Submitted by jennie_breeden on June 28, 2006 - 01:43
What is it that both fascinates and averts us to autobiographies? When we see Ã¢â‚¬Å“autobiographicalÃ¢â‚¬Â on a comic weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re more likely to skip over it. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Who wants to read about someone brushing their teeth?Ã¢â‚¬Â Yet when we read something that we know is from life it adds more power to the story. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a double edged sword. The public must be tricked into reading autobiographical comic strips but once theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re sucked in then thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s only that much more flavor because itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“true to lifeÃ¢â‚¬Â
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 26, 2006 - 22:23
UPDATE 2: It's gone.
Update: An earlier version of this post linked to an "about me" page for a Scott Dial. The webcomic discussed in the post is claimed by Steve Dial, not Scott Dial.
Dr.Sebetos also noted that Jeff Rowland commented in the Fleen post on this.
Fleen points out one of the more blatant and strange examples of plagerism I've ever seen in webcomics. This "webcomic" appears to be word for word copies of Overcompensating strips. It's redrawn, but it looks like the "artist" is drawing it as much like the original OC strips as his "talent" allows.
I'm totally flabbergasted by this.
This guy describes himself as a senior in college applying for PhD programs in Computer Science. Either this is an elaborate hoax perpetuted by Jeff Rowland and/or the Dumbrella crew or this other guy is actually in a lot of potential trouble. Even a first year law student barely getting C's could win the copyright infringement case Jeff Rowland could bring against this guy.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 3, 2006 - 08:03
Jeff Rowland reads the Terms of Service for MySpace.com and comes up with a TOS of his own. (Thanks to Lore for the link)
I've never hung out with the DC Conspiracy group (DC cartoonists) but using a bar as a space to create mini-comics: awesomely geeky!
Tom Spurgeon is tracking the press coverage of TCJ's story that Charles Brownstein was the perpetrator of the alleged assault on Taki Soma. UPDATE: CBR's Rich Johnson has some comments on the case and posts a statement from Charles Brownstein. (There's also a long thread on the matter at their forums.) Newsarama also has an article on it with a link to the redacted polic report.
A few recent user blog posts I wanted to draw to everyone's attention:
- WilliamG wrote a post on why longform comics are an odd fit for the web;
- AlexanderD wrote about Tim Tylor joining his FullStory site: a directory of completed webcomic stories;
- I wrote about Comixpedia's traffic compared to some other blogs and news sites; and
- Keith Quinn wrote about the one year anniversary of his webcomic Local Heroes.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 23, 2006 - 06:40
I never know when Jeff Rowland's Overcompensating is true or only sort of true. This one turns out to be a lot more true then I thought when I read. There's a long New York Times article on American Apparel owner Dov Charney today - why this guy objected to Rowland's comic is a bit odd given the way he depicted himself to the NY Times reporter.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 12, 2006 - 17:01
Draw a SGR comic, send it in and get judged by the Dumbrella guys. I expect the judges to mimic the American Idol judges: John Allison = Randy, Jeff Rowland = Paula Abdul and R. Stevens = Simon.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 5, 2006 - 18:03
Okay we haven't talked about this in awhile so I'm curious as to what folks experiences are at chain and local bookstores these days - how are they treating the comics?
Comixpedia has written about this from time to time (one of Iain Hamp's columns touched on it. I did in the old blog as well. Also Alexander Danner wrote about it in GNR
Bookstores don't have to be captive to direct market practices regarding comics - in fact they've got their own industry practices that do quite well in selling text-only books of all genres and styles. I'm interested in what a good bookstore is doing in selling comics or what a good bookstore should/could be doing.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 5, 2006 - 15:29
Jon Rosenberg quits last remnants of a non-webcomics job to do Goats fulltime.
Ryan North finally reveals that he quit his day job an entire year ago...
I'm actually curious as to how many people make their living solely for a webcomic-based enterprise at this point. It's getting to be more than I can count on my fingers.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 14, 2006 - 23:51
Submitted by Joe Zabel on March 14, 2006 - 07:58
"I make my living based completely on my wits and my creativity; I can't imagine a more rewarding life that that." So says Jeff Rowlands, the webcomics superstar behind Wigu and Overcompensating. In an interview conducted by Mike Meginnis, Rowlands discusses his lifestyle, his comics, and his talent for designing trendy tshirts. Now on view at The Webcomics Examiner.
It's another look back at the webcomics world that was. February was a short month, but jam-packed with news of webcomics busting free of the web itself into print, phones and iPods.
And what does all of this mean for the notion of the webcomic itself?