Archive - Sep 2009
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 14, 2009 - 10:41
The SPX Convention is coming this month! There will be a pretty interesting group of webcomic types exhibiting at this year's Saturday and Sunday show in Bethesda. More details at the website -- I am overbooked this year, but hope to be there Sunday afternoon.
Lucy Knisley, author of French Milk, and Erika Moen, creator of DAR: A Super-Girly Top-Secret Comic Diary, join Words & Pictures' S.W. Conser to discuss cartoon travelogues, online journaling, collaborative art-making, and the fine line between Renaissance iconography and porn. Warning: explicit content. Click here for the podcast.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 11, 2009 - 11:41
A new trailer for Gordon McAlpin's Multiplex comic. Pretty cool - I think easier to do (but not all that easy!) because Multiplex uses vector artwork. Any other comics you think you'd like to see try a promo piece like this? Anything already out there from another webcomic I should add to this post?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 11, 2009 - 11:35
This day in ComixTalk:
Faith Erin Hicks blogged about internal narration in comics; Platinum's purchase of Wowio was still shaking out in the news (a year later and there's still no evidence that Wowio has paid off all of its debts to creators and publishers.)
Platinum Studios filed for an IPO; and Phil Kahn posted video of numerous interviews he did at Connecticon with creators such as Chris Hastings and Kent Archer of Dr. McNinja and Rob Balder and Jami Noguchi of ErfWorld.
Also from the forums, RanJado wondered about how to draw distinctions between comics' readerships;
Jamie Robertson announced that he would stop working on his webcomic Clan of the Cats. I'm not sure of the ends and outs of Robertson's work status on the comic every year since than, but I'm happy to report that right now he is working on the strip (there's an update today) and I think his work has gotten better every year. Great strip full of of supernatural elements, adventure and relationships, all with really strong artwork.
James Kochalka won best online comic at the Ignatzs for American Elf. He, however, did not accept his award in a gorilla suit.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 11, 2009 - 10:45
Just to lead off - PAX pox is on the loose... and in a funny guest Penny Arcade comic from Fox Trot cartoonist Bill Amend.
Farewell Scary Go Round! A longer goodbye message from creator John Allison on his blog here. After reading the actual ending, I have no idea what's in store in his next comic -- which happily, I believe, kicks off on Monday.
Randall Munroe has a book coming out! xkcd: volume 0 will be released in the xkcd store next week. And Munroe will be on a limited book tour to support it. (Also today's xkcd? I wonder how you'd have to tweak Ender's Game in the blog/tweet/etc world of today? I mean part of its storyline basically reads "1. Blog; 2. ????; 3. World Domination!" Anyhow - another brilliant comic from Munroe.)
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
Art Patient rounds up lots of webcomic reviews and interviews here.
Saw this on Sean Kleefeld's site - a video about fan culture with a whole lot of interviews of interesting folks including Scott Kurtz, Jerry Holkins, Mike Krahulik, Ryan Sohmer, and Lar deSouza.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 9, 2009 - 09:56
Good morning Internet! Swine flu even at PAX?! (see Mike/Gabe's message) -- nice to see that the Penny Arcade crew is broadcasting useful information via the website and encouraging everyone to take care of themselves. That show seemed huge this year. I am looking forward to my probably futile hopes to attend PAX East (futile because something always comes up to deflect my physical travels much like that damn leprechaun and his stale box of marshmallows and grains).
Rick Marshall scores an interview with Harvey Pekar about his new webcomic project. How cool is that?!
A lovely interview with the talented Kate Beaton (no! you have not yet read enough interviews with Beaton this year!! And... there WILL BE MORE! This Nostradamous predicts...)
Brigid Alverson gives a very good review to the first print collection of Skin Horse by Shaenon Garrity and some dude (Jeffrey C. Wells: just kidding!!!!!!!).
JUSTIFY MY HYPE
Met up with the Washtington Webcomics crew last night: Rob Balder (still erfing the world); Chris Impink (um gravitating the fragile... hmm ), Chris Flick (caping the babes? okay this nickname scheme isn't working out all that well) and just met Joe Zuniga who does the relatively new comic Made Up.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 8, 2009 - 11:50
Hope everyone had a great summer - I guess it's officially FALL now. Start off your autumnal reading with this post from Tony Piro (creator of Calamities of Nature) who recommends reading Dave Sims' writings about self-publishing as still relevant in a webcomic world.
JUSTIFY MY HYPE
Roadcrew looks pretty good - I started checking out the archives this morning.
Newsarama's blog will run Egg Embry’s Global Freezing webcomic from the beginning starting tomorrow. The strip, which will run on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, has been running at Embry’s own “Comics By Egg” at www.comicsbyegg.com.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 2, 2009 - 09:57
Robot6 has a nice overview of the webcomics nominated for an Ignatz. The Ignatzs are presented at the SPX show in September -- that's my hometown (well close enough) show.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 2, 2009 - 09:32
Crisscrossing the literary genres of murder/mystery, action/adventure, historical drama, horror, science fiction, and steam punk, The Continentals by writer/creator Darryl Hughes and artist Monique MacNaughton, creators of the 2007 Glyph Comic Award nominated scifi adventure webcomic G.A.A.K: Groovy Ass Alien Kreatures, is a modern re-imagining of the classic 19th century Sherlock Holmesian "who done it" murder mystery created for the 21st century webcomic fan.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 2, 2009 - 09:27
Pontus Madsen and Christian Fundin, the Swedish artists/fashion models behind the popular gaming-themed webcomic Little Gamers, will be signing copies of their brand-new "Volume 4" at a free event on September 11.
The long-awaited book will collect the fourth year of the comic, and according to co-creator Madsen, the collection is "filled to the
rafters with spelling errors and grammatical nightmares."
The book is also "funnier than the older ones," he said.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 1, 2009 - 09:46
A big thanks to Chris Watkins for coming up with beautiful cover art for ComixTalk (and on short notice!). Be sure to click on the "view the entire cover" button - this is one of the covers that best takes advantage of that part of the cover art.
Chris is the creator of the absolutely charming Odori Park, a webcomic about "Japanese Arisa Nishimori, from snowy Hokkaido, Japan, and American Colin Easton, from Suburbia, U.S.A., navigating the culture shocks of romance, parenthood, family, friends, and making a living in an ever shrinking world. Colin and Arisa run the used bookstore A Book By Its Cover, and live in an apartment above the shop along with "Sprout," their multi-lingual toddler son."