Archive - Sep 2008 - Story
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 30, 2008 - 13:38
Will the economy crater as Washington fiddles? Will Wall Street bigshots get their bonuses? Will there be any banks left standing by the end of the year?
Man that's serious... after yelling at your representatives for letting things get so bad we're in this mess we all need a laugh. Post some links to comics on the crisis de jour.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 30, 2008 - 09:20
I meant to post about this earlier in the month but what the hey -- Aaron Diaz finished up his "Hob" storyline at Dresden Codak this month (last comic; first comic) and while there was a ton of discussion on his forum I didn't see much reaction around the web except for El Santo who generally doesn't seem to have liked the transhumanism aspect of the Hob storyline (El Santo also reviewed Dresden Codak for ComixTalk earlier this year).
I did see this review from Saloon Muyo which did seem to be mostly about the Hob storyline (Muyo was put off by the character development in the storyline) but for such a popular strip I was surprised there wasn't more reaction to its first complete major storyline.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 29, 2008 - 22:17
Neal Stephenson is an amazing processor of information.Â I (like countless other fans of his work) am currently reading Anathem, his latest novel which tackles such myriad issues as religion, science, the long clock... I'm only 200 pages into a lengthy brick of a book.Â So far it is living up to the amazing trilogy of his previous work, The Baroque Cycle books.
If you missed them, The Baroque Cycle books are Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World.Â Stephenson has an amazing ability to process, digest and integrate knowledge in his work -- the books are historical fiction and yet they have this very science fiction feel to them that is bound up in the tremendous excitement about discovery and possibility Stephenson brings to the story.Â You read these books knowing at once the historical contours of where they will go, but you get so engaged in the characters wild journey through the amazingly productive time of the books (1660-1715) that there is a giddy feel for the discovery of modern financial systems akin to Doc Brown inventing a time machine.
Stephenson was one of the first authors I saw who let fans use the Internet to take apart his books online or at least the knowledge in them.Â The first time I saw this was on a site called the Metaweb which was a wiki built around the books of The Baroque Cycle (sadly the URL seems to have lapsed and the work is only accessible through the Wayback Machine).Â Now there seems to be a similar effort built around Anathem.Â This wiki approach is a natural for an author who layers so much material into his narrative; it seems intuitive for readers to pull the layers back again and to build that knowledge outwards.
This is a small thing, but I'm just struck by how fans of a work might no longer view the reading of the book as the end of the experience, but instead take on such a thing as working on a wiki built around the book.Â How does that change the readers' relationship to the book; the author's relationship to the readers?Â I'm not entirely sure if there's any generalization that's entirely valid -- nothing requires readers to be anything more than readers, just as nothing requires a writer to pay attention to the world beyond a paper and pen in front of them.Â Nevertheless, with work like Stephenson's it's really interesting to think about the life of the book beyond the acts of writing it and reading it.
Stephenson recently spoke at the Googleplex; the Q&A provides a lot of insight into what he's interested in and how he approaches his writing (I liked in particular his thoughts on the "deification of knowledge").
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 29, 2008 - 09:29
NEW and IMPROVED!
Check out our interview with TRACED creator Tracy White, one of the nominees for Best Online Comic at this year's Ignatz Awards.
And what did I hear on the radio this morning but NPR's interview with Chris Onstad of Achewood and "The Great Outdoor Fight" - very cool, probably only the second webcomic interview on NPR I can think of in 10 years (Pete Abrams being the other one).
The Harveys were awarded at this past weekend's Baltimore Comicon and Nicholas Gurewitch won for Perry Bible Fellowship. (Gurewitch also won a "Special Award for Humor")
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
ComicMix has the scoop on Stephen Colbert's upcoming appearance in a Spiderman comic -- I still remember fondly the SNL-Spiderman issue (I have that somewhere; wonder if it's worth a couple bucks...)
Submitted by Derik Badman on September 27, 2008 - 10:20
I wanted to share an invite to this online comics event:
Here comes Met@Morph, the first annual Web Comics Comic-Con and Conference held exclusively in Second Life! The Comic Book Bin, along with The Center for EduPunx and the Institute for Comics Studies, invites you to attend the inworld gathering on Friday October 3, 2008. The preliminary schedule features an international roster of web comics creators, Second Life comics creators, scholars, teachers, students, and designers. If you have questions, please email Beth Davies, firstname.lastname@example.org. You can see the conference schedule here. On October 3, simply teleport to Front Range, which will be public for the event.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 26, 2008 - 15:36
Chickenbutt The EVIL LEAGUE OF EVIL is recruiting! Those of you with enough of an attention span to remember Dr. Horrible's Singalong Blog from this summer know that it's not easy to get into Bad Horse league of villians, but much cooler than joining the Henchman's Union.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 26, 2008 - 08:59
Well I guess it's news since FLEEN has it posted: the Webcomic Idol contest at Bombshell is returning and they let me return as a judge once again. The guys at Bombshell do a good job running it and for the most part I think it's been a great experience for all involved, winners and losers. I'll be joined this year at the judges table by DJ Coffman, Brad Guigar and Jim Mahfood.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 22, 2008 - 12:04
Reuben Bolling does a very funny Forrest Gump-like take on the history of comics in a three part series in his comic Tom The Dancing Bug. Behind the Salon wait-for-an-ad wall but worth the wait. Click here for part 1, part 2 and part 3 of the "history of Doug, an unremarkable cartoon character."
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 22, 2008 - 10:26
Welcome to ComixTalk... may I take your order? I've got an interview with the elusive Pokey the Penguin up and Brigid Alverson talks with Jeremy Ross of TokyoPop about its Manga Pilots program. You may also want to check out my weekend post chock-filled with links to interesting stories and a new comic worth checking out. (What exactly is a "chock" and how would you fill it?)
Missed this, but Creative Commons has an interview with Mr. Diesel Sweeties, Rich Stevens. Back in 2005, ComixTalk held a roundtable on creative commons licenses and comics with T Campbell, Lawrence Lessig, Neeru Paharia, Mia Garlick, JD Frazer, and Cory Doctorow.
ComixMix has an interview with D.J. Coffman, currently working on Flobots. (Folks should also check out D.J.'s very recent post on hosting your webcomic yourself - a short guide to getting started online independently.)
Digital Strips has a short interview with Zach Weiner - of SMBC and Captain Excelsior
Rick Marshall had a great interview with Jennie Breeden of Devil's Panties.
David Rothman looks at the decline in traffic to Wowio.com but as Dirk Deppey notes, Wowio was essentially off the air for a good chunk of the summer.
I neglected to mention Andrew Wahl won first and third place in the International Cartoon contest at the Homer Davenport Days festival in Oregon earlier this month. Wahl is a talented cartoonist - check out more of his work here. Also, I just think it's cool that a town has an entire festival to celebrate Homer Davenport - an internationally respected and pioneering political cartoonist from the turn of the century.
Two East Coast events coming up fast. First this coming weekend is the Baltimore Comicon (with, as FLEEN notes, the only East Coast appearance of all four How To Make Webcomics authors) The Baltimore Comicon is where the Harvey Awards are presented - Shaenon Garrity has the scoop on a contest to win tickets to the Harvey Awards.
Next from October 4-5th is my hometown (close enough anyhow) convention, the Small Press Expo (SPX) over in Bethesda, Maryland. The Ignatz Awards are presented at SPX. Guests include Bryan Lee O’Malley, James Kochalka, Richard Thompson, Tom Tomorrow, etc!
JUSTIFY MY HYPE
Dirk Deppey links to this pretty cool idea -- The Superest wherein Kevin Cornell and Matthew Sutter take turns creating superheroes and villains that defeat each other’s creations. And Tom Spurgeon links to news of a book deal for the site.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 21, 2008 - 11:31
So after wandering the wilds of Arizona last week I thought I'd catch us all up on some things from webcomicland:
First off here's a post from DJ Coffman any creator looking to do the webcomic thing should read: "Host your own friggin' webcomic" shows how you can start up a webcomic for almost nothing.
Last week there was a good interview with Gordon McAlpin, the talented creator of Multiplex and a co-host of the Triple Feature movie podcast. I've been reading Multiplex from day one so I don't really know if it's underrated or not -- either way if you're not reading it give it a look -- it's a great mix of actual story along with a big box of
popcorn movie-related subjects.
Chcuk Rozakis ask some good questions about how comics publishers will make use of the web. Is he right that a "perfect" e-reader will be a print-killer? Is DRM (i.e., copyright protection) going to slow down or stop fans migration to the publishers' web offerings?
El Santo takes a look at Marvel's announcement it's putting original material - comics based on the Hulk and Iron Man movies - up on the web.
Here's an interview with aka Gabe and Tycho from this year's PAX about the Penny Arcade empire, including the location (BOSTON!) of next year's PAX EAST.
Roddenberry comics is giving away stuff: a 2009 Roddenberry Comics Calendar, featuring episodes from “Gene’s Journal’ and “Rod Barry,"; a pair of clocks of both “Gene’s Journal” and “Rod & Barry,” and a “Gene’s Journal” journal, ready to keep your most trusted thoughts and memories. Check out the site for contest details.
JUSTIFY MY HYPE
Check out the newest bit of robot-goodness: Lovesick Robot.