Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 26, 2010 - 08:53
- Katie "Reva Sharp" Sekelsky's webcomic Magpie Luck blew past 100 strips a couple weeks ago and next week will hit 1 year. Congrats!
- Congrats to the "Roger Ebert of the webcomic set" -- El Santo -- for three years of writing webcomic reviews.
AWARDS: Congrats to Cameron Stewart for his webcomic Sin Titulo winning the Eisner for Best Digital Comic this year.
- Check out parts one and two of the Daily Cross Hatch's interview with Dean Haspiel
- The Washington Post has an interview with Berke Breathed.
FROM THE MAILBAG
Steve "Fabricari" Harrison writes "After taking a couple years on hiatus upon completion of my webcomic Fabricari: Ad Hoc, I've decided to cull together all of my Fabricari related comics and art in preparation for some sort of omnibus thinger. I've re-lettered and posted issues one and two online. As a bonus, I found a fifteen year-old uninked short story, the very first Fabricari comic; I inked it and also posted it on my site. It's a weird collaboration between my 19 and 34 year old self. It's a bit weird, but I couldn't be happier with the results. And coming soon: The re-scanned, re-lettered pages from issue three!
Sam Costello writes: I've got a new Split Lip site - now on its own domain at www.splitlipcomic.com. The main benefits of the new site are that the art is much bigger (about a third bigger), which makes for a much nicer reading experience. It also has a blog from me. It's got all 31 Split Lip stories - nearly 500 pages of free horror comics.
I am planning it to be a 3 year project, with one book per year (it runs twice-weekly, so approx 104 pages per book). It is full color. The books will be divided similar to the Star Wars movies, where each stands alone but there is also an over-arching plot. Although a gag strip, there is a lot of depth in character and plot. And the cast is large enough that it took me about 5 months just to fully introduce everyone. Now that I have, things have begun happening en force, and judging by the comments on my page, people are loving that.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 16, 2010 - 13:56
It's just one of those quiet news days (watch, right after I post, something HUGE will happen...). Have a great weekend!
MC HYPE-Z: The Sisters Grimm webcomic starts today with a schedule planned for weekly updates on Friday. Writer Dave Pauwels describes it as "The comic is your average adventure-comedy-political thriller-space rock opera. Set on Mars, in the year 2339, it follows a garage band and their exploits against a backdrop of Martian civil war." The webcomic is drawn by Nicolas R. Giacondino, who lives in Argentina - his Deviant Art page is here.
VIDEO GAMEZZZZ: Cameron Stewart reveals that he and Karl Kerschl and writing and drawing a new comic miniseries for Ubisoft, based on their hugely popular Assassin's Creed videogames.
PR0N: Erica Henderson explains in a short comic why 3D porn may not be such a good idea (SFW actually).
DEAD TREES TELL NO TALES
- Axe Cop is coming to paper via publisher Dark Horse in Spring 2011.
- The Excessively Authentic Dresden Codak 2010 Sketchbook is now available -- it contains behind-the-scenes stuff and Aaron Diaz's daily drawings and speed paintings of the past year.
- Ben Costa's Pang: The Wandering Shaolin Monk, Volume 1 book is now available. He writes, "This is a Xeric Award-winning, full color, hardcover book, 192 pages (with an additional page of the story that won't ever go online). All for $20 plus shipping! And from now until August 16th you can get the book with a custom sketch inside on the title page for FREE."
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 12, 2010 - 08:34
The 2010 Harvey Awards Nominees have been announced. Here's the webcomic category:
- HARK! A VAGRANT by Kate Beaton
- HIGH MOON by Steve Ellis, David Gallaher and Scott O. Brown
- POWER OUT by Nathan Schreiber
- PVP by Scott Kurtz
- SIN TITULO by Cameron Stewart
The full list of nominees after the jump:
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 8, 2010 - 17:24
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 6, 2009 - 10:13
- Daily Cross Hatch has a wonderful interview with Harvey Pekar - 70 years old and in the middle of his first webcomic project.
- An interview with Jeffrey Rowland, comics creator and T-shirt-shippin' mogul.
- An interview with Garry Trudeau, creator of Doonesbury. Given the long presence of Doonesbury on the web, I was surprised the Trudeau is hoping for newspapers to create some sort of news monopoly on the web as the answer to how he will make money is a post paper world.
- Another outstanding update from the subtlely stupid Hulk Vs. Bizarro.
- Another landing strip joke in QC right after last night's Daily Show Rio de Janeiro gag? Coincidence or COINCIDENCE!!!??! More importantly just why is Faye grabbing Martin's butt (in panel 3)?
SWAG O' THE MONTH
Chris Onstad is selling a picture of himself from 1986. Really!
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 27, 2009 - 18:50
Submitted by El Santo on September 11, 2009 - 18:51
Cameron Stewart â€” whose webcomic, Sin Titulo, was reviewed here â€” is apparently the next artist, after Phillip Tanâ€™s run, for the highly acclaimed Batman & Robin series, as reported by The Beat. Now, I do like Mr. Stewartâ€™s art. However, heâ€™s got some BIG shoes to fill.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 20, 2009 - 11:53
I was on vacation last week in the large state of Texas and then spent the weekend in Ohiopyle Park in EXTREME southwestern Pennsylvania. Good times! Hope everyone is geared up for NERDAPOOLZA in San Diego... I, once again, will not be there. One day perhaps. In the meantime here's some interesting comic and pop culture debris for your web-surfing today:
The Cartoon Art Museum is having an exhibit titled "Monsters of Webcomics" which looks very cool. I live on the wrong coast to make a trip to San Francisco to see it but all of you who can should go.
- Newsarama interviews Jon Rosenberg on the latest Goats book.
- CBR talks to Neil Kleid of Action Ohio.
- CBR talks to this month's ZUDA contestants.
- Pop Culture Zoo talks to Daniel Davis of Monster Commute.
- Fandomania interviews Grant Gould of The Wolves of Odin.
- Nice interview with Cameron Stewart of Sin Titulo.
- Interview with Ethan Young of the comic Tails.
In case I forgot to blog about earlier, Freak Angels artist Paul Duffield put up a great tutorial on his process.
Trent Razor (NIN and goth bad ass generally) on how new music artists should navigate the new mediascape of today. Lots of stuff in there for webcomic creators to think about.
Scott Saavedra is publicly documenting how much money he makes this year from his webcomic Java Town. Good gimmick worth some publicity. He's got a timer counting down the year and a counter for the profits (or lack of -- he's in the red right now).
Sean Kleefeld offers some ideas for promotion -- he's aiming at targeting comic book store owners but they're tactics one could adapt to any group. I've seen several webcomic pursue the same ideas with their fans to try and spread the word locally ("street teams"). Sean offers up another idea supposedly in tandem -- giving access to all of a publisher's comics online -- in pursuit of the first post's promotional efforts but I don't think he's fully thought that through. Not that I disagree with the result, it just feels a bit half-baked in his rational. If I was going to jump into the comics publishing business and since I'm not industry giants Marvel and DC (and I'd have to count on their continuing slow-to-adapt strategy) of course I'd give EVERYTHING away online for free. I might borrow Sean's idea of having people register at a portal so I could build some intelligence on my readership but I wouldn't make that the mandatory way to get the comics. New publishers -- heck even existing not-DC-or-Marvel publishers -- suffer more from neglect and lack of attention then from anything else. The new publisher's role has got to be a hybrid -- build a brand(s), build attention, promote talented individuals (much like Hollywood -- build good relationships with real talent), pay for good work consistently released -- then put it out EVERYWHERE in every electronic format possible. Sell the stuff in print in a premium format that the fans demand and work with the creators to sell ancilliary products based on the work... Okay off that soapbox... for now.
JUSTIFY MY HYPE
Questionable Content kills the webserver for Bunny with a link today. You can still see Bunny's guest comic for QC today. What to call this? My comic got "Fayed"?
Does anyone use Google Sketchup in their work? It's a great tool for what it does. This music video for Roche Limit incorporates a lot of it.
Link to a gallery of photos of parkour, the jumping around buildings and railings sport, which beyond being pretty cool might be instructive for someone drawing action scenes, no?
Johanna's post should really be titled... "why Digital Rights Management sucks" as that's the source of her complaints, more so than a comic being in print or digital format.
Submitted by El Santo on June 15, 2009 - 21:29
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 3, 2009 - 08:27
I've been posting some good stories Alexander Danner wrote for the prior version of webcomics.com. Another one today on whatever happenned to four (briefly) rock stars of webcomic.
Life Imitates Art Comics: James Kochalka wrote in a comic about a game in a dream he was having, somebody actually makes the game, now he makes a comic about it. Hmmm... That's a tempting power over the universe he seems to have developed.
AWARDS: The Canadian Joe Shuster Award nominations are out - the webcomics category is outstanding: Kate Beaton, Michael Cho, Lar De Souza & Ryan Sohmer, Kathryn & Stuart Immonen, Karl Kerschl, Gisele Lagace, Ramón K. Pérez, and Cameron Stewart.
INTERVIEWS: Newsarama has an interview with Bellen! creator Brian Brown about his new book and winning a Xeric grant.
NOT WEBCOMICS: The browser-based ZORK! game is out. Jim Zubkavich did gobs of great art for this.