Derek Kirk Kim
All right, kids, history lesson time.
In 1954, child psychologist Fredric Wertham published his book Seduction of the Innocent, which puts the blame for everything from juvenile crime to athlete's foot squarely on the doorstep of the local boogieman: comic books. This was not entirely a new thing at the time: there had been numerous statements from 'experts' on the degenerate nature of comics in varying medical journals, newspapers, street corners for years prior. But Seduction was the biggest, most organized attack yet on the industry. It was enormously popular. The public began howling for standards and decency in comics, and so the industry decided to muzzle itself before the federales beat them to it.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 8, 2003 - 23:54
The Oakland Tribune has an article on webcomics that points out the startlingly high concentration of webcomic creators in the Bay Area (NoCal). Okay it doesn't actually do that but it has great quotes from Derek Kirk Kim, Shaenon Garrity and Jason Shiga among others.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 6, 2003 - 21:19
We're working on compiling important dates in webcomic history - if you've got some suggestions post them here. Thanks!
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 4, 2003 - 22:00
The Web Cartoonists Choice Awards' Nominees for 2003 were released this week.
Voting for award winners is ongoing from now until June 29th and the winners will be announced on July 6th. Read on for a list of the nominees:
Submitted by MoonstoneSpider on April 29, 2003 - 06:15
I'm curious, at what point do you think it is a good idea to make a forum for your webcomic? There's not much that's sadder or more depressing than an empty set of forums that get 1 post every 2 months.
Here are the complete question-and-answer transcripts that were originally amassed for part 2 of the April 2003 Journal Comics Explored feature. As with any feature, all of the answers can never be used in the final copy, and some questions are always dropped for purposes of focus and clarity.
Comixpedia has chosen to include the entire set of interviews here â€“ verbatim (typos and all) â€“ so that those curious to know as much as they can about the thoughts lurking inside their favorite journal comic artists' heads can do so without having to resort to guerilla brain surgery.
Les McClaine proudly proclaims himself an incurable egotist. James Kochalka says he's trying to delve into the mysteries of being human. Drew Weing draws them because he couldn't keep track of his life otherwise â€“ he has a pretty horrible memory. Whether you accept these answers, or ask any of the growing host of other journal comic artists out there why they draw their journal comics, you'll find that, just like so many other things in life, or life itself, there is no easy cookie-cutter answer.
Derek Kirk Kim, the creative force behind Small Stories Online, has his first print comic collection coming out next month - Same Difference and Other Stories, collecting all the episodes of "Same Difference" from the site (with a new font) and some other work.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 2, 2003 - 11:20
I hope at least some of you enjoyed (and got) the in-jokes that made up our April Fools' Issue. If you got at least three of them consider yourself a webcomics community insider, privy to the darkest secrets of the kingdom. A big thanks in particular to Dave Wright for the Chopping Block banner - I'm a sucker for anything parodying FOX. We had lots of help from others too, but they've all joined the witness protection plan.
Two months of Comixpedia - we've published more than 250 articles and news updates and we're hovering at about 340 members and uncounted guests. Comments on our coverage (or the lack of it!) are welcome - you can always email me at xerexes at comixpedia dot com. My response time varies on my inbox volume but I do respond.
Next week we have the community moderated R Stevens interview, with answers!, an interview with Derek Kirk Kim, reviews and columns by BoxJam and Iain Hamp.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 6, 2003 - 11:35
Jim Zubkavich's Makeshift Miracle, one of the launch strips on Modern Tales, has come to its conclusion.
Along with Derek Kirk Kim's Same Difference, Justine Shaw's Nowhere Girl, and Patrick Farley's The Spiders, Makeshift Miracle is one of the major longform works to come out of the webcomics scene. - Joey Manley