Don’t give up out there. Every webcomic started somewhere. A perspective on webcomic evolution from David Wright, the creator of Todd and Penguin.Your comic is not as good as you think it is.
No, I’m not talking to the handful of awesomely talented newcomers that seem to crop up each year, nor the proven vets — you know who you are. I’m talking to the others. Those who are plugging along at a bad comic but just don’t realize it. Your comic is not as good as you think it is. Take it from someone who knows.
Two long-running webcomics hit milestones this month: Skinny Panda and Todd and Penguin.
Skinny Panda hits strip number 500 this week and Todd and Penguin celebrated five years this Nov. 12. Continue Reading
Taking Up Space, the newest comic from Todd and Penguin creator, David Wright, makes its official debut today. Wright plans the comic to be darker than Todd and Penguin, giving him a chance to lash out at pop culture. Taking Up Space originally appeared on Altbrand in 2000, leading Phil Cho of Skinny Panda to label it a “Peanuts for a new millenium”. Case York of Gluemeat said of the comic, ” The pathos they exude is boggling”.
“I really missed the characters in the strip,” Wright recently said in a phony interview with himself concocted for this press release. “There are things I am itching to make fun of that I can’t do properly with T.A.P.” Continue Reading
As an alternative to joining an established print comic syndicate, Scott Kurtz announced a new plan to offer the archives of PvP free to newspapers.
People are buzzing with this announcement, and the ramifications it will entail to the future of newspaper comics and syndication. Read some of the reactions over at ToonTalk from such established cartoonists such as Wiley Miller (of Non Sequitur).
A comic from controversial cartoonist Ted Rall that questioned Pat Tillman’s status as a hero was pulled from MSNBC.com. The full story at Editor and Publisher can be found here. The comic itself can be found here. Thanks to the Toontalk forum for the link. Continue Reading
Collective Inkwell is proud to announce that writing group, United Heroes, have joined our Collective! TechnoAthiest is doing a regular column, called Geek Speak 101, which will focus on all things geek. This week’s column might be of interest to webcomic people in particular, how to improve your search rankings–without spending money. Continue Reading
Comixpedia’s own artist Iain Hamp and editor Kelly J. Cooper bring new features to the Collective Inkwell this week. Iain Hamp begins his column, Learning With Iain, where he invtites readers to learn new skills along with him. Then we have Kelly’s column, A Writing Life, where you can learn much more about the behind the scenes things that go on in a writer’s life in a column that is both informative and humorous. Continue Reading
Collective Inkwell is a new group featuring comic creators and writers, which acts not only as a portal to many great sites, but features exclusive features throughout the week, such as columns such as Frank Smith’s ‘Webcomic Roundup’, interviews, reviews, and other features, as well as an online community. Some of the members include Skinny Panda, Soap on a Rope, Man-Man, Intelligent Life, Oh my Gods, Ce’st La Vie, and Todd and Penguin. Continue Reading
Todd and Penguin turned 3 this month, and since I don’t want to sing praise of my own comic, I will use the words of Lee Adam Herold of Chopping Block to describe it:
David Wright has taken a truly funny, well-drawn, engaging comic and done what Iâ€™ve seen precious few others do well. Heâ€™s imbued it with actual love. The pitfall in trying to do this is that invariably it comes off as corny or trite, and elicits more groans than laughter from readers. Witness the bane of all contemporary comic creators, The Family Circus. But with Todd & Penguin, the love is a natural part of its fabric. Like Calvin and Hobbes or Peanuts, it walks the line between sentimentality and sharp wit, and you never notice how difficult it should be to pull off. Continue Reading
Darby Conley of the comic “Get Fuzzy” and recently the target of Pittsburgh hate mail and death threats, talked about that, and other things in this online chat. Continue Reading