Archive - Jun 2006 - Story
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 13, 2006 - 23:46
Lots of good buzz from this year's MoCCa in New York. Here's a lot of photos from Dave Roman. Post other reports and photo links in the comments.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 13, 2006 - 21:30
The Comics Journal is going to revamp its site later this summer with Dirk Deppey reviving his Journalista! blog as part of the make-over. Journalista! was a great resource for all-around comics news in 2003, but since then The Comics Reporter has more than filled that gap for me. Still I recall Deppey's writing being fairly insightful, so I look forward to his return to the internets (Deppey has been the managing editor of the magazine - he will leave that position during the online revamp).
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 13, 2006 - 15:46
Lore writes about how two webcomics creators just received free Sumo beanbags and subsequently posted about it on their well-trafficed websites:
Scott Kurtz posts on PvP that he got a free sample beanbag from Sumo Lounge and he loves it. The same day, Tim Buckley posts on Ctrl+Alt+Del that he got a beanbag from Sumo -- he doesn't say where he got it -- and he likes it. Not casting aspersions here, I just think it's interesting that the "send free stuff and hope for a good review" approach is moving beyond the video games and accessories you'd expect to be associated with a gaming comic. Maybe in the near future Kutrz, Buckley, and company will be able to outfit a small apartment or clubhouse with free swag, just for doing their things.
It does seem to me you should disclose this kind of free swag if you're going to endorse it (which Kurtz did). Otherwise it's interesting as another bit of evidence that perhaps some webcomics are - in marketing speak - influencers.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 13, 2006 - 15:32
Fleen reports that Jon Rosenberg was handing out stickers with the URL http://www.teamforcealpha.com/ at MoCCA this past weekend.Ã‚ Given that Rosenberg just ended a webcomic (MegaGamerz) the speculation is that he will be rolling out a new webcomic callled Team Force Alpha.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 13, 2006 - 11:03
I do want to quibble a bit with one thing Eric wrote though:
It's interesting to me how few of those descendants followed in its footsteps, though -- comic books and four panel comics were far more fertile ground for webcartoonists. Lots more people ripped off were influenced by Calvin and Hobbes or Peanuts than The Far Side. Which saddens me, really, but I understand it. It's hard to bring the single panel funny. It's hard to have a strip without continuing characters, without even the barest vestiges of Story to hook jokes on, without even a second panel to allow for streamed execution. It's just plain hard, kids.
I don't disagree with how hard it is to do a single-panel comic but my sense is that there are more of them out there then perhaps Eric realizes. You also have to consider that because the web doesn't require a consistent format, you have a lot of webcomics that might do a one panel only sometimes - like a Boxjam's Doodle. Anyone want to help me out by pointing out some worthy descendants of
The Far Side Doctor Fun?
I'll start with one of my favorites: Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 13, 2006 - 10:29
Eyeskream is still taking submissions for new members here - it appears they will a few more in September and December.Ã‚
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 13, 2006 - 10:19
I just returned from a short vacation, but it looks like Erik "Giant Panda" Melander has kept the webcomic news tap flowing! Don't forget to check out the latest Checkerboard Nightmare installment and Neil Cohn's lastest article on "visual rhymes" has generated an awesomely entertaining comment thread.
Also I hope you've noticed I've been adding headline feeds from various creator blogs, webcomics and blogs about webcomics to the lefthand side of Comixpedia. (Clicking on "More" for any of those lists will take you to the full page version)
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 7, 2006 - 21:31
Blank Label Comics is having a contest -- the winner will receive a signed book from every BLC member that currently has a book out. The drawing will be open until 11:59 PM on Thursday, June 8 and the winner will be announced this Friday. To enter, just send an e-mail with your name and mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A nice post from Debbie Ridpath Oni on writing journals - she includes a lot of links to good resources on writing.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 7, 2006 - 18:12
Been out of pocket all day and apparently the site took a header into a ditch this morning.Ã‚ A quick check suggests an attack to me, but I'll sort it out later tonight.Ã‚
Consider this an open thread. Ã‚ Ã‚
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 5, 2006 - 21:42
I'm looking for a volunteer (or multiple someones) who is attending Comicon and would be willing to write a few posts that week (week of July 24th) for Comixpedia.
Webcomics have guest weeks - I guess this would be it's equivalent. If you're interested in being a Comixpedia guest blogger shoot me an email soon (xerexes AT comixpedia DOT com).