then these guys did but IÂ loved the low key style.Â Quoting the MCÂ himself, "Honorable Mention goes to: fuzzy gerdes who took the central idea of the song and did not let go of it."
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 5, 2009 - 15:29
I can't recall if I posted to this at the time or not but it's still a good refresher for anyone wanting to make a go at it in webcomics this year. Last August, Howard Tayler gave a great talk about his webcomic Schlock Mercenary and how he's made it into a full time business. It's a good talk - not just about Howard himself, but going through how the Internet has disrupted the existing newspaper comic strip model.
Slightly related update: Jeff Jarvis accumulates the depressing statistics of 2008 for the newspaper bidniz here - which only serves to reinforce Howard's point that chasing newspaper syndication is like catching a ride on the Titanic after it hit the iceberg.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 5, 2009 - 11:45
NPR does a story on Penny Arcade (this is a couple days old but I just listened to it this morning) which does a decent job of capturing the comic although interesting it doesn't mention Robert Khoo's role in their business success. Contrary to other reports though NPR did cover a webcomic before - it had an interview with Pete Abrams of Sluggy Freelance way back in 1998.