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D.C. Simpson

Spelling Out Civility at Comixpedia

I took off a week from Comixpedia (sleeping on the beaches of Florida) and the site survives without me! I feel like a proud parent - maybe now I can send Comixpedia off to college ;)

I hope to post some actual webcomics-y updates later today, but for now I caught this NY Times article on "a call for manners" online that I thought worth linking too. For about a year now I've been trying to loosely moderate Comixpedia to keep the discussion here more civil and more substantive. I've learned whatever I know about how to do this along the way, and more recently, it's been on my to-do list for this year to post some written-out civility guidelines for users of the site.

Ursa Major Awards Voting Open

The Ursa Major Awards have released their list of nominees for 2006. The award, which is also known as the Annual Anthropomorphic Literature and Arts Award, is presented for excellence in the furry arts. Voting is open until April 14 and requires registration after which the ballot can be sent in by email.

My Plea For Hand-Lettering (Part 2)

Cartoonist, writer and two-fisted King of the Hoboes, Calamity Jon Morris returns with the second part of his plea for hand-lettering (If you missed the first part click here first).

My Plea For Hand-Lettering (Part 1)

Cartoonist, writer and two-fisted King of the Hoboes, Calamity Jon Morris offers a plea for hand-lettering in this hand-lettered webcomic.1

Comixpedia's People Of Webcomics List For 2006

It's the third annual Comixpedia People Of Webcomics List. This was the hardest one yet to compile. There's a lot of webcomics and a lot of people doing interesting things in and around webcomics. This list, as in past years, is an odd effort to compare apples and oranges: artistic achievement, audience popularity, technical achievement, business savvy, news-making impact all go into the mix.

More Attitude From Ted Rall: A Review of Attitude 3: The New Subversive Online Cartoonists

Ted Rall talks up and talks to webcomics with attitude for Attitude 3: The New Subversive Online Cartoonists. It's a great addition to the ongoing Attitude anthology series that pays some well-deserved attention to webcomics.

Webcomics - The Next Generation

As I just turned 32 in March, I think it is safe to say that I am no longer "a kid". Nor do I have children of my own yet. So, I haven't really paid much attention to whether a comic on the web was kid friendly or not. But now that I have a two year old nephew, I find myself wondering what websites to take him to when he gets a bit older that are appropriate, but will get him excited about webcomics (get 'em in when they're young).

Has the Fun Been Sucked Out of Webcomics?

As a kid I used to daydream about my favorite television heroes. I mean, who, as a kid growing up in the 80's imagined Michael Knight teaming up with the A-Team or the Dukes of Hazzard to go up against the combined forces of evil. Or the G.I. Joe team mixing it up with the Transformers in a cartoon?

The fact that characters could crossover and interact was perhaps the most exciting thing I discovered when I got into 'superhero' comics. It was neat to see Moon Knight teaming up with the Punisher. The popular culture references, in-jokes and continuity were also big draws to me when reading comics. Which explains why I'm a fan of The Family Guy and The Simpsons.

The kind of magic I've referred to is rarely seen in webcomics these days. Sure, there have been a few crossovers and obligatory guest-stars - but given the nature of the medium, I would have thought there would have been much, much more interaction between creators out there.

"Attitude 3" Available for Pre-Sale on Amazon

Ted Rall's book series on alternative comic strips turns its focus to online comics in this third installment, titled "Attitude 3: The New Subversive Online Cartoonists," now available for pre-order on Amazon.com.

In addition to samples of each comic, the book features extensive interviews and memorabilia from the creators' lives and early efforts.

Three Years of Comixpedia

A little love letter to the magazine that could.It's the third anniversary of Comixpedia this issue.

2006 is the fourth year we've been writing about webcomics. We've put out 38 monthly issues of the magazine and published more than 600 reviews, interviews and other articles about webcomics. We've posted more than 2500 news posts (that's not counting the magazine).