News from two directory/top list sites: Buzzcomix has started up again, with a new look and interface at the same URL, http://www.buzzcomix.net; and Online Comics announced a new category system for its webcomic listings. Webcomics can now be listed there in up to 2 genres, 2 art styles, and 2 formats.
The Comic Reporter reports that there will be no Wizard World Atlanta in 2006 (and hopefully a 2007 version will be scheduled not to conflict with Heroes Con).
If you’re interested in the UK Small Press scene check out the revitalized Bug Powder blog which sometimes includes webcomic news.
ANd from BLOGVILLE!, here’s a nice piece of praise of Wapsi Square from Hospitalville. Johanna Draper Carlson notices the launch of WebcomicsNation. Pelogrande points out that today is the birthday of both filmmaker Kevin Smith and comicmaker Josh Lesnick.
UPDATE: It looks like buzzComix is down today. No word on why yet. Continue Reading
Juno of Star Cross’d Destiny has attracted attention with her tale of superhuman homeless misfits in a future New Orleans. In this interview she chronicles the story’s history — from unpublished novel, to attention-getting webcomic, to member of the Hot Bullet Press group, to her webcomic appearing in print.
Alpha Shade is a wonderful blend of history, fantasy and science fiction from two brothers: Joe and Chris Brudlos. Al Schroeder interviewed them about their website, their working methods and their plans for their webcomic Alpha Shade.
The WOMEN IN WEBCOMICS theme enters its second week. Welton Corbert by Ryan Estrada,has an old cartoonist adapting to the Information Age and interviewing Andrea Peterson, creator of No Rest for the Wicked. The author of Namir Deiter grants us an interview in High Marks: An interview with Isabel Marks by Laura Swearingen-Steadwell. A noted webcomics critic knows when he’s not wanted, in the latest installment of Feeding Snarky by Eric Burns. There’s also a look at what the gender ratio actually is among webcomic creators at Crunching the numbers by Erik Melander, and how it compares with print comics. Continue Reading
Sparkling Generation Valkyrie Yuuki is without a doubt the most oddly-named, and unusual variant of Norse mythology ever printed in comic form. Yet in some ways it’s closer to the original Norse myths than anything Lee and Kirby ever did with Thor. With a sixteen-year-old boy who turns into a Norse battle-valkyrie, (including a change to the female gender) it is alternately exciting, action-filled, and humor-filled. Its creator, Kittyhawk, was kind enough to give us an interview.
Grafik Dynamo created by Kate Armstrong and Michael Tippett is a dynamic webcomic that loads images from Live Journal and generates random narrative boxes and speech bubbles to display along the images.
Other examples of this approach exist on the web, but most of them are not funded in part by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
The first issue of a new Keenspace Newsletter is out with a few pieces on webcomics, including “Hazing the Keenspace Frosh” and reviews of Khaos and Candi.
Tom Stackpole does the experimental and innovative Invisible Forces for PV Comics and at his own site, bonedancer.com has published such innovative works as Talking Drunk Driver Blues, and the The Diptheria Plague. His newest work at his own site is Jake Dyson’s Big Move.
Stackpole took a few minutes out a hectic schedule for an interview with Comixpedia’s Al Schroeder.
Least I Could Do is about the obsessively and yet endearingly ever-horny Rayne and his cast of supporting characters has been drawing in hordes of laughing readers over the past two years. They've just published their first collection of strips, and are in negotiation for a possible animated series. Ryan Sohmer and Chad Porter, who write and draw the comic respectively, were kind enough to give us an interview.
New collective, “The Gewd Guys” are taking submissions to join their webcomic co-operative. Already members are webcomics such as Loserz and Altermeta.
If interested, see the submission guidelines here. Continue Reading