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Cayetano Garza

Comix Talk for Thursday, February 25, 2010

Year of the Rat by Cayetano Garza

AWARDS: The National Cartoonist Society has announced the nominees for the Reubens and up for Cartoonist of the Year are Stephen Pastis (Pearls Before Swine), Dan Piraro (Bizarro) and Richard Thompson (Cul De Sac).  So humor me for a moment -- I think comics would be well-served to unite its several major comics awards.  The Reubens, for example, seem to me to be firmly established in the public's mind with the kind of gag a day, four panel serial strip that dominates the newspaper today.  You could easily carve out a number of categories at the Eisner's for serialized comedy strips and just call 'em Reuben awards within that larger program. 

DEAD TREES: The Beat notes that cat garza's Year of the Rat has been collected into a print version.

REVIEWS: El Santo reviews Girls & Sports.  It gets 1 star out of 5.  See El Santo doing the hard work of reading certain comics... so you don't have to.

VIDEO GAMES? VIDEO GAMES! Jeph Jacques draws some funny Mass Effect webcomics.

The ComixTalk 2009 Roundtable

It's the end of the year and what better time to talk webcomics with a great group of interesting creators and commentators.  For this year's roundtable we talked about favorite and new webcomics from 2009; iPhones and iTablets; developments in the business of comics; developments in the subject matter of comics; webcomic awards; and predictions for 2010!  I'm joined by Gary Tyrrell, Delos Woodruff, Shaenon Garrity, Fesworks, Derik Badman, Larry Cruz, Brigid Alverson and Johanna Draper Carlson.

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Do these two characters look familiar? Well, they should… even if one of them does look completely different than he used to.

Congratulations, Cat!

Holy crumbs! Cat Garza's Year of the Rat won the Ignatz for Best Online Comic! That's awesome!

Post-SPX Webcomic Blues

Wow I have a stack of books and stories from the SPX convention to get through. For a much more timely post on SPX than the one I will get to, check out Johanna Draper Carlson's writeup here. Congrats to cat garza for winning the Ignatz for Online comic -- here's video of the award presentation:

REVIEWS
Daily Cross Hatch has a review of Josh Neufeld's A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge.  I feel like this book has been really really REVIEWED.  Both in webcomic form and now the book, I think it's been universally praised for the importance of its topic but also the quality of the work itself. 

The New York Times favorably reviews Logicomix, written by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos H. Papadimitriou and illustrated by Alecos Papadatos and Annie Di Donna.  There are a couple of previews - 5 pages here and 1 page here.

OTHER EVENTS
There's something ironically funny about Alan Gardener writing a justification for withholding on reporting on the Success in Comics seminar he attended (and helped organize) because he doesn't want to be unfair to those who paid $350 to attend in person.  Since nothing that was discussed there is likely to be sealed under a confidentiality agreement most of this stuff from the speakers is probably already out somewhere else or will come out in one form or another.  Moreover, I'd have assumed people paid the $350 to BE THERE IN PERSON with the speakers and other attendees.  Isn't that the main point these days of dragging yourself to another location?  In fact one of the things Gardner himself praised was the networking opportunities of the conference.

Quick Award Update for Ignatz and Shuster

In various webcomic categories, cat garza, Year of the Rat, won the Ignatz and Cameron Stewart, Sin Titulo, won the Joe Shuster.  Congrats to both cat and Cameron!

Good News/Bad News

Let’s start with the good news, shall we?

Fueled this a.m. by copious amounts of coffee and a couple everything bagels (toasted & slathered w/ buttah), I wanted to take a couple minutes to write about three anthologies I’m involved with that will be debuting next weekend at this year’s The Small Press Expo:

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This episode marks the return of the Brainbunnies… well, sorta…

August Already

I can't believe tomorrow is August.  Here's a preview of next month's cover art from cat garza.

And some interesting stories around the web today:

Techdirt talks to musician Jill Sobule who has embraced a model for her career that won't seem all that strange to many webcomic creators.

NPR reports that Tim Hamilton of ACT-I-VATE is doing a comic adaptation of Ray Bradbury's classic Farenheit 451.

An interview with Danielle Corsetto of Girls With Slingshots. (h/t to Journalista!)

Art Babble is a portal for videos on the web about art.  Looks very cool...

August 2009 Cover Art

Cover Art by cat garza.