Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 9, 2010 - 11:01
A lot of chatter over this year's Eisner nominations around the webtubes as everyone winds down for the weekend. Here's a look back at webcomics' permanent record:
- Last year's Eisner nominees for Best Digital Comic were: Bodyworld by Dash Shaw, Finder by Carla Speed McNeil, The Lady's Murder by Eliza Frye, Speak No Evil by Elan Trinidad, and Vs. by Alexis Sottile & Joe Infurnari.
- After a lengthy hiatus, Barry Smith returned to webcomics with a new project Inktank.
- The nomination of an unfinished webcomic provoked a lot of discussion over the Eisner's treatment of its Best Digital Comic category.
- Everything Jake by Mike Rosenzweig hit its five year anniversary -- I guess that makes it 10 years in 2010.
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 October 11, 2005 - 14:37
Part of the new publishing platform I'll be rolling out for the new Comixpedia site makes it a lot easier to publish the monthly magazine. Now all contributors will have one biography attached to all stories they write for us. This makes it easier for us (no need to retype each time a new story is published) and better for the contributor (no matter when someone reads a story they see your current biography).
If you've contributed to Comixpedia and want to submit a new bio go ahead and email me. Also, all contributors may now have a 100 x 100 pixel image to go with their stories. If you want to submit one, include it on an email to me.
I just finished loading in all of the stories published in 2003. Click read more for a list of contributors from that year. (One of the nice new features will be the ability to easily see all of the articles each contributor has written for Comixpedia.)
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 28, 2005 - 17:21
The entry for webcomics at the Wikipedia is getting longer. I have a few questions about the entry though that I wanted to see if the Comixpedia community knows the answers to:
Was the Polymer City Chronicles the "first regularly published webcomic"? The entry grants that Where the Buffalo Roam was the first comic online and that Doctor Fun was the first comic on the World Wide Web so I'm not even sure what "first" is being claimed for Polymer City Chronicles.
Was Bob and George the first "sprite comic" on the web?
Questions not answered at all: What was the first "infinite canvas" webcomic? What was the first "multimedia" webcomic? What was the first flash-driven webcomic? Others?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 17, 2005 - 16:28
If you're running Firefox, you can load up this antipagination extension and see what I'm talking about. What it does is add an right-mouse-button option to make those "next" and "previous" links on websites- like those on webcomic sites- less click-intensive. Rather than clicking "next", "next", "next" and so on, you right-click, choose antipagination for, say, 16 iterations and the next 16 pages are loaded into your browser window all at once, on the same page, stacked vertically. Now, instead of clicking "next" 16 times, you just scroll down to see each page in turn. Pretty neat, huh?
We've all become eggheads.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 20, 2004 - 13:42
And I'm glad Greg Stephens agrees with me. If you haven't tried this browser - a product of the Mozilla.org effort - you're missing out. It's getting better and better with each release. And unlike the last big browser wars, Firefox is an open-source effort that will succeed or fail on its own merits and not the profit/loss statements of a corporation.
Making webcomics is a tricky process. There are lots of articles, discussions and advisors that offer information about the theories, processes and sheer practicalities involved in taking the phrase "I'm going to make a webcomic" all the way to fully-realized, charming cartoon characters galavanting within panels and trading clever quips on the glowing computer monitors of every internet-wired home on the globe. What doesn't get noted is that quitting a webcomic is also as nuanced and involved a business as starting one. Most people stumble backwards into it without a plan.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 9, 2003 - 11:20
Although I haven't pestered Greg Stephens about the timing yet (and I suspect the date will be "when it's ready") it looks increasingly likely that Greg will be releasing a public version of the excellent set of scripts he coded to run Zwol, (which, if you haven't visited, is a great site with comics by Greg and others and a healthy discussion forum) which he has labeled "ZAS" or Zwol Archive System. Check out the recent updates in Greg's "The Latest Word" column on the front page of Zwol.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 17, 2003 - 09:24
Starting today, R Stevens has given the reins of Diesel Sweeties to over 30 different guest artists for the next couple of weeks.
Guest artists include: Michael Lalonde, Dan Engler, Richard McNeal, Steven Cloud, Kean Soo, Tom Rhodes, Jeff Rowland, Dylan Meconis, Les McClaine, Bill Duncan, Hellen, Todd Webb, Jen Wang, Neil G, Matt Bayne, Nato, Daniel Bogan, Stef Pulford, JC Fletcher, Hugo Rodriguez, Bill Mudron, Kevin Hanna, Dan Sandler, Greg Stephens, Jose-Luis Olivares, James Kochalka, Leigh Dragoon, Jon Rosenberg, Drew Weing, Skott Baker, Jason Alderman, and Lark Pien.