Last week Scott Kurtz and Kris Straub were gracious enough to grant this brand spankin' new Comixpedia front page writer/blogger an email interview about their new partnership. The questions are a bit clumsy, but their answers are interesting and informative. Enjoy!
We canvased Comixpedia's readers for the most probing questions to send to Blank Label Comics. Questions so tough it took them almost a month to answer! Read on for how Blank Label Comics plans to conquer independent comics...
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 9, 2007 - 12:21
UPDATE: TODAY'S THE LAST DAY TO ASK QUESTIONS - POST YOUR QUESTIONS FOR THE CREATORS OF BLANK LABEL COMICS IN A COMMENT BELOW.
For next month's Comixpedia magazine issue focusing on collectives we'll be conducting a community interview with Blank Label Comics. On hand to answer your questions will be BLC members: Brad J. Guigar (Evil Inc., Courting Disaster); Howard Tayler (Schlock Mercenary); Dave Kellett (Sheldon); Kristofer Straub (Starslip Crisis); Paul Southworth (Ugly Hill); Paul Taylor (Wapsi Square); Steve Troop (Melonpool); David Willis (It's Walky!, Shortpacked!); and Greg Dean (Real Life).
If you have a question for Blank Label Comics post it as a comment to this thread. On Friday, February 9th, we'll take the top ten questions and send them on to BLC for answers (which we'll post later in February).
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 28, 2007 - 14:10
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).
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 11, 2006 - 10:37
- SeqArt has an interview with Josh Roberts, proprietor of OnlineComics.net and the brand spankin' new ComicSpace.com.
- The 2007 Lulu Blooker Prize is accepting submissions until January 15, 2007. The winner of the Comics Blooker Prize receives $2,500 and if selected as the overall winner (there are two additional categories) the prize is $10,000. Last year's winner was Zack Miller for Totally Boned: A Joe and Monkey Collection. This year's judges are Paul Jones; Arianna Huffington; Julie Powell; Rohit Gupta; and Nick Cohen.
- An interview with Mark Siegel, editorial director for graphic novel publisher First Second about the new company's surprisingly successful first year.
- The blog Webcomics In Print speculates on "webcomic books yet to be".
- Talk About Comics talks about all the Modern Tales-associated creators who worked on the recent Marvel Holiday Special comic book.
- TCJ reviews Girl Genius Omnibus Edition, Vol. 1.
I'm going to shut down our "Que Es Mas Offensive" poll of potentially offensive webcomics on Christmas Eve (12/24). So be sure to vote before we crown the winner on Christmas morning.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- Princess WinterMom is thinking of starting a webcomic and muses on the pros and cons. I think if you have any interest at all in making comics there is no question that you should just... make comics. It's the only way to get better; the only way to get anything done.
- Joey Manley explains to DC Comics why it's new webcomic, Rush City, has a poor layout. (TCJ recently reviewed this comic.)
- Jim Zubkavich branching out into brew-meistery?
- Mark Sachs recommends the webcomic, King of RPGs.
- Check out the photos from Dave Kellett's book signing for his second Sheldon collection: The Good, The Bad and The Pugly. And then Neil Patrick Harris shows up and gets all up in Dave's grill (er... not really but he did show up!).
Sheldon cartoonist David Kellett will create comics and talk to visitors at the Cartoon Art Museum from 1-3PM (San Francisco, CA).
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 5, 2006 - 16:15
The Eisner judges have been announced and the Comics Reporter has the press release on how to submit (nudge, nudge) your comics for consideration. The panel of judges for the 2007 awards consists of:
- Robin Brenner, teen librarian;
- Whitney Matheson, blogger;
- Christopher P. Reilly, comics writer;
- James Sime, comics book retailer; and
- Jeff VanderMeer, writer
PENNIES FROM HEAVEN
- Cartoonist Chris Ware won a grant from a new foundation called United States Artists.
- Jim Zubkavich recounts the very recent party and book signing he held for the release of the Makeshift Miracle in print.
- ICv2 has an interview with First Second - the publishers of Gene Yang's American Born Chinese book. The book is apparently selling quite well as the book heads towards a third printing.
- Bill Amend is going to Sundays-only for his popular comic strip Foxtrot. Tom Spurgeon puts Foxtrot's newspaper count at 1000+. Foxtrot debuted in 1988 and has filled a geek/family/school niche in the newspapers ever since. Amend's stated reasons for the move are about freeing up time to tackle other creative projects.
- Fleen has two interviews: one with Chris VonGompel, the creator of Hockey Zombie, (que es mas offensive?!) and the other with Dave Kellett, creator of Sheldon.
- Don't forget Comixpedia has two interviews this month: one with Tyson Smith of Pirate and Alien and the other with Tom Siddell of Gunnerkrigg Court.
DON'T MOVE! I SEEMED TO HAVE LOST MY MONACLE...
- The New York Times loves Roz Chast. Does a cartoonist like Chast exist without the New Yorker? Not intended as 100% snark but a reflection on how a certain species of cartoon has flourished (relatively) because of that magazine's patronage.
Submitted by NightgigTim on November 29, 2006 - 09:45
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 7, 2006 - 10:42
Starting today, Dave Kellett's Sheldon is now available at http://sheldoncomics.com (Fleen reports, "Kellettâ€™s new home on the web will be provided by Dumbrella Hosting, parent corporation of Fleen.").
Be sure to check out the note from Kellett on his site explaining the move away from Comics.com.