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Comix Talk for Monday, July 19, 2010

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.

REVIEWS

INTERVIEW: This Week in Geek interviewed Jim Zubkavich.

CRAFT: Jeph Jacques shows his progress on a print he's making for SDCC.

HYPIN' THE CUBE

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.

Comix Talk for Thursday, February 18, 2010

 The 11 1/2 Anniversary Edition

Pretty quiet today although check out this stunning creative innovation from the newspaper comic B.C.  Wow!  Now that's how you stay hip and current...

INTERVIEWS: Josh Lesnick, creator of Girly, is interviewed by the INTERNET!

REVIEWS: Johanna Draper Carlson has a review of the new mega-Penny Arcade book, The Splendid Magic of Penny Arcade.  For all the reasons she's a bit lukewarm on it, I will probably love it.

CRAFT: Nice little tutorial from Jim Zubkavich on the process for a recent illustration he did.

BUSINESS: The Beat reports that Graphic.ly, "a fairly new but bold player in the digital comics distribution field", has announced the acquisition of iFanboy, the popular comics news and information community.  Graphic.ly is in "private beta" -- anyone using it right now?

This Day in ComixTalk: September 11th

This day in ComixTalk:

2008
Faith Erin Hicks blogged about internal narration in comics; Platinum's purchase of Wowio was still shaking out in the news (a year later and there's still no evidence that Wowio has paid off all of its debts to creators and publishers.)

2007
Platinum Studios filed for an IPO; and Phil Kahn posted video of numerous interviews he did at Connecticon with creators such as Chris Hastings and Kent Archer of Dr. McNinja and Rob Balder and Jami Noguchi of ErfWorld.

2006
Jim Zubkavich announced the print version of his webcomic Makeshift Miracle.

2005
Another update to Kris Straub's meta-meta-meta webcomic Modern Humor Authority; an interview with Maritza Campos of CRFH!!!; a review of School Spirit.

Also from the forums, RanJado wondered about how to draw distinctions between comics' readerships;

2004
Jamie Robertson announced that he would stop working on his webcomic Clan of the Cats.  I'm not sure of the ends and outs of Robertson's work status on the comic every year since than, but I'm happy to report that right now he is working on the strip (there's an update today) and I think his work has gotten better every year.  Great strip full of of supernatural elements, adventure and relationships, all with really strong artwork.

2003
James Kochalka won best online comic at the Ignatzs for American Elf.  He, however, did not accept his award in a gorilla suit.

Webcomic Side Story

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THEORY
Scott McCloud posted a short bit about the "default" shape of comics - in response to the single-sheet-of-paper-like dimensions of the new Kindle DX.  Interesting 50+ comment thread ensues.  Grab a cup of coffee first...
PUBLISHING
I'm not sure this is THAT interesting -- a publisher called PictureBox put out a press release that they'll be giving a deluxe package to people who pre-order their two new graphic novels.  It's not clear that PictureBox is relying on the pre-orders in order to raise the funds to print the books, but it seems likely from the way the press release is phrased.  This seems like a fairly common strategy for indy web-oriented creators these days, especially as a means to gauge actual fan support for print versions of webcomics.
MARKETING
Daryl Cagle writes about his decision to add support for embedding into his political cartoon syndication site.  Let me just suggest given the very nature of the Internet that everything is embeddable (legality aside for a sec) and everyone really needs to ask themselves how to deal with it.  A long time ago, I (and a lot of other practicing cartoonists), probably fell on the side of keeping the comics on the website created for them, but nowadays I think I would want my work to appear wherever it could.
CONVENTIONS
I really wish I was going to the Toronto comics convention this weekend (TCAF) -- it has a fantastic lineup of artists.  Journalista! links to a bunch of 'em: Ross Campbell, Diana Tamblyn, Chip Zdarsky, Jason Thompson, Ramon Perez, Valerie Sury, Eric Wight, Frank Cammuso, Zen Rankin, Michael J. Hind, Dustin Harbin, Joe Bluhm, Jason Turner, Jim Zubkavich, Rina Piccolo...
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
Nerd Girl does not like Tim Buckley or his webcomic Ctrl-Alt-Del.  Don't get her started!

XDM Illustration Project Status: COMPLETE

On March 31st I announced that I’d be illustrating a gaming supplement for Tracy and Curtis Hickman. As of today, four weeks and one-hundred-and-thirty-three illustrations later, I’m done.

Totally Tuesday 'Tude

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WRITING
Writing Excuses Watches the Watchmen -- a good 15 minute podcast discussing the strength and weakness in the writing of The Watchmen comic.

ART
Jim Zubkavich has a tutorial on how he gets a soft line effect
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REVIEWS
Mr. Myth reviews Erfworld.
Comicsmix reviews Least I Could Do.

INTERVIEW
Daily Cross Hatch interviews Brian Brown of Bellen!.

Check Back Later When This Post Is Finished -- Okay Done!

I've been posting some good stories Alexander Danner wrote for the prior version of webcomics.com.  Another one today on whatever happenned to four (briefly) rock stars of webcomic.

Life Imitates Art Comics: James Kochalka wrote in a comic about a game in a dream he was having, somebody actually makes the game, now he makes a comic about it.  Hmmm... That's a tempting power over the universe he seems to have developed.

AWARDS: The Canadian Joe Shuster Award nominations are out - the webcomics category is outstanding: Kate Beaton, Michael Cho, Lar De Souza & Ryan Sohmer, Kathryn & Stuart Immonen, Karl Kerschl, Gisele Lagace, Ramón K. Pérez, and Cameron Stewart.

INTERVIEWS: Newsarama has an interview with Bellen! creator Brian Brown about his new book and winning a Xeric grant.

SMALL SCREENS: Sean Kleefeld had a good post on some of the inherent challenges of smaller screens as a way to read/display comics.

NOT WEBCOMICS: The browser-based ZORK! game is out.  Jim Zubkavich did gobs of great art for this.

JUSTIFY MY HYPE: Some comics I'm checking out: Rooby Moon and Schoolhouse Daze.

ZORK is Returning to a Browser Near You

Big news leaking across the Internets - The Legends of Zork will be a new browser/web incarnation of the legendary Infocom text adventure.  And it's being designed by webcomic artist extraordinaire Jim Zubkavich! Jim writes about the buzz from on his blog here: Eaten by a Grue and the initial announcement of the project here: ZORK!

The Makeshift Miracle by Jim Zubkavich

Catching Up With Jim Zubkavich

Jim Zubkavich isn't "oldest school webcomics" but he's awfully darn close.  His debut webcomic, The Makeshift Miracle garnered instant notice online at the time.  Ironically, despite the intentional use of limited colors in the comic, the coloring is one of the things I remember most about it.  Zubkavich has also been a heck of a nice guy to comics, sharing his knowledge through tutorials, teaching and a column at ComixTalk.

I got a chance to do an interview with Jim this month looking back on The Makeshift Miracle and looking ahead to 2009.