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Looking Back Through 2007

In years past (2004, 2005) we undertook the monumental chore of picking out the biggest headlines of the year. This year, I took another swing at it. So without further adu, here's the biggest webcomic headlines of 2007.

If I missed a story you think was key to this year, please post it in the comments to this article.

Updates On Entries in the Ill-Fated Webcomic Directory Project?

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?

Full Story Highlights: Fantasy

Last month, I complained that it was difficult to dig up enough stories to fill a full column for an “all ages” themed issue. I had no such problem this month! Of course, it’s no surprise that fantasy stories are plentiful in webcomics—fantasy comics have long been one of the most successful genres among independent print comics, from Elfquest, to Bone, to Finder. Fantasy creators continue to explore every inch of the genre, from philosophical, to action-packed, to erotic, to the downright silly.


Full Story Highlights: All Ages Webcomics

While there is certainly a wealth of all-ages material out there, remarkably little of it is in the form of short stories or completed series.

It seems all-ages webcomics tend even more toward the infinitely-ongoing format than webcomics in general do.

Withrow and Danner's Character Design for Graphic Novels Now in Stores

Character Design for Graphic Novels not only showcases the best in character design from the world's leading artists on-screen and on the printed page but also provides a hardworking guide to the process behind the evolution and development of character design, the key milestones of the art, the genre busters, and the genre definers.

A New Story by Alexander Danner and Steve Harrison

After a much too long hiatus from the creative side of comics, I’m very happy to return with the short story Lending Can Openers, illustrated by Steve Harrison (Fabricari).

News for Wednesday, April 18, 2007 (UPDATED)

Wiki Watch




  • Can't get enough K Thor Jensen? Here's part one of an interview with him at The Daily Crosshatch.
  • The Believer interviews Scott Mccloud.



(Xaviar Xerexes contributed to this post)

News and Views for Monday, February12, 2007




  • T Campbell tried Google Checkout last year but dropped it when it started charging fees this year. Anyone else have anything to report about this Paypal alternative? UPDATE: T writes to clarify:

    Google Checkout is not charging fees yet, and will not until the end of 2007. However, once we switched to Google Checkout, we stopped receiving any donations, and once we switched back, they started up again. From the limited evidence, I have to conclude that our donors were too reluctant to sign up with a new payment system, even with the venerable Google brand attached. This may mean that Paypal has a de facto monopoly on e-cash. Better hope they don't start acting like it.

  • A business plan for a gag cartoonist (link via Journalista!)



Full Story Highlights: Collaborative Comics

The spirit of cooperation is alive and well in webcomics. In that spirit, this month we present five stories that exemplify the value of cooperation: Agnes Quill, Vulture Gulch, Rip & Teri, After Days of Passion and The Archeologists.

Full Story Highlights: Beginnings

The second installment of Alexander Danner's new column bringing you selections from the Full Story directory of completed webcomics. This month we look at firsts and beginnings, with five comics by Srdjan Achimovich, Andrew Dabb/Ben Templesmith, Hope Larson, Ryan North/Josh Rosen, and Raina Telgemeier.