"Column? (She said, smiling.)" read the email from the editor, sending me into a deep well of despair over the state of this month's column. These columns are notoriously late, often handed in mere hours before the issue is supposed to go live, much to the chagrin of the editors, I am sure. The reason for this is as much the result of procrastination as hope. Hope that there will be one large news event worth writing about, something meaningful that will tie together the smaller events from the month into something bigger.
In July, a lack of significant events was not the problem.
Submitted by Erik Melander on August 12, 2005 - 10:56
Digging through the threads in the Talk about comics forum might now and then yield something of interest, such as this post by Joey Manley on the progress of WCN subscriptions and goals, found in a thread comparing WCN with mp3.com:
If we can get to 100 paying customers (we're in the mid-fifties now, after a couple of weeks), I will be making enough money to quit my consulting gigs and work full-time on webcomics.
Ryan Estrada has passed the half way mark on this 168-hour comic week. I suspect that the second half of the week will be significantly more difficult than the first one though.
Comic book publisher Viper comics seems to keep an eye on webcomics. They ahve published works by Kazu Kibuishi', Otis Frampton's Oddly Normal, and Les McClain (nominated for an Eisner award for Best digital comic), and is hosting Wes Molebash's webcomic You'll have that. Now they have added another webcomic to the site, The Horrible Pirates updates mondays.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 10, 2005 - 11:36
Phil points out a new peer-review project for webcomic creators called The Swift Savage Disassembly of your Self-Esteem or Savage Disassembly for short. Honest and reasoned peer review groups can be a very useful tool for developing artists and/or writers, particularly if the group includes a talented and insightful group of peers.
In the distant past of webcomics (the last century!) Maritza Campos shepherded a peer-review group called "Hot List" but I believe that unraveled more than a few years ago.
I think I forgot to mention earlier that Phil also wrote up the most recent Washington Webtoonists meetup where we were visited by Joey Manley.
Submitted by magister on August 4, 2005 - 17:09
Online Comics Vs. Printed Comics: A Study in E-Commerce and the Comparative Economies of Content by Todd Allen, examines revenue models for webcomics and contrasts them with the printed comics industry, concluding that webcomics may be a more viable option for emerging cartoonists. Allen talked to artists online and off including Bill Jemas (Marvel), Tony Panaccio (Crossgen), Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics) Robert Khoo (Penny Arcade), Joey Manley (Modern Tales) Jon Rosenberg (Goats) and R Stevens (Diesel Sweeties) about their respective business models.
The current paper can be read in its entirety online here (a printed copy can be purchased from the same website). Allen's paper is a follow-up to his 2003 paper, Comics on the Internet: A Business Primer.
Allen has a Masterâ€™s degree in Internet Business & Media Convergence from New York University. Allen also covered the "Technology & the Arts" beat for the Chicago Tribuneâ€™s business section, writing about topics like streaming video, online circulation audits, and the economics of webcomics.
Submitted by Erik Melander on August 2, 2005 - 18:37
Submitted by Joey Manley on July 29, 2005 - 10:44
Joey Manley, publisher of the leading commercial webcomics site, Modern Tales, announced today that WebcomicsNation.com, a premier hosting and automation service for online cartoonists, has launched today.
Submitted by Erik Melander on July 27, 2005 - 09:04
Joey Manley has updated the Webcomics Nation website with descriptions of its features. For those of us that has been keeping an eye on the forums there seems to be no completely new features announced. But does anyone know if WCN's business strategy is completely reliant on advertising now or are there some kind of premium accounts?
UPDATE:Joey Manley has commented in this post clarifying the business strategy of WCN.
Penny Arcade has made another line of limited edition prints. 250 were sold at Comicon and 500 were available through their ThinkGeek store. The previous set of prints sold out in under eight hours and some later appeared on eBay. The second set became available through the store yesterday and sold out in under two hours. Each print was priced at 80 USD.
Ghastly of Ghastly's Ghastly Comic (link NSFW) is one of the most popular strips on Keenspace, lampooning the more adult themes in Japanese anime and hentai, and now he is moving into Web Comics Nation/Adult Webcomics, flexing his creative muscles in new ways. In a chat, he gave us more information about his current comic and his future projects. (NOTE: most of these links are Not Safe For Work.)
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 9, 2005 - 12:57
Scott McCloud emailed us this morning about an essay he wrote and posted to his website that is his response to the recent controversy over a documentary on digital
commentscomics. The essay is titled "Why Tycho Owes You An Apology."
Submitted by Uncle Ghastly on June 8, 2005 - 22:48
Sneak peek! Tentacled Epics is due to roll out sometime in the very near future. So far the only strip I have hosted there is Polly Vs. Tentacle Monster which was my 24 Hour Comic Day entry this year. Until Adult Webcomics is up and running http://tentacledepics.com will be pointing to my space on Webcomics Nation so there'll be none of the naughty stuff for now.
I spent today just exploring the system. It's very different from working with Keenspace and old hands at Keenspace (like me) will probably take quite a bit of effort to get used to it. People just signing up for the first time shouldn't have too much trouble getting the hang of it though.
It's a much more powerful automation system than Keenspace though, better archives, better gallery control. It's pretty flexible too once you know what you're doing it has an amazing degree of customization. All in all I'm increadably impressed with the system so far and most of the features haven't even been enabled yet. Joey has done an excellent job and it's been well worth the wait (remember last year when I annouced Ghastly's Ghastly Comic would be moving... hehehehe).
I'm very excited about this new system. I think it will offer all sorts of opportunities to all webcomic artists, small and large. I'm particularily pleased that Joey is so eager to embrace the adult webcomic community with his Adult Webcomics service. We're kind of treated like the pariahs of the webcomic world. Even though it's kind of sad to be leaving Keen (I've been there for over 4 years) there's just nowhere left for me to go with Keen. I've worked my way to the top of Keenspace and adult content webcomics are not welcomed on Keenspot. Even though I've been selling my own adspace on GGC for almost a year now (and made a pretty penny at it too I might add) there's just a lot more business opportunity awaiting me in Joey Manley's camp and even though I don't intend to give up my "day job" (because who would leave the glamourous world of the professional accordionist) I'm still interested in seeing just how lucrative I can make this webcomic thing and a little extra income would certainly help me take more time off to make more comics.
In anycase there's still lots of work to be done, both by Joey (especially by Joey) and myself. I've still got to finish my logo graphics (need to add a tentacle below the text) as well as work on a new and improved ad system for my comics and auxilliary pages for the site. Much work left to be done, but by golly I'm just so excited about this I can't wait to share the news. I feel like an 8 year old on Christmas Eve.