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Metapost: Don’t forget Emerald City ComiCon!

I honestly don’t know how this snuck up on me. I probably wouldn’t have noticed until Johanna Draper Carlson of Comics Worth Reading mentioned it on her blog. If you’re in the Pacific Northwest, mark your calendars for April 4 & 5 for Emerald City ComiCon!

Kleefeld: From Atlas Shrugged to webcomics

So what does Ayn Rand, AIG, and Marvel’s Secret Invasion have to do with webcomics? Let Sean Kleefeld (who has an MBA, I surprised to find out) walk you through it:

The Webcomic Overlook #74: Dawn of Time

Kate Beaton: “Our history is the march of thousands of people across a continent trying to make a life for themselves… How can it be boring?”

Metapost: Twitter it is

The Webcomic Overlook has set up a Twitter! Yes, we are completely suckered into this fad that will probably be lumped in with MySpace as an obsolete networking site by 2010. But ever since the Wall Street Journal, that grand old lady, was all hip to the Twitter, I said to myself: “Hold the phone! Clearly I cannot let these high-powered business types monopolize this networking tool. Make room for El Santo, capitalist scum!”

The Webcomic Overlook #73: The Princess Planet

On a message board I frequent, one of the regulars mentioned how it was “stalking Neil Gaiman.” Not literally, I think. It was a phenomenon where he was convinced he’d never read or seen anything by Neil Gaiman before. After reading American Gods and some research afterwards, he then discovered that he was mistaken: Gaiman was also the man behind Coraline, Mirror Mask, and several short stories that he’d already read. Thus, his “stalking Neil Gaiman” moment.

The Webcomic Overlook #72: Sister Claire

Scott Kurtz recounted an unforgettable anecdote on one of Halfpixel’s Webcomic Weekly podcasts. I’m not sure which one, and I’m not going to waste my time trying to dig it up just to post a link here (says the guy who’s been updating Comixpedia like a dog on crack the last couple of days). A webcomic creator solicited Scott’s advice. She gave a barebones explanation of her concept: it was to be a story about a pregnant nun. Mssr.

Te Joi Of Webcomicz: Sum moar webcomicz stuf

Who Are You?: An interview with T Campbell (Penny & Aggie, Divalicious!, and others)

whoareyouIf you spend any time with webcomics, chances are you’re going to run into something written or created by T Campbell. Mr. Campbell’s flagship work is the high school drama Penny & Aggie (reviewed here), which he co-created with artist Gisèle Lagacé. Yet, this comic writer has done much more: Rip & Teri, Search Engine Funnies, Cool Cat Studio, and the long-running Fans! Along with artist Amy Mebberson, he created Pop Star for the “Rising Stars of Manga” contest at TOKYOPOP, which would later become the comic known as Divalicious! T also co-created the webcomic transcription tool Oh No Robot with Ryan North of Dinosaur Comics.

I contacted T by e-mail, and he was very gracious about answering several questions I had, including a few about a project that he nowadays regrets: his book, A History of Webcomics.

Putting my money where my mouth is

Just to show you I was serious in my earlier post about adding content to Comixpedia, I’ve gone ahead and added an entry for “The Webcomic Overlook” over there.

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