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James Kochalka

Why American Elf Is Important To Webcomics

Derik Badman has a review of the second collected volume of James Kochalka's webcomic American Elf in print. (I wrote a review of the first volume of American Elf which you can read here)

We don't write as much about Kochalka as we did in the earlier years of Comixpedia, but that is really no reflection on the creativity and importance of his work (instead I tend to think it shows the growth of webcomics as a whole). I think Kochalka is important to webcomics for a couple of reasons. Kochalka's self-enforced construct for American Elf (one comic a day capturing a moment therein, without any compulsion to build an overarching storyline), turned out to be such a natural fit for the web that he both inverted his entire publishing strategy for the comic (he now publishes everyday on the web and then collects the work for print in these large volumes), and he also inspired a whole movement of "journal webcomics" that roughly followed his construct.

American Elf Volume 2 Out

The Daily Crosshatch has a review of James Kochalka's second big collection of his webcomic American Elf (vol. 2). (I reviewed the first collected volume for Comixpedia's November 2004 issue.)

Deadline For 2006 Harvey Awards Nominating Ballots

Harvey Award Nominating Ballots are due at midnight, April 4th. (The actual final Harvey Awards are presented at a banquet held Saturday, Sep 8th in Baltimore, MD in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con.)

News and Whatnot for Friday, February 23, 2007

BUSINESS

INTERVIEWS

OTHER WIKI(s) WATCH

JUSTIFY MY HYPE

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS

Tuesday Mid-Morning NewsBlast (UPDATED)

COMIXPEDIA

  • First off thanks to our current sponsor, the webcomic Zortic by Mark Mekkes. There are three (slightly cheaper) ad spots below that are still available.
  • Don't forget! This Friday is the last day to post your questions for our upcoming community interview with the creators of the Blank Label Comics collective. Post your questions in comments to this thread.

HEADLINES

INTERVIEWS

VALENTINES DAY

WIKIPEDIA WATCH

JUSTIFY MY HYPE

Andrei Molotiu's Blot Comics

Since I never see it mentioned around here, I wanted to point out the slew of beautiful abstract comics that Andrei Molotiu has been posting on his BlotComics blog.

Molotiu combines the comics form with the design and style of abstract painting. Amorphous shapes that hint at something more seem to move and undulate across panels.

Monday News Mash-up

Besides my own write-up of SPX this weekend you can check out a list of SPX reports at The Comics Reporter. You can also check out the list of Ignatz winners at The Beat. Last, be sure to check out Johanna Draper Carlson's good post on webcomics at SPX.

Also alas, I missed the stage version of Get Your War On because it sold out mid-week. GWYO got really good reviews from the local DC media - I wish I had bought tickets well ahead of time.

DEAD TREES

Webcomics-In-Print has a nice wrap-up of recent and forthcoming book projects.

Tomorrow morning (Tuesday) the second Schlock MercenaryThe Blackness Between, will go on pre-sale.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS

Kristofer Straub started a sketch-blog.

Joey Manley recommends Name Removed by Nick Wolfe. "It’s got a silly, twisted innocence that reminds me of James Kochalka or Achewood..."

Back of the Envelope's Weekly Webcomic Update summarizes what Donald read last week.

2006 Harvey Award Winners

 Creator of American Elf.The winner of the BEST ONLINE COMICS WORK at this year's Harveys is AMERICAN ELF by James Kochalka. Congrats!

Check out the full list of Harvey winners at The Beat.

Baltimore Comic Con

Baltimore Comic Con is coming up in two weeks. The con hosts the Harvey Awards, which is featuring a webcomics category for the first time this year. Master of Ceremonies Kyle (Plastic Man) Baker is going to be awarding the first-ever webcomics Harvey Award to one of the following:

Welcome to THE WOOORRRRLD OF TOMORRRROWWW!!!

On Tuesday we tackled (and I mean tackled, solid talkback everybody) how we, as webcartoonists can perceive others. Today, I have some thoughts on how others perceive us, to my eyes.

I've been on the road (it is rough and stuff) quite a bit lately, hitting San Diego and Chicago both, as many did, in a three week period. One of the perks of spending two whole weekends ensconced in geekery is I was able to see how the rest of the industry feels about our internet-y-world. (The other perk being Kristen Bell. Hey, Veronica Mars. Call me.)