DJ Coffman has posted an extensive combined Platinum Studios visit/Wizarwold LA con report. Platinum Studios is publishing Coffman’s Hero by Night, which was the winner of the Comic Book Challenge that Platinum sponsored.
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The entry for the third volume of the comics anthology Attitude, edited by Ted Rall, has been deleted from Wikipedia. The cause for deletion according to the newly created “deletion review” (which is a petition to overturn the deletion) was that it was advertising.
Why is this news (albeit on a slow day) on a site about webcomics? Because the complete title of the third volume is Attitude 3: The New Subversive Online Cartoonists. While perhaps a bit paranoid, the fact that the articles for the two previous Attitude volumes, covering political cartoonists and alternative cartoonists respectively, remain and have the same format as the deleted article certainly makes one wonder.
The Ursa Major Awards have released their list of nominees for 2006. The award, which is also known as the Annual Anthropomorphic Literature and Arts Award, is presented for excellence in the furry arts. Voting is open until April 14 and requires registration after which the ballot can be sent in by email.
The Associated Press has a profile on the ACT-I-VATE collective and Naples’ Daily News takes a look at webcomics, focusing mostly on the success stories of PvP and Penny Arcade.
From the AP piece:
Serialized, episodic graphic novels have been around for a while, published by behemoths Marvel and DC Comics, among other imprints. “Love & Rockets,” by Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, was the indie comics success story of the ’80s. Now, Web comics communities like ACT-I-VATE (other similar sites include Chemistry Set http://www.chemsetcomics.com/; Sugarskull http://community.livejournal.com/candycalavera/ and Lunchbox http://lunchboxcomic.blogspot.com/) have begun to develop cult-like followings.
The awards’ season certainly has kicked off it seems.
Is digital distribution of comics going to get its breakthrough this year? Marvel confirming digital distribution and Top Cow‘s first Bambiesque steps on the digital ice, as well as whatever it is that DC has planned has been making headlines so far.
Warren Ellis’ forum The Engine has a thread on webcomics and the direct market (i.e. comic book shops). The discussion ends up being more about the problem retailers see with creators debuting their comics at cons without offering them at shops at the same time, but also has some interesting discussion for webcomics with an eye on the traditional comics market.
Retailer Brian Hibbs:
In most cases, my knee-jerk reaction to something (anything) that is being made available to me secondarily is going to be minimal if not nil orders. […]I’ve got no real concern about creators having an equal or better crack at the hardcopy sales, but where the advantage directly turns against me (ie: offering for sale BEFORE I have a fair crack at the work… be that on-line, or, yup, even in person at a convention or something), then I’m way way WAY less likely to support that work with my purchasing dollars as a retailer.
Hibbs elaborates a bit on this saying that he does not see as big a problem with comics offered free online. The problem is if the consumer has already paid for the comic in some format, which would make him/her less likely to buy it again through a store.
Comic publisher Speakeasy Comics is
apparently shutting down operations according to posts at The Beat and Newsarama. Update: Tom Spurgeon has a roundup of news reports on the closing of Speakeasy. Continue Reading