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Tod and Corey Marie Parkhill Are Closing Up Young American Comics: Going Out of Business Sale

I got an email today from Corey Marie Parkhill about changes to the Young American Comics imprint she runs with her husband Tod.  The bottom line is before going out of business they're having "going out of business sale":

Happy New Years

I've been traveling (and still am until this coming weekend) but I thought I'd drop in to wish all a Happy New Year's, Three Kings Day and other assorted holidays recent and forthcoming.

I saw a lot of comments on 2007's POW list -- much of it disagreeing with part or all of the article. That'a a feature not a bug folks and I suppose the only disappointing thing is how limited the follow-on discussion was in terms of adding names and discussing what you thought was important and influential in 2007. If there's not much talk from you about comics at comixtalk then there isn't that much to comixtalk...

Since I'm only on for a bit I'll offer up an alternative take from Anne@FLEEN (although prefaced by Anne's comment that Our People of Webcomics 2007 list struck her as "kind of a weird list" which strikes us as kind of a weird comment. Maybe she'll add a bit more about her thoughts on 2007 in future posts?) -- here's some of the webcomics she thought worthy of name-checking as we head into 2008: Tom Humberstone’s Vented Spleen; Juan Santapau’s The Secret Knots; Natasha Allegri’s Normal Life; Mike Luce’s Fite!; Israel Sanchez’s Saturday; Kelly Vivanco’s Patches; Box Brown’s Bellen!; Bryant Paul Johnson's Teaching Baby Paranoia; Matthew Reidsma’s High Maintenance Machine; Karen Ellis’s astounding Planet Karen, and Corey Marie's Scene Language. That's an interesting list with minimal overlap to any other end-of-2007 list I've read but with a few I personally haven't actually had a chance to read (including Humberstone, Satapau and Sanchez). Like many other lists I think it's probably best described as a "best webcomics" list as opposed to the more elusive "it-ness" the POW list tries to capture but not a bad place to start if you're looking for some new webcomic recommendations.

Looking Back Through 2007

In years past (2004, 2005) we undertook the monumental chore of picking out the biggest headlines of the year. This year, I took another swing at it. So without further adu, here's the biggest webcomic headlines of 2007.

If I missed a story you think was key to this year, please post it in the comments to this article.

Comics For Chocolate: An interview with Debbie Ridpath Ohi

I don't quite remember how I first discovered Debbie Ridpath Ohi's webcomic Will Write For Chocolate but as a procrastinating writer of several novels-to-be, I instantly "got" this funny comic about writers and their lives. And then I learned that Ridpath Ohi not only creates comics but writes all the time.

Ridpath Ohi is a freelance writer and illustrator living in Toronto with her husband, Jeff. In addition to creating several webcomics, she blogs online at Inkygirl: Daily Diversions For Writers and has written a nonfiction book (The Writer's Online Marketplace, published by Writer's Digest Books), magazine articles (print and online), poetry, and short stories. She's also a part of the band Urban Tapestry. As you'll see from the interview, she is prodigiously productive!

Tastefully Done 2008 - At It Again

Last year Tastefully Done showed the world what it would be like if their favourite webcomic characters bared all in aid of Cancer Research. This year the tables have turned and webcomic artists have bared all in aid of Cancer Research.

With the talents of Kristofer Straub, James Turner, Jodie Azhar, Digital Strips Team, Ben Stirling, Fred Grisolm, Whitney Robinson, Ryan Estrada, Chris Thomas & James Walker, Jon Scrivens, Meghan Murphy, Jared von Hindman and cover by Corey Marie Parkhill baring all for a great cause. Webcomic artists at their finest, with their clothes off, is hopefully gonna be an utterly delightful success like last year.

For the price of $15 and through the lulu.com website, Tastefully Done warns you to bare witness to the outstanding artwork that can only be contained in one calendar, we give you Tastefully Done 2008!

SEPTEMBER FEATURE ARTICLES, OCTOBER COVER ART AND TODAY'S NEWS

Welcome to October! A big thanks to Spike, creator of Templar, Arizona, for creating this month's cover art. This past weekend we posted the rest of the September issue: interviews with Gisele Lagace and Shayna Marchese; a feature by Grant Thomas examining the integration of text and images with an interesting look at different ways to use speech bubbles; and Michael Payne looks at some great print comics that have moved to embrace the web. More interesting articles are on their way in October...

And in other news...

HEADLINES

MILESTONES

JUSTIFY MY HYPE

  • A recent Big Fat Whale from Brian McFadden on why protesting maybe doesn't always work so well at getting results...

EVENTS

TECHNOLOGY

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS

  • Andrew Farrago has an interview with Jason Thompson, the author of Manga: The Complete Guide. Thompson read and reviewed every English-language manga ever released in preparation for his new book. (h/t Dirk Deppey)
  • At The Telegraph, Robert Colvile writes up webcomics with comments from Chris Onstad, Gary Tyrrell and others. (h/t Dirk Deppey)

What's on my Computer Screen this Sunday Afternoon

Welcome to this week's guest blogger Corey Marie, the creator of Scene Language - a webcomic billed as "Sex Drugs & Indie Rock". And so far it's delivering! :) (Also check out nice things FLEEN said recently about SL)

Post Comicon there's not an awful lot of earth-shattering webcomic news going on but here's what I noticed recently:

NOT WEBCOMICS

Lazy Summer Bloggin'

 Cover by Krishna M. Sadasivam, creator of PC Weenies.Cover by Krishna M. Sadasivam.

Hey all I'm bloggin a bit today - mostly to say thanks to Logan DeAngelis for guest-blogging this week, but also to all of our guest bloggers so far. I also wanted to thank Krishna M. Sadasivam, creator of PC Weenies for doing this month's super cover art. (Be sure to check out the posters from his webcomic that he's selling!) Next week's scheduled guest blogger is Corey Marie, creator of the webcomic Scene Language and part of the Young American Comics group.

Also I've been loopy most of the week due to getting my wisdom teeth extracted (drilled and yanked is probably more accurate) on Wednesday morning. So I missed promoting tons of cool reader blog posts this week including: this bit about the webcomic Asylumantics getting a reboot - I've read Chris' comics off and on for years now so I'm excited for him to take everything he's learned and try to take his work to another level.

Multiplex creator Gordin McAlpin got interviewed in BOXOFFICE magazine which is pretty great press for a webcomic about a movie theater.

And I'm always a sucker for new webcomic website codin' - here's a simple archive script from Fabricari creator Steve Harrison.

And of course lots more interesting blogs here as well as elsewhere. I missed Comicon this year but I saw FLEEN did a great job of covering the webcomic side of that immense event.

Life in Links for Wednesday, July 11, 2007

FOR WORSE

MILESTONERS

  • Corey Marie marks one year on her webcomic Scene Language. Congrats!
  • Missed this - but Todd Allen had an interview with T Campbell - largely about his comics journalism at Broken Frontiers this year. I've enjoyed many of the pieces T wrote for the site but I have to admit I don't like the obsessive focus on superhero comic books there - it often feels like 60-75% of the site is focused on that genre/format...

DEAD TREES

JUSTIFY MY HYPE

HOLLYWOOOD!!!

  • Comics2Film reports that Shannon Eric Denton, part of the webcomics site, Komikwerks is moving into television production with CBS putting World Of Quest - an animated show based on the webcomic of the same name - on its Fall schedule. Denton has also done a deal for a pilot based on a second Komikwerks webcomic title, Wyoming.

NOT WEBCOMICS

UNWARRANTED SNARKERY THOUGHTS

  • Been thinking a bit more about this DC Zuda webcomics site and the more I think about it the more I go zzzzzz....� Sure it could be great, I am reserving judgment until there's an actual launch later this year but the basic concept as announced?� It plays to none of DC's supposed strengths.� This is a superhero publishing house right?� With tremendous character assets... with extremely long story archives that right now are hard to obtain a complete copy of on paper or digitally... legally, anyhow.� DC is probably losing a lot of money from pirated scans and is losing a lot more money from not coming up with and executing on a viable plan to digitally distribute the great character assets that it has.� The web is the best system for reading comics with long archives and intricate storylines because every new reader can dive into as much of the comic as they want.� There are some assertions that longer-form comics don't work on the web but I think a lot of that has to do with schedule, serialization and consistency (longer works take a larger commitment from the creators) and while superhero stories aren't everyone's cup of joe,, they aren't boring and a 22 page story isn't too long for a single read at the computer.� I don't know if DC should be doing a per-issue system or a Rhapsody subscription system but they should be doing something.� They are probably literally throwing money away right now because there is no way to get their comics through the web and then you throw in the seeming continued growth of pirated digital scans of their work.� Their paying-for-it-in-print audience is shrinking and they're letting their potential digital audience get used to getting it for free. Zuda comics is completely irrelevant to the actual hard digitial distribution questions DC needs to deal with.

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