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NCWCCC Anthology 2

During our last Clatch meeting, (thanks again to Otter for the spread), it was decided that we should do another NCWCCC anthology. Here are all the specs we have so far.

THEME: Fortune Cookies. Due to time factors this theme has already been chosen.

Webcomic Wire - 8/29/08

Drawn from sources all over the web…

Wired covers PAX.
Wowioes, not your father’s breakfast cereal. Here’s what T Campbell is saying and Comics Worth Reading as well.  Platinum and Wowio as yet have not responded to my inquiry.
Eric Burns posts about criticism on websnark.
The Webcomic Overlook has part three of their ‘Joy of Webcomics’ series.
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A Burgeoning Apparatus

In the eternal struggle between "story comics" and "gag comics," I tend to come down on the side of the long form.  Yes, a little chuckle is good, but I'd rather follow characters through an adventure, even if that adventure is just them trying to return a library book or attending a "meet the tenants" party in their apartment building.

Do You Hear What the Webcomic Is Cooking?

INTERVIEWS

ComicMix talks to Chris Hastings of Dr McNinja.

Eric Burns profiles Ryan North of Dinosaur Comics.

INDUSTRY

The Comics Reporter has an overview and a lot of links to the recent TokyoPop restructuring.

JUSTIFY MY DEAD TREE HYPE

This looks cool - Mitch Clem is doing some comics for a print series:

I have about fifty more of these fully inked. It's a new series I've been working on called "Something Great", which will be my first foray into creating a direct-to-print comic strip series (as opposed to a webcomic, which I already have too many of). Five per issue have been running in Razorcake, so you'll see those too once new issues come out, as usual. Otherwise, patience is your best hope for ridiculousness.

PODCASTANETS

Chris Williams listens to comics podcasts so you don't have to... unless you really want to!

Websnark

Eric Burns, the fertile mind behind Websnark, has posted some very kind comments about Evil Inc as well as my other two comics, Courting Disaster and Phables.

You can read them here.

Back, Back, Waaay Back!

It's snapshot of the ComixTalk archives time again. Here's a look back at what we were writing about on January 24th in years past.

2007:

2006:

2005

2004

  • absolutely nothing!

In Search of Vanished Webcomics

As the new year brushes away the crumbs left from devouring the old one, I find myself thinking of vanished webcomics: those that've come to the end of their storylines, those that've just stopped, and those that've disappeared altogether.

As the new year brushes away the crumbs left from devouring the old one, I find myself thinking of vanished webcomics: those that've come to the end of their storylines, those that've just stopped, and those that've disappeared altogether.

Every Content Industry Is Facing Major Change... But Does Comics Have a Rick Rubin?

This is an utterly great article in the NYTimes Magazine about the chaos in the music industry and superstar producer Rick Rubin's new gig as co-CEO of Columbia Records. Rubin has made great albums with unknowns (Beastie Boys, RHCP) and so-well-knowns (Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond) and now he's trying to reinvent Columbia Records. It's not an easy project and it's not clear there's any easy path to success.

Like all content industries comics is going through big changes. I'm not sure who the equivalent of Rick Rubin would be for comics. Could you imagine handing over the reins of Marvel to Warren Ellis? I'd like to see that future actually...

UPDATE: While we're here let's throw in a link to a recent on-webomics post from our wandering Websnark, Eric Burns. The first half is nice review of how wrong Berke Breathed was about the path of the comics industry when he introduced his newspaper strip Opus. Breathed tried to draw a newspaper-only line in the sand and the sand has shifted so much that he's now on Salon and the web with everyone else. (The other half of Burns' post is musing about conspiracies between the Washington Post newspaper and the Washington Post Comic Syndicate to gin up controversery over a recent series of Opus strips on religon. Note to Eric: The paper Washington Post doesn't even play that nice with the website Washington Post (they are two different divisions actually) so I'd say odds are pretty good that the paper and the syndicate don't talk much either.)

Entitlement and Derivative Works

I have seen some discussions recently about Eric Von Websnark's suggestion that For Better or For Worse fans appropriate and repurpose the comic. There are some very interesting (and heated) comments going on over at that post, so people should check those out, but I want to talk about entitlement and derivative works.

Help Me Write a Better Comixpedia (org) Entry at Comixpedia (org)

Now that there's a comixtalk (news) and a comixpedia (wiki) I went into the various entries at comixpedia (comixpedia.org) trying to clean it up.