Archive - 2003 - Article
The last year of Comixpedia interviews has given us a chance to get to know a number of webcomics creators a little better. Before we launch into a new year, and many more such opportunities I thought I would share my five favourite interviews from Comixpedia, Year One.
(1) James Kochalka: One of the first, and one of my favorites. You wouldn't think that someone who shares so much of themselves already could find so much to tell you.
Damonk's Own Quickie Personal Webcomic Year In Review
2003. The Year of Stuff. One Year after 2002, and 365.23 Days before 2004.
Backwards, it would be 3002...
...which time-wise, would actually be forwards.
After having been exposed no doubt to the bajillions of other media's own versions of Year In Reviewstravaganzas, it's clearly obvious that the one thing you would now crave most would be to hear YET ANOTHER person's own thoughts on the year.
It’s been nearly a year since Comixpedia began its remarkable transformation from the rough concept that Xaviar Xerexes pitched to me, to the webcomics magazine that it is now, and I think we’ve accomplished a lot for a group of loosely-affiliated webcomics creators, living in our own far-flung corners of the world.
2003 was a pretty scary year. Whether you agree with it or not, war is a pretty terrifying thing. We lost another space shuttle, another crew, and – in a bad case of déjà vu – followed a flurry of finger-pointing in the aftermath.
"The latest Flash Player is required to view this site properly"
The title page of Alpha Shade should be read like a warning marker to the unwary, letting the potential reader know what they may find within the home of Christopher and Joseph Brudlos' tag-team foray into the steampunk genre. Still fairly new – having launched only this past July – Alpha Shade is a unique mix of traditional manga cobbled together through the creative use of (Flash) technology.
We sent your top questions to David Rees, the creator of Get Your War On and My New Fighting Technique Is Unstoppable. All of Rees' webcomics can be found at mnftiu.cc.
Read on for Rees' answers.
Fish Muffin Scream Asphalt: Funny?
I remember with great fondness the first time I stumbled upon a totally surreal webcomic. I won't say which one, just that it was one of the originals, something mindbogglingly bizarre that, over time, picked up its own cult following and is now a Minor Institution among webstrips.
I knew my wife was the person I was going to marry two weeks before our first date. We got together for coffee as friends, talked until one in the morning, and I walked her to her car. As she drove off, an overwhelming peace came over me, and I knew down to my core she was the one. It wasn't like lightning striking or fireworks going off. It was as though I had just learned a new fact, like two plus two equals four or that water is wet. That's how convinced I was.
In an arena that's crowded with elaborate Sci-Fi themes, baroque fantasy themes and byzantine plots, it's refreshing to note that one of the best comics on the Web features two main characters who don't even have arms.
The main characters of Steven Cloud's Boy on a Stick and Slither are a sort of coalition of the limbless. Boy is either a multiple amputee or a sentient Pez dispenser, and Slither is a snake. In a boxing match, they're on equal footing.
The fact that neither protagonist can wear a wrist watch is mostly irrelevant to the strip, though, as they're essentially icons or stand-ins for any two people. They look like doodles from the corner of a Physics notebook, and conceptually, they're the same. They're symbols, really, and their visual representations are irrelevant, except as fodder for a self-aware gag or two.
I had to make a phone call today to the town of Hawthorne, California â€“ yes, to the town itself. The woman who acted as the town's agent was disappointed to talk to me. I'm shutting down a store in a famous chain there.