Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 18, 2010 - 11:52
It's a holiday in the U.S. and the kind of day that I would hope the rest of the world can, if not celebrate, acknowledge happily. (Which puts it in a different category than celebrating more nationalistic - George Washington - or controversial - Cristos Columbus - figures from history). I wonder if India has a Mahatma Gandhi day? Apparently they do - one for his birth and one for his death.
Haiti. Wow, it's a good thing I don't play a pretend-actual-news journalist on the Internet because I don't think I could find the words to write adequately about the situation there. It's an immense tragedy. If you can afford to donate something Doctors Without Borders is a group that was one of the first in and does a tremendous amount of good.
Hosting and Coding Geekery. If you're not just a webcomics geek but have educated opinions on webhosting, wordpress or drupal I would really like to talk to you. My current hosting at media temple is not working for ComixTALK. I have been trying to sort out plans for the new year for hosting and whether to switch CMSs but I feel overwhelmed. I had some good conversations on twitter and im last night but what I really need is just more advice -- the Internet is CONFUSING when you ask what is best on these questions. Email me at xerexes AT gmail DOT com or twitter to xerexes or gchat to xerexes or just add a comment to this post here. Once I get all this squared away I have some ideas about redoing the theme here at ComixTALK.
Webcomics. Oh you probably came here this morning to read about comics presented in pixelated form, didn't you? First things first - the switch to using RSS feeds in Google Reader for my daily webcomics "page" is a success. It's much more convenient. If you want me to check out YOUR webcomic send it to me (see above) somehow and I will! I can't write about it if I haven't read it :)
But this approach still leaves me thinking about how to find the "good" webcomics. And let's be honest -- when I say "good" I mean good in terms of what I want to read. Your "good" may be completely different. Either way there's a LOT of comics now and 99% of them seem to be on the Internet in some form or another. Over at Savage Critics, Abhay Khosla has a surprisingly good (surprising because I thought it was going to be just a snarkfest and it turned out to be quite thoughtful) essay on what it's like to live in a world of almost infinite comic choices. I also loved his take on ComixTALK's 2009 Roundtable:
Comixtalk did a year-end roundtable in December 2009, in which they spoke to not less than eight people. Between the eight of them, roughly five billion webcomics are mentioned over the course of the round-table. So: be sure to check those out...
Joystiq's weekly webcomic roundup seems to be a bit of an institution now for gaming comics. Is there anything like it for other subjects Movie comics? Celebrity comics? New and opinion sites? I don't offer a practical plan for convincing a successful site in a subject area to add a webcomic roundup but I think it would be worth working on. (If you're a smaller site linked to by Joystiq -- how much of a bump are you getting from the exposure?)
At the end of this month, Ryan North's Project Wonderful is going to add geotargeting to it's service - here Ryan explains more about the benefits of this feature. I used a mix of PW, Blog Ads and ComicSpace's Ad service Webcomics World over the last year and if I had to keep one I'd stick with PW right now.
Delos writes about Sandra De Haan, a Netherlands artist, who has translated some of her journal webcomics into English. I like the crispy cartoony artwork here.
Has everyone seen The Fantastic Mr Fox? I want to but haven't yet. Did see a wonderful exhibit on it at the Cartoon Museum and spotted this acceptance speech at the National Board of Review ceremony (via Drawn!)
Speaking of movies the news that Ryan Estrada is making a movie version of his webcomic The Kind You Don't Take Home to Mother has bounced around the web. All I can say is I am really looking forward to this and I hope Ryan succeeds in getting it done.
Last not least, ComixTALK friend for life Jon Morris has a funny essay up at Heavy.com on the Strange Life and Times of Richie Rich.
Submitted by fesworks on October 12, 2009 - 14:46
Submitted by Jamie Robertson on January 19, 2009 - 15:26
North Carolina WebComics Coffee Clatch
Date: January, 18th, 2009
Location: Chapel Hill Comics' Event Room, Chapel Hill, NC
Jenny Romanchuk is the creator of The Zombie Hunters, a webcomic about a world filled with zombies and a team of outcasts who hunt them. Romanchuk has actually gone beyond a simple premise to creating a full-fledged world here, spinning out rules for the zombies and the society of humans who remain. It's a little gory at times but a great story.
I got a chance to interview her this month and really, what other day woud be better to post this on then Halloween?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 28, 2008 - 08:51
- Our last article for the January issue is Brigid Alverson's column featuring interviews with rem, the winner of Kodanshaâ€™s Morning International Manga Competition for his webcomic Kage no Matsuri, and Eijiro Shimada, the editor-in-chief of the manga magazine Morning Two.
- Be kind to our sponsors: The Human Figure drawing course; Scriptorium Fonts; the novel Darkling and the webcomic The Vanguard.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules continues to garner press and sales. Most of the stories on it I've read note its webcomic origins which is good for webcomics.
- A reminder that nomination ballots for the 2008 Harvey Awards are now online.
- A blog called WebcomicGeek is holding its second annual "Geekies" awards for best art, best writing, most originality and invention and webcomic of the year 2007. They've announced their "shortlist" and are interested in comments on who should win:
- Aaron Diaz for Hob
- Meredith Gran for Octopus Pie
- Rebecca Sugar for Pug Davis
- Jenny Romanchuk for The Zombie Hunters
- D.J. Coffman for Hero By Night
- Evan Dahm for Rice Boy
- Nicholas Gurewitch for The Perry Bible Fellowship
- Tom Siddel for Gunnerkrig Court
- David A J Berner and Harsho Mohan Chattoraj for Shades
- Joe Infurnari for The Process
- Klio for SPQR Blues
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- Lee Atchinson continues his series on webcomics at Sequential Tart. This time he focuses on the creators of Penny Arcade and their videogames for kids charity project: Child's Play.