Archive - Jul 2005 - Story
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 31, 2005 - 11:21
A couple of housekeeping notes. First - you have until midnight tonight to enter the DEAD EYES OPEN comic book giveaway contest. I'm a bit shocked I've had only 4 entries so far. With five prizes that makes it great for the current entrants but we've got over a 1000 registered members and more than 10 times that number of casual vistors on most days. Sure to enter you've got to send in something for our ZOMBIE Webcomic JAM but it can be as good or simple a sketch as you want. Just send me a link to a URL to zombie @ comixpedia.com before midnite tonight.
Second our August issue is scheduled to start on August 15th but we'll be providing daily news updates on the site as usual. We have a great piece of cover art for August from Paul Taylor that I'll put up later today.
Third, I've knocked our sponsorship rates back down again (these are the image + text ads that run down the side of the site) so 1 week is $15 and 1 month is $55. Please be sure to check out our current sponsors: Marilith, an action-adventure webcomic by Sean Lindsay and Fantasy Realms, a digital graphic novel of high fantasy by Garnder and Geyer.
UPDATE: Battlegate is also a current sponsor - please check it out! We also love our banner advertisers! On that note, the banner campaign for Sordid City Blues just ended. Great banner and one of the best relationship comics you can read on the web or off.
Submitted by PhilKahn on July 31, 2005 - 10:34
The Washington Webtoonists are meeting up again, as it's the first Tuesday of the month... and that's kinda their thing. Click "read more" for location and time.
Xerexes: For what it's worth I'll (most likely) be there again as well.
Submitted by John Troutman on July 31, 2005 - 10:32
In a move that boggles the mind of most sane people, Sporkman has returned to the web once again, on a Monday through Friday schedule that's likely to kill its creator. All the same, Sporkman's new adventures began on July 25th.
Submitted by Tom Brazelton on July 29, 2005 - 16:24
Dayfree Press creators Theater Hopper and Nothing Nice to Say will be making an appearance on Artist's Alley at Wizard World Chicago. The event is being held this Thursday, August 4 to Sunday, August 7 at the Rosemont Convention Center in Chicago, Illinois.
Submitted by glych on July 29, 2005 - 11:44
Well, Webcomics Nation is go. It looks like it's priced at $9.95 a month. (more details in our post below). The launch caught Warren Ellis' eye. Ellis also noted this morning on his Bad Signals mail list that certain media execs have not looked favorably upon the leak, bittorrenting and subsequent cult popularity for the Global Frequency pilot and that "it as dead as dead can get as a TV series."
Also Glych is (literally) having a paper drive to help her keep making comics.
Several years ago, due to my broke-ness, I held the first official paper drive where fans of my work could buy me paper. Just recently, I've run out of the last of those wonderful contributions from those loyal fans (thank you all!). I am still just as "Starving" of an "Artist" as I was those many moons ago. I have a large ammount of work ahead of me, not just with No Stereotypes but also NonPersons, the Experiment, and new Red Dahlia chapters to come...All of which is difficult to produce for me...you know...without paper.
You can find out how to donate paper or just drop some ducats in her tip jar at the site.
And be sure to check out this collaborative gallery of sketches drawn with a ball point pen. It is pretty amazing.
UPDATE:Global Frequency was a television project based on Warren Ellis' popular graphic novel franchise of the same name. A pilot episode was completed and the show was scheduled to premiere in the Spring of 2005 on the WB television network. A change in network management altered the plans for Global Frequency and it seemed that Global Frequency would never be seen on television. In June 2005, however, a digital copy of the Global Frequency pilot episode made its way onto the Internet and a fanbase has developed around it. More details on this website.
Submitted by Joey Manley on July 29, 2005 - 10:44
Joey Manley, publisher of the leading commercial webcomics site, Modern Tales, announced today that WebcomicsNation.com, a premier hosting and automation service for online cartoonists, has launched today.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 28, 2005 - 17:21
The entry for webcomics at the Wikipedia is getting longer. I have a few questions about the entry though that I wanted to see if the Comixpedia community knows the answers to:
Was the Polymer City Chronicles the "first regularly published webcomic"? The entry grants that Where the Buffalo Roam was the first comic online and that Doctor Fun was the first comic on the World Wide Web so I'm not even sure what "first" is being claimed for Polymer City Chronicles.
Was Bob and George the first "sprite comic" on the web?
Questions not answered at all: What was the first "infinite canvas" webcomic? What was the first "multimedia" webcomic? What was the first flash-driven webcomic? Others?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 28, 2005 - 12:56
Erm, right now I've got more prizes than entries so the odds to win are looking too bad. Remember if you crank out (or loving obsess over - either way) a ZOMBIE WEBCOMIC JAM entry to Comixpedia before midnight this Sunday, July 31st you get: (1) entered in a contest to win signed copy of the new DEAD EYES OPEN comic book by Matt "Snake Eyes" Shepherd and Roy "Banana-fanna, Fo-fanna" Boney, Jr.; (2) your webcomic jam entry (with accompanying self-promotional text) posted here on Comixpedia; and (3) a good feeling about yourself that will carry you through your times of trouble.*
Mail those WEBCOMIC ZOMBIE JAM entries to zombie @ comixpedia . com
* good feelings may not be legal in your state or territory. Check local listing for details.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 28, 2005 - 12:47
Thursday are best spent lost in a good book. But first the webcomic news!
Or not-webcomic news. There's a trailer for V is For Vendetta up. Creator Alan Moore dumped on the project in an interview earlier this year, but it can't possibly be as bad as LXG. Can it?
There's a NY Times article examing whether Amazon's practice of listing used versions of books alongside the new version hurts or helps its overall sales of books. I'm not sure how exactly but it struck me that this parallels somewhat how some webcomic creators have elected to put out both online and print versions of their comics to their own benefit.
Apparently, ConnectiCon has raised over 30,000 dollars in its Save
Ferris!Connecticon donation drive and will be able to pay off the debt incurred from this year's edition.
Scott McCloud links to Wondermark which is an interesting spin on the clip art style. The art consists of Victorian Age clip art (although unlike some strips it does vary the clip art from panel to panel). The writing is very sharp.
Stan LeeXerexes says "Check it out!"
And the Omaha Funksters are looking for new webcomics creators to join their collective.
Excelsior! Party On! Hasta La Vista! Wakka Wakka Wakka! I got nothing...
Submitted by UrsulaV on July 28, 2005 - 01:06
The first two chapters of Graphic Smash's occasionally acclaimed weird fantasy saga, Digger, is finally available in paperback format, suitable for all the times you're in the bathroom, on a plane, or taking a long car ride and find yourself thinking "Man, I could really use something epic, with wombats, about now. And an oracular slug would just be icing on the cake."
Digger, Volume One is available from Sofawolf Press and includes an exclusive six page mini-comic.