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April 29th

Comix Talk for Friday, April 29, 2011

Tinkerer's Handbook by David Malki!

Another week, another month.  Here's something fun I found this week -- Calamity Jon Morris submitted a fake Criterion cover this week for the movie Carry On Camping.  Not familiar with the Fake Criterion blog? Overly serious covers for ridiculous movies - a treasure chest of wit and visual hijinks abounds.

MILESTONES  9 years of Wondermark! Holee David Malki!  Be sure to check out the recent parody of the modern maker movement -- "The Tinkerer's Handbook (The Magazine For People Who Cannot Leave Well Enough Alone).

REVIEWS: Lauren Davis reviews Quantum Vibe and Escape from Terra.

BELIEVE THE HYPE:  MetaFilter links to comics by Nick St. John.  Slice-of-crazy-life stories with simple drawings.

DEAD TREE WALKING: Austin Price and Matthew Rainwater are proud to announce the release of Garage Raja: Going Underground. The first in a series of graphic novels collecting their webcomic, this volume contains the first six issues of the series in one sleek, affordable trade paperback. An adventure story in the tradition of such classics as Herge’s Tintin and Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece, Garage Raja:Going Underground follows the adventures of Ned, Reginald and Ghurnst -- members of the titular band -- as they encounter everything from an underground city of Mods to a tribe of barbaric Lizard-People in the search for their missing drummer. Collected here in high-quality print, this first volume contains over 200 pages of content, including scenes, commentary and sketches that cannot be found anywhere else, not even on the website! If you’re looking for a break from the glut of humor based webcomics, an alternative to the superheroics that dominate the industry, or a comic that loves music and music history as much as you do, then look no further than Garage Raja (Album 1): Going Underground!

FRIDAY THE 13th 29th:  Sam Costello's Split Lip, the horror webcomic called “some of today's best horror comics" by the Providence Phoenix, is debuting its latest collection, Termites In Your Smile and Other Stories, at the Boston Comic-Con this weekend (Artist's Alley #109) and it will also be available online here.  The 8 stories in this collection offer 176 pages of off-kilter, disturbing tales of horror and suspense. It features stories written by Sam Costello and art by Sami Makkonen (Deadworld: Slaughterhouse), Jason Ho (Agnes Quill), Christine Larsen (LaMorte Sisters, Valentine), and others. The book, with a cover by Shane Oakley, also includes commentary and behind-the-scenes glimpses of the creation of each story.

TOOLS:  Andreu Ratés Garcia writes about Comics Fever (developed by a Spanish company Plung Interactive) which provides a platform for creators to publish and sell their comics, "all over the world using digital storefronts in different mobile devices and tablets (iPhone, Windows Phone, Android, iPad, etc). This platfrom democratizes the publishing process. Any artist can publish and manage his content in the platform, set the price for his products, and see how are the sales going in real time, and get his 20% share each 3 months."  A quick look at the website shows that it's launching May 15th and "free" to register before May 31st.  Unfortunately there's nothing to do but register -- no demo, no real explanation of the service on the website.  So maybe worth checking back on later next month.

April 25th

Comix Talk for a Monday

COLLECTIVE BARGAIN: I don't pay as much attention to collectives as I used to -- I don't think anyone does actually. Or maybe it's just that the form of collective has mutated, adapted and evolved to the point where it's not really recognizable in the way it once was.  Or maybe I just don't pay enough attention.  What were we talkin' about?  Well one of the longest-running collectives is Blank Label Comics and Gordon McAlpin (creator of Multiplex) just announced that he's joined us with Dave Willis (Shortpacked), Kel McDonald (Sorcery 101) and Spike (Templar, Arizona).

EDITORIALIZE THIS: Darryl Cagle writes about how he worked with the redesign at to incorporate slide shows of related editorial comics to certain articles. Cagle has a point that grouping editorial comics by topic makes obvious sense.  I still think a lot of the editorial comics work I see online is the comic equivalent of a mediocre pun, but good for him and others for experimenting with better ways to get their work to more people.

INTERVIEW: The Daily Cross Hatch posts the first part of an interview with Peter Bagge.  Bagge is an interesting artist who doesnt' do all that much press -- should be a good read.

WALTER CRONKITE's FABLES: offers Non-BS versions of fables in this comic.

FROM THE MAILBAG:  The Assemblers, the long running webcomic appearing on DrunkDuck, has just been collected into graphic novel format by Transfuzion Publishing..  Written and illustrated by Andy Dudak, The Assemblers is a futuristic tale of destruction yet also rebirth.  A preview is available on  The story centers on October 30th, 2151. Traditionally Devil’s Night has been a celebration of havoc, but in the future, mischief in the Age of Nanotech is much more complicated. Three young vandals, Bardo, Shiyu, and Dwyer, team up tokeep the spirit of their egg-throwing forbearers alight.

April 24th

Hugo Nominees Announced

Nominees for the Hugo Awards have been announced -- the Hugo Awards ceremony will take place August 20, 2011. Members of the World Science Fiction Convention are eligible to vote on the Hugo Awards. You can get memberships right here.

The Nominees for BEST GRAPHIC STORY are:

Girl Genius has won this the previous two years - in other words, every year the category has existed.  (The Watchmen is the only other graphic novel I think that has won recognition by the Hugo - but that was before the Graphic Story category was established.)  Fables and Schlock Mercenary are both receiving their third nomination -- will the third time be the charm?

April 23rd

Steve Jackson Games Holding Munchkin Contest

I know a lot of webcomics creators are fans of Steve Jackson Games.  Steve Jackson Games is holding a month-long contest for webcomics that refer to their Munchkin game. At the end of the contest, the SJ Games Men in Black will vote on the winners.  Some nice prizes for this -- $1,000 first prize, $500 second prize, $200 third prize, and some honorable mentions which will win your choice of Munchkin core sets.

The contest begins on May 1, 2011 and ends on June 1, 2011. To enter the contest, send a link to your webcomic to The link should be to the page on which the comic appears, not just your home page. The e-mail entry must be sent to SJ Games by noon (Austin time) on June 1, 2011. Please include your name, address, and e-mail address. 

Lots more details at their website.

April 22nd

Eisner Award Voting Open

Voting is now open for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards for 2011. Comics professionals can vote by mail or online. You can download a pdf of the ballot or vote onlineThe deadline for voting is June 13th. The results of voting will be announced at the Eisner Awards Ceremony on Friday night, July 22, during Comic-Con International: San Diego.

Comix Stream of Conscious for Friday, April 22, 2011

Friday... Friday! Webcomics... webcomics! Typin' at the keyboard... I know making fun of that song is well and truly done but for some reason its sonic worm has respawned in my ear this morning.  So... you're welcome.

Spacetrawler continues to be awesome.  Go read.

She binded me with science! Um they may be doin' it wrong in the world of Dresdan Codak.

You know what's pretty good but horrible for ya? Mixing up a bag of jelly beans and M&Ms and then eating the whole thing.  That's what I hear anyhow...

I did not get a preview copy of Vera Brosgol's Anya's Ghost graphic novel but I am looking forward to buying one.  Gary did get a preview and writes a very positive review.

Have fun storming the sand castles!  Lauren Davis posts about cartoonists' evolving self-portraits.

Psst Clark? Lois is not amused. I am no longer sure if my favorite Kate Beaton comics are historical or fictional character ironization.

Ping posts on what happens to your webcomic when you're dead? Probably for most people, nothing.  As in it'll linger on until hosting and registrar plans run out and then disappear or be claimed by the URL-lapsing spaminator.  For those making a living at their work, however, that copyright is going to pass onto your heirs and you probably ought to come up with a plan to pass that on.  Not necessarily to make more comics, but just to have a plan so someone is looking out for your work and your website when you no longer will.

April 18th

Comix Whispers for Monday, April 18, 2011

MANANIMAL IS THE NEW MANGA: Tokyopop is closing its North American publishing operations and it's probably going to be the biggest story all week.  But I don't have much to say really. Deb Aoki has a decent overview of it all.

MAKE ME A WEBCOMIC: Sara Ivry writes that Tablet Magazine has another webcomic up today about Passover -- this one by Vanessa Davis, of most recently, the graphic novel, Make Me a Woman

APRIL FOOLS: I also heard from Terrence Marks that he has restored a webpage with all of the links to the 1999 APRIL FOOLS COMICS SWAP.  That was probably one of the first webcomic community big events and webcomics has gotten way too big to ever have something quite like that again.

Not Really Webcomics: Cute pixelated animation of SEX BOB-OMB band from Scott Pilgrim Blows His Nose.

Show & Tell : A Collection of Comics About Teaching & Learning

 A Collection of Comics About Teaching & Learning

Show & Tell : A Collection of Comics About Teaching & Learning is a collection of comics by teachers and students.  It was produced in conjunction with the first New England Comics Arts in the Classroom conference just this past March.  It's published by Ninth Arts Press.  It features some familiar names from webcomics including Alexander Danner, David Malki!, Box Brown, Jason Viola, and Kevin Moore.  It also features work from a lot of teachers and even some students.

There are twenty short stories set in and around the classroom, most a small slice-of-life, although some are simply poking fun at educational topics.  It's a great theme and really neat to see a book explore these topics.  The comics themselves are a mixed bag -- some very solid work intermixed with some that felt out of sorts to me.  Overall though it's a good package of comics clocking in at 96 pages long.

April 17th

Super Art Fight X Coming April 22nd

On April 22nd, 2011 - SuperArtFight returns to the Ottobar in Baltimore, Maryland.  Super Art Fight X will feature four amazing bouts, each with unique pairings and their own ramification on shows to come.

Main Event - Super Art Fight Championship Bout
Michael "Spaghetti Kiss" Bracco (Champion) vs. Bryan "Silent But Violent" Prindiville (Challenger)

#1 Contender's Bout - Winner Gets A Shot At The SAF Championship At SAFXI

The Charm City Roller Girls Own Chelsea "Grose Misconduct" Grose vs. Kelsey "Killer" Wailes

"High Stakes" Grudge Match - Rematch From SAF's DC Debut!
Nick "Ghostfreehood" Borkowicz vs. Brandon J. Carr

Tag Team Battle - Winners Advance To Tag Title Finals At SAFXI

Jamie "Brawlin'" Baldwin & Caldwell Tanner vs. Jami "Angry Zen Master" Noguchi & A Mystery Partner!

April 15th

Moses: A stranger in a strange land

Sara Ivry writes from the Jewish online magazine, Tablet, about a collaborative comic by Etgar Keret and Asaf Hanuka that their website posted today. The comic is about Passover, imagining how the story of being a stranger in a strange land (as the Jews were in Egypt) would play out today.

We just recently reviewed Asaf Hanuka's webcomic The Realist.