Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 18, 2008 - 09:26
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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).
Submitted by Howard Tayler on April 3, 2008 - 12:30
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 14, 2008 - 14:49
Drawn has links to Jim Zubkavich's multi-part digital painting tutorial. Really excellant stuff.
An off the cuff comment by a community member about the creation of a team, snowballed into a full fledged project. Community members submitted entries for the team, and then voted on membership for Awesome Storm Justice. The top eight vote-getters secured a space on the team.
Manga, Manga, Maaanga!!!
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 13, 2008 - 12:58
If you blog about comics (your own or others) you can now have those blog posts automatically show up here at ComixTALK too - just add the feed from your blog to your account here at ComixTALk and we'll automatically recreate your blog posts as Talk Posts here at ComixTALK (with a link back to your own blog in each post here). Click here to add a feed and click here if you need help on figuring out what is the feed for your outside blog.
As always thanks to the sponsors this week which include The Learn to Draw the Human Figure course, The World Famous Laugh Factory in Hollywood, the graphic novel Cash & Carry and the webcomic hosting service ReformedReality.com.
A new Webcomics Weekly from the HalfPixel crew on building community around your webcomic. (Also if you've missed it the HalfPixel crews book How To Make Webcomics is now available in stores.)
Will the movie of Speed Racer score or suck? Nerd World has links to even more trailers.
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Prompted by awards season (WCCAs, Eisners) Mr. Myth takes a look at where webcomics fit (or not) into short form and long form comics.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 24, 2007 - 14:31
I built a "library" of webcomics and creators back in the fall of 2005 which I put into beta before realizing it was too much editorial work to deal with and the same information could be better provided through the community edited webcomic wiki - COMIXPEDIA.
Nevertheless looking back on the assortment of names collected (some from me, some sent in from you) I wonder if anyone has any significant updates on these creators 18 months later. Maybe we should interview some of them?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 24, 2007 - 09:44
First off a quick thank you to current advertisers: the Learn To Draw The Human Figure training course; Nick Bertozzi's new comic, The Salon; and the webcomics Argon Zark; Super Unit 5000; Running In the Halls; and Things Change.
- Broken Frontier has a review of Clay Yount's new webcomic Cosmobear. Yount along with his brother Hampton create the webcomic Rob and Elliot, and the Bikini Suicide Frisbee Days series at Sluggy Freelance.
- Brooke McEldowneyâ€™s daughter sent a note to blogger Joshua Fruhlinger to explain that McEldowney's comic Pibgorn has left Universal Mediaâ€™s Comics.com site and will eventually appear online elsewhere. (link via Journalista!)
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- Jim Zubkavich has a post about how he's including a thank you letter with copies of his book Makeshift Miracle. His letter also encourages folks to spread the word about his book.
- The Webcomics In Print blog interviews the owners of GelaSkins which makes iPod skins. Fans of Liz Greenfield's Stuff Sucks webcomic may recall that she has sold GelaSkins iPod skins featuring her characters.
- The Webcomics In Print blog also has a round-up of the latest webcomic books as well as news that the Ctrl+Alt+Del Animated Series is out on DVD.
- And now: "Todd Goldman stole my artwork and all I got was this lousy t-shirt!" (link from Talkaboutcomics)
- Readers of the gaming blog Joystiq pick their favorite "This is Sparta!" gag -- VG Cats gets the nod.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 20, 2007 - 11:40
Busy news week already - don't forget to check out all of the articles from March's Short Story Issue (and we added some articles to February's Webcomic Collectives Issue this month as well). Next month's issue will cover science fiction themes - if you are interested in writing for the magazine drop me an email (xerexes AT comixpedia DOT com).
- FLEEN interviews Jennie Breeden, creator of The Devil's Panties.
- T Campbell has posted audio interviews with 3 creators: Evil Inc creator Brad Guigar; Chris Hastings of Dr. McNinja; and Andrea L. Peterson of No Rest For the Wicked.
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- It's great to see non-webcomics critics discovering Sinfest: Journalista! linked to one today and Comics Worth Reading recently declared Sinfest "My New Favorite Webcomic". If there's any webcomic that should be in the daily newpaper right now I'd nominate Sinfest. Sure, many of the strips in the archives would not work on the newspaper page but creator Tatsuya Ishida has shown the ability to work within PG limitations. If Ishida could get a deal like R. Stevens' has with Diesel Sweeties there's no question Sinfest could be a huge success in the newspapers.
- Comics212 catches Comic Book Resources columnist Rich Johnson using a piece of Jim Zubkavich artwork as part of a story on a supposedly in-the-works animated Shazam! series. Trouble is that Zubkavich's artwork is simply an illustration he posted on his LiveJournal recently.
- The Daily Cross Hatch has an interview with Bone creator and Captain Marvel artist/writer Jeff Smith.
- Is FLEEN insinuating that Michael Bay is plagiarizing Jon Rosenberg's Goats? I'm a fairly big fan of Goats but I don't think Rosenberg is going to be able to sue anyone for copying ideas like ancient prophecies, end-of-the-world scenarios or even multiple dimensions. But man I would totally pay to see a Rosenberg-scripted movie.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 5, 2007 - 11:31
Dig that new cover from Frank "Damonk" Cormier and Meaghan Quinn! Our February issue is focused on webcomic collectives and we've got a lot of great articles on tap for it. This morning I've posted the first two articles for this month's issue:
An interview with Mark Mekkes in his role as chairman of the WCCAs, now in its seventh year. There were a lot of changes leading into this year's program and hopefully, this interview helps to shed some light on things.
The first installment of a new column on web manga by Brigid Alverson. Brigid already blogs about manga at her own site MangaBlog and our good friends at Digital Strips. At Comixpedia, she'll be rounding up the good stuff -- and telling you what to avoid as well.
- It looks like the promised comics-hosting functions of ComicSpace are now available. Haven't tried them myself yet so if anyone has any opinions to offer add them in the comments.
- I don't know if this is still open or not, but Ryan Estrada was looking for creators to help with this year's online presentation for the WCCAs.
- Shaenon Garrity interviews Whitney June Robinson, creator of Alma Mater (which you may have seen advertised here on Comixpedia). AM is now on the Modern Tales lineup.
- Gamer News interviews Steve Napierski, creator of Dueling Analogs.
- Independent Propaganda reviews two webcomics: Wireheads and Martian.
- The Ferrett talks up Yet Another Fantasy Gaming Comic:
...YAFGC is alive in ways that other strips arenâ€™t; thatâ€™s partially because itâ€™s drawn in pencil and has the raw energy of a sketch, but also because Rich Morris has the talent of a classic Disney animator; he manages, with a few quick strokes of his pencil, to bring people to life so that the way they stand, hips cocked, tells you more about them than the dialogue ever would.
- 2007 is going well for Jim Zubkavich, the creator the 2002 webcomic Makeshift Miracle which debuted in print last year (after substantial rework on portions of it) and is now starting to appear in book store chains.
- Todd and Penguin creator David Wright is going to be a dad! Not surprisingly that means Todd and Penguin will be on hiatus for awhile (until May). While Todd and Penguin is on hiatus, Wright is posting the first months of the comic which were lost when Keenspot's server crashed in 2002. Wright explained that he was unable to find the first few months of comics until recently - so now, after five years, they are going back on the web.
- Terror Island and The Crown Prince both hit the 100 strips milestone.
JUSTIFY MY HYPE
- Engtech asks "What's your favorite webcomic?".
- Dave Roman posts some of the cartoons Todd Webb drew at their wedding (cute idea to have a "wedding cartoonist").
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 11, 2006 - 10:37
- SeqArt has an interview with Josh Roberts, proprietor of OnlineComics.net and the brand spankin' new ComicSpace.com.
- The 2007 Lulu Blooker Prize is accepting submissions until January 15, 2007. The winner of the Comics Blooker Prize receives $2,500 and if selected as the overall winner (there are two additional categories) the prize is $10,000. Last year's winner was Zack Miller for Totally Boned: A Joe and Monkey Collection. This year's judges are Paul Jones; Arianna Huffington; Julie Powell; Rohit Gupta; and Nick Cohen.
- An interview with Mark Siegel, editorial director for graphic novel publisher First Second about the new company's surprisingly successful first year.
- The blog Webcomics In Print speculates on "webcomic books yet to be".
- Talk About Comics talks about all the Modern Tales-associated creators who worked on the recent Marvel Holiday Special comic book.
- TCJ reviews Girl Genius Omnibus Edition, Vol. 1.
I'm going to shut down our "Que Es Mas Offensive" poll of potentially offensive webcomics on Christmas Eve (12/24). So be sure to vote before we crown the winner on Christmas morning.
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- Princess WinterMom is thinking of starting a webcomic and muses on the pros and cons. I think if you have any interest at all in making comics there is no question that you should just... make comics. It's the only way to get better; the only way to get anything done.
- Joey Manley explains to DC Comics why it's new webcomic, Rush City, has a poor layout. (TCJ recently reviewed this comic.)
- Jim Zubkavich branching out into brew-meistery?
- Mark Sachs recommends the webcomic, King of RPGs.
- Check out the photos from Dave Kellett's book signing for his second Sheldon collection: The Good, The Bad and The Pugly. And then Neil Patrick Harris shows up and gets all up in Dave's grill (er... not really but he did show up!).
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 5, 2006 - 16:15
The Eisner judges have been announced and the Comics Reporter has the press release on how to submit (nudge, nudge) your comics for consideration. The panel of judges for the 2007 awards consists of:
- Robin Brenner, teen librarian;
- Whitney Matheson, blogger;
- Christopher P. Reilly, comics writer;
- James Sime, comics book retailer; and
- Jeff VanderMeer, writer
PENNIES FROM HEAVEN
- Cartoonist Chris Ware won a grant from a new foundation called United States Artists.
- Jim Zubkavich recounts the very recent party and book signing he held for the release of the Makeshift Miracle in print.
- ICv2 has an interview with First Second - the publishers of Gene Yang's American Born Chinese book. The book is apparently selling quite well as the book heads towards a third printing.
- Bill Amend is going to Sundays-only for his popular comic strip Foxtrot. Tom Spurgeon puts Foxtrot's newspaper count at 1000+. Foxtrot debuted in 1988 and has filled a geek/family/school niche in the newspapers ever since. Amend's stated reasons for the move are about freeing up time to tackle other creative projects.
- Fleen has two interviews: one with Chris VonGompel, the creator of Hockey Zombie, (que es mas offensive?!) and the other with Dave Kellett, creator of Sheldon.
- Don't forget Comixpedia has two interviews this month: one with Tyson Smith of Pirate and Alien and the other with Tom Siddell of Gunnerkrigg Court.
DON'T MOVE! I SEEMED TO HAVE LOST MY MONACLE...
- The New York Times loves Roz Chast. Does a cartoonist like Chast exist without the New Yorker? Not intended as 100% snark but a reflection on how a certain species of cartoon has flourished (relatively) because of that magazine's patronage.