Archive - 2008 - Article
Dylan Meconis created the popular and well received webcomic Bite Me!. ComixTalk reviewed it back in 2003. Nowadays Meconis is working on the webcomic Family Man. Family Man is being serialized by Meconis on her website and as she discusses below is a work with a lot more ground to cover before it will be completed.
Meconis also wrote a regular column called Juxtapose This! for ComixTalk in its first years. Aside from Paul Bryant Johnson's comics, it's the only thing I think we've published that had footnotes. But really good footnotes! (honest!) Being the fifth anniversary year of ComixTalk I thought it would be a great idea to catch up with Meconis and see what she's up to in 2008.
Faith Erin Hicks is the creator of two critically well received webcomics, Demonology 101 and Ice. She most recently put out the graphic novel Zombies Calling for which Hicks was just named "Favourite Canadian Comic Book Creator - English Language Publications" at this year's Joe Shuster awards.
We've covered much of Hicks' career in webcomics at ComixTalk from a review of D101 in March 2003 to interviews with her at the completion of D101 and during the start of her webcomic Ice. She even did one of my favorite covers for ComixTalk for the April 2005 issue.
Given the very recent news of her Shuster award it was great timing to catch up with her on life in Halifax, Nova Scotia and to get a few words on the new graphic novel, The War at Ellsmere, she's currently working on.
Aaron Diaz's Dresden Codak is an inventive swirl of science and supposition. The writing is fantastic speculative fiction all on its own but it's complemented by Diaz's damn impressive artwork. ComixTalk had a review of the comic earlier this year, I caught up with the creator for an interview by email for this month's issue.
In celebration of Steampunk Month here at ComixTalk, I've decided to take on the task of reviewing Warren Ellis' FreakAngels. Be warned, though: if "steampunk" to you means stovepipe hats, pocket watches, and parasols, then you may be a little disoriented by the direction Mr. Ellis takes his comic.
But then again, beyond the cutesy wordplay on "cyberpunk," what's steampunk, anyway?
Dorothy Gambrell is a prolific creator, probably best known for her webcomic Cat and Girl. We've interviewed her twice before, once for our March 2003 issue, and again for our October 2004 issue. We've also reviewed her webcomic Cat and Girl and her webcomic The New Adventures of Death. I got a chance to catch up via email with what she's working on now.
John Allison has been making webcomics for almost as long as the world wide web has existed. First with the comic Bobbins and then since 2002 with his current project Scary Go Round. We reviewed Scary Go Round in our December 2005 issue and interviewed John for our 2003 issue (John also did the cover art for our December 2005 issue). I got a chance to catch up with him via email on the eve of the 6th anniversary of Scary Go Round.
The Abominable Charles Christopher by Karl Kerschl is the fifth of this year's Eisner nominees for Best Digital Comic.
Joe Infurnari's The Process is an ambitious bit of work. It's not clear how long or big its scope will be (Infurnari has posted two chapters and at least a third is indicated as "coming soon") but from what we can read of it so far, it is nothing less than Infurnari's attempt to dramatize the creative process.
Dr. Haus returns with a monologue on how to create the perfect fantasy webcomic, using Wayfarer's Moon by Jason Janicki and Leigh Kellogg as an example and abusing the fourth wall in the process. Read on to find out how to create your own great fantasy world.
PX!, the Eisner nominated comic by Manny Trembley and Eric A. Anderson, is about as satisfying as the cotton candy the very pink website resembles. It looks great but can squish down into a tiny sugary wad pretty easily.