A collective, loosely defined, is any sustained grouping of webcomic creators. What they do together varies greatly from group to group. Some are largely a peer group offering each other critical feedback and encouraging support. Others throw in cross-promotion for each others' work. Some build a collective brand with logos, advertising and a central website. Some share business experience and expertise in areas as varied as merchandise, books, conventions, hosting and website creation.
And what did I find from my research? There's a tremendous number of collectives out there (and that I never want to attempt another "survey" article again). And, oh yeah, checking out collectives can be a great way to find excellent new comics.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 22, 2007 - 19:33
We've got two more excellent Blind Date II comics for Friday!
- Our first comic for Friday is by Chris Chrysis (RPG-TV) and Neil Brideau (Sock-Monster). This one's really about the international trade in
his peniscoffee beans.
- Our second comic for Friday is by Ozark (Mind Flayed) and Lance Icarus (+1 Comics). Roleplaying taken inside-out and then some.
We're heading into the home stretch Blind Date II participants! Email me those finished comics by the end of this Sunday, February 25th! The list of creators still yet to report on their "blind date" after the jump (nudge nudge, know what I mean?):
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 27, 2007 - 14:22
Okay after a random drawing of names from a hat - here's your Blind Date II pairings. (Click read more to find out the pairings)
The rules are simple: the two of you brainstorm out and create a comic in the spirit of Valentines Day. Define "spirit of" however you want (we're not going to be as strict as the WCCA is with the Romantic Comics category).
We will start posting submissions on Valentines Day (February 14th) on a first-in, first-up basis and keep posting them as they come in through the month of February. I'd prefer to post the comics at frightnight.org to prevent future link-rot, but I can link to something posted elsewhere too. Either way email me at xerexes AT comixpedia DOT com with the essential information. The absolute deadline for turning in Blind Date II comics will be February 25th.
Also try and link up with your partner early next week - if you have trouble getting connected or someone quits talk to me next week and we'll try to sort something else out for you.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 11, 2007 - 14:08
It's been too long since 2004's Blind Date so let's do it again this year. We had some discussion over format for it and it was divided so let's do the original format again (I'll use the Border Walker idea for another event later this year). I've posted the archives of Blind Date 2004 at Frightnight.org if you want to check out the first edition.
The format is simple - by signing up you agree to work on a comic with a randomly selected partner (hence the "blind date" part ). The finished comic gets posted at Blind Date II during the week of February 19th.
You can sign-up for Blind Date II starting now through January 26th. Either email me at xerexes At comixpedia Dot coM or post a reply to this post. Include your name, your comic and whether you are an artist, writer or artist/writer (the only exception to the randomness will be that we will make sure not to pair up writer-writer or artist-artist).
We'll pair up partners and send out pairings around January 28th.
We'll being posting finished webcomics for the event the week of February 19th.
Please ask questions here as well so everyone can see the answers.
Creator of Monkey Law.Ã‚
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 5, 2006 - 09:53
Brad Hawkins, the creator of Monkey Law forwarded to me the press release for a new political/opinionated webcomics collective, SpinZone Comic. Both Hawkins and Comixpedia regular Eddie Caplan (who does Line Item Vito) are part of the new project along with four other webcomics.
Check out their new group site for details (for full press release - click read more).
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 2, 2006 - 20:16
Fleen takes on Brad Hawkins' Monkey Law and from my take on the post dismisses the whole of opinionated webcomics. I recognize that political comics are not everyone's cup of java but it's one thing to say you don't care for 'em and another to say the whole idea is doomed... DOOMED I SAY!!!
It's an interesting thread if you want to go join in (I did) and if you're looking for the best moneky webcomic out there that often offers its unvarnished opinion on the world at large - go check out Monkey Law.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 2, 2006 - 08:00
It's the fourth anniversary of Monkey Law and to celebrate, Brad Hawkins has a special "re-introduction" storyline, beginning this week. Kind of like what Bloom County used to do from time to time -- a jumping-on point for new readers to learn about the characters. <
Submitted by Brad Hawkins on August 5, 2005 - 19:55
Hello. My name is Brad Hawkins, creator of the world-famous (we have a reader in Britain!) webcomic Monkey Law, and I'm soliciting guest strips! If you like the strip, consider whipping up a guest strip and sending it to me at bhawkinsATmonkeylawDOTorg. If you draw a humor strip yourself, I'd be interested in maybe doing a guest strip for you in return.
Guest strips are a way to both increase readership and flex your creative muscles. When I was on Keenspace, we did a couple of strip swaps, which I had a blast doing. Nowadays, now that I'm on my own, there aren't as many organized opportunities, which is why I'm posting here. Any takers?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 27, 2004 - 11:25
24 Hour Comic Day was last weekend and the results are trickling in:
Everything Jake creator Mike Rosenzweig's entry (and one he did two months ago) are now up for your viewing pleasure (or displeasure, depending if you like curse words or not).
Brad Hawkins of Monkey Law posted his work here.
Post more links to your 24 Hour Comics here.