Archive - 2010 - Story
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 5, 2010 - 09:49
Have fun at Webcomics Weekend Gary. Here's hoping there's a WWIII (the webcomic kind) so maybe I can make it next year...
INTERVIEW: Wow - an absolutely fantastic interview with Berke Breathed by Mike Russell of CulturePulp today. Long, but totally enjoyable with some revealing comments from the creator of Bloom County, Outland and Opus.
BUSINESS: Bill Roundy has two posts up with lots of numbers on his sales of his books at conventions (part one and part two). Roundy is a nice guy - I met him at SPX around 2005 I think. Definitely interesting to read through although he's very much got a lo-fi art, mini-comic approach and I don't know how much extrapolation you can pull from his experiences. (h/t JOURNALISTA!!)
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 4, 2010 - 13:05
For some reason Google Reader is showing EVERY entry on every RSS feed (instead of only the unread ones) - if anyone can help me with getting this back to the way it's supposed to work please tell me how! Thanks. I'm still busy but one thing that caught my eye this week was the Supreme Court case on videogames which the CBLDF actually has a couple of blog posts up on - one a roundup of news and the other a reaction from new CBLDF counsel Bob Corn-Revere. Based on questions quoted her, the current Supreme Court seems to me to be much less friendly to First Amendment rights than the Court in the 90's that gave the Internet and the Web the full protection of the First Amendment. This quote in particular from new Justice Alito describing video games as “a new medium that cannot possibly have been envisioned at the time the First Amendment was ratified” is really quite startling. Most "mediums" are newer than the passage of the First Amendment, comics included.
NOT (QUITE) WEBCOMICS: Lauren Davis has a nice recap of the non-comics anthology Machine of Death reaching #1 for a day at Amazon and what it might mean for webcomics.
Rick Smith writes about his webcomic Yehuda Moon & The Kickstand Cyclery which tells the story of two guys who run a bike shop and the challenges they face in the store and on the road. Yehuda's the utilitarian advocate; Joe's the go-fast pragmatist. Thistle Gin, a wrench and biking mom, rounds them out. I'm a fan of Smith's work from his comic Shuck and although I haven't been following Yehuda, it looks pretty good. I'm not really much of a cyclist but that didn't seem to be an issue with enjoying the series so far.
Richard Pulfer writes about his new superhero webcomic called Blue Yonder. Written by Pulfer and Luke Perks and illustrated by Diego Diaz, it's billed as a coming-of-age superhero tale:
Jared Davenport was born to be a superhero. The son of high-flying crime-fighter Albatross, Jared is used to saving the world before curfew as the sonic superhero Blue Yonder. When a mysterious enemy unleashes a brutal vendetta against the Davenports, Jared finds himself on the run in the back alleys of Venture City, with his only allies the washed-up superheroes dwelling on the other side of the tracks. But the enemy is closer than Jared suspects, and he must learn who he can trust before it’s too late.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 2, 2010 - 10:42
?Um Norte Americanos en Estados Unidos? Please remember to vote today.
AWARDS: The WCCAs which lasted for most of this decade as an awards program for webcomics don't show any public signs of resurrection. The long-running webcomic-focused site The Webcomics List started an award last year that they are returning for a second edition this year. Here's a press release with a run-down on this year's edition.
- Aaron Diaz has another crafty post in his art blog, this one about silhouettes.
- In this video of a panel from Intervention 2010, Hawk discusses some of his photoshop-fu for making AppleGeeks.
- Zach Kagin writes about the online debut of his comic Slightly On Center - a three-year long comic strip printed three days a week in local New Haven newspapers. Kagin describes it as "a cross between xkcd and Cyanide & Happiness, ranging from the nerdy to the existential and inappropriate."
- Tommy Phillips writes about the horror in space webcomic The Horror of Colony 6. Phillips does the art for the comic and he does a nice job so far.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 1, 2010 - 09:54
NOVEMBER? F'r reals? Wow... Okay a short update today - first off congratulations to Kate Beaton on winning Lulu of the Year and all the other Lulu winners. ABRUPT TRANSITION: speaking of Kate Beaton, she tweeted a pretty obvious TRUE point that apparently led to a reenactment of Crossfire! on twitter. Anyhow I think Ken Dahl's comic sums it up well (h/t Scott McCloud) and has the benefit of being independently awesome anyhow.
REVIEW: Delos interviews Witch Knots.
CRAFT: Benjamin Birdie posts another breakdown of a comic page - he's been doing this somewhat regularly for awhile now.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Kris Straub lays to rest the persistent rumors that he is a
Last but not least please vote in my poll on "how do you read your daily batch of webcomics" - click here to vote and see the results so far.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 28, 2010 - 09:56
I think I mentioned that Dave Roman told me at SPX this year about the print graphic novel of his webcomic Astronaut Academy coming out next year - above is a photo of the cover art. Also in random early this AM thoughts, I saw this flow chart from Fast Company on how to explain the Internet to a 19th Century English street urchin. Comic or not comic? Definitely funny though.
- Daily Cross Hatch posts the third part of its 3 part interview with Drew Weing. Weing's graphic novel, Set To Sea, is a great read.
- Shaenon Garrity reviews Richard Thompson's Cul De Sac.
- Drawn blog gives a short plug to Dustin Harbin's Diary Comics #1 book.
- Robot 6 gives a short plug to Axe Cop, including the upcoming book collection from Dark Horse.
- The Machine of Death (not comics) story anthology reached #1 on Amazon for part of yesterday. That really is an amazing testimony to the fan base of several webcomics creators including Ryan North and David Malki!.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 27, 2010 - 09:30
Your comic pundit throwdown for the week: Shaenon Garrity serves up 10 Things to Know About the Future of Comics and Larry "El Santo" Cruz responds with 10 Things to Know About the Future of Webcomics.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 26, 2010 - 14:12
Not webcomics but stories from lots of cool folks including many webcomic types. Plus illustrations from MANY comic types including Kate Beaton. David Malki! and others have blogged and tweeted all day trying to get this to the top of the Amazon chart TODAY and by gawd they've succeeded - check it out: #1 on the Amazon Best Seller List (time: 2:10 PM EST).
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 25, 2010 - 09:39
It's Monday already? Over the weekend Warren Ellis asked who else is doing a long form webcomic for print collections a la Freak Angels? - lots of interesting links in the thread.
- IO9 has a review of Shannon Garrity's webcomic, Skin Horse. For those who missed it IO9 also did a review of Digger recently.
- Art Patient has a review of Integration.
- Marc Lapierre creates a nice piece of webcomic zombies fan art. Lapierre's webcomic is called Spooky Doofus.
- Fanboys does a nice Seinfeld/D&D mashup parody.
- Comics Alliance notes the appearance of Kate Beaton's "Fat Pony" character on the teevee series Adventure Time.
- Erin's The Most Pretentious Girl in the World is filled with short essays, many of which are filled with illustrations such that I'm calling them comics. Awkward, honest, funny stuff.
NOT WEBCOMICS: Lines and Colors blog links to this site showing incredible close-ups of works of art. The site - Haltadefinizione - (English version here), is an Italian project specializing in high-definition photography and has made available on the web several great masterpieces in what can be considered extreme high resolution.
Darryl Hughes (creator of GAAK and The Continentals) writes about a new project Chevalier: The Queen's Mouseketeer. The webcomic is by Hughes along with Tiffany Ross (Alien Dice, Abby's Agency) and is the story of a blacksmith mouse with the heart of a hero who must rescue a kidnapped Princess in order to stop two kingdoms bound for war and claim his destiny. Hughes describes Chevalier as "The Princess Bride meets the Lord of the Rings in a Disney/Pixar movie written in Dr. Seuss rhyme starring a mouse".
James Randell writes about his most recent comic that parodies several newspapers comics including Mary Worth, Spiderman, Pearls Before Swine and many more. The comic is part of his ongoing series Newspaper Comic Strip, the tale of an amnesiatic comic strip character who somehow becomes self-aware. Newspaper Comic Strip is written by Randell and illustrated by Justin Pasieka and is resuming updates on a biweekly schedule after a temporary hiatus.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 22, 2010 - 10:53
Friday! Awesome! Woohoo! I hope everyone saw that the Comics Alliance blog has a great interview with Kate Beaton -- lots of charming anecdotes in there. She did in fact have the longest lines of fans at SPX this fall.
REVIEW: El Santo reviews Lovecraft Is Missing. He reviewed a bunch of horror-themed webcomics this week.
CRAFT: T.J. Kirsch shows off his work process on the webcomic he draws -- She Died In Terrebonne (written by Kevin Church).
Nina Paley writes about confusion over the different types of Creative Commons copy
rightleft licenses - a good read.
- Steve Lieber finds his comic posted at the infamous discussion board 4Chan, enters the arena and... wins? An interesting tale of an actual exchange of views and Lieber's subsequent decision to post his own preview of his work.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 21, 2010 - 09:53
It is just one of those weeks - next week looks like it might be a lost cause too. Anyone want a guest blogging spot next week? Have your computer talk to my computer.
In the meantime I wanted to plug Gordon McAlpin's Multiplex book Enjoy Your Show which definitely deserves a full review (hopefully soon!). When the comic started I mistook it for another comic about movies when all along it's an epic tale about people who work at a movie theater (many of whom love movies). This is a collection of the first year -- some of the art definitely looks like it, but the writing and pacing is already there. A really well done production of a book too. And look Bryan Lee O'Malley gave it a plug -- "Multiplex perfectly portrays the real foibles and friendships of a lousy job with a couple of perks. Also, it looks round and colorful and sweet, like delicious candy. I recommend reading Multiplex over getting an actual job."
One more note -- former ComixTalk contributor Derik Badman has a new column up at the Hooded Utilitarian called Permanent Ink. Please go check it out - Derik is a very engaging writer who brings thoughtful, knowledgeable criticism to comics.