Bryan Lee O'Malley
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 4, 2010 - 09:23
I suspect posting will be relatively light this month unless I get my act together this week and recruit some more interesting guest bloggers (I'm still open to unsolicited offers to guest blog!). I started a little work on a story I thought might be interesting if I uncovered anything -- basically I tried to contact the first 100 members of ComixTalk thinking I might discover a mix of stories from people who've stayed pretty visible in comics to those whose stories maybe have never been well-covered. I've gotten a few responses but it's too much work in tracking down folks to take that approach for any larger number of member accounts. (If you have an old account at ComixTalk you're having trouble accessing please let me know -- I'd be happy to try to help you out) So my new pitch is -- if you joined ComixTalk (Comixpedia in those days) in 2003 and you're interested in giving me a snapshot of now and then for you in comics (I have some questions I've been emailing to folks; but that's what I'm after) please email, comment here or tweet me.
- Lauren Davis writes about the ending of Bellen! by Box Brown -- sounds a bit Newhart-ish to me!
- Spwug writes about the ending of Dreamless, a webcomic they thought stopped a bit suddenly.
- Raina Telgemeier has a new short webcomic up called Can I Try An Eskimo Pie?
- John Allison with the definite version of The Hulk!
- Darryl Cunningham writes another well-done journalistic comic -- this time a debunking of the "moon landing was faked" story.
- Brigid Alverson interviews Phil Foglio, on recent new projects involving his webcomic Girl Genius.
- Deb Aoki interviews Bryan Lee O'Malley.
- The Webcomic Factory runs an interview with Ivan Cortez, the artist on the webcomic, The Gentlemen’s Club.
- Tim O'Shea has an interview with MK Reed.
CONVENTIONS: SPX announces that Dean Haspiel and Kate Beaton will be guests this year. Between SPX and Intervention that is going to be an epic comics weekend in the DC area.
MAILBAG: I got an email from creator Lee Leslie about the webcomic RiGBY, an Epic Webcomic about the Tales of an Amateur Barbarian. RiGBY follows the adventures of the titular hero as she navigates a world of reanimated skeletons, warriors on dinosaurs and savage snake-men. Leslie describes the webcomic as combining "the fun world-building of high fantasy stories like Lord of the Rings or Conan the Barbarian with a fun and relatable protagonist. Basically, she’s the love child of Indiana Jones and Red Sonja.”
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 25, 2010 - 10:50
For what it's worth, I've got a fresh install of DRUPAL on the dev server at home, working up a streamlined version of ComixTALK. Laid out the basic theme (moving to a 2 column layout) and now tackling cleaning up the horror that the tag and category system at ComixTALK has mutated into.... Right now I'm debating whether to port ComixTALK as is to the new server or wait until I get the redo... done.
One story that caught my eye this morning was this rant by blogger-czar Jason Calacanis about comScore. Worth reading to think about. Another interesting story from Tom Spurgeon, who has an essay up at the Comics Reporter which I think one could summarize as "wow, there are a lot more good comics than when I was younger..." I guess I would add, "wow, there are a lot more good webcomics than 10 years ago..." And if you need a recap of recent webcomic news, Delos has a whole bunch of interesting links covering last week at Art Patient.
NEW BOOK: John Allison posted the cover art from the forthcoming 8th book collection of Scary Go Round: "Recklessly Yours."
Cory Likes Corndogs: Goats scores a favorable review from Boing Boing Blogger Cory Doctorow for the second book in the new series: The Corndog Imperative.
ZUDA IDOL SCANDAL? Digital Strips reports on the departure of one of the ten finalists from this month's Zuda popularity contest. Apparently The Thunderchickens had a good shot of winning it too, so the undisclosed reasons for its departure must be something non-trivial.