Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 12, 2010 - 20:40
More photos from 2010 SPX (part 1 here)
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 19, 2010 - 11:21
I reviewed Justin Madson's Breathers series for you today. You're welcome. Also help out Reinder Dijkhuis with some guest art so he can get "swearing Kel off the front page" of his webcomic Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan.
INTERVIEW: This Week in Geek interviewed Jim Zubkavich.
HYPIN' THE CUBE
- Comics Worth Reading points out a great journal comic with a twist- each comic includes a recipe. I Think You're Sauceome by Sarah Becan is pretty awesome.
- John Troutman has a new webcomic out since April called Lit Brick where he riffs on the canons of literature. Seriously - he's gone from Bede's An Ecclesiastical History of the English People to Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales.
FROM THE MAILBAG: Creator Ted Sikora writes to tell us about Hero Tomorrow, an indy film about David, a guy who creates a comic book character called Apama. After his girlfriend makes him a costume of Apama for a Halloween party, David starts dressing up in it to fight crime. To help promote the film Sikora put together a comic book online of Apama The Undiscovered Animal.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 18, 2010 - 09:48
I want to point folks to the Webcomics Auction for the Gulf Coast organized by Carly Monardo. The actual auction will launch in early July but webcomic artists can look into donating work for the auction now.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 7, 2010 - 09:40
Hey I heard that NING was phasing out their free social networky hosting in favor of $$$-only options. I wonder how many webcomics used NING for something or other and are any of you willing to pay for it now?
DE AWARDS: The Netherlands-based Clickies Award ceremony took place this past weekend at a major comics convention: Stripdagen Haarlem 2010. There are three categories - each with four nominees:
- Cartoons: Bandirah; Lectrr; Seven’s Heaven; and Walhallie.
- Epics: Chasing the Sunset; Curtain Call; Lizzy; and Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan.
- Gags: Hogwashed; Louis de Leguaan; Michiel’s Cartoondiarre; and Ype & Willem.
As soon as I see news of the winners I will update this post.
INTERVIEWS: The Drawn Blog has a great interview with Graham Annable, creator of the wonderful Grickle comics.
REVIEWS: Friend of ComixTalk Derik Badman's 20 Out of 30 Days minicomic gets a review on TCJ.com.
HYPEY MCHYPEY: The Drawn Blog has a snapshot of the new Tigerbuttah book from Becky Dreistadt and Frank Gibson.
FROM THE MAILBAG
- Madhura wrote to tell us about a new webcomic Bandra Girl which is a series of simple one panel comics. Not really enough there to form an opinion, but I'm always happy to see someone new give comics a try.
- Debbie Harrison wrote to tell us about a new webcomic-to-be called The Adjusted. According to its website "The Adjusted is a science-fiction genre, Webcomic enhanced with a music score/soundtracks, produced specifically for the webcomic series. Trilogy Media’s focus and goal is to combine story, art, and a hip music soundtrack, in a multimedia presentation of the webcomic." Well I guess we'll see... when there's an actual webcomic to look at. Sorry to pick on someone but you're not going to get much bang for your buck hyping something that doesn't exist yet. At the very least wait until you have some kind of preview of the comic up to look at.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 15, 2010 - 07:53
I got back from Taiwan last week and managed to switch back to Eastern Time Zone okey-dokey for a couple of days but then WHAMMO... I got a case of delayed jet lag I guess? Anyhow, that's why I'm up at 4:30 in the AM.
REVIEWS: El Santo has reviewed all of the webcomic category nominees for this year's Eisners and offered up his predictions. And hey, El Santo also reviewed Marilith (the Hudson Hawk of webcomics?).
ADVICE: Jeph Jacques, creator of Questionable Content, offers some straight-forward advice to those thinking of starting a webcomic.
- Stephanie O'Donnell wrote about her webcomic (she arts, Greg Carter writes) Perfect Agent which now has two full stories in the archives.
- Shaun McLaughlin wrote about his comic Cheapjack Shakespeare, now updated daily on the web. The comedy follows the adventures of a college Shakespeare Company as it falls apart over a summer. Members get involved in infidelity, get struck by lightning and get in fights with unappreciative members of the audience who heckle them.
- Dmitri Jackson writes that he has a new webcomic at USARiseUp Magazine called Marty's Diner -- a slice-of-life look at the waiters and customers of a downtown city restaurant. Unfortunately for Jackson, it's hard to find the comic on the magazine's website and it doesn't look like there's anyway to find, let alone navigate, the archives of the comic.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 25, 2010 - 11:11
AWARDS: The National Cartoonist Society has announced the nominees for the Reubens and up for Cartoonist of the Year are Stephen Pastis (Pearls Before Swine), Dan Piraro (Bizarro) and Richard Thompson (Cul De Sac). So humor me for a moment -- I think comics would be well-served to unite its several major comics awards. The Reubens, for example, seem to me to be firmly established in the public's mind with the kind of gag a day, four panel serial strip that dominates the newspaper today. You could easily carve out a number of categories at the Eisner's for serialized comedy strips and just call 'em Reuben awards within that larger program.
REVIEWS: El Santo reviews Girls & Sports. It gets 1 star out of 5. See El Santo doing the hard work of reading certain comics... so you don't have to.
VIDEO GAMES? VIDEO GAMES! Jeph Jacques draws some funny Mass Effect webcomics.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 13, 2010 - 11:15
State of the ComixTALK update
Working on a Wordpress-powered version of the site on a development server. Had out the MySQL book last night trying to write queries for moving over a few of the tables from Drupal to Wordpress.
Patric Lewandowski gave a 20 minute talk on ideas about comic theory he first explained in a series of articles he wrote for ComixTALK in 2008. You can see the video of Patric's presentation at his website.
After the one webcomic (Girl Genuis) in ComicRiff's "Best Comic of the Decade" poll kicked serious tail, ComicRiff decides to hold a "Best Webcomic of the Decade" poll. They're looking for nominations if you're interested in helping them out.
I got a press release from Brad Guigar this morning announcing that subscribers to Webcomics.com are eligible to get tables in the Webcomics Pavilion area of the Chicago's Comics and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) for a special creators' discount of 15%. According to Brad that's a total savings of $60 - which is pretty nice (and more than the annual $30 subscription fee to the site btw). This is very smart -- if Brad can leverage the new community he's building for partnerships and other promotions than that certainly adds a lot of value to joining that site.
THEN AND NOW
Jeph Jacques redraws Questionable Content #1.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
Artpatient linked to a funny comic by Caldwell Tanner called "What Kind of Artist Are You?" I fit in there.... somewhere!
Submitted by El Santo on December 10, 2009 - 01:16
A long, long time ago (e.g., two months ago), I promised to do a piece on “Why review webcomics at all?” I turned out to be a more massive project than I realized, and The Webcomic Overlook Central, it turns out, does not employ enough scribes, researchers, and eunuchs to tackle the question in one piece. So, as a way to make this go down easy, I’m breaking the main question into a smaller question.
Mainly this: “Captain Nihilist, shouldn’t you only review webcomics that don’t get much exposure?”
Submitted by El Santo on October 16, 2009 - 00:59
Just yesterday, Jeph Jacques of Questionable Content released his State of the Webcomics Union.
This is the democratic response.