Last month, I complained that it was difficult to dig up enough stories to fill a full column for an â€œall agesâ€ themed issue. I had no such problem this month! Of course, itâ€™s no surprise that fantasy stories are plentiful in webcomicsâ€”fantasy comics have long been one of the most successful genres among independent print comics, from Elfquest, to Bone, to Finder. Fantasy creators continue to explore every inch of the genre, from philosophical, to action-packed, to erotic, to the downright silly.
While there is certainly a wealth of all-ages material out there, remarkably little of it is in the form of short stories or completed series.
It seems all-ages webcomics tend even more toward the infinitely-ongoing format than webcomics in general do.
The spirit of cooperation is alive and well in webcomics. In that spirit, this month we present five stories that exemplify the value of cooperation: Agnes Quill, Vulture Gulch, Rip & Teri, After Days of Passion and The Archeologists.
Alexander Danner announced today the launch of Full Story, an index of completed webcomics.
The internet is, in many ways, a cult of the new. An exciting new idea can propagate through blogs, and forums, and e-mail seemingly instantaneously, such that it appears everywhere almost at once. And just as quickly, yesterdayâ€™s idea is replaced with todayâ€™s. The old idea may never be spoken of again, unless it can somehow be made new again. This is just as true of interesting webcomics as it is of anything else. Continue Reading
To celebrate the beginning of our new story, “Young Love vs. The Shambling Monster,” which begin in earnest Wednesday, September, 6, Bill and I have decided to make a full 20 new pages of Picture Story Theatre free to non-subscribers. The free content includes the entire sixteen-page story, “Lucky Kiss,” as well as four of the illustrated poems that we published in August. Picture Story Theatre is written by Alexander Danner (“The Discovery of Spoons,” “Five Ways to Love a Cockroach“) and illustrated by Bill Duncan (“Japanimation Fist,” “Monster Hollow“). Continue Reading
Five Ways to Love a Cockroach, a new short comic written by Alexander Danner (The Discovery of Spoons, Picture Story Theatre) and illustrated by Neal Von Flue (The Jerk, 10:30 to 12) is now online at TwentySevenLetters.com. This experiment in cynicism and infinite canvas takes a dispassionate look at love gone wrong, through the eyes of the world’s most unlovable critter.
Five Ways to Love a Cockroach makes use of the latest version of Markus MÃ¼ller’s Infinite Canvas application, which provides a simple “click to advance” interface for exploring infinite canvas comics. Continue Reading
Strange things are happening at GirlAMatic! Our comics are all aâ€™jumble! Were our artists abducted by aliens? Are they the victims of mad scientists? Could it be alien mad scientists!?
Whatever the cause of the trick, the reader gets the treat! Come to GirlAMatic all Halloween week October 25th â€“ 31st) and trick-or-treat through your favorite strips as they are seen through the eyes of completely different GAM artists.
Even WE donâ€™t know how itâ€™s all going to turn out.
Happy Halloween! Continue Reading
Here's a familiar problem: You write a webcomic that's not getting nearly as many readers as you think it deserves. You're already sending press releases to the newsmagazines, you're posting announcements in the webcomic forums, you've joined web rings, and you've slapped your logo on every product Café Press offers. Still, your readership is modest, at best. You need a more aggressive marketing plan.
One problem: like most of us, your entire marketing budget comes from between the cushions on your couch.
Dicebox isn’t your older brother’s science fiction comic. No muscular heroes toting huge laser cannons, piloting light-speed-capable spaceships, rescuing buxom and scantily clad females, thwarting evil empires, and, in general, saving the universe.