Very few comics can reference Men in Black, John Carpenterâ€™s The Thing, and painter Thomas Eakins in a single story line, much less a story line that includes extreme violence, puns, slapstick, and touching self sacrifice. And even fewer can do it in such a way that is so seamlessly professional and on tone as any work in print or on the web. But that is what you get 5 days a week in Kristofer Straubâ€™s Starslip Crisis.
As our potent and fearsome leader Xerexes pointed out in his most recent post here, too many people are all "Dude, webcomics suck!", "Comics fans are weirdos disconnected from the real world!", "The webcomics community sucks!" and so on and so forth. So I thought I would use my Blogging PowersTM to discuss why I think webcomics are the coolest thing since something else really cool happened.
Pete Abrams, the creator of Sluggy Freelance, one of the more celebrated and long-running (longest-running?) serialized webcomics ever not only is coming up on 10 years of Sluggy, but recently welcomed a new addition to the Abrams family: Sarah Emily Abrams, born May 12th, 2007. (Ed: Congratulations!) We managed to catch up with Pete before Sarah Emily's birth and talked to him about his favorite Sluggy moments, balancing running a webcomic with family life and how he makes his living from Sluggy.com.
It is a print comic but Strangers in Paradise, Terry Moore's magnum action comedy soap opera epic about two women with very confusing personal lives, has come to an end. Moore has self published SiP since 1993, and it is one of the most successful independant comics in print. Honestly, I'm a little broken up about it.
Apparently Todd Goldman just doesn't understand how PR works.
Fleen is reporting that they have received a letter threatening legal action if FLEEN doesn't take down "certain comments and disparaging remarks that are posted and housed on your website (www.fleen.com)…" and "articles posted on your website which contain defaming, derogatory and malicious statements about Mr. Goldman".
Fleen is also saying Mr. Goldman has sent similiar letters to other sites that reported on the recent copyright violation debacle. (Comixpedia has not received any letter at this time).
Joey Manley, over here, is talking about a post he made over here, about this book here. And having read all three of these things, I have come to an important realization about comics and why they are not in the "mainstream" even though people are working so hard to legitimize them.
Randall Munroe, writer of minimalist computer/romance humor comic strip xkcd, was kind enough to grant Comixpedia an email interview, where he discusses how to pronounce the title of his comic, some thoughts on producing the strip, and which raptor style dinosaur he would prefer to be attacked by. Enjoy!
Back in the year 2001 I was burning out on webcomics. Alot of the comics out there were just geek fare, and not particularly well written geek fare. Artistic ability was, well, a bit rough for most strips. I had never heard of most of the real good ones that had come out at around that time. And I was only 18 so I was at a particularly annoying age. I was ready to give up on the medium in general, move on to other things. Like Vampire: The Masquerade. Annoying age, remember.