Submitted by El Santo on June 12, 2009 - 00:08
Hero spends about seven episodes training to fight an unstoppable villain. Hero and villain meet, and, after spending an inordinate amount of time staring at each other. They have inner monologues which last for several minutes on how theyâ€™re going to beat the other guy with their unstoppable techniques.
Submitted by Delos on February 25, 2009 - 10:00
Count Your Sheep by Adrian Ramos is all about Katie, her mom Laurie and their imaginary friend Ship. It’s in what I would call a blue monchrome which has an interesting effect on you as you read it. Blues, of course, are a cool, calming color and at first I was thinking I would find the comic cold due to the color.
I actually found the comic very warm, enhanced by the color. It’s almost like you have to symbolically peer into the comic to catch the full impact. It’s a little hard to describe, but maybe the interview at Kidnapped By Gnomes will help you to understand what I mean. It’s got a warm vibe despite the cool color.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 22, 2009 - 14:50
Last year I posted a couple times (Previous posts on this "research" project were here and here) about a possible article on "ComixTALK's 100 Greatest Webcomics" which would be something like the American Film Institute's list of the greatest movies of the last 100 years.
A recurring comment to the previous two posts was what is the criteria for this. I'm always a little hesitant to give too much guidance when part of the point of asking this kind of thing out loud is to listen to the resulting discussion of what everyone else thinks the criteria should be. For the AFI list judges picked films based on criteria such as Critical Recognition, Major Award Winner, Popularity Over Time, Historical Significance, and Cultural Impact.
That sounds about right to me. We've got a round decade plus a year or two of webcomics to look at it. Critical reception (both from peers and critics), and popularity are both relevant to thinking about the impact of a webcomic. WCCA awards are somewhat indicative of what peers were impressed with in a given year and more recently awards like the Eisners and Ignatzs have recoginized webcomics. Historical significance and cultural impact are a little harder to pin down but various "firsts" in webcomics are important and comics like Penny Arcade have had a much wider impact on popular culture than most comics do these days (put aside the legacy superheros of comics -- what other "new" comic, let alone webcomic, in the last decade has had a wide cultural impact?)
Another thing AFI did that might be useful here to help sort through the vast numbers of webcomics one could talk about is to also think about categories or genres of work. Just as a simple matter of numbers if a webcomic isn't one of the best of a larger type of story -- or frankly, so startlingly unique it's hard to categorize -- then it's hard to imagine it's one of the 100 Greatest...
So to move things along I'm listing another "draft" of titles submitted by the crowds but this time I've tried to break them up into drama and comedy so as to help avoid complete apples to oranges comparisons. In doing that I've realized (1) it's hard in many cases to decide; and (2) there are probably more comedic than drama on the list so far. I think it would make sense to whittle down the two lists to 75 each so as the final list is no more than 3/4 of one type or the other. Of course we could further do genre type lists but for now this was enough work on my part.
So -- your assignment (if you choose to play):
- Name the comic you're talking about (you're also welcome to nominate ones not on the list -- I KNOW there are many I haven't even thought about yet -- it takes time to review all of the corners of the web)
- Tell me where on one the two lists (comedy and drama) it should be (you could give a range of slots if you're not sure). (If you think I've got a drama on the comedy list or vice-versa let me know! I'm not "done" - this is fairly dashed off still at this point)
- Tell me why! Referencing awards, critics, historical achievements, strengths and weaknesses of the works are all really helpful!
With the Eighth Annual edition of the Web Cartoonists' Choice Awards (WCCAs) coming up I wanted to get an interview on the state of the awards with current WCCA Chairman Frank "Damonk" Cormier. Frank worked with me on ComixTalk in the first two years of its existence and I know from experience that he is quite passionate about comics and isn't one to shy from stating his opinion. So I put a range of questions to him regarding this year's awards, changes from last year and how to improve things in years to come.
Submitted by Adrian on August 27, 2007 - 00:22
Hello Comixtalk readers, my name is Adrian Ramos, author of something called Count Your Sheep, and Iâ€™ll be your host this week, thanks to the kind invitation by Xavier. Being here is somewhat of an anomaly for me, as Iâ€™m not the most actively involved webcartoonist in the world, but like most artists, I have an inflated sense of self importance and I couldnâ€™t resist the invitation to blog.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 24, 2007 - 14:31
I built a "library" of webcomics and creators back in the fall of 2005 which I put into beta before realizing it was too much editorial work to deal with and the same information could be better provided through the community edited webcomic wiki - COMIXPEDIA.
Nevertheless looking back on the assortment of names collected (some from me, some sent in from you) I wonder if anyone has any significant updates on these creators 18 months later. Maybe we should interview some of them?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 10, 2007 - 09:14
- Lea Hernandez points out that DC's new webcomic site is using the name of an existing artist , ZUDA.
- Journalista! links to a video of Sky and Winter McCloud speaking with cartoonists Amy Kim Ganter (Sorcerers and Secretaries) and Kazu Kibuishi (Copper, Flight) in a program recorded on the day of their wedding.
- Derik Badman offers a thoughtful review of Paul Madonnaâ€™s All Over Coffee.
- Gilead Pellaeon reviews Adrian Ramos' (creator of webcomic Count Your Sheep) new children book Someone to See the Emperor.
- Joey Manley links to a bunch of reviews so I don't have to...
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- Matt Shepherd rewrites a part of the comic 52 concerning Robin and the parable of the goose in a bottle. And it's FUNNY! Holy Crap! Someone's trying to frame the Goosemaster!
- Gilead Pellaeon writes about how although there's no "webcomics community" there is such a thing as webcomic culture. It's an interesting post. My own sense is that there are lots of groups of interest, many of which overlap in different ways (if there ever really was one webcomics community, well, that's so 20th Century...). Gilead's "culture" observation has a bit of truth to it although I'm not that convinced you can use it to set off webcomics from comics like he seems to suggest.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 29, 2007 - 11:48