The book Webcomics: Tool and Techniques for Digital Cartooning by Steven Withrow and John Barber is a comprehensive overview of the state of webcomics. Webcomics: Tools and Techniques for Digital Cartooning is a helluva book. If nothing else, it's full of a ton of useful information and thoughts on webcomics art and business. It's got tutorials, round table discussions, theory, and even a big ol' gallery of webcomics.
But in writing this review, there's been one thought sticking in my mind: namely, this is a wonderful book... but who is it for?
Joe Zabel is both a webcomics creator (most recently he finished The Ice Queen: A Trespassers Mystery) and the founder of The Webcomics Examiner. I really enjoyed our conversation - the topics ran all over -- from Joe's webcomic work to Harvey Pekar and journal webcomics to the future for webcomics in general.
Submitted by John on December 7, 2005 - 21:16
I can't tell if Scott is satirizing himself or is really pissed off. Is anyone else's sarcasm detector working? I think mine's broken.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 6, 2005 - 14:21
I was reading Joe Zabel's interview with Tracy White and saw her mention that she used to do comics for a website called Gurl.com. Gurl.com still publishes webcomics (and in fact has a link for folks to send in their work) with, of course, a primary focus on the interests of teenage girls.
Submitted by Reinder on December 5, 2005 - 19:06
Out on your virtual newsstand - a new edition of the Webcomics Examiner featuring "The Best Webcomics of 2005" and Part 2 of "The Artistic History of Webcomics", a rountable with T Campbell, Shaenon Garrity, William G., Phil Kahn, Bob Stevenson, Eric Burns, Wednesday White, A. G. Hopkins, Rob Balder, Tim Godek, Zabel, Alexander and Brandy Danner.
Lee Adam Herold's Chopping Block is back with a new story (and a different art style).
Power restored to whichever one of those Dakotas houses Keenspot World HQ and Chris Crosby returns to updating Superosity and Sore Thumbs.
Eric Burns weighs in on the recent Questionable Content storyline with an extra-biscuity biscuit. I've been impressed with QC all year really. It's a fantastic strip and Jeph Jacques just gets better every month. EVERY MONTH!
Webcomic pioneers John Barber and Brendan Cahill are in cahoots at Marvel in bringing forth a new Cahill-penned comicbook called Sable & Fortune. CBR has an interview with Cahill.
Super-reporter Jen Contino has an interview with David Alvarez, creator of Yenny.
A simple list of people of webcomics based on their contributions to the medium in 2005. And we have no doubt that we left off someone we shouldn't have. We're sorry. We'll try harder next year.
The game is afoot.
- â€” Sherlock Holmes
There's just one more question I'd like to ask you.
- â€” Columbo
And I would have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn't been for those nosy kids and their mangy dog!
- â€” innumerable Scooby-Doo villains
Forget about making a hundred, forget about the victim, forget about the suspect and focus on the only thing that can't lie: the evidence.
- â€” Gil Grissom, CSI
O photoprocessing machine, I command you to reveal to me that which is hidden!
- â€” Bee
Like most good ideas, mysteries and detective stories have many ancestors, but they didn't really get to take a place in entertainment until the Industrial Revolution. It's not hard to see why. The underlying message behind the traditional mysteryâ€”and the traditional detective story, its most famous subgenreâ€”is always the same. That message: our world may seem confusing, but patience, pluck, and especially reason can lay its secrets bare, punish the guilty, and reveal the monsters as aged men in latex or clockwork springs.
Detective, suspense, parlor game, crime, noir, police proceduralâ€¦ these are all different ways to slice the mystery genre. But how to organize the Mystery WEBCOMICS? Alphabetically by title? By author? By sub-genre? Or perhaps semi-randomly, as the whim takes me? Yep. That'll do.
The theme this month is mystery webcomics. And for the first time since I took this gig...
...well, I have no freaking clue what to write. It's like they said "this month, the theme is finbotz comics," and I'd smile and nod and sit down in front of the word processor.
Submitted by kjc on November 7, 2005 - 01:23
I'm looking for any mystery webcomics (including ones that cross-over into other genres, like the supernatural) online.
Just the title and link are fine, I can take it from there. Any further data you'd like to include would be appreciated, of course.
Ones I already know (or which have been pointed out to me):
Lost & Found Investigations by Matt Milligan
She's A Nightmare by Jesse Chen
The Spider Cliff Mysteries
Christopher Mill's SUPERNATURAL CRIME
Basil Flint, P.I. by John Troutman
"Will Eisner's JOHN LAW" by Gary Chaloner over on Modern Tales:
The Dada Detective
Private Eye Butterfly
Kelly J. Cooper