Submitted by Andrew Farago on February 25, 2008 - 04:36
I survived my eighth WonderCon, and actually had myself a pretty good time despite the overbooking and overworking that goes into this thing every year. I'll be doing a big write-up for Animation World Network in the very near future, and I'll post about that here when the time comes, but here are my quick impressions of the show:
In years past (2004, 2005) we undertook the monumental chore of picking out the biggest headlines of the year. This year, I took another swing at it. So without further adu, here's the biggest webcomic headlines of 2007.
If I missed a story you think was key to this year, please post it in the comments to this article.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 28, 2007 - 11:19
A full list of the Eisner winners is available at The Comics Reporter today.
- Sam and Max, by Steve Purcell won for Best Digital Comic.
- American Born Chinese, by Gene Luen Yang won for Best Graphic Album - New (which in Oscar Awards-terms would be for Best Original Graphic Album as opposed to the Graphic Novels adapted by collecting together monthly comics books).
- Hope Larson won Special Recognition for Gray Horses.
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?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 28, 2007 - 13:07
I'm not a journalist, but I am sick so please wipe your hands after reading today's post...
- Comics Worth Reading has some links to thoughts on digital piracy of comics. Also earlier this month, a bit on downloading manga and what that might mean for North America.
- There was a brief blip of attention this month for Adobe's new E-reader thingee. Anyone believe the hype?
- Finding Wonderland interviewed Kazu Kibuishi, Gene Yang and Svetlana Chmakova. Great stuff!
- Short piece on Steve Purcell, the creator of the Eisner-nominated Sam & Max webcomic.
JUSTIFY MY HYPE
- Sequel to Rumble Girls: Silky Warrior Tansie is now starting up online: Runaway Lightning Ohmry. (h/t CWR)
- It's probably not negative enough to catch on... but check out Useful Lies, a new Websnarky-like blog mostly (so far) about webcomics.
- The webcomic The Paranormals officially launches.
- I'm not sure if I linked to this review of Multiplex or not. Whatever, I like Multiplex more and more as time goes on for its ability to do movie jokes and build characters and storylines well.
- What is "noir-fu"? The Retriever knows!
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 19, 2007 - 10:10
COMIXMEDIA UPDATE: I'm still working on the site(s) upgrade. Current plan is to have this site rebranded as COMIXTALK by the beginning of July. I'll have another site called COMIXMEDIA as an umbrella site for comics-related projects I'm working on. The upgrade here went well except the current "theme" for the site is creating some problems so I need to get the site moved to a new theme pronto (current plan is to simply update the current theme to Drupal 5.1 specs)
Guest Bloggers Wanted: Interested in blogging about (web)comics on ComixTalk in July or August? Drop me a note at xerexes AT comixpedia DOT com
Todd Allen breaks another piece of the story about DC Comics plans for the web. DC Comics' new online editor is Kwanza Johnson (who according to Allen had a similar job with Marvel back in 2000?!) Allen predicts a "big" 4th quarter roll-out of webcomics from DC.
Mike Strang posted about his unhappy experience working for Platinum on a work-for-hire contract and others (T Campbell) chimed in with comments. Joey Manley compared work-for-hire to sticking your hand in a meat grinder. My own personal opinion is that authors should keep their copyrights and that creativity and business are both better off under those circumstances. But in movies, television, music and especially comic books, work-for-hire arrangements have been used forever and are still being used. So long as you know what you're getting into I don't see anything inherently evil about it. Just be clear on the concept - work-for-hire means all of your creative work becomes someone else's property. (REMINDER: if you comment at ComixTalk please try to be civil and respectful of others.)
DEAD TREES: Life Meter Vol. 2 will debut at MOCCA. Life Meter is an anthology of video game- inspired comics, featuring stories and art by Bannister, Joel Carroll, Raina Telgemeier, Steve Hamaker, Jake Parker, Jeffrey Rowland, Queenie Chan, and many, many more.
If there’s one thing I like about Dominic Deegan, it’s that the storylines move forward progressively. The comic tends to have storylines which are fairly self-contained, with a specific villian or villians wreaking havoc with a specific set of goals and a specific set of heroes undergoing a specific set of actions in order to thwart said villians. But instead of each storyline coming around the full circle and leaving the heroes in basically the same place as they were when they started in classic comic book “and so the world was saved once again, and John D and Suzy Q were able to return to their normal lives” fashion, the characters in Dominic Deegan mature and grow from their experiences, and with each storyline move progressively closer to the “happily ever after.”
Submitted by Michael Moss on May 17, 2007 - 18:13
Details for this year's APE convention are here. Special guests include Hope Larson and Gene Yang. The dynamic duo of Shaenon Garrity and Andrew Farago will be moderating panels, including the interesting sounding "Socially Relevant Comics" panel.
Plus, a whole mess of folks from Cartoonists With Attitude group will be there:
- Matt Bors ("Idiot Box")
- Keith Knight ("The K Chronicles")
- Stephanie McMillan ("Minimum Security")
- Steve Notley ("Bob the Angry Flower")
- August Pollak ("Some Guy With a Website")
- Ted Rall (Silk Road to Ruin)
- Mikhaela Reid ("The Boiling Point")
- Shannon Wheeler ("How to be Happy")
- Masheka Wood ("Not Just Knee Deep")
Submitted by Erik Melander on April 20, 2007 - 10:09
- Tyler Martin has released a new version of ComicPress, a webcomics-friendly theme for WordPress. ComicPress 2.0 BE adds features like the ability to post comic and news posts separately, thumbnails of comics in the archive, support for multiple comic file formats and more.
- The Pulse interviews DJ Coffman about his Hero by Night available now in comic stores.
- T Campbell promises to do a 100 podcasts for Broken Frontier and posts a list of those folks he's going to try and interview.
- Pink Raygun wants your comics.
Pink Raygun is now accepting webcomic submissions. We are looking for six female created webcomics to run on a weekly basis.
What exactly is Pink Raygun? Apparently "[...] a webzine for the modern fangirl" accoring to their faq.
- As noted yesterday by DJ Coffman, the nominations for the Eisner awards is out. Besides the Best Digital Comics category's strong lineup, there are a couple of familiar names sprinkled throughout the categories. Brian Fies, whose Mom's Cancer won the very first Best Digital Comics Eisner Award is nominated this year as well in the categories "Best Reality-based Work" and "Best Graphic Album - Reprint". Gene Yang's American Born Chinese is nominated in the "Best Graphic Album - New" category and Lark Pien's coloring in "Best Coloring". Svetlana Chmakova's Dramacon and Hope Larson's Gray Horses are nominated in the "Special Recognition" category.
- Reinder Dijkhuis finds that his revenues from Project Wonderful have increased after a recent dip. He also catches the appearance of a PW ad for Ron Paul for President on Clan of the Cats. Obscure third-party candidates for President are technically a new source of advertising for PW, I guess...
(Xaviar Xerexes contributed to this story)
Submitted by Erik Melander on March 28, 2007 - 05:11
- Newsarama interviews Kean Soo, creator of Jellaby which started out as a webcomics, but is scheduled to be published in print by Disney's "Hyperion for Kids" impring.
- Comicsnob interviews Michael Poe and Hilary Hatch of Caffeine Angels Studio and Errant Story.
- Zach Miller's Joe and Monkey has been picked up for online syndication by GoComics according to a recent news post.
- Have you checked out the trailer for the Penny Arcade game yet? In a news post Gabe talks about the game, hinting that it will sell for less than $20 and be a RPG/Adventure.
- Gene Yang's American Born Chinese continues to garner critical acclaim with a nomination for a Reuben awards.