Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 7, 2008 - 17:41
A shout-out to the conclusion of A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge which was an amazing webcomic - telling the story of several different people in the midst of the impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans. There will be a book next year from Pantheon Books. Congrats to creator Josh Neufeld - this is one of the best works of the year so far and I hope everyone has given it a read.
JUSTIFY MY HYPE
D.J.Coffman is working on a (politically-minded band) Flobots-inspired comic called Rise of the Flobots: Architects of Change. Simil;ar Coffman art but definitely a different vibe for him than previous work.
Desmond Seah's webcomic Bigger Than Cheeses is often pretty funny. Lately though he's spent an inordinate amount of time mocking a particular scene and storyline from Tim Buckley's Ctrl-Alt-Del. I don't think there's much of a legal problem using the one bit of art from C-A-D in Seah's comic (perhaps a taste problem but I'm not going there...), but when you do it over and over and over and over again... I don't know what my point is, but it's beginning to feel like an Andy Kaufman sketch or something.
Why not give Ellis his own category - he gives me a reason to write about him enough. I forgot to mention this bit on Freak Angels from last month:
When we started FREAKANGELS, some webcomickers were heard to say “weekly webcomics suck.” Like there was only one way to do a webcomic, and that the daily newspaper strip was somehow inherently superior to six-pages-a-week. Even now, I’m not seeing a lot of weekly webcomics. If you know of any, stop by freakangels.com/whitechapel and tell me about them. Hell, maybe we could generate a weekly programme guide out of them.
Weekly comics don’t suck. You can read them anytime. You can wait for weeks and read several episodes at once. But it’s nice, I think, to have landmarks in the week. Friday is FREAKANGELS day. You don’t have to be there at 12noon UK time when Chief Mechanic Ariana pushes it live. But it turns out that tens of thousands of people like coming over here on the day a new episode goes live. FREAKANGELS Friday. And I like doing that for people.
Weekly webcomics are great when they give you a satisfying chunk of an update like Freak Angels' six pages does. Update no more often then you can keep up with and design your update "chunk" plus frequency to both ensure you can keep up with the schedule but also so that you can break up your story into satisfying chunks.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 24, 2007 - 14:31
I built a "library" of webcomics and creators back in the fall of 2005 which I put into beta before realizing it was too much editorial work to deal with and the same information could be better provided through the community edited webcomic wiki - COMIXPEDIA.
Nevertheless looking back on the assortment of names collected (some from me, some sent in from you) I wonder if anyone has any significant updates on these creators 18 months later. Maybe we should interview some of them?
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.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 31, 2005 - 02:16
Well week 4 of the January issue is up. That marks 24 full issues of Comixpedia. I think I can speak for all editors and contributors, past and present: "Man, I'm tired."
Week 4 gives you a column from the Damonkey Man, interviews with both Jeff "WIGU TV" Rowland and the creators of Least I Could Do and finally, a review of Bigger Than Cheeses by Desmond Seah.
February's issue takes a look outside the cozy confines of the panel to hunt down the elusive experimental webcomic. Assuming the Internet doesn't get snowed in, we'll bring you the first week of the February issue on February 7th.
In webcomics, "the funny" is a rare commodity that too often sadly gives way to a focus on characterization and plot. Pure gag comics can be hard to find since creators often decide, despite starting in the humor aisle, that the plot department is where to be. It’s pretty refreshing then to find that Bigger Than Cheeses by Desmond Seah is, was and hopefully will always be a gag webcomic.
Submitted by goonigoogoo on January 27, 2005 - 13:39
So there's a little bit going on this morning. Read the extended entry for the news. This weekend will be the last installment of our January issue - we have another installment of Damonk's column along with reviews and interviews. Next month - "To The Infinite Canvas and Beyond" or "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Long-Form Webcomic".
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 8, 2004 - 14:50
An update on recent fundraising drives around webcomicland.
Greg Dean is currently raising money to buy new servers for his popular webcomic Real Life.
Desmond Seah of Bigger Than Cheeses is not actually very close to his stated goal of 50 trillion dollars, but we wish him luck anyway.
And finally, from the success stories file, Jamie Robertson announced that enough fans had signed up for a Clan of the Cats membership that he could continue to devote the time to making the webcomic.