Archive - Jan 2005 - Article
In webcomics, "the funny" is a rare commodity that too often sadly gives way to a focus on characterization and plot. Pure gag comics can be hard to find since creators often decide, despite starting in the humor aisle, that the plot department is where to be. It’s pretty refreshing then to find that Bigger Than Cheeses by Desmond Seah is, was and hopefully will always be a gag webcomic.
Now, admittedly, I've been playing Mr. Recluse for the last year â€“ I hardly lurk on boards anymore, I may rummage through my blog lists every moon or two, and my e-mail engine is getting a severe case of cobwebitis.
So it's possible that I may just be out of the loop, and thus very much wrong in what I'm about to say... but here goes anyway.
I think that webcartoonists and enthusiasts are starting to grow up.
Least I Could Do is about the obsessively and yet endearingly ever-horny Rayne and his cast of supporting characters has been drawing in hordes of laughing readers over the past two years. They've just published their first collection of strips, and are in negotiation for a possible animated series. Ryan Sohmer and Chad Porter, who write and draw the comic respectively, were kind enough to give us an interview.
Jeff Rowland is a serial webcomic creator. His first work was the old school When I Grow Up, his second the popular and well-received WIGU and his most recent work includes a journal comic called Overcompensating and a new webcomic called WIGU TV.
Read on for nine questions with Jeff Rowland. Why only nine? Because The Man wouldn't let Rowland have ten questions.
How did you know the time was right to end WIGU?--alschroeder
So. You want to do a webcomic, you have the drawing skills, you just want to know the magical way to get it from the paper to the screen. It's pretty basic, and I can show you how! Join me on this magical journey of... magicness (thesauruses are for chumps).
In the first installment of a new column "Essence Of...", contributor Ping Teo distills the essence from one of the web's most popular and long-running webcomics, GPF.
Ten days after 9/11 (which would make it 9/21, for those of you with some arithmetical deficiencies), Goats took the first step towards returning to normal life. They didnâ€™t do it with a long, poignant speech, the way David Letterman and Jon Stewart did. They did it with a short acknowledgment, and a joke.
For years now Kristofer Straub has been chronicling the ambitious publicity-hungry doings of Chex in Checkerboard Nightmare. Whenever webcomics is beginning to take itself too serioiusly, Chex is there, to remind us to laugh. Up until now Straub and Chex have never appeared in an interview together but now we bring you this Comixpedia exclusive: the first joint Straub/Chex interview.
For the last installment of Form is Function: Postscripts, John Barber is back with the conclusion of his conversation with Justine Shaw, creator of the acclaimedâ€”and wonderfulâ€”Nowhere Girl.
In many ways a webcomic is a lot like a baby. You cradle it. You nurture it. It's a part of you, and you're a part of it. You can't starve it, and you can't spoil it.
In even more ways a webcomic is a lot like a hooker. You're your own webcomic's pimp. A webcomic by itself, with all its sexiness, isn't always enough on its own to attract patrons. It needs someone like you to do some big pimpin' and work it up and down from dusk 'till dawn. Here are some tried and true methods I’ve used when promoting my own webcomic.