Archive - 2010
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 24, 2010 - 08:03
Another short update today...
WOWIO Prez Brian Altounian gives some more details to Sean Kleefeld on further financing plans for the e-publisher. I did get at least one creator yesterday confirm to me that he did indeed get paid what WOWIO owed with some interest. As far as I know Altounian is still the President of Platinum Studios, even though WOWIO is corporately separate from that entity now.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 23, 2010 - 08:33
Well hmm, not a whole shaking this morning I guess.
Interviews: Rick Marshall at MTV Splash Page has a great interview with the guys at Penny Arcade about their new book and a book tour this year.
Conventions: Everyone seems to be writing about the possibility of ComicCon leaving San Diego when its current contract is up - here's the San Diego local newsprint article that kicked off the hype.
BUSINESS?: Sean Kleefeld catches some interesting tweets from Brian Altounian, owner of e-publisher WOWIO including:
Launching MoneyTV campaign for WOWIO today. Part of larger marketing campaign that will put WOWIO on the map just in time to go public.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 22, 2010 - 08:44
Welcome to Monday! May I direct your attention to a review of several mini comics posted late Friday? If you enjoyed John Allison's COMIX REMIX of the above photo, you might want to check out the entire series he posted to FLICKR.
REMIX: The Webcomic Builder has a lengthy essay on fan-comics; something maybe we ought to relabel "remix comics"?
NOT WEBCOMICS: Kickstarter fund drive for an American Elf videogame? I'd buy that for a dollar!
- Scott McCloud highlights something I'd actually missed in reading the new Zahra’s Paradise at First Second: its availability in multiple languages: English, Farsi, Arabic, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch.
- Not sure if this is good or bad but Bleeding Cool notes that "After filing for bankruptcy, German TV company TV-Toonland has sold Svetlana Chmakova’s manga-adapted TV show My Life Me to Classic Media. It will air in France and Canada later this year."
- Digital Strips has some factoids on webmanga, including Shuhuo Soto's earnings this year alone.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 19, 2010 - 17:18
The one thing minis and webcomics have in common is the DIY spirit. Make a comic and put it out there for people to see. Here's some short reviews of minis I've been reading this week from Lauren Barnett, Kelli Nelson, and the Trees & Hills Comic Group. If you're interested in getting a mini reviewed at ComixTalk, you can find our contact information on the About page.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 18, 2010 - 11:49
Pretty quiet today although check out this stunning creative innovation from the newspaper comic B.C. Wow! Now that's how you stay hip and current...
REVIEWS: Johanna Draper Carlson has a review of the new mega-Penny Arcade book, The Splendid Magic of Penny Arcade. For all the reasons she's a bit lukewarm on it, I will probably love it.
BUSINESS: The Beat reports that Graphic.ly, "a fairly new but bold player in the digital comics distribution field", has announced the acquisition of iFanboy, the popular comics news and information community. Graphic.ly is in "private beta" -- anyone using it right now?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 17, 2010 - 10:41
DEAD TREES: Scott McCloud writes about a forthcoming project from Jason Shiga called Meanwhile. I've seen pictures of the original hand-crafted version of this "choose-your-own-adventure" style comic but not the actual artifact. Shiga is a dang good, inventive comic creator.
Interviews: WebcomicBuilder.com has an interview with Gianna Masetti, the creator of The Noob, a gamer comic set in an MMORPG.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- Seven Stories Press is serializing on the web, As The World Burns: 50 Simple Things You Can Do To Stay In Denial, a graphic novel by Derrick Jensen and Stephanie McMillan, originally printed in 2007.
- DailyCartoonist.com reported that Go Comics opened up its archives for free viewing for a couple of weeks (starting this past Sunday).
- BleedingCool.com shows us a recent Day By Day comic from Chris Muir with an.... interesting take on the reference to the American "Tea Party" protesters in a Captain America comic. I really can't wait for Shaenon Garrity's take on this one.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 17, 2010 - 02:01
Back in 2006, we did a "First and Last" snapshot of PvP by Scott Kurtz. Even then Kurtz had shown a lot of growth artistically from the origins of the comic. It's worth revisiting PvP again, as Kurtz has probably shown even more growth since 2006 then in the period up to then.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 16, 2010 - 03:02
We had the Son of Snowpocalypse in Washington DC yesterday. Not all that exciting actually. Also finally saw AVATAR in 3D on Sunday night. (Ain't Mrs X cool to take me to that for Valentines Day?!) Reviews were dead-on; awesome world-building and special effects to carry it off, story was Dances With Wolves With Four Eyes and Gil Slits. All in all, a great movie experience.
MILESTONES: Congrats to Brad Guigar on 10 years of comicking! Brad has had a heck of a decade pioneering this thing we call
webcomics and I hope there's lots more to come. In his blog post there's a BIG hint that a full collection of his first strip, Greystone Inn, will be coming to print.
Also docking in close to 10 years is the Flight anthology series. Kazu Kibuishi announces that Flight 8 will be the last edition of that very successful project.
INTERVIEWS: Growly Beast has an interview with Tom Dell'Aringa of Marooned and The Internet Review of Science Fiction has a fairly indepth interview with Howard Tayler of Schlock Mercenary. UPDATE: Graphic NYC has an interview with Raina Telgemeier, who's most recent work is the graphic novel Smile.
JUSTIFY VARIOUS PEOPLE'S HYPE:
- Back on January 31st, Warren Ellis had one of his hype your webcomics threads at WhiteChapel that's now got an overflowing bounty of potential links for your perusal.
- Scott McCloud links to an interesting comic-like project from a photograher - the "comic" is called A Garden Not Lost to Us.
- I noticed that you can buy the originals from Christopher Baldwin's new webcomic Space Trawler. Beautiful stuff!
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS: Kids book author/illustrator Mo Willems takes a crack at Hilary Price's Rhymes With Oranges this week. Also details on Hilary's trip to Cuba with Jeannie Schulz and other cartoonists including Alexis Fajardo. Haven't talked with Alexis in years - maybe I better catch up with him! :) (h/t Daily Cartoonist)
SECRET SCIENCE ALLIANCE ACTIVATE! The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis won this year's CYBIL award for the graphic novel category. The CYBILs are the Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards. And TCJ posted a four part interview with Eleanor, husband Drew Weing and the rest of the creative crew from the Secret Science Alliance book. Here's part one (with links to part 1 & 2 and part 3 & 4):
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 16, 2010 - 02:01
Missile Mouse: The Star Crusher is a household favorite here. Both of the x-girls (especially the youngest) raved about the book. It's a really exciting tale, jam-packed with action and plot points. Creator Jake Parker has tremendous art chops and visually this book is like a revved-up Saturday matinee special.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 14, 2010 - 10:30
Happy One-of-Several-Hallmark Holidays or maybe we could call it Sgt Pepper's Day? I saw some funny V-Day cards you might enjoy -- add other good stuff in comments, please? BloggerDad has a couple of batch (2010, 2009) worth checking out. Awkward Valentines is totally hilarious. (psst, did you remember to send Diesel Sweeties cards this year?) Gamer comic 2PStart covers that genre in cards.
MILESTONES: Medium Large hits 1000 strips! Congrats to Francesco Marciuliano, who also writes Sally Forth. Medium Large should be on your reading list. File under "consistently really damn funny".
Code: A beta of the latest version of the Wordpress webcomic tool, stripShow, is out. A true beta so don't use on a live site yet but I bet Brad would love as much feedback and bug reports as possible.
Review: Robin Gibson reviews the revived Commander Kitty.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS: The latest issue of the International Journal of Comic Art is out.
JUSTIFY MY HYPE: The Monsters In Real Places blog is a great art meme concept. Take a real picture, draw in a monster, send it to this blog.