Submitted by Airsick_Moth on March 26, 2005 - 15:06
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 21, 2005 - 11:44
Xerexes here. There's been a lot of interesting and talented people I've gotten to meet via this labor of love called Comixpedia. None more talented at turning a phrase then Eric Burns.
Gossamer Commons, the webcomic Burns has been talking about at his blog, Websnark, has its first installment up today. Burns does the writing and Greg Holkan handles the art.
First impressions? A nice, clean approach to the art and lots of subtle scenario-setting in the dialogue with a few solid bits of funny. The apparent central character is a writer. Surprisingly, that's not a common occupation in webcomics, but one that I think will be interesting to explore. This central character also has a mother not unlike my own and boy is today's phone call dialogue pitch-perfect. For a debut episode, GC does about everything you'd want to get things going.
And uh, I have no biscuits on me - how about a junior mint? Burns and Holkan each get a sugary, minty junior mint. (How's that for a semi-snark?)
When I was your age our webcomics didn't have pictures That's right -- they were made out of words. Words! And we liked it that way. You don't know how it is, with your 'webs' and your 'graphical user interfaces' and your 'more than 1200 baud modems.' You don't know how good you have it. We had mainframes and LISTSERV and BITNET.
Submitted by Chris Crosby on March 7, 2005 - 09:54
Submitted by cashiavellis on February 21, 2005 - 20:27
I really care about my webcomic, but it's really hard to get readers. I'm doing it as a "long haul" kind of thing, a la Dave Sim, except that he had a plan to make MONEY off of it, and I don't. I want to submit this to more experienced web cartoonists, or anybody who feels like they could or would (or wouldn't) be one, and ask, What makes you do this? Is there a plan? Are we all doomed to be starving artists, or people with lame day jobs who do this as a hobby?
I promised myself that I was going to do one comic book for each book of the Bible, and I plan to. I love the creative freedom, and I like putting my ideas in artistic form, and it's always good to have a project, but...
It just seems like there's so much thoughtless crap out there, and the MOST online cartoonists seem to hope for is to EVENTUALLY get to the "Sluggy Freelance" point where they sell so many T-shirts and overpriced books, and beg for money SO OFTEN, and become SO FORMULAIC that the cartoonist can sort of make a meager living by doing it.
Is there something I don't know? Are we working on some awesome, high-tech way to get paid for our work? Do e-mails from obsessed fans really make it all worth it? Do we do it because we have to?
Does ANYONE ELSE feel this way? Ever?
As with everyone else in the webcomics 'scene,' I've been following the progress of webcomics experimentation with tremendous interest. I track experimental events over on Websnark. I make note of the many and sundry things that webcartoonists do that they simply couldn't do (or at least not do effectively) on paper. And, with time and energy, I've come to develop an opinion about experimentation in webcomics.
Namely, I'm against it.
Last month this column focused on two events where well known, mainstream, creators commented on webcomics and webcomic artists. For this column, the aim is to try to do the opposite and gauge the reaction of webcomic creators to two big events from the mainstream print comic world.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 2, 2005 - 12:52
T Campbell reports that he's getting evicted in a couple months and it led him to muse on where to live.
This puts me in a strange situation-- I have no day job, and the business classes I'm taking can be taken online. I've discovered-- unfortunately-- that I am no longer content taking jobs that are just "writing-related" or "editing-related" instead of being "comics-related," so the Washington, D.C. area doesn't hold quite as much attraction for me as it used to.... What this means is, I could pretty much live anywhere.
I'd like it to be somewhere comics-fertile, not too expensive, yet with enough things to do and see that you just have to get out in it, you know?
Also recently, Tycho commented about how the affordability of Spokane played a key role in the success of Penny Arcade.
So what's the best place for a webtoonist to live and why?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 24, 2005 - 12:14
Kelly J. Cooper (Executive Editor of Comixpedia) also led a second panel on webcomics and when she's fully recovered from the weekend, I'm hoping she'll update this entry with her own thoughts on the Arisia convention.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 24, 2005 - 01:26
For week 3, Eric Burns reviews Goats and Al Schroeder talks with Kristopher Straub and Chex of Checkerboard Nightmare. Concentrated funny right there!
We also have a tutorial on the basics of drawing, scanning and saving from Chris "Frodo" Furniss.
Finally, we've got the first installment of a new column from Ping Teo called "Essence of". I'm excited about this because (okay I'm excited about all things Comixpedia) Ping's column will be in the form of a comic.
Thanks for submitting your questions for Jeff Rowland - they are now in route (or soon will be) to Jeff through the internets. We await his answers.