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Be Kind, Please Remind

Scott McCloud reminds you it's 24 HOUR COMICS DAY tomorrow. Good luck to all the crazy comicnauts launching tomorrow.

Forbidden Planet reminds you that there's less than a week to the deadline for this year’s Jonathan Cape/Observer/Comica Graphic Short Story Prize.  The winner gets £1000 and their four page short published in the Observer Review, while the runner up wins £250 and their work appearing on the Guardian and Vintage websites.

And FLEEN's mention of Alexander Danner's write-up of the recent MICE convention in Boston, MA reminds me I wanted to post a link to it.  So here it is!

Last but not least -- this video should remind you of comics creator Jason Shiga's genius:

ComixTalk for Monday, March 1, 2010

It looks like a busy month for conventions and stuff in webcomicsland. The calendar is a google calendar so it's easily importable into calendar programs and embeddable in other websites.  I'm also happy to have others become co-maintainers of the Comix Events Calendar - tweet or gmail me at xerexes.  Along those lines I just added info on MoCCA -- the Daily Cross Hatch has the program for this year (and it looks very interesting!).

INTERVIEW: SFGate talks to Jason Shiga about his new multi-ending graphic novel, Meanwhile. (h/t Brigid Alverson)  Also a review of Meanwhile at Forbidden Planet. (h/t Journalista!)

REVIEW: El Santo reviews Ben Costa's Xeric Award winning Shi Long Pang, the Wandering Shaolin Monk.

And Delos rounded up the news of last week!

Comix Talk for Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Meanwhile by Jason Shiga

DEAD TREES: Scott McCloud writes about a forthcoming project from Jason Shiga called Meanwhile.  I've seen pictures of the original hand-crafted version of this "choose-your-own-adventure" style comic but not the actual artifact.  Shiga is a dang good, inventive comic creator.

Interviews: has an interview with Gianna Masetti, the creator of The Noob, a gamer comic set in an MMORPG.


Pop-Culture References Made by Shaenon and Andrew in Conversation During One Week, 9/6/09-9/12/09

Once again, I got curious and started writing them down.

There's nothing like a Rolls! Not even a Bentley! A Bentley!
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, screenplay by Roger Ebert. It's hard not to say this when passing a Bentley dealership.

Your stupid minds! Stupid! Stupid!
Plan Nine from Outer Space. Applicable to so many situations.

I'm your boyfriend now!

Three Technologies I'm Just Not that Excited About

This article was originally published on in 2008.

I love technology. Whether it’s little gadgets like my iPod, or useful applications like Google Calendar, I love all the little tech innovations that make life easier and more fun. The first time I heard about webcomics, I was thrilled. Automated content management? Fantastic! Integration of multi-media elements into webcomics? All over it. Do I want an iPhone or a Kindle? Oh my god, yes. Can I afford them? Not remotely. But I want them nonetheless.

The Best Damned Comics of 2008... chosen by about a billion cartoonists.

I've got a top-five in there, plus Keith Knight gives props to Skin Horse, Jeff Smith gives props to the Hamlet adaptation by Li'l Mell artist Neil Babra, and several people mentioned my buddy Jason Shiga's Empire Park (it's not on my list because I haven't read it yet, thanks to Jason selling out at APE).

100 Greatest Webcomics Thread

NOTE:  An updated version of this list is here - please go there to offer your suggestions and comments.  Thanks!


A few late updates to the magazine this week: interviews with Einser-nominated creator Jason Shiga (FLEEP, Bookhunter) and cartoonist/animator Pendelton Ward (Bueno the Bear).

Joe Infurnari's Ultra Lad starts up at ACT-I-VATE this coming Monday.

Jim Zubkavich reports that the Canadian Children's Book Centre just released their annual "Best Books for Kids & Teens" guide and one of the seven graphic novels listed includes his Makeshift Miracle (which originally appeared as a webcomic).

Comic Book Galaxy with 6 tips on reading comics for free.

Richard Thompson, creator of the very good Culdesac strip talks nubs.

Catching Up with Jason Shiga

Jason Shiga is an inventive cartoonist and the creator of FLEEP, a comic serialized at Modern Tales back in 2003.  Shiga is fairly prolific and has posted to his website many other examples of his work over the years.  His most recent graphic novel Bookhunter was nominated for an Eisner award this year and he's already at work on new comics.

By Jason Shiga