Archive - Nov 2003 - Story
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 28, 2003 - 12:58
I've learned quite a bit from the "Measuring the Webcomic Audience" project this year. Pushing it to the next level though will require talents and time that Comixpedia staff alone does not have.
The next step for the project is to obtain data from counters (and possibly server logs if creators provide permission) to generate another source of readership data to complement (or possibly replace) the Alexa and Ranking data.
There is a very similar project for blogs called "Ecosystem" (which you can see here) that may be the basis for this similar effort for webcomics at Comixpedia. Or it may make more sense to create a new system from scratch.
If you are interested there will be a dedicated message board on the forums and a mailing list for more active participants.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 27, 2003 - 17:41
Here's one riffing on LOTR at Ubigod's World. Post any other webcomics in the Thanksgiving spirit here.
Or maybe those webcomics you're thankful for?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 27, 2003 - 08:02
"In webcomics, I'm currently working my way through the Modern Tales lineup in alphabetical order. Most of them I read all the way through, though a few of them just don't interest me at all. Just got through No Stereotypes. I also regularly read a few standbys: Sluggy Freelance, PVP, CRFH, GPF, It's Walky, Clan of the Cats, Gaming Guardians. And of course, everything on Graphic Smash.
"In printed comics, I'm sticking with Strangers in Paradise for a little while longer at least, now that Terry's finally getting around to some of the stories I wanted him to write three years ago. Mark Waid just 0wn0rs Fantastic Four. The fanboy in me craves it, along with JLA/Avengers and a lot of Brian Michael Bendis' work.
"Textwise, I just got through Chris Sherman's The Invisible Web and a book of Harlan Ellison short stories, and I'm reading a whole lotta blogs, 'cause all the cool people are writing them these days. Only half kidding: they have a perspective that I miss from my college years.
"What's next? I want to finish off Preacher (yes, I know the series wrapped years ago) and pick up Cory Doctorow's new collection... I've read a couple of his short stories and he's an author to watch. Webcomics-wise, I'll keep working my way down the alphabet with Modern Tales, then start on one of the other collectives... probably Keenspot or Girlamatic.
"Yeah, I'm serious, I really do read all this stuff. Scary, huh?"
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 26, 2003 - 12:40
Over at Sluggy Freelance, they are running a special (until November 27th) on the 8th Sluggy Freelance book, "Fire and Rain" (in hard cover). Pete Abrams notes that his publisher, Plan 9, also plans to bring all of the Sluggy Freelance books out in a hard cover edition at some point.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 26, 2003 - 11:09
The Unh! Project is collecting those "guttural moans" in comics.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 26, 2003 - 01:39
Peter Conrad, alternative comic artist and creator of the popular "Stymied" comic strip, released an application called Zeenster for the Palm OS that allows users to read comics on handhelds. Unlike other handheld comics readers, all Zeenster content is free and bumable. A non-proprietary file format encourages individuals to create their own Zeenster content using tools available over the Internet.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 25, 2003 - 23:27
Penny Arcade has partnered with the Seattle Children's Hospital and Amazon.com for "Child's Play." With the help of the Childrenâ€™s Hospital, Penny Arcade created an Amazon Wish List for the sick kids at the hospital. Every single contribution will help out the Childrenâ€™s Hospital and the 190,000 kids they treat each year.
More details on the Penny Arcade website.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 25, 2003 - 20:00
David Wright, besides drawing Todd and Penguin and contributing to Comixpedia, also posts his patented 8 Questions interviews with various webcomic stars. Most recently, he talked to Chris Furniss of Intelligent Life.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 25, 2003 - 12:32
Just as interesting are some of the comments to the story. Is I-Comics a nifty tool for reading webcomics or simply enabling republication without the creator's consent?
Submitted by David Wright on November 24, 2003 - 10:49
David Wright has taken a truly funny, well-drawn, engaging comic and done what Iâ€™ve seen precious few others do well. Heâ€™s imbued it with actual love. The pitfall in trying to do this is that invariably it comes off as corny or trite, and elicits more groans than laughter from readers. Witness the bane of all contemporary comic creators, The Family Circus. But with Todd & Penguin, the love is a natural part of its fabric. Like Calvin and Hobbes or Peanuts, it walks the line between sentimentality and sharp wit, and you never notice how difficult it should be to pull off.