Submitted by Erik Melander on August 18, 2005 - 09:17
Webcomics keep making the headlines, this time the Oregon Daily Emerald writes about webcomics.
Shaenon Garrity (Narbonic) and Roger Langridge (Fred the Clown etc.) will be contributing a story to the Marvel Holiday Special 2005.
Derek Kirk Kim has revealed a tentative title for the graphic novel in progress that we reported about last week, Healing hands. A new character sketch is also available.
The Sony PSP 2.0 firmware upgrade, which is intended to be (or has been?) released in North America this week, will include a webbrowser and some comics are already getting prepared. Scott Ransoomair's VG cats is now also available formated to suit the PSP.
Finally, a quote from Alexander Danner on the hotly debated NY times article that uses his and John Barber's The discovery of Spoons as an example of comics that verges on the animation.
To say that our use of animation risks turning the comic into an animation is akin to arguing that Star Wars verges on being a book because it opens with a chunk of text.
Submitted by Zabel on June 13, 2005 - 16:06
The search for a Grand Theory of Webcomics prompts essay contestants Alexander Danner, Brandy Danner, Steven Withrow, Tym Godek, Eric Burns, Shaenon Garrity, Rob Balder, Welton Colbert, Ryan Estrada, and Joe Zabel to consider 27 webcomics from uniquely skewed perspectives, in the latest issue of The Webcomics Examiner.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 13, 2005 - 01:10
We start of the June issue with a review of Picture Story Theater by Bill Duncan and Alexander Danner and an interview with Tim Demeter of Reckless Life. Erik Melander provides views on the Web Cartoonist Choice Awards in his latest installment of Through the Looking Back Glass and Kristofer Straub delivers the latest look at Modern Humor Authority.
We also have a great feature on copyright and webcomics with a focus on the Creative Commons approach to copy rights. T Campbell leads a discussion with Lawrence Lessig, Neeru Paharia, Mia Garlick, JD Frazer and Cory Doctorow. This is a must read for anyone interested in the evolution of copyright and what it might mean for the creation and publication of comics online.
Think back to your favorite book from childhood, during a time when your books were equal parts art and written word. Books with lettering sized so big that they eclipsed the text found in large print books. Pages filled with bright and colorful illustrations, spines covered in gold foil. scratch and sniff stories, or tales where texture adhered to the pages let you feel the fur of a bunny, or the rough bark of a tree. These books were your first exposure to imaginative stories told with words and pictures.
This is Picture Story Theatre, in a nutshell.
It is that time of year again. On May 8, the nomination round for the Web Cartoonist's Choice Awards, or WCCA, began and on June 5 the nominees for awards were announced. The WCCA is probably the closest you can come to a webcomic industry award; only people who create a webcomic may participate in the nominations and voting. But another thing that returns with the WCCA is criticism from some members of the webcomics community. Just like with pretty much all other awards, the procedures and rules of the WCCA are under scrutiny by participants and pundits alike.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 22, 2005 - 23:33
We also have part 2 of Alexander Danner's Practical Guide to Collaboration and a column on collaboration, Collaborative Webcomics Are No Sin from Michael McGovern. Last but not least Ping Teo delivers The Essence of... Collaboration.
Also be sure to check out the ongoing May Day Event at Comixpedia - there are several new comics posted for this week's cliffhanger scenario!
In preparing my article, A Practical Guide to Collaboration, I sent out a survey on collaborative experiences. I received considerably more information than I was able to use in the article, much of it far too interesting to leave unpublished. Presented here are some additional highlights from the survey.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 15, 2005 - 23:18
This week we have a column from Eric Burns on collaboration, plus an Eric Burns interview with two collaborators in life and webcomics: J. Grant and Mel Hynes.
Alexander Danner has part one of a Practical Guide to Collaboration and Andrew Bonia reviews an interesting experiment in webcomics: Spamusement by Steven Frank.
It's also time for the second installment of Welton Colbert at Comixpedia. This month, Colbert offers his opinions on Strip Fight, the webcomic content site.
And if you missed Week 1, be sure to check out Erik Melander's news recap column, Through the Looking Back Glass; Mark Mekkes column on collaboration; an interview with the creators of Apple Geeks; and the third installment of Modern Humor Authority by Kristofer Straub.
One of the most liberating facets of online comics is that it has made it easier than ever for creators interested in working collaboratively to find each other. No longer must writers troll local comics shops and art schools in the hope of finding like-minded artists. Instead, they can go straight to a large community of comics creators, where geography is no barrier. They can get to know the people they hope to work with, and everyone can see samples of each others' work on their websites before committing to any sort of collaboration. All in all, the Internet has allowed for more people to experience more productive and rewarding collaborative experiences.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 2, 2005 - 12:52
T Campbell reports that he's getting evicted in a couple months and it led him to muse on where to live.
This puts me in a strange situation-- I have no day job, and the business classes I'm taking can be taken online. I've discovered-- unfortunately-- that I am no longer content taking jobs that are just "writing-related" or "editing-related" instead of being "comics-related," so the Washington, D.C. area doesn't hold quite as much attraction for me as it used to.... What this means is, I could pretty much live anywhere.
I'd like it to be somewhere comics-fertile, not too expensive, yet with enough things to do and see that you just have to get out in it, you know?
Also recently, Tycho commented about how the affordability of Spokane played a key role in the success of Penny Arcade.
So what's the best place for a webtoonist to live and why?