C'mon weekend! Okay this first story struck me as a great project. Jennifer Ouellette writes about a collective effort to create a webcomic telling the amazing story of 20-something Dutch primary school teacher, Hanny van Arkel, who discovered a strange blue/green smudge on an image of what was otherwise a standard spiral galaxy now referred to as "Hanny's Voorwerp." The full comic will be released at Dragon-Con in Atlanta, Georgia, this fall.
MILESTONES: Wow, it's the FIFTH anniversary of Gordon McAlpin's Multiplex. Congrats! If you're not reading this smart comic about the crew working at a local multiplex definitely check it out. A wonderful combination of character-driven and movie culture comedy.
iWEBCOMICS: Lauren Davis notes the release of a new version of the controversial webcomic app from Dale Zak. Noted without comment from me today as this is a topic that requires more time than I have this morning.
THE MORE YOU KNOW: Yesterday we noted Paul Bryant Johnson gave a class at a summer webcomics camp. Today he posted online his presentation on "Finding the Balance Between Words, Pictures and Time in Making Comics."
WE WILL… WE WILL… HYPE YOU!
- The Geeks With Curves blog praises Wapsi Square by Paul Taylor as a comic with strong female characters and fluid and professional art.
- (We got) The Beat blog plugs The Moon Prince by Kevin Mutch as its webcomic weekend reading.
- Lauren Davis points to the now halted journal webcomic Ellerbisms by Marc Ellerby noting that "[Ellerby's] ability to recognize the narrative in his own life, really resonates with me."
FROM THE MAILBAG:
- Peter Conrad writes "I took down attemptednotknown.com last year because of some hackers who used the site for nefarious purposes. I've relaunched it with way more content, and I'm uploading stuff every week now!" Peter is another long-time webcomic creator who I'll always remember for creating Zeenster – an app to read comics on the Palm OS.
- Tommie Kelly writes "I did the webcomics Road Crew and From Rags To Rockstars. I have a new webcomic… There are about 70 strips online at the time of emailing and it updates five times a week. Mon to Fri… It's called Something Wonderful and it deals with religion, beliefs, new age, spirituality and Mac owners among other things."
- Stephanie O'Donnell writes "I'm Stephanie O'Donnell, artist for the webcomic Perfect Agent. It is written by Greg Carter (creator of Abandon and Love Is In The Blood). It started last year and we're now 2 full stories in."
CONVENTION 'VENTION WHAT'S YOUR INTENTION?
- Hey it's San Diego Comicon time again — FLEEN is all over getting you your guide to webcomic booths so be sure to check in there before you go!
- Also in new webcomic convention on the block news, Intervention added award winning Sci-Fi author (and soon to be Webcomic author) Ben Bova to its inaugural lineup. Bova, Rob Balder, and Bill Holbrook will be debuting their new online webcomic collaboration at Intervention called Duel in the Somme.