Expanding Your Comic-Reading Horizons
It's easy to let your comic-reading patterns become stagnant after a while. Everyone has their favorite comics that they read every month in print or multiple times a week on the web. These are familiar characters, reassuring faces, and a standard that you can count on. But with that set pattern comes a slippery slope: You stop looking for anything else.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 3, 2003 - 21:01
It's time for Community Interview #5. This time Scott McCloud has agreed to answer your questions. Here's how it works -- post your question to Scott in a comment in response to this post.
ONE QUESTION PER COMMENT, PLEASE.
If you see another question you think is interesting, moderate it up. If you see something not so useful, moderate it down. We'll take questions for two weeks, until Friday, August 15th. We'll send the top ten questions to Scott McCloud to answer and post those answers later this month.
Finding Your Professional Membership Card
A quote’s been bandied around the comic industry that makes me smirk “I don’t have fans, just people after my job.”
Submitted by Erik on July 18, 2003 - 06:22
If bitpass takes off and becomes the number one micropayment system would you use it for something? Could micropayments mean a decrease in the amount of free comics on the web and/or will it enable more creators to live off their work?
Is this just rampat capitalism? Some webcomics seem to have a donate button up before their first strip.
Submitted by Joey Manley on July 8, 2003 - 18:59
ModernTales.com headlines Eddie Campbell in an
Australian invasion across July!
July 7, 2003 -- Eddie Campbell, the illustrator of the award-winning graphic novel From Hell, will be appearing in Modern Tales Longplay as part of a month-long focus on Australian creators. The writer and artist of the critically acclaimed Alec: How to be an Artist and head ego behind the eclectic EgoMania magazine will be joined by writer Daren White for 'The Playwright', a series of short stories about "love, lust, fertility and the importance of quality footwear".
The July issue of Longplay -- launching July 7 -- will also showcase work by twenty Australian creators, making it the first time that ModernTales has focused attention on a single country outside of the US -- taking advantage of the truly international 'stage' of the World Wide Web.
An Electric Manga Mirror
Scouring the Internet comic scene, itâ€™s easy to see how prevalent manga imagery and ideals are. Thousands of fan sites are dedicated to Japanese anime, comics and characters. Itâ€™s a cultural tidal wave that can easily wash away the uninitiated with way too many facts and trivia about the multitude of worlds that have been created by eastern artists. Whether youâ€™re a fan or not, you canâ€™t deny its influence on popular entertainment.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 4, 2003 - 22:00
The Web Cartoonists Choice Awards' Nominees for 2003 were released this week.
Voting for award winners is ongoing from now until June 29th and the winners will be announced on July 6th. Read on for a list of the nominees:
Physical Connections In The Electronic World
Summer is here and the convention season is upon us. It’s time to strain and pull ourselves away from our computers and hopefully make some sort of real human contact with the people that we’ve learned about through e-mails, forum posts and web pages. These are webcomics and comic communities bringing people with similar interests together, and showing quite clearly that most costumes look ridiculous on the average human being.
Hollywood and Free Comics To The Rescue
In the sky, it’s a bird... it’s a plane!
No, it’s just Hollywood obsessing over another trend, mashing it into the ground with well intentioned overexposure all for the sake of the almighty dollar.In the sky, it’s a bird... it’s a plane!
No, it’s just Hollywood obsessing over another trend, mashing it into the ground with well intentioned overexposure all for the sake of the almighty dollar.
Jim Zubkavich -- Traitor To The Web?
I was originally going to use this latest column to discuss Hollywood’s current fascination with comics and the inevitable backlash that it will create. However, an e-mail I received asked me some questions that surprised me, and I decided that the explanation would work well here as a new topic.