Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 25, 2007 - 08:39
First off thanks to our current sponsor, the Learn to Draw the Human Figure anatomy course. We have advert slots open (cheap!) right now - click here for more details. Second, we had a great May issue - be sure to check out anything you missed:
- Joel Fagin's feature on micropayments: Reinventing Micropayments
- Interviews with Michael Lalonde (Orneryboy); Meghan Murphy (Kawaii Not); Brad Guigar (Evil Inc., Phables, Courting Disaster)
- Reviews of Cow & Buffalo; Paranormals; Astronaut Elementary, Lunchbox and Zip Li'l Bit.
- Recurring Columns: Full Story Highlights; Panels & Pictures; and Brigid's Bento Box.
- Webcomics-In-Print has an interview with the creator of Wikiworld - a nonfiction comic that is based on Wikipedia articles.
- An interview with Ryan North of the webcomic Dinosaur Comics and the advert service Project Wonderful.
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- Dirk Deppey links to Connor Moran's post comparing the amount of "politics" in a random sampling of Doonesbury to Chris Muir's Day To Day comic.
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!
Submitted by Brad Guigar on May 18, 2007 - 07:22
Brad Guigar's weekly comic about life in Philadelphia, Phables, has been awarded Best Local Column by the Greater Philadelphia Society of Prefessional Journalists.
Submitted by Coffman on April 19, 2007 - 14:23
Congrats to all our webcomic brethren! Tough lineup this year!
Best Digital Comic
- Bee, in Motel Art Improvement Service, by Jason Little
- Girl Genius, by Phil Foglio
- Minus, by Ryan Armand
- Phables, by Brad Guigar
- Sam and Max, by Steve Purcell
- Shooting War, by Anthony Lappe and Dan Goldman
Submitted by Erik Melander on April 5, 2007 - 06:57
- It has been brought to my attention that the Comics Reporter's list of the Top 50 Comics of 2006 contained more webcomics than I'd noted. French superstar Lewis Trondheim's Les Petits Riens and Mazen Kerbaj's Kerblog, as well as potentially two entries published by The Guardian by Joe Sacco and Posy Simmonds.
- For Comixpedia readers who have been following Jon Morris' Plea For Hand-Lettering there is an interesting thread on The Engine by Comicraft founder Rich Starkling which delves into a discussion on both classic lettering and the pitfalls of creative teams. Eddie Campbell also takes on the subject on his blog.
- Kristoffer Straub, and a host of other notable creators, have attended the Emerald City Comicon. Straub was part of a webcomic business panel together with Brad Guigar (Evil Inc.), Robert Khoo (Penny Arcade), Scott Kurtz (PvP) and Bill Barnes (Unshelved. Unfortunately Straub found the panel somewhat disappointing.
Emerald City was a great con, but the panel was a greatâ€¦ lame thing. The trouble was that we didnâ€™t talk about much business, and the con-installed moderator was kinda like â€œso whatâ€™s a webcomic? Whatâ€™s your favorite color?â€
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 20, 2007 - 10:40
Busy news week already - don't forget to check out all of the articles from March's Short Story Issue (and we added some articles to February's Webcomic Collectives Issue this month as well). Next month's issue will cover science fiction themes - if you are interested in writing for the magazine drop me an email (xerexes AT comixpedia DOT com).
- FLEEN interviews Jennie Breeden, creator of The Devil's Panties.
- T Campbell has posted audio interviews with 3 creators: Evil Inc creator Brad Guigar; Chris Hastings of Dr. McNinja; and Andrea L. Peterson of No Rest For the Wicked.
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- It's great to see non-webcomics critics discovering Sinfest: Journalista! linked to one today and Comics Worth Reading recently declared Sinfest "My New Favorite Webcomic". If there's any webcomic that should be in the daily newpaper right now I'd nominate Sinfest. Sure, many of the strips in the archives would not work on the newspaper page but creator Tatsuya Ishida has shown the ability to work within PG limitations. If Ishida could get a deal like R. Stevens' has with Diesel Sweeties there's no question Sinfest could be a huge success in the newspapers.
- Comics212 catches Comic Book Resources columnist Rich Johnson using a piece of Jim Zubkavich artwork as part of a story on a supposedly in-the-works animated Shazam! series. Trouble is that Zubkavich's artwork is simply an illustration he posted on his LiveJournal recently.
- The Daily Cross Hatch has an interview with Bone creator and Captain Marvel artist/writer Jeff Smith.
- Is FLEEN insinuating that Michael Bay is plagiarizing Jon Rosenberg's Goats? I'm a fairly big fan of Goats but I don't think Rosenberg is going to be able to sue anyone for copying ideas like ancient prophecies, end-of-the-world scenarios or even multiple dimensions. But man I would totally pay to see a Rosenberg-scripted movie.
We canvased Comixpedia's readers for the most probing questions to send to Blank Label Comics. Questions so tough it took them almost a month to answer! Read on for how Blank Label Comics plans to conquer independent comics...
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 14, 2007 - 12:00
Always remember: Valentine's Day is a Christian corruption of a pagan festival involving werewolves, blood and fucking. So wish people a happy HornyWerewolf Day and see what happens.
(I lifted that from Warren's Bad Signal list which may upset him but it's too good not to share with the world). In other Valentines Day news Blind Date II has its first comics posted.
- FLEEN interviewed David Simon, creator of Crimson Dark.
- Comic Book Resources interviews Phil Foglio, creator of Girl Genius.
- Brad Guigar marks seven years of producing a daily comic strip - first with Greystone Inn and more recently with Evil Inc. Guigar also creates two weekly comics: Courting Disaster, and Phables.
- As of today, Arthur, King of Time and Space has gone its first one thousand daily updates without missing one.
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- Penny Arcade's Tycho writes "a guest essay" on fatherhood for Tom Brazelton's Theater Hopper site.
- Webcomics In Print looks at A Cheese Related Mishap by Ray Friesen.
- Fuzzy and OJ are having a caption contest! Submit your own caption, view the ones already there, and rate them!
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 9, 2007 - 11:21
UPDATE: TODAY'S THE LAST DAY TO ASK QUESTIONS - POST YOUR QUESTIONS FOR THE CREATORS OF BLANK LABEL COMICS IN A COMMENT BELOW.
For next month's Comixpedia magazine issue focusing on collectives we'll be conducting a community interview with Blank Label Comics. On hand to answer your questions will be BLC members: Brad J. Guigar (Evil Inc., Courting Disaster); Howard Tayler (Schlock Mercenary); Dave Kellett (Sheldon); Kristofer Straub (Starslip Crisis); Paul Southworth (Ugly Hill); Paul Taylor (Wapsi Square); Steve Troop (Melonpool); David Willis (It's Walky!, Shortpacked!); and Greg Dean (Real Life).
If you have a question for Blank Label Comics post it as a comment to this thread. On Friday, February 9th, we'll take the top ten questions and send them on to BLC for answers (which we'll post later in February).
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 6, 2007 - 12:13
- First off thanks to our current sponsor, the webcomic Zortic by Mark Mekkes. There are three (slightly cheaper) ad spots below that are still available.
- Don't forget! This Friday is the last day to post your questions for our upcoming community interview with the creators of the Blank Label Comics collective. Post your questions in comments to this thread.
- Nerve.com presents its Comics Issue with "an essay on just what Sandman means to goth girls of all ages." (probably NSFW) (hat tip to The Beat).
- DIGITAL STRIPS is taking your calls. The formerly non-live podcast is jumping on the live livecast bandwagon this Wednesday (feb. 7th) at 9 PM (presumably ET).
The first extensive review of PvP: Animated that I've read is at Digital Strips as well (and includes some comments from PvP creator Scott Kurtz)
- Shaenon Garrity interviews Box Brown, whose daily strip bellen! follows the relationship of significant others Ben and Ellen and was recently added to the Modern Tales lineup.
- The Beat catches a video interview with James Kochalka (creatror of American Elf) at the opening of Fine Toon: The Art of Vermont Cartoonists opening at the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe Vermont.
- Blind Date II is coming soon - we'll start posting comics on Valentine's Day (and then throughout February).
- Chris Daily has Valentine's Day cards featuring your favorite Striptease characters in some sizzlin' smokey positions, bringing you the romance as only they could for purchase. For only $5.00, you get five high-rez images of the cards ready to print.
- FLEEN points out other V-Day cards from The Devil's Panties, Scene Language and Dinosaur Comics.
- Howard Tayler of Schlock Mercenary provides the most recent wiki-rant. In a comment there I tried to lay out my current thinking of what's "broken" about Wikipedia. It is simply that the deletion process as it currently exists is not really the same as the creation and editing process. UPDATE: Tayler writes further in response to feedback.
- Brad Guigar also wrote about the recent deletion of the Wikipedia entry for his comic Evil Inc. which appears not only on the web but in several newspapers.
JUSTIFY MY HYPE
- Terrence Marks has a great post up explaining how useful Piperka is for reading webcomics. Piperka is hard to sell (like Tivo was/is) but once you start using it, you get how useful it is.
- I forgot to post about Benjamin Birdie's new project but The Beat reminded me. Birdie has teamed up with blogger Beaucoup Kevin on The Rack about a comic book shop.
- So long as we're browsing The Beat's webcomic entry archives check out some other plugs from Heidi MacDonald:
- FLEEN also has multiple webcomic plugs today.
- And Journalista! gets in on the plug action too linking to the blog Same Hat! Same Hat!! which looks at Sascha Hommer's comics -- many of which are available online, including his full-length Insekt.
- Heck even the Comics Reporter is doing it! Here's a review of Daniel Spottswood's Disquietville Volume One - much of this comic also appears online.