Archive - Nov 2009
Adam Bourret has a lot of interesting life to work with in his autobiographical comic I'm Crazy. Bourret won the Xeric Grant this year and he used the funds to put out a more polished version of the book. He's also serializing it online. Unlike many autobiographical comics I've recently read, Bourret has problems way beyond being a mopey, shy cartoonist as he suffers from various mental issues (primarily it seems to be OCD that afflicts him) that profoundly affect his life.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 30, 2009 - 02:02
David LaMason is the creator of the relatively new webcomic Unbearable Bears and stepped in to do a piece of cover art for ComixTalk this month (Thanks Dave!). Bears is a good-natured humor comic set in the woods, mostly centered around a bird and a bear.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 27, 2009 - 11:24
Well all's quiet on the tryptophan front this morning... a big thanks to David LaMason, the creator of the webcomic Unbearable Bears, for creating on super-short notice our Thanksgiving cover art up top... if you're ever trying to track me down, be sure to hit up the "where am I?" section at my other website xaviarxerexes.com... take a look at the comics event calendar for upcoming stuff to do -- don't forget you can subscribe to it; submit events to me (tweet to xerexes) or even volunteer to co-maintain it.
The Career Cookbook has an interview with Chris Hastings, the mastermind behind the webcomic Dr. McNinja.
I haven't read the underlying case but TechDirt's writeup of a lawsuit over a fictionalized portrayal of someone might be a red flag for comics creators. (This sounds different than the (in)famous Tony Twist lawsuit against Todd McFarlane. Twist's win there was based on McFarlane profiting from using the "famous" Twist in the comic.)
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 24, 2009 - 16:44
Man, in years ComixTalk is like a tween now... OMG!
We had an interview with Evan Nichols of the webcomic Dr. Eldritch. Plus, wow! Jon Morris' comic, Star Wars Versus The Batman. And Bomb Shelter's Webcomic Idol contest was down to the final three. (Doesn't look like Webcomic Idol is happening this year...)
A great thread on how much to spend on making a webcomic -- how times have changed (or not) since then!
Dave Wright's Todd and Penguin hits it's third anniversary milestone; an interview with Brad Hawkins and a review of his webcomic Monkey Law; and Dylan Meconis wrote a column on webcomic creator burnout.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 24, 2009 - 14:21
Kean Soo has a cool retrospective post on what the creators involved with the first volume of the Flight comics anthology have done since it's release and where they are now. Interestingly, only three still have regularly updated webcomics: Erika Moen, DAR!; Dylan Meconis, Family Man; and Derek Kirk Kim, TUNE.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 24, 2009 - 10:27
The Webcomics List is having an awards program this year. According to their rules, "Everyone actively involved in webcomics in some way can nominate candidates for the awards. You can nominate up to three comics for each [category]." Nominations are open until December 13th and the winners -- to be selected by panels of judges -- will be announced on January 24th.
AV Club includes two webcomics in its best comics of the decade list: Achewood and American Elf. (h/t El Santo)
The Penny Arcade "reality show" is surprisingly moving -- really well done and looking forward to future episodes. (Much better than the PA comic would suggest!)
Sean Kleefeld comments on a recent story (one in a continuing series apparently) about how "the internet ate my comic" -- this story in the Peoria Journal focusing on comments of frustration with the Internet from Julie Larsone, the creaor of the Dinette Set comic.
Z-Blade XX is a new comic from Atomic Basement written by Steve Palmer and illustrated by Guy Lemay. It's a slickly-produced book -- nice colors, thick paper, etc. But for a first issue of a new character, it's not particularly satisfying. It's also, unfortunately, filled with a few unnecessary swear words and some visuals of explicit violence to be a good read for kids who might otherwise enjoy the straightforward story. All in all, I know I sound like a broken record sometimes, but this is another project where putting it on the web and working on it with more immediate feedback might have led to a stronger story.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 18, 2009 - 11:21
This Lucy Knisley comic "Downloading Optimism (Pessimism Virus Detected)" is a great bit of commentary on the transition between an all paper world to the multimedia, digital world Lucy is already a native in. There are generational issues as well as the massive discomfort anyone feels when they are in effect "losing their job" (what else to call the dying models of the daily big city and alternative weekly newpapers and the diminishing number of cartoonists who can make a living from their checks?). You have to hope that cartoonists recognize that losing a "job" (i.e. a business model) is not the same as losing your talent and that as old opportunities go away there are new opportunities to create and exploit.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 16, 2009 - 15:12
I tweeted this, but forgot to blog it: Ryan Sohmers announced last week, the Rayne Summers Webcomic Scholarship at The Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont. It's being set up by the creators of Least I Could Do and will pay the tuition for a budding webcomic artist to attend CCS.
Very generous and a great idea as well. Kudos to Sohmers and his partners at Blind Ferret.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 16, 2009 - 11:13
Check out the new webcomic from Wes Molebash, Max vs Max. Style-wise it appears to be a successor to his last webcomic, You'll Have That (for a recap of past work, check out this interview from earlier this year with Wes).
Strewth! from Josh Way certainly has a funny first comic (although just barely injected enough needed life into the now completely shark-jumped, shattered the fourth-wall trope of a first comic being about the fact that it is the first comic of the webcomic). Nice art, decent pacing -- impossible to judge after one comic but I for one, will be back to check more out.
Not sure I'm hyping this or not - AMC made a remake of the classic teevee series The Prisoner and also made a comic to accompany it. I am probably going to read it but messing with such a classic program makes me a bit nervous...