Archive - Apr 2008 - Story
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 30, 2008 - 09:56
Tom Spurgeon interviews Travis Corcoran of Heavy Ink. I'm not super-familiar with HeavyInk.com but on first glance it's kind of a cross between an online comics store and a comics fan social network.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 30, 2008 - 09:46
Tom Spurgeon has an interview with Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Charles Brownstein about his group's recent string of successes. The most recent CBLDF news is the successful outcome in the long-running Gordon Lee case.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 30, 2008 - 09:33
Kevin Kelly posts a follow-up to his 1000 True Fans essay called "The Case Against 1000 True Fans" with some links to previous writings from other artists and a bit of data Kelly has collected since he wrote his first essay. All of this is very familar to webcomic artists - it's all about trying to understand how an artist can make a living from their work and whether these Internet-enabled times are the best of.. or the worst of times for the artist.
A related story from TechDirt explores whether the era of the amateur blogger is over -- as blogging has grown many of the most popular bloggers have "quit their day jobs" not unlike the growth curve we've seen with webcomics over the last 5-10 years.
UPDATE: also related is a post from Rivkah on the decision to quit (or not!) the day job and do comics full-time.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 29, 2008 - 09:03
The Scienteers team up with Vincent Ouroboros for a video presentation on "webcomics" which is actually pretty funny. The guy playing the "narrator" (aka Vincent Ouroboros) has the right voice for the mock-Masterpiece Theater vibe but doesn't quite look the part.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 29, 2008 - 08:45
Gary has 99% positive praise for the new How To Make Webcomics book from the four horsemen of the Halfpixelypse. I haven't seen a less-then-sterling review so far so I'm guessing if you're interested in making webcomics this is a book you want for your shelf where you put books.
I still need to order a copy but I've been paralyzed by indecision over which of the four authors to order it from!
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 28, 2008 - 11:24
T Campbell has a post up about writing which has some good practical advice for crafting words as well as working with an artist.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 27, 2008 - 22:17
James Turner is too busy being awesome I guess and put up a contest to be the guest artist for Beaver and Steve for a month. I thought, hey I love Beaver & Stever and while I probably won't "win" anything it'll be a good exercise to try and draw the comic for the contest. So here's my first shot.
What do you think? Should I submit it? Or try again...
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 25, 2008 - 09:33
I just spotted a "what's going on" post at Tyler Martin's LJ that should be of interest to anyone who reads his comics or uses his Comicpress theme for Wordpress:
Been really busy this year. Worked on several projects. Some include the Webcomic related sites Comixtalk, PVP, Looking For Group, Least I Could Do and CAD the Series. Still working on a few more as well as the new version of ComicPress... 2.5, due out within the next week or so and it is going to rock for those trying to customize the layout.
My own comic, Wally & Osborne, has taken a back seat unfortunately. But I'm working to start it back up again soon with a new look and a new site. Even so the comic has been renewed to run another year at Funbrain, alongside Silent Kimbly and NY Times Bestseller Diary of A Wimpy Kid. The new comics will be appearing there soon as well.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 25, 2008 - 08:19
Wired covers ROFLCon and its cast of "micro-celebrities". The Intertubes is a fickle dump truck...
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 24, 2008 - 11:01
Kevin Kelly wrote a widely discussed blog post called "1000 True Fans" about the prospects of making a living off of a 1000 "true" fans - those completely dedicated to a particular artist. He's posted an interesting letter from musician Robert Rich about his life as an independent musician making music in a fairly niche genre which both confirms and tempers the optimism of Kelly's first post.