Gisele Lagace is the creator of Cool Cat Studio and Penny & Aggie. On both webcomics, she currently shares the reins with T Campbell who scripts while Lagace handles the artwork. Lagace and Campbell recently announced the return of Cool Cat Studio, a webcomic I really liked during its initial year 2000-2001 run. And Lagace also recently quit her day job to do comics full-time. It seemed like a great time to find out more about Gisele Lagace so I caught up with her recently via email to talk about comics.
Can you tell us a little about yourself. Where you were born; where are you now?
Shayna Marchese is the creator of Voids, a webcomic about Sara, a young woman in New York City.Â I like Voids a lot -- it's a quiet comic that casts a careful eye on its main character as well as the city she lives in. I caught up with Marchese via email earlier this month to find out a little more about her and Voids.
Can you tell us a little about yourself? Where are you now: where are you from?
Krishna Sadasivam is the creator of the long-running tech-focused humor comic, PC Weenies. Sadasivam has been publishing his comic to the web for almost nine years and I caught up with him recently via email to talk about PC Weenies and his new comic Uncubed.
Whitney June Robinson is the creator of a wonderfully charming comic about an all girls school called Alma Mater. The comic is written and published to reflect the school calendar with Robinson finishing up the first year of the story this past Spring.Â With real schools opening their doors this month, Robinson recently kicked off the second year of Alma Mater.Â It's a visually distinctive comic and Robinson does a fine job of drawing on her own life experience in crafting realistic characters and storylines for the middle school years.Â I caught up with her recently over emails and asked about the upcoming year of her comic.
This year's nominations for the Best Digital Comic category of the Eisner awards is a strong group with a mix of styles and genres. Ryan Armand is a first time Eisner nominee and he got the nod for his webcomic Minus. Minus is a wonderful tale of a slightly mischievous girl named Minus and it features Armand's beautiful dream-like artwork.
Congratulations on the Eisner nomination. How does it feel to get this kind of recognition?
Thanks. It feels pretty good, I think? I don't think I've really wrapped my head around it just yet.
Michael Lalonde is the creator of Orneryboy, "a very domestic romantic comedy, set against a backdrop of slapstick horror." If you've never checked out Orneryboy it's a very funny comic focused on the relationship between Orneryboy and Dirtygirl (along with Orneryboy's misadventures with their zombie roommate Brian.)
Meghan Murphy bills her webcomic Kawaii Not as "the comic for cute gone bad" and it's a great description of Murphy's cute but twisted graphic haikus. (Murphy was the cover artist for Comixpedia's March Issue)
Last month the nominations for this year's Eisner awards were announced and amongst the nominees for Best Digital Comic was Phables by Brad Guigar. Earlier this month I conducted a short interview with Guigar to get his reactions to the good news and find out more about Phables. In the time between conducting the interview and publishing it here, however, Guigar received another form of recognition for Phables, this time winning "Best Local Column" from the Greater Philadelphia Society of Professional Journalists. It's shaping up to be a very good year for Brad!
A collective, loosely defined, is any sustained grouping of webcomic creators. What they do together varies greatly from group to group. Some are largely a peer group offering each other critical feedback and encouraging support. Others throw in cross-promotion for each others' work. Some build a collective brand with logos, advertising and a central website. Some share business experience and expertise in areas as varied as merchandise, books, conventions, hosting and website creation.
And what did I find from my research? There's a tremendous number of collectives out there (and that I never want to attempt another "survey" article again). And, oh yeah, checking out collectives can be a great way to find excellent new comics.
Webcomic creator Mark Mekkes is the co-founder of the WCCAs and the current Chairman of the award. The WCCAs recently shifted from a mid-year presentation to a January-Februray schedule more closely aligned with the calendar year. The 2007 WCCAs will be presented online and in person at Megacon on February 19, 2007. I recently interviewed Mark by email to catch up with all of the changes and what's in store for this year's edition of webcomics' own awards.
First off, tell us a little about your role with the WCCAs. How did you come to help start them and what's been your role since then?