Archive - Jun 24, 2006 - Story
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 24, 2006 - 17:10
I appreciate Zoinks a lot - a paper magazine on webcomic is actually something I've thought about myself from time to time.Ã‚ Now of course I should probably read an actual Zoinks to see what it's like...
I just saw a note from Josh of OnlineComics.net who apparently advertizes on the back of Zoinks with this ad featuring all of the sponsors his online site has had. Interesting...
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 24, 2006 - 16:54
First of all, a big thanks to our current sole sponsor: the webcomic Pewfell Porfingles. If you like humorous fantasy tales this is one you don't want to miss.
Next I want to welcome this week's guest bloggers: Jennie Breeden is the creator of Devil's Panties now published on Keenspot and Kisai is one of the administrators of Keenspot's free webcomic hosting service: Comic Genesis.
Last, a big thanks to our first round of guest bloggers: Clay Gardner and Barry Gregory. I did get a chance to read their posts and I thought it was interesting and thoughtful stuff. Thanks to both Clay and Barry!
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 24, 2006 - 16:39
How's the new Supes flick?
Anyone remember the earlier efforts to redo the man of steel - for awhile wasn't it going to be a Kevin Smith/Nick Cage version of Superman?Ã‚ Anyhow this is purportedly the Smith-penned script.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 24, 2006 - 09:06
Ninth Art was a site chock full of non-pretentious commentary on comics that has called it a day after five years of (mostly) regular updates. There's a nice farewell piece from the founders: Antony Johnston, Alasdair Watson and Andrew Wheeler and the site also picks its "best ofs" for the five years of its existence.
Paul O'Brien's "Bored With Comics" column last August was in retrospect a red flag for what is happening now. In his last piece for the site he still seems to have grown disenchanted with the failures of American comic book publishers, (both superhero and indy) to grow beyond their current readerships and notes that manga publishers may still be the ones to break out to wider audiences.
Submitted by BarryGregory on June 24, 2006 - 00:20
I recently read a novel written by an old college acquaintance of mine who's done rather well for himself in the world of science fiction and fantasy. In the foreward of the book he thanked his writers group, the same writers group I was a member of many years ago. For any of you not familiar with the concept of a writers group, the basic idea is that a group of writers band together, meet regularly -- whether in person or online -- and critique each others work. If all of the writers in the group are of a similar skill level, if all are producing regular amounts of work, and if all are participating in the critique sessions -- both giving as well as receiving, then the experience can be a very rewarding one. Of course, if the above conditions aren't met -- different skill levels, some producing others not, varying levels of participation in critiques -- then it's at best a waste of time and at worst a recipe for frustration. But when a writers group is working, really working, then every one participating will see an improvement in the quality of their work, sometimes a dramatic improvement.