The Book On Webcomics

The book Webcomics: Tool and Techniques for Digital Cartooning by Steven Withrow and John Barber is a comprehensive overview of the state of webcomics. Webcomics: Tools and Techniques for Digital Cartooning is a helluva book. If nothing else, it’s full of a ton of useful information and thoughts on webcomics art and business. It’s got tutorials, round table discussions, theory, and even a big ol’ gallery of webcomics.

But in writing this review, there’s been one thought sticking in my mind: namely, this is a wonderful book… but who is it for?

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Katrina Webcomicathon and Other News

The Hurricane Katrina Webcomic Telethon is going on now – go donate if you can. Back in the day Brad Guigar organized two webcomic telethons under the Altbrand umbrella – he’s runs a tight ship so I’m sure this one will help raise some cash for folks in need too.

Also Phil Kahn has decided to offer custom essays for $25 each and will donate the purchase price to the Red Cross. Shoot him an e-mail to work it out. (Kahn also said that if $25 is too high for you, we can settle on something less. But it’s for charity so cough it up you cheap bastards! :0 )

The Ignatz award nominees are out and up for “OUTSTANDING ONLINE COMIC” are:
Ballad by deadmouse
Copper by Kazu Kibuishi
Dicebox by Jenn Manley Lee
The Perry Bible Fellowship by Nicholas Gurewitch
Superslackers by Steven Manale

Winner to be announced at upcoming SPXPo. in Bethesda, MD. (I will be there, if anyone wants to say hi shoot me an email) If Ballad wins I’m going to feel the slightest pride of ownership as it was the brief advert for Ballad on Comixpedia that caught Joey Manley’s eye and led to putting Ballad on Modern Tales.

And in the hard luck news department: T Campbell announces that the print version of Penny & Aggie will stop with issue number 3. Campbell notes that the webcomic version will continue publication.

In other news it looks like Diamond, the near-monopoly distributor of comic books to the direct market store segment, has raised the bar on the minimum sales a book needs for inclusion. Or something like that – check out Tom Spurgeon for a more informed opinion on the news. Continue Reading


Essay Auction for Hurricane Relief

That’s right, kids. I’m auctioning off another custom essay. But this time, the proceeds go to the Red Cross for their Hurricane Relief efforts. Read on for the details.

update: Phil informed me that E-bay won’t let him go through with this because of legal rules regarding charities. Phil’s not the only one who got tripped up by red tape – Hope Larson was also stopped from auctioning off an illustration. Larson, however has decided to sell it to the first person who pays $150 for it and will donate that to Katrina relief. Continue Reading


Around the Webcomic World in 80 Seconds

Save Ferris!ConnectiCon! Rob Balder tipped us off yesterday to the financial woes resulting from this year’s installment of the convention and the efforts to raise funds to pay off the organizer’s debts. Now Phil Kahn, who writes at the blog I’m Just Saying (which is a damn good Pepsi next to Eric Burns’ Coke) is auctioning off a commissioned essay on any topic or form to raise some money for this effort. If you want to bid on Kahn check out the details here.

Robert Howard also has a post on saving ConnectiCon this morning. And if you’re interested in donating money directly to ConnectiCon’s organizers, go here to do so.

In other necks of the webcomics woods, Sam Logan has lured infamous alternative cartoonist Rikk Estoban into doing a week of guest webcomics for Logan’s webcomic Sam and Fuzzy. Just checking out the wide range of this series of stylistically diverse comics you can see how the notorious and perpetually misunderstood creator of Skull Panda has really influenced today’s webcomics scene.

It’s clear people are still recovering from SDCC (I’m in WIGU-withdrawal!) – however, Scott McCloud points out a Flickr photo stream with lots of webcomic-familiar faces.

In Clickwheel news, William Simons has a blog where he’s writing about developments with Clickwheel. Clickwheel seems to be doing well – it’s a featured download at the Apple site, and is #2 on the Top Downloads list.

And Chris Crosby late yesterday posted at Keenspot (and sent to us – thanks!) a lengthy list of exciting new developments at Keenspot. The full list is after the read more jump, but beyond previously reported news of Two Lumps joing Keenspot and the namechange of Keenspace to COmic Genesis, webcomic creators will probably be interested in the further reduced price for advertising by webcomics on the Keenspot network. Continue Reading