Archive - Jan 16, 2007 - Story
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 16, 2007 - 23:11
As we head into 2007 I'm fairly positive about the course Comixpedia is on. We're heading for another software upgrade within Drupal that will let me do some cool things (probably end of January) and I'm working on getting new life and a little more content into the magazine. Lots of stuff I'm excited about.
But I'd like to get some other people involved in the daily blogging here on the front page. It's already helped that so many people post "user blogs" every day, but in terms of front page posts (and spotting user blogs for promotion to the front page) I think things would be better with at least a few more people participating.
Why blog for Comixpedia? Actually I'd like to know the answer to that myself :)
In all seriousness Comixpedia has several good things going for it: it's the oldest ongoing webcomic news and commentary site around, it has a pretty decent share of the "reading about webcomics" audience (and our news is syndicated at the webcomics hub The Webcomic List), and it has an audience filled not only with webcomics-savvy fans, but creators, publishers, and others contributing in significant ways to webcomics.
I'm not looking for clones of myself, but other interesting voices to add to the daily mix. I'm looking for all kinds of people from any kind of background. Ideally we're also looking for someone(s) who can submit 2-3 posts a week and would stick with it for at least 6 months (say til July).
If you're interested here's how to apply - I'd like anyone who wants front page status here at Comixpedia to post a comment here with anything they want to write about why they'd make a good addition to the front page here at Comixpedia. Then over the rest of the month (up to and including Jan. 31) write at least three "try-out" posts using your user blog (write more if you want). A "try-out" post should be the kinds of things you'd want to write on the front page. BE SURE TO TAG these posts with this tag - "new blogger" (in topics) so I know they are posts for consideration for front page status. I'll post a round-up of links to all of the try-out posts on Feb. 1st so I can get feedback from the rest of Comixpedia on who should get front page status.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 16, 2007 - 22:16
This is kind of a catch-all sticky post that'll be up here for awhile.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 16, 2007 - 00:21
More articles uploaded to the January issue of Comixpedia Magazine: an interview with Tyler Martin, creator of Wally & Osborne and another installment of Full Story Highlights which features completed webcomics. Don't forget to check out last week's articles: an interview with Foxy Lollop creator Mike Lacroix, Jon Morris' Plea for Hand-Lettering comic and 24 Hour Pixel People interviews King Arthur.
And now on to the news & views!
- Two new collectives launched today. The first one being Lunchbox Funnies which is billed as an all-ages comics collective. There's a blog post from co-founder Tyler Martin here and a bit in our interview with him (also posted today). The other one is called Sugarskull and features "an eclectic group of webcomics that have banded together to bring their collective Rock to the world â€“ no two are alike, but they play together nicely all the same. The list of comics there includes Vampirates, The Awakened, Small Noises and The Reader.
- Diesel Sweeties newspaper-style is showing up now on comics.com. To me at least, Rich's sensibility is pretty different then the bulk of what's on the newspaper page so it was interesting to see the comics United Media chose to recommend to readers of DS: Monty, Opus, and The Grizzwells. (Also of Clango-related interest: FLEEN has a short write-up of Rich Stevens's recent webcomic creator-strewn surprise 30th birthday party.)
- Scott Kurtz is using Project Wonderful to offer some ads on his PvP website. He's trying to limit them to use by other webcomics.
JUSTIFY MY HYPE
- Peter Bagge does his best imitation of John Stossel as channeled by Rob Corddry. Gimme a break!
- Howard Tayler gives a well-deserved plug to Rob Balder's and Jamie Noguchi's Erfworld.
- Words & Pictures is always funny but today's hits that father of under 6 year old demo perfectly...
- As if xkcd needs a plug from Comixpedia, but today's (Monday) flowchart kept me laughing for much longer then you'd think. Must be all the engineers in my family tree.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- Superhero theme songs - I think all of these are real...
- Another Narbonic retrospective podcast as Narbonic: Director's Cut continues.
- The Comics Reporter links to an issue of Foreword that focuses on comics. I haven't read this magazine before but a quick skim looked interesting.
- Johanna Draper Carlson writes an interesting blog on comics. This post on why webcomics don't show up in many best of year lists for comics (really comic books) is interesting.
- World Freehand Circle Drawing Champion. This is oddly impressive... (link from Boing BOINg)