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Announcing Project: Fat Uncle Sam with a Bacon Double Cheeseburger

Eric Millikin has announced his latest project: painted artwork for a short story with a working title of "Fat America: Who's to Blame," exploring issues like how our goverment's agricultural subsidies, consumer spending habits, and fast food marketing contribute to our nation's obesity. The story is written by a prominent cook-book critic and food/nutrition journalist. The print run for the project is over half a million copies.

What is and isn't webcomics news

There are not one but two "My Comic Hit 50 Strips" stories on the main news page at Comixpedia today.

This is not news, it's an ad. Especially at 50 strips. Nobody cares. Thousands of webcomics have hit that mark, and probably more of them have failed to go on to reach 100 strips than not.

I personally don't even care when a strip hits 500 or 1000 or a five year anniversary, but I will concede those might be worth a note. But 50 strips? Is that something the community needs to know about? Is that going to change the way any of us do webcomics? It's just guerrila promotion.

Tuesday News Blues

TCJ has an interesting article up examining R. Crumb's copyright suit against Amazon.com for an image Amazon used on its 404 page (File Not Found).  The image, although not the Crumb original, is somewhat like Crumb's "Keep On Truckin'" man image.  Besides outlining that case, the article delves into some of the changes to copyright law in our lifetime.

More newsy stuff after the jump:

Busting Out Of the Web

It's another look back at the webcomics world that was.  February was a short month, but jam-packed with news of webcomics busting free of the web itself into print, phones and iPods. 

And what does all of this mean for the notion of the webcomic itself?

Cerebus Syndrome: What Makes a Success or Failure?

XEREXES: I CLEANED OUT THE SPAM FROM THIS THREAD AND I'M PROMOTING IT TO THE FRONT PAGE. This thread is/was a great discussion of the Cerebus Syndrome until it got hijacked by spam - maybe now we can pick it back up again.I am doing research for a paper I am writing about webcomics. The specific topic is based on the "Cerebus Syndrome" described by Eric Burns of Websnark. For those of you who don't know, the general concept is that a strip starts out light, funny, and fairly shallow, and then eventually adds depth, characterization, and dramatic story to become something that is a complex amalgam of comedy and drama. A "Cerebus Syndrome" can either succeed or fail. However, what exactly "success" or "failure" means in this context is not at all clear. What I am attempting to do is to develop a rubric for judging the success or failure of a "Cerebus Syndrome" attempt and then use it to judge several example comics. The comics that I am specifically looking at are "College Roomies from Hell!!!" by Maritza Campos, "General Protection Fault" by Jefferey Darlington, the original "Roomies" by David Willis, and "Sluggy Freelance" by Pete Abrams. What would be very helful is if anyone who has an opinion would post on any or all of the following things: -What makes a successful Cerebus syndrome? A failed one? (I have my own ideas, but I am interested to see what others think) -For each comic mentioned above, is it a successful Cerebus syndrome attempt? A failure? Not an attempt at all? Somewhere in between? -Do you know of other particularly good examples of Cerebus syndrome attempts, either successful or not? (I know some others, but I thought these were the most distinctive.) If you do not have anything more to say than yes this is a success or no it isn't, that's still useful, so feel free to post anyway. Also, if you would not like me to quote you, please say so in your post. Thank you all in advance for your help.

Traffic Magnets: What Has Worked For You?

What did you do last year that brought you the most traffic?
We tried conventions, advertising, forums, e-mails, begging... Banner ads and trolling the forums still seem to be the best bet for Adam and I.
How about you?

Tuesday Morning News Round-up

Fleen interviews Dave Kellett (syndicated creator of Sheldon).  Fleen also wrote recently about Kellett's latest print collection of Sheldon comics.

Eric Burns is commenting on the kissing and the hair at Shortpacked.  Creator David Willis apparently has included Eric and Wednesday White in the current story arc.

The Outer Circle celebrates it one year anniversary with a week of guest strips from Ali Graham (HOUSD), David Buist (Taking the Bi-pass), Tyson Smith (Pirate and Alien), Frank Page (Bob the Squirrel), Joe Dunn (Joe Loves Crappy Movies) and d!o (John & John) among others.

Joe Zabel has a new article up at the Webcomics Examiner exploring a theory of introverted and extroverted webcomics.

The Comics Worth Reading blog recommends checking out Spark-Tower Wilson’s Silent Song by Jeff Coleman and Stephen Greenwood-Hyde.  CWR notes that "it’s cool that they’ve captured the texture of paper underneath the art" and points to this interview with the creators as well.

Digital Strips notes that Keven Volo (creator of PixelSrips) has taken on the daunting task of putting together an eBook on how to market a webcomic dubbed "Marketing Your Comic"”. Many artists and creators are using the web to get their work out there. They create something, they build a site and upload all of it, and wait. Just because you post your work, doesn't mean they will come. Part one of "“Marketing Your Comic"” is out now as a free download at his website.

Webcomics collective, Hyena Comics which includes Taking the Bi-Pass, Bob the Squirrel, and Bored and Evil is currently looking for additional webcomic(s) to join. If you are interested, visit and submit your webcomic for consideration.

Boot_Error released it's first book which collects the first 102 webcomics and includes a 12 part exclusive storyline entitled "The Case Of The Missing Panda".  For more details, visit this page.

How Do You Read Your Webcomics?

Don't ask me why but I was flipping through a few of the more read entries from the old staff 24 Hour blog at Comixpedia and thought this post 'How Do You Read Webcomics?' might make a good forum thread.
Don't ask me why but I was flipping through a few of the more read entries from the old staff 24 Hour blog at Comixpedia and thought this post "How Do You Read Webcomics?" might make a good forum thread.

Spirited Shootout to Decide the Fate of Webcomics Experimentation!

A contentious roundtable about the use and abuse of experimentation is featured in this week's edition of The Webcomics Examiner.

Resolutions and Renovations

In this month's Through the Looking Back Glass, Gilead Pellaeon spotlights some recent webcomic-related resolutions.Ah, January. It's the time of year when everybody makes their resolutions and starts afresh. Hopes are high, and everyone is ready to attack the new year and really make this the year, the year when "such and such happens", or the year when "I'm finally going to do this and this".