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Greg Dean (Real Life) will be at Kumoricon in Portland, Oregon this year. The third annual Kumoricon takes place next month from September 3-5th.

Eric Reynolds from Fantagraphics gloats over today's NY Times article on webcomics: "NY Times declares: Groth 1, Cuckooland 0". And at Websnark, Eric Burns also takes on the story from NY Times critic Sarah Boxer.

And last this is an interesting bit: Amazon has lifted the earnings cap for affiliates for almost all of its products. If you have an Amazon affiliate account this seems to mean you can make lots more money from referring folks to purchasing products at Jeff Bezos' shop.

And Now Your Morning Webcomics News Update...

A great time was had by all at the Washington Webcomics Meetup last night. Chris, Phil, Jamie, Rob, Joey & Joe, T, and myself talked webcomics for a really long time. I heard a lot of interesting information, but these meetups are generally "off the record" (even webcomic journalists have some standards!) and I'll have to check back on whether there's anything I can report right now.

Bo Lindberg reports that the secret comics database continues to expand with the recent addition of Get Medieval. The "secret comics database" lets you search through the text of nine different web comics to find specific strips or characters. (Faciliatating the creation of text archives by the user (or fans) might be a nifty addition to the WebcomicsNation service.)

A new webcomics blog (link via Phil) called "Comics Rock" by Andrew Araki, looks like a good read. The most recent posts are on Fallen Angels, Used Books and Questionable Content.

Scott McCloud linked to someone writing about a bit of McCloud's theory of comics but from that site I found David Lasky's site with a small gallery of webcomics, including this adaption of a bit of Ulysses.

John Allison is almost done with the Scary Go Round deck of cards. I would like to own such a deck.

T Campbell and Eric Burns both have brief comments on Squidi's announced departure from webcomics. I second Burns' support for the very well thought out archive system employed by Squidi. ("Seasons" and thumbnail browsing might make nice additions to WebcomicsNation as well) But I take issue with Burns on Conrad. Joseph Conrad is the f&*kin' sh1znit of novelists IMHO.

Week Three of our July 2005 issue of Comixpedia

Welcome to week three of our July 2005 issue of Comixpedia!

Our feature this month is a cranky soapbox rant written by yours truly, Kelly J. Cooper.

Our reviewer, RJ Astruc, read through and commented upon Reckless Youth by Claude TC.

Al Schroeder interviewed Sarah Ellerton of Inverloch.

In this month's Feeding Snarky, Eric Burns contemplated history and hair.

And Ping Teo's Essence of… took on… well… "freedom" might be the best way to put it.

Feeding Snarky by Eric Burns

I've talked, a few columns back, about Superguy. Superguy was (and still is) a mailing list for amateur fiction, started in the late eighties. Not really 'fanfiction,' since the stories and characters were original, but instead a wholesale satire on superheroes, Superguy let people who loved the media, or loved humor, or just loved typing a chance to build an audience, create, experiment, learn the craft of writing, and in general build whole new worlds. Also, there was a supernatural talking fish.

Around the Webcomic World in 80 Seconds

Save Ferris!ConnectiCon! Rob Balder tipped us off yesterday to the financial woes resulting from this year's installment of the convention and the efforts to raise funds to pay off the organizer's debts. Now Phil Kahn, who writes at the blog I'm Just Saying (which is a damn good Pepsi next to Eric Burns' Coke) is auctioning off a commissioned essay on any topic or form to raise some money for this effort. If you want to bid on Kahn check out the details here.

Robert Howard also has a post on saving ConnectiCon this morning. And if you're interested in donating money directly to ConnectiCon's organizers, go here to do so.

In other necks of the webcomics woods, Sam Logan has lured infamous alternative cartoonist Rikk Estoban into doing a week of guest webcomics for Logan's webcomic Sam and Fuzzy. Just checking out the wide range of this series of stylistically diverse comics you can see how the notorious and perpetually misunderstood creator of Skull Panda has really influenced today's webcomics scene.

It's clear people are still recovering from SDCC (I'm in WIGU-withdrawal!) - however, Scott McCloud points out a Flickr photo stream with lots of webcomic-familiar faces.

In Clickwheel news, William Simons has a blog where he's writing about developments with Clickwheel. Clickwheel seems to be doing well - it's a featured download at the Apple site, and is #2 on the Top Downloads list.

And Chris Crosby late yesterday posted at Keenspot (and sent to us - thanks!) a lengthy list of exciting new developments at Keenspot. The full list is after the read more jump, but beyond previously reported news of Two Lumps joing Keenspot and the namechange of Keenspace to COmic Genesis, webcomic creators will probably be interested in the further reduced price for advertising by webcomics on the Keenspot network.

Welcome to Week Two of Our July 2005 Issue!

Welcome to week two of our July 2005 issue of Comixpedia.

Our feature this month is Phil Kahn's record of the Keenspace Meetup.

Our reviewer, Andrew Bonia checked out Demian5's When I am King.

Al Schroeder interviewed Ghastly of Ghastly's Ghastly Comics.

And Welton Colbert took on Whispered Apologies.

[Note that Eric Burns' column, Feeding Snarky, will be delayed one week.]

Two Lumps Join Keenspot

Two Lumps, by James Grant and Mel Hynes, has apparently been invited to join Keenspot. No formal announcement is available at the Keen site yet, which leaves the question of whether any other comics have been asked to join this time around.

Webcomics: A Medium not A Genre....

And this rant comes from this very reader who only has ideas & theories about what's up with webcomics. I'm only young and naive, so if I'm wrong, please correct me for my sake.

So here goes:

Webcomics should be a Medium for comickers (artists, writers, creators) to tell stories; not a Genre as defined by what's currently telling the stories like Penny Arcade, Pvp, Keenspotters, BlankLabelheads and so on. Webcomics shouldn't be just about typical circle of friends stories that's happening in a lot of online comics out there. Webcomics should be an avenue for creators to bring out their ideas, tell stories they wish to share, explore themes that deserved to be mentioned and so forth.

What do you think?

Digital Strips Audio Conversation with Websnark and Scott Kurtz

We have just posted the third and final part of our interview with Scott Kurtz, the artist and creator behind PVP to the Digital Strips web site. This episode includes an extensive conversation with Eric Burns, the writer and creator behind the web comic review site Websnark. During the conversation we discuss the recent controversy over the Adventure into Digital Comics documentary, experimental comics, and webcomic fandom in general.

Second Week of June Issue of Comixpedia Posted

Welcome to Week Two of Comixpedia's June issue, where the theme is WEBCOMICS IN PRINT. We have two features for you this week. One is Ben Thompson's Going to the Printer: An Experience Essay and the other is Kelly J. Cooper's MoCCA Con Report.