Archive - Jun 2007 - Story
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 16, 2007 - 12:03
Collective Comics features two current webcomics with announcements of more to come. The current comics include Rose City and Putt Hutt. Both seemed aimed squarely at the "guys being dudes, getting into trouble" genre.
Rose City is by Michael 'Big Sky' Schuyler and Pogues Malone - it started in 2006 and the art has improved considerably since it began. Story-wise it's episodic misadventures of twenty-something guys into comics and other guy stuff. Putt Hutt is by Danny O'Connell and it's art isn't that different from Rose City but it is in color (although unfortunately it does seem to go in for copy and paste quite a bit). It is, not surprisingly, about guys working at a miniature golf course.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 15, 2007 - 17:20
...There are more than 11 billion websites in existence. Admittedly about 10 billion of those are link farms, but I'm fairly certain there's no way to fit the rest into my bookmarks no matter how many sub-menus I use.
It seems to me -- for the purposes if this column -- that the best way to reduce this clutter is to combine domains, creating a new site that incorporates the strengths of both the originals...
Webcomics leviathan Penny Arcade may be a force to be reckoned with in gaming and online entertainment, but how long do they think they can hold on without kowtowing to the manga crowd? By combining with Deviant Art, the strip re-imagines Gabe and Tycho as a short-tempered Japanese schoolgirl in a miniskirt and a very sad, sexually ambiguous prince, respectively. The plot lines will stay the same as now, only in every panel the characters will either be staring soulfully at the reader or bathing.
Submitted by moovok on June 15, 2007 - 14:40
For a change Webcomics in PrintÂ gives you three reasons to visit the site this week. First of all we review the awesome Stuff Sucks #3Â and the mighty Afterstrife Chapter 2Â whilst also giving you an added dash of Book News just for those interested out there.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 15, 2007 - 11:00
The Daily Cartoonist is reporting on Randall Vanfossen's monthly publication "News Free Comics" which prints a number of comic strips. (I know I've seen a publication before that just ran comic strips but I can't remember it's name)
I'm not sure what the need is to pay for a paper that would deliver to me every month the newspaper strips I can already read in print or on the web the actual day they're published. The widespread availability of all newspaper strips on the web makes this approach even less valuable (I can imagine in days of yore getting this if it carried a strip I couldn't get in a local newspaper).
What would be interesting is if someone (oh like say a syndicate) put together an insert of comics that would be included in major newspapers around the country. I can imagine such an insert giving comics larger and better spacing on the page. But it's hard to believe no one's ever looked into this so I suspect the economics of doing it must be pretty lousy.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 15, 2007 - 00:41
Your overnight outage report:Â a bit of a glitch on an upgrade effort.Â I'll have to try again tomorrow.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 14, 2007 - 16:38
R Stevens made a video of him drawing Red Robot on a pre-pixelated t-shirt - nice idea for conventions but will he wash out?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 14, 2007 - 13:13
Talented scribe o' comics Matt Shepherd looks at screenwriting software and finds it lacking for writing comics. Does anyone have any suggestions on if there is a program that takes care of Matt's needs?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 14, 2007 - 11:14
A site note: as we'll be moving to the name ComixTalk next month, I've enabled the URL comixtalk.com which should now (or very soon) work (comixpedia.com will still continue to point to this site as well).
STOP THE PRESSES
- Journalista! catches the announcement that Tak Toyoshimaâ€™s Secret Asian Man has been picked up by United Features.
- FLEEN noted that Chris Baldwin's Little Dee will run at comics.com until the end of July. If there's no offer of syndication then Baldwin will move the strip back to its own domain at littledee.net.
GOING TO HELL IN A HANDBASKET
JUSTIFY MY HYPE
- Skull is Somewhere in Time. (Pop culture reference alert: the Christopher Reeve/Jane Seymour movie)
- Geek romance gone awry, xkcd style.
- Nerd Cord group Dual Core namechecks the Penny Arcaders in the new song First One's Free.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 13, 2007 - 09:41
[This sounds like an idea for Lunchbox Funnies...]
Howard Tayler has a coloring book based on his webcomic, Schlock Mercenary and he's giving it to anyone who makes a Paypal donation of any size. The book is 22 pages long and includes a maze, a matching game, and a word-search suitable for grown-ups with twisted minds.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 12, 2007 - 09:53
Big thanks to our current sponsors: the Learn To Draw the Human Figure anatomy course, Frank Schnaa's Splace.net, the webcomic Pinky TA, and the FDA-not-approved product Promicin, and all of our Project Wonderful advertisers.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
Warren Ellis is running a vote on three webcomics (must have RSS feed to be eligibile) to add to the Engine site.
With the Hero by Night Journals, DJ managed to capture that same sense of background and history, all neatly defined and delineated. Neither the journals nor the comic were able to grab me independantly - one was the shadow of an already finished tale, the story of a hero whose time had already ended, while the other was no different than countless other comics, with a kid finding a magic widget and blundering into superpowers. But together they formed something more than the sum of their parts - a story with a firm sense of past and present, which manages to keep the read all the more interested in the comicâ€™s future.
JUSTIFY MY HYPE
- Chapter 1 of The Vanguard is now available in print.
- Cartridge Comics is searching for its biggest fan (It's a contest).
- Draven: The Vampire Chronicle hits 100 pages!