A freewheeling discussion about the wide world of webcomics with Eric Burns, Wednesday White, Phil Kahn, Giland Pellaeon, Bob Stevenson, Ping Teo, Daku, Karl Kuras, Doctor Setebos and William G, moderated by Xaviar Xerexes.
You may have noticed that in 2005, the "webcomics blogosphere" took off like never before. There were almost as many people writing about webcomics as making them (okay not really, but there were a whole lot more blog posts about webcomics this year.) We gathered together several popular bloggers for an online roundtable discussion on webcomics here at the tail end of 2005.
We talked about webcomics and creators, art and commerce and of course, webcomics drama. Plus some predictions for the year ahead.
A simple list of people of webcomics based on their contributions to the medium in 2005. And we have no doubt that we left off someone we shouldn't have. We're sorry. We'll try harder next year.
Submitted by Brad Guigar on November 14, 2005 - 18:59
After working on Greystone Inn for almost six years, Brad Guigar is launching a new daily comic, Evil Inc. Evil Inc. is a spin-off of Greystone Inn, following fan-favorite Lightning Lady in her new job at a corporation run by super-villains for super-villains (because you can get away with more evil if you do it legally).
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 11, 2005 - 14:37
Part of the new publishing platform I'll be rolling out for the new Comixpedia site makes it a lot easier to publish the monthly magazine. Now all contributors will have one biography attached to all stories they write for us. This makes it easier for us (no need to retype each time a new story is published) and better for the contributor (no matter when someone reads a story they see your current biography).
If you've contributed to Comixpedia and want to submit a new bio go ahead and email me. Also, all contributors may now have a 100 x 100 pixel image to go with their stories. If you want to submit one, include it on an email to me.
I just finished loading in all of the stories published in 2003. Click read more for a list of contributors from that year. (One of the nice new features will be the ability to easily see all of the articles each contributor has written for Comixpedia.)
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 19, 2005 - 13:03
Digital Strips talks with Brad Guigar about the recent Webcomics Telethon in this week's podcast.
Tom Spurgeon visits the now operating Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont.
Spurgeon also points to this post from the Litwack blog about harnessing file-sharing in comic scans. At this point I haven't seen a comprehensive survey of how many comics people are reading through downloading or sharing via the web but given all of the tools that exist for it, I'd be surprised if it was not as significant a level in relationship to official printed product as music downloads are to official music products.
Submitted by PhilKahn on September 13, 2005 - 11:52
The Hurricane Katrina Webcomic Telethon is going on now - go donate if you can. Back in the day Brad Guigar organized two webcomic telethons under the Altbrand umbrella - he's runs a tight ship so I'm sure this one will help raise some cash for folks in need too.
Also Phil Kahn has decided to offer custom essays for $25 each and will donate the purchase price to the Red Cross. Shoot him an e-mail to work it out. (Kahn also said that if $25 is too high for you, we can settle on something less. But it's for charity so cough it up you cheap bastards! :0 )
The Ignatz award nominees are out and up for "OUTSTANDING ONLINE COMIC" are:
Ballad by deadmouse
Copper by Kazu Kibuishi
Dicebox by Jenn Manley Lee
The Perry Bible Fellowship by Nicholas Gurewitch
Superslackers by Steven Manale
Winner to be announced at upcoming SPXPo. in Bethesda, MD. (I will be there, if anyone wants to say hi shoot me an email) If Ballad wins I'm going to feel the slightest pride of ownership as it was the brief advert for Ballad on Comixpedia that caught Joey Manley's eye and led to putting Ballad on Modern Tales.
And in the hard luck news department: T Campbell announces that the print version of Penny & Aggie will stop with issue number 3. Campbell notes that the webcomic version will continue publication.
In other news it looks like Diamond, the near-monopoly distributor of comic books to the direct market store segment, has raised the bar on the minimum sales a book needs for inclusion. Or something like that - check out Tom Spurgeon for a more informed opinion on the news.
Submitted by Black_Kitty on September 5, 2005 - 11:13
The webcomic telethon for Katrina starts next week - talk to Brad Guigar if you want to help out. In the meantime if you can give, send money to the Red Cross, clothes to the Salvation Army and volunteer your time if you can.
Adam Burke is back and he has a Webcomicsnation website: The Splendid Everlasting. Burke is already the creator of two great webcomics: Diabolica and the grimbles.
Digital Strips talks to Gabe and Tycho of Penny Arcade.
And almost missed it, but Seq Tart has an interview with Hope Larson.
Submitted by Brad Guigar on September 1, 2005 - 14:25
Blank Label Comics is hosting a webcomic telethon to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina. It will be held the week of Sept. 12 at www.webcomictelethon.com. Actual dates are to be announced later.
Brad Guigar, who has organized previous webcomics telethons benefitting MDA (http://mda.altbrand.com/01mda.shtml), is organizing the event.
All of the revenue generated from site advertising, donations, and proceeds from merchandise bought through the site will be donated to the Red Cross to help in disaster relief.
The site will be updated several times during the course of the telethon with new comics, encouraging readers to come back often to see the new strips and donate money when their favorites are displayed.
If you'd like to participate, please do the following:
(1) Contact Brad Guigar at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell him you will be participating. This will help us plan the event.
(2) Do a comic. Now. It doesn't have to be about hurricanes or disasters or the importance of charity... but those themes are appreciated. The final should be no wider than 600 pixels. Any depth is fine. Do not include a large title, in the image... that will be included in a text line under your comic, linked back to your site.
(3) Send your comic to email@example.com. GIF, PNG and JPEG are all acceptable formats. In your e-mail, include your name(s), the title of your strip, and your URL.
(4) Spread the word. Watch www.webcomictelethon.com for banners and buttons to use to start alerting your readers. Blog about it. Post it on your sites. Get the word out.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 1, 2005 - 11:27
Brad Guigar has just come out with two books collecting selected strips from his webcomic Greystone Inn and Guigar has reworked them into the typical vertical graphic novel format (Greystone Inn is usually presented in a horizontal strip format). One, Prodromal Teeth, collects the pregnancy storyline that main characters Mac and Sammie went through. The other, Lightning Lady, collects strips about popular character, reformed supervillain, Lightning Lady.
Many MANY of our webcomicking friends have published print versions of their work. I've tried to find, track down, and remember as many as possible. But given the thousands (tens of thousands?) of webcomics out there, this was a daunting task. If I missed your comic, I apologize profusely and profoundly. Please add it via a comment.