Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 15, 2007 - 09:35
I haven't seen a major fundraising drive for a webcomic in awhile. T Campbell and Gisele Lagace have organized one that kicks off now with the purpose of trying to help Gisele Lagace quit her day job. Legace is currently the artist on the Campbell scripted Penny & Aggie, but previously Legace cut her webcomic teeth on the fondly-remembered Cool Cat Studio. Lagace is already an amazingly good artist (just check out this month's cover art for Comixpedia she created) - it would be phenomenal to see her artistic growth if she could work on comics full time.
Check out the donation page and consider it - hey, if everybody chips in enough to get them to $10,000 we'll finally find out the conclusion to the unfinished Cool Cat Studio.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 7, 2007 - 09:42
Be sure to refresh your browser to see our brand new cover from the talented Gisele Lagace, currently handling art on the webcomic Penny & Aggie. May is our "all ages" issue and we should have a number of reviews of all ages webcomics this month. Our weekend update, however, includes a review of a decidedly not-all ages webcomic, Journey to Mt. Moriah which officially wraps up our April issue and to kick off the May issue, a new piece from Joel Fagin titled Reinventing Micropayments.
- Man Man, the saga of a man with all the powers of the average man (because he was bitten by a radioactive man, natch) will hit 1000 strips this May 18th.
- The Damn Good Comics blog reviews Zap!. (The blog is a good source of webcomic reviews: past ones include The Wings of Change, RÃªveillerie, and Indavo.)
- Max Riffnerâ€™s Quick Step won the 2007 Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics. (link from Comics Worth Reading blog)
JUSTIFY MY HYPE
- Dave Wright's webcomic Todd and Penguin is back.
- The Boids, a new webcomic by Steve Campbell and Larry Merrill takes flight today!
- The webcomic G.A.A.K. gears up to deal with an alien armada plotting to invade the Earth!
- The finale of Chapter 3 of Draven: The Vampire Chronicle is up!
- I saw Hot Fuzz last Friday (funny! if not quite as good as Shaun of the Dead). Spidey 3 made a HUGE amount of money despite mixed buzz. Not sure when I'll see it though... What movies are you definitely planning on seeing this summer?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 20, 2006 - 07:07
Over at comixpedia dot net the top list has a new number one today: Multiplex by Gordon McAlpin. (btw one of my favorite recurring characters in McAlpin's webcomic is blogger critic guy - last seen here.)
Penny and Aggie Co-creator T Campbell announced that there will be a book: The Best of Enemies: A Penny and Aggie Collection. Campbell and co-creator Gisele Lagace are holding a "Fanstuff" contest and will award a signed copy of the book and sketch to the creator of the best Penny and Aggie-derived "games, icons, fanart, Photoshoppery, fanficiton, novelization, poems, filks, essays, mp3s, audio performance, video performance, animation, sculpture, cosplay, clubs, conventions, humor, MiSTing, origami..."
The DC Conspiracy is another group of DC-based cartoonists. It's members are more print-oriented, but they have set up shop with a webcomics nation account. The most recent update there - to Ataxia Overdrive, a webcomic by Evan Keeling - looks good.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 28, 2005 - 15:24
ClickWheel is the world's first desktop application for downloading digital comics â€” or 'podstrips' â€” to the iPod photo. Central to Clickwheel's design is an RSS feed that allows you to search, grab and display comics or toons that have been created for the iPod photo.
Available for download are webcomics from demian.5, Ted Dewan, Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, Colin White and
more recentlycoming soon, T Campbell and Gisele Lagace.
Many MANY of our webcomicking friends have published print versions of their work. I've tried to find, track down, and remember as many as possible. But given the thousands (tens of thousands?) of webcomics out there, this was a daunting task. If I missed your comic, I apologize profusely and profoundly. Please add it via a comment.
Submitted by kjc on June 7, 2005 - 01:36
We're putting together an article for June on what webcomics are in print.
If you know of any webcomics that have gone to print, post them here.
1. Name of Comic & URL
2. Creators (authors and artists)
3. Links to the books
4. Titles if you know them
5. Publisher if you know it
Kelly J. Cooper
Comixpedia Features Editor
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 22, 2005 - 15:38
We're going to try a new thing next month - one of the articles will be a survey of webcomics in the theme of the issue. Next month we'll try and highlight briefly a bunch of webcomics by women that we think our worth checking out -
We'd love your suggestions to check out now before we write the article - just reply here with name and URL.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 17, 2004 - 17:02
T Campbell and Gisele Lagace announced today that Penny and Aggie will appear in books to be published by Alias Publishing, a new imprint started by Mike Miller and Brett Burner to act as an umbrella for individuals and studios who want to be a part of something bigger than themselves.
Alias launches in April, 2005. More details on their launch plans are at Newsarama.
Submitted by Erik Melander on December 1, 2004 - 21:02
When I first did one of these "looking back" thingies I knew that it was likely that there would be months when nothing much happened, or perhaps at least nothing major happened. I am also willing to admit that I've been pandered with the news available for September and October. Enter November. And mind you, I'm not saying nothing happened in November, just that not a lot of similar or connected things happened. Still when reality lets you down, make things up. So sit back and enjoy a ride on the Apophenia railroad, next stop Speculationville.
A lot, most probably, of the creators of webcomics are happy amateurs, they write and draw comics because they enjoy it and because they have stories they want to tell. Some, however, have loftier dreams, they dream of print. I imagine that those are also the creators who dream of making comics their dayjob, but I may be wrong. Two news items from the beginning of the month made me contemplate the goal of webcomicers. The first was that Amber "Glych" Greenlee's No stereotypes got a publishing deal with Sonic publishing, the second was that Dave Johnson's Dog complex got picked up for online syndication on Universal press' Ucomics, not quite newspaper syndication, but a step on the way. I'm probably stating the obvious by saying that print, be it as a collection or as newspaper syndication is the holy grail for most webcomic artists that want to make comics their career.
This was once again brought forth when T Campbell and Gisele Lagace's Penny and Aggie left Modern tales for Comics sherpa as a first step towards traditional newspaper syndication. Now, no-one can accuse T Campbell of being a webcomic luddite, he has two other strips on Modern Tales sister site Graphic smash, but it is clear from a post on the Penny and Aggie board that he is not a believer in the syndication schemes put forth by Keenspot and Scott Kurtz. It seems that no "look back" is complete without linking to Websnark (I actually can't remember if I linked to him in the October look back, if not I'll buy Burns a beer if we ever meet, since I live in Sweden I'll categorise that as doubtful). I imagine that most people reading this has already read Burns' essay on the syndicated cartoonist's view of Kurtz and Keen. If you haven't read it I implore you to do so. Don't bother finishing reading this thing, you can come back to it later.
The point I'm trying to make (or think I'm trying to make) is that if online and print is going to clash it won't be in comic book stores or the graphic novel section of Barnes and Noble, it will be in the funny pages. Perhaps I'm wrong about syndication as a goal, I once again refer you to Burns and his comment on Penny and Aggie:
These days... there's a real feeling on the web that syndication isn't needed, that it isn't even desirable -- that if you syndicate, you lose control over your creation and your licensing and you undergo restrictive editorial oversight. It's almost odd to see a couple of webcartoonists saying "hey, I want to be in the newspapers. I want to get paid for this -- paid by someone else, someone who isn't me doing all the grunt work -- and get the exposure of hundreds of newspapers printing my work."
This opinion is certainly present in the replies to Campbell's post. But I also note that before launching his free syndication scheme Kurtz did negotiate with Universal (I believe it was) about syndicating PvP the traditional way and Tatsuya Ishida is now up to 11 rejections by syndicates. Perhaps the old syndication model is dying, but it's not going to go peacefully.
And to end with something complete (or almost completely) different I note that Michael Jantze's The Norm now has 2431 members, but has extended the deadline to reach the 4000 needed for Jantze to keep it alive to December 31st. Jamie Robertson (Clan of the Cats) has 191 of the 200 needed to keep his comic alive.
Oh and the next time we take a look back it looks like it will be in the form of a real Comixpedia column, I suppose that will mean that I will have to try to actually make some sense instead of these stream of consciousness posts.