Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 3, 2007 - 08:36
I had a good summer - hope you all did too. I tend to leave open a lot of windows in Firefox thinking I'll get to writing a snappy comment about them and often never do. Let's see what I can come up with while I close out my summer readings....
THE LOWDOWN ON DOWNLOADSÂ
- WOWIO is a site that offers a lot of comics (and ebooks too) for download, some of them free.Â There's a good post by T Campbell here on his experience working with the site to offer his comics and over here is some skepticism from FLEEN.Â Campbell reveals that he gets 50 cents per unique download of his comic.Â I signed up myself earlier this year with a "non-anonymous" email (I think I used a comixpedia.com one) and don't remember being bothered by the information requested.Â If the information requested did bother me well here's a tip.Â For a lot of sites I use a set of information I've created to give to sites I think anonyingly ask for too much information.Â That way they know nothing about me and yet I can remember the "information" if I need it later for some reason (like recovering a password).Â I don't think of it as all that different than giving physical stores made up zip codes when they ask for one (which I do all the time too).Â (There's some regional group of newspapers websites - including this one - that asks everytime you read a story for your birthdate, gender and zip code.Â That is damn annoying!)
JUSTIFY MY HIP HYPE YOU DON'T STOP
- xkcd on commitment and... well why commitments can unravel? Randall Munroe (to me at least) gets better and better. It's early success I chalk up as much to individual comics (like the maps) that caught the web-o-sphere's attention but I think he's gotten more consistently funny and insightful. xkcd also got a nice plug recently on Drawn!
- Big Fat Whale is one of my favorite comics... this is a great example of when Brian McFadden really nails something well. (Speaking of good opinion comics T Campbell notes that August J. Pollak's Some Guy With A Website is now featured on the Huffington Post. Wow congrats to August! (August guest blogged here earlier this summer if you want to catch some of his comic-related thoughts.)
- The Ferrett highlights the long-running Full Frontal Nerdity and links to some classic good stuff from it.
- Wired Magazine had a great feature on the Penny Arcade boys - online here (and MSNBC.com had one with them here). These guys haven't reached the end of their success yet - they're going to start getting into the mainstream pop culture in even more prominent ways in the next 2-3 years. PC World has a writeup of a new website home for their forthcoming PA videogame.
- Slice of Sci-Fi interviews Bobby Crosby and Owen Gieni. Crosby is the brother of Keenspot co-CEO Chris Crosby and the creator of Last Blood. Gieni is the artist on Blood as well as Chris Crosby's Sore Thumbs.
- Daily Crosshatch has a review of the new Perry Bible Fellowship book. Titled The Trial of Colonel Sweeto, it's published by Dark Horse and collects published comics as well as some unpublished ones.
- If you missed it - a great set of pictures of the recent Toronto convension (TCAF) and another set from the massive Penny Arcade gamers convention (PAX).
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- A funny post on the over-use of the speech bubble in Web 2.0 company logos.
- Hey Oscar Wilde! is a blog that posts sketches of literary authors and characters. Fun lit-nerd stuff!
- Galaxiki is billed as a "fictional galaxy anyone can edit!" I haven't really checked it out much but it sounds like it could be an interesting idea. All depends on the details I think...
- Harknell takes a look at a webcomic using Wordpress to run it site. The comic is Dead of Summer and they're using the the ComicPress 2.0 theme for Wordpress.
- I can't remember where I stole this link from but damn I am down for The Comic Curmudgeon's Dogma 95 manifesto for "editorial" comics. I hate most traditional one-panel "editorial" comics and it's rare that I get anything out of them. For a long time it's been the weekly strips like This Modern World that have taken the gauntlet of insightful sequential art opinion and moved it far far down field.
- Jorge Vega won the 2nd Platinum Studios Comic Book Challenge with his Gunplay comic. (T Campbell links to the pitch and some early fragments).
- T Campbell links to image optimization tips for search engines. Seems like a good page to check out - the better Google et al can find your images the better people can find your comic.
Submitted by harknell on April 30, 2007 - 07:52
PhilCon is a science fiction con with plenty of comics (and LEGO!) action.
Here's the "comics" track of events:
- Sat 12:00 PM in Parlor Bâ€”Graphic Tales: Comics, Graphic Novels, and SF (106)
Since the 1930?s, with the debut of Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, and a certain strange visitor from another planet, comics and SF have been intertwined. Characters like Batman, Iron Man, Green Lantern, and the X-Men all contain heavy science fiction influences. And titles like The New Gods, The Eternals, and The Legion of Super Heroes (which took place in the 30th century!) are basically serialized space operas. So why does it seem like so many fans of either genre don?t seem to see any similarity? Our panelists will look at comics from an SF perspective.
Submitted by harknell on November 14, 2006 - 22:33
Harknell and Onezumi, the team behind the webcomic at Onezumi.com will be appearing at Philcon this coming weekend. They will be on 4 panels spanning Saturday and Sunday: The Art of Business, Webcomics, She's in love with a Geek, and State of The Arts at Cons.
This year's Artist Alley includes Onezumi and Harknell. Onezumi will also be hosting 2 panels on Saturday. At their 10am panel they will be discussing how they got into webcomics and at 6pm they will be answering questions about digital art creation.
Submitted by harknell on May 19, 2006 - 17:55
Onezumi and Harknell of the webcomic Onezumi.com have posted the latest in their Audio Commentary series on their early comics. The latest commentary along with all of their previous commentaries can be accessed from their commentary archive here. Feedback and comments are always welcome on their Harknell.com forum site.
Submitted by harknell on April 22, 2006 - 23:39
Harknell, webmaster of the webcomic Onezumi.com, has begun work on a new system to install and set up an art/webcomic website for non-technical people.
This website package will be comprised of a few open source database website systems, but with an installer that requires very little technical knowledge on the part of the artist. The goal of the project is to help out artists who want to have a website, but are unsure of how to create or set up one due to the difficulties of learning PHP, MySQL, HTML, CSS, and other internet protocols. Along with a simple set up and install interface, there will be extensive user documentation explaining how to make the webpage look the way the artist wishes, all explained in easy to understand language.
Submitted by harknell on April 5, 2006 - 18:03
Hey guys, just wanted to let you know that there were some issues with your (I assume) lang-english.php file for the add a webcomic dashboard page. It's no big deal, since the variable definitions are pretty much descriptive of the field in the form. But a large number of them are not set since they are showing up in the _submitbutton format which denotes no entry for that in the language file (or a possible coding mistake in assigning them in your template).
I do a ton of this stuff for my job so I recognized it.
I'm having trouble taking it all in. It was an amazing experience. I'm still shutting my eyes and taking myself back to the time I spent there, with all the good times I had and all the new friends I made.
There are three important things to know for reading this: I have never been to a gaming convention before. I have never been to New Jersey before. And I have never been a guest to a con before. So bearing those things in mind, here's my report...
Submitted by Onezumi on May 20, 2005 - 11:08
Onezumi and Harknell just got a few copies of World of Warcraft in over at the Onezumi.com HQ. They are giving away a free copy of WoW (which works on both PC and Mac) and a gift card that allows you to play online for free for 3 additional months. (4 months total.) Join them! The Webcomics will conquer WoW!