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Christopher Hastings

Bring the Newz!



  • Reinder Dijkhuis has an interesting essay on Project Wonderful. My take on Project Wonderful is that it's a wonderful platform for a web-based advertising system but what remains to be seen is whether it turns into an advertising service. A service needs some entity interacting with traditional media buyers (usually advertising agencies) to sell them ad space on the platform. Whether that's PW creator Ryan North who takes that on or some other arrangement, it's a piece of the puzzle necessary to the long-term success of PW. Don't get me wrong though - I'm a big fan of PW right now and I'm optimistic about it.




WCCA Nominations Out

The full list of nominations for the upcoming WCCAs is out - get the list here or click read more (the WCCA site is slow today so I copied it into this post here).


Weekend Update

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And Now the News & Views:

Around the World in 80 Blogs:

Things On My To Do List:

Is the Stereotype Dead?

Before we begin this discussion, I should clarify just what I mean by "stereotype". I do not intend for stereotype to mean racial stereotypes, or even cultural stereotypes. What I plan to evaluate is the character stereotypes that exist in so many webcomics - characters like the hardcore gamer, the amnesia-suffering loner hero anime character, the "frisky" furry or anthro character, etc...

ComiCon San Diego

Comicon is almost here. Gilead and Darlene will be guest blogging for Comixpedia. Lots of panel info after the jump.

The Con Participants (Credits)

The Crew

Kris X aka M.Neils (Pocket Kitten)

Spriteville (Spriteville, USA)

Nanda (Ugly Girl)

Stinky (Head Doctor)

"The Con:" The Survivor.



After being sucked away down the river of that which is The Con, I can now report what happened to it and its survivors.

After traveling for 2 hours from MA to CT, we crossed the bridge into Convention Land. No joke, we actually crossed a bridge. The water was not seen from the bridge, but we assumed it was there. Our tank rolled us into the parking garage and the strange events began to occur.

MoCCA Art Festival 2006

The MoCCA Festival is almost here - there'll be webcomics such as Overcompensating, Diesel Sweeties, Scary Go Round, Goats, Questionable Content, Dr. McNinja, Cat and Girl, Johane Matte, Ryan Sias, Kean Soo, Becky Cloonan and Vasilis Lolos, Hope Larson and Bryan Lee O’Malley, Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier, Andy Runton, Debbie Huey, Lark Pien, and John Green.

It's at New York's Puck Building.

Longform Comics On The Web: That Which Should Not Be

As some of you may know, I make a longform webcomic (thanks for clicking). And I'm using the term "longfom" as to mean serialized story comics.

I've been thinking about webcomics, as I always do, and though I'm lacking access to Rob Balder's holy grail of data, I have managed to notice a few things. First off, gag-strips dominate the webcomics. And second off, longform comics don't.


Now, this isn't meant to be a debate over Art vs. Entertainment, nor Quality vs. Quantity. We all know those topics have been done to death, and have no value save their acting as a platform to launch pissing contests.

This is meant to air a thought/ reinvention of the wheel, I had that I think may be discussion-worthy.

Longform comics have no place in what we now know as webcomics.

Lore Reports Two New Additions To DayFree Press

Lore reports there are two new additions to DayFree press: Dr. McNinja, and Stuff Sucks. but I see no confirmation of that at the DayFree site or the two webcomics mentioned.

So file this one under "story developing..." 

Congrats to the newest additions to DayFree Press!