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Recent Lunchbox Funnies News

Just a little update on stuff from the Lunchbox Funnies world:

Updating the Feed Lists

When we switched to Drupal one of the nice things I was able to set up was pulling in the RSS feeds of other sites to Comixpedia. That way we do less "link" blogging here but you can still get a sense of what's going on in webcomicland from the syndicated headlines.

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.




Your Guide to Brand New Interviews and Features and Reader Blog Posts

 Cover art by Meghan Murphy, creator of Kawaii Not.Quick update for your Monday morning. We've got five new articles for ya: interviews with Scott Kellogg and Kathryn Garrison Kellogg; and Mason and Amber William (more in our series of interviews with married creators which started last week with our interview with Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier) plus an interview comic created by the Sugurskull collective.

Also, another feature on printing from Grant Thomas, this time a step-by-step guide to creating a color cover for a mini-comic. Last but not least, (but just barely!) comes the somewhat-delayed overview of the vast universe of webcomics collectives (don't forget we also recently posted an interview with the Blank Label Comics webcomics collective).

Modern Tales

We've also had a lot of great reader blog posts this morning including news that Modern Tales (and eventually WebcomicsNation) is embracing the CBR file format for its comics. Other bloggy news includes a new page on PC Weenies highlighting the appearances of its supporters in the comic (supporters of PC Weenies can bid for "guest star" appearances); a new database containing lots of background information on the world of the webcomic Crimson Dark; a six year milestone for TRU-Life Adventures; and updates on The Lumbering Dead and Smithson.

The March of the Collectives

A collective, loosely defined, is any sustained grouping of webcomic creators. What they do together varies greatly from group to group. Some are largely a peer group offering each other critical feedback and encouraging support. Others throw in cross-promotion for each others' work. Some build a collective brand with logos, advertising and a central website. Some share business experience and expertise in areas as varied as merchandise, books, conventions, hosting and website creation.

And what did I find from my research? There's a tremendous number of collectives out there (and that I never want to attempt another "survey" article again). And, oh yeah, checking out collectives can be a great way to find excellent new comics.

Wikipedia-Free News & Views For Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Before I get to today's news & views -- don't forget we had three new articles published in the magazine this week:

  • Terrence Marks interviews married creators, Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier. This is actually the first in a series of five such interviews we'll be publishing this month.
  • New columnist Brigid Alverson covers five short story web manga this month in Small Packages.
  • Bryant Paul Johnson returns with another installment of his historically accurate series at Comixpedia: The Antecedent.
  • And of course a big thanks to Meghan Murphy of Kawaii Not for doing this month's cover art.





His and Her Webcomics: Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier

You've got two people who draw comics and put them on-line. They meet, fall in love, and get married. It happens more often than you think.

I've always been interested in the subject of married comics creators (being married to another comic creator myself), so I've asked a few questions to a few other couples. Our first interview is with Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier.

Introduce yourselves - who are you, what comics do you do?

Full Story Highlights: Collaborative Comics

The spirit of cooperation is alive and well in webcomics. In that spirit, this month we present five stories that exemplify the value of cooperation: Agnes Quill, Vulture Gulch, Rip & Teri, After Days of Passion and The Archeologists.

Interviews, Manga and the Monday Morning News (UPDATED)

Frank "Damonk" Cormier and Meaghan QuinnDig that new cover from Frank "Damonk" Cormier and Meaghan Quinn! Our February issue is focused on webcomic collectives and we've got a lot of great articles on tap for it. This morning I've posted the first two articles for this month's issue:

An interview with Mark Mekkes in his role as chairman of the WCCAs, now in its seventh year. There were a lot of changes leading into this year's program and hopefully, this interview helps to shed some light on things.

The first installment of a new column on web manga by Brigid Alverson. Brigid already blogs about manga at her own site MangaBlog and our good friends at Digital Strips. At Comixpedia, she'll be rounding up the good stuff -- and telling you what to avoid as well.




...YAFGC is alive in ways that other strips aren’t; that’s partially because it’s drawn in pencil and has the raw energy of a sketch, but also because Rich Morris has the talent of a classic Disney animator; he manages, with a few quick strokes of his pencil, to bring people to life so that the way they stand, hips cocked, tells you more about them than the dialogue ever would.

Jim ZubkavichDEAD TREES

  • 2007 is going well for Jim Zubkavich, the creator the 2002 webcomic Makeshift Miracle which debuted in print last year (after substantial rework on portions of it) and is now starting to appear in book store chains.




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).