Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 11, 2007 - 10:33
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- The Todd Goldman/Dave Kelly copying story was well covered this week appearing on several webcomics, blogs, CBR, the art journal Juxtapoz, and even Wikipedia. The extreme similarities of the two works makes it hard to imagine a set of circumstances such that Goldman did not copy from Kelly. The blog FLEEN has been all over this story and really deserves praise for pulling so much of it together. Yesterday FLEEN posted an absolutely spiteful email it received purportedly from Todd Goldman (although FLEEN caveats that it can't confirm this) and also wrote about another similarity between a Goldman work and Stuff Sucks webcomic creator Liz Greenfield. Copying can be a difficult issue - ideas are not protected, only expression - but again, in the specific Goldman/Kelly case it's very hard to see how this was anything other than copying. (Comixpedia interviewed Dave Kelly back in his Living in Greytown days.)
- Johnny Hart dead. Now the question is what happens to B.C. (and possibly The Wizard of Id)? Will it lumber on as a comic strip zombie or will newspapers retire it in favor of fresh material? ANSWER: Kris Straub catches a note at the Creators Syndicate website that say Undead B.C. and Wizard of Id will definitely lumber on. ALSO: Mark Evanier has an interesting post on Hart's career (link from SPPW).
- Mitch Clem taking a break from webcomics? The creator of webcomics such as Nothing Nice to Say; Coffee Achievers and San Antonio Rock City writes about his five years making webcomics.
- Good luck and good thoughts to creator Carla Speed McNeil, who is undergoing surgery later this month to alleviate a moderate-to-severe case of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. (Swiped from Journalista! which caught it from Elayne Riggs.)
MY THEIR HYPE
- Time's Nerd World Blog praises Rob Balder's and Jamie Noguchi's webcomic Erfworld.
- Maakies creator Tony Millionaire wrote us to tell us that the pilot for the animated Drinky Crow Show is coming to Adult Swim in May. There's a preview video here and you can read others' comments on it here.
- Comics Reporter links to Doom: the webcomic.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- FLEEN notes that Lauren Oâ€™Neal turned in a webcomic as a final project for a class at Stanford. Hip and environmentally-friendly!
- Websnark praises Goats. Eric's main point seems to be that even though most of Goats' episodes don't involve actual "action" the comic is nevertheless working well. Goats has never really been about action though, like a good Kevin Smith movie it's about the dialogue.
- CBR notes the 10th anniversary of comics publisher Top Shelf.
- JOURNALISTA! points to the I Read Comics podcast that features a recording of the â€œWomen in Comicsâ€ panel from the recent New York Comic-Con, with moderator Heidi MacDonald with Colleen Doran, Amanda Conner, Svetlana Chmakova and Rivkah.
Submitted by Jamie Robertson on April 10, 2007 - 12:20
http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=2416213 This seems to be making the rounds. Fellow Keenspotter, Dave Kelly, had his work royally ripped off by some t-shirt guy. Th...
Submitted by Black_Kitty on April 8, 2007 - 19:28
As an artist and an art educator, there are very few things out there that I find more deserving of scorn then an art thief. Especially if it's an art thief that steals other people's work then display it in an art gallery as their own. Like what Todd Goldman did with Purple Pussy.
If what they say about Todd Goldman is true, then we should not only heap scorn at him but as Randy Miholland of Something Positive suggest, we should throw rocks. Big rocks labeled "stop stealing and profiting from other people's work!"
One way to think of the history of webcomics is as the big bang of comics. At the beginning there were far fewer webcomic creators and they were (virtually) clustered together much more tightly (hence all the wistful talk of "webcomic community") and then, if the inflationary webcomicology theory is correct, those early webcomic exploded into the universe of comics online we have today.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 10, 2006 - 16:48
I'm working on a feature for our February issue and I'd like everyone's help!
A working title for this feature might be something like: "golden era classics of the web you might have missed." The idea here being to draw attention to early favorites, fan or critic-wise. Although some of these might be popular today many of them will be gone or no longer updating for various reasons. And I'm really looking for a broad approach here - for example an early favorite that's gone is Mr Chuck Show by Jon Myers - not exactly high art but in it's time a fairly popular webcomic. Others you could dig up might not have been well known at all but are notable for artistic, technical or other reasons.
To play, reply with title, author, url and briefly, why you picked it! Thanks!
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 2, 2005 - 00:12
The Small Press Expo is all about the art of the comics medium. Comics from every type of genre, style and format. It's the face of the comics medium without the distortion of the obsessive focus on the superhero genre most comic conventions would give you.
Plus, it's been well infiltrated by webcomics creators.
I spent all of Saturday at the convention this year and at times the floor was fairly crowded. Unfortunately since then I've been away in the Golden State and just didn't have a chance to write up a proper feature on it. So consider this a bit of a rambling remembrance of people, moments and most importantly, comics.
(And there's a lot of pictures after the jump so it'll take more than a second for the full page to load.)
Submitted by Flatwood on January 23, 2005 - 14:52
Since I've started my comic, I've started incorporating more and more animated .gif comic pages. It's something that I try to do in the more dramatic parts of the comic where waiting two days for the next update is just going to ruin the effect. The best advantage, I've found is that you can display your panels one at a time and build up suspense. I think it's worked really well.
The first one I ever attempted.
A more comlext one
The Latest One
So yeah, the POINT is: I've never really seen anyone else who does this sort of thing. I know it would probably be simpler (if the person knew how) to do a flash type movie (probably be a smaller file and a better animation.)
But I was just wondering if anyone had ever run across any other comic that used animated pages and how they did theirs.
Submitted by KrazyKrow on January 7, 2005 - 13:25
Am I the only one getting all the gastric bypass/coronary artery banner ads? I know us comic readers aren't the most physically active bunch in the world, but isn't that a bit much?
Newbie comics are both cursed and blessed by their, well... newness. Spinoffs like Scary Go Round and Lizard taken aside, most webcomics are the author's first steps onto a new shore. Some creators will spend years, even decades developing their creative abilities before jumping onto the Web. Others may be borne of the online community, having yet to earn their artistic "sea legs". Whatever the basis of a webcomicker (and, by extension, their webcomic), we're all evolving, and it's usually most evident in the beginning.
Submitted by Rebelsun on July 14, 2004 - 23:21
It is a question that must be discussed. It is a question that I dread to ask yet I had to ask. It is a subject every men & women need to know:
Why aren't there (women's) nipples in most webcomics? I notice that most webcomics made in North America are quite shy of showing them, heck even in the most self-proclaimed "mature" or "extreme" webcomics.