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Joey Manley

All New ComicSpace

So while I was still thinking about what I should write on my last day of posting here, I noticed that ComicSpace had got itself a makeover. They've upgraded the whole system from whatever it was before to Wordpress. The transition wasn't exactly seamless; they're still working on the kinks. Some data seems to be lost, some displays weirdly. If you have a ComicSpace page, it might be a good idea to stop by and clean up your profile now. (If you're like me, you haven't done that at least since the makeover started a week ago.)

You do remember ComicSpace, right? A couple of years ago (2006), OnlineComics.net's Josh Roberts created the site, aiming for a "MySpace for comics". For a while, it seemed like the place to go if you wanted to connect to other comics people (or, more to the point, webcomics people). Personally, I lost touch with it over time, although I was very interested when Webcomics Nation's Joey Manley announced a merger of the two site families (including OnlineComics.net, Modern Tales and others) in 2007. The sites still haven't merged, although they're all part of the same company, E-Line, now. So much about the history. So what has changed?

Tim Demeter leaving Clickwheel and GraphicSmash and so is Reckless Life

As of the end of today I am resigning as editor of Clickwheel.net and GraphicSmash.com and removing my comic, Reckless Life from both sites.

I’m not so narcissistic as to assume this is interesting news to anyone but I would like to clarify that this is not a commentary on either site or the brilliant creators doing great work in both places.  I’d like to thank the folks behind these sites, Rebellion LTD, Will Simons and Joey Manley for the opportunities they provided me and T Campbell for making those opportunities possible.  Extra special thanks to all of you who kept up on my various webcomic projects over the years.

In the coming days I’m going to be writing an ongoing blog series on my experiences in the comic industry both pro and amateur, print and web.  If anyone can profit from my triumphs and tragedies in the business of the business I will be offering my experiences for anyone who wishes to hear them.  All of this will be happening at: timwagon.com

And if you liked my comic, Reckless Life you’ll be able to find out how to get access to the archives there as well as learn a little about my new creative projects.

I’m Tim Demeter.  You stay classy internet.

ArtPatient.com Strip News 10-16-9

Congratulations to all the Harvey Awards winners and nominees and to Asterix’s 50th year milestone.

Now, with that out of the way…

  • iProng interviewed Krishna Sadasivam of PC Weenies and the New York Post interviewed Gareb Shamus. A Nickel’s Worth talked to Carl Moore and I’m finally seeing a lot of similar responses to question six every time a comic creator is interviewed. You may also want to see Agent-X’s tweeterview of that ArtPatient guy and theDish has a link to Randall Munroe’s interview plus more good news bits I didn’t cover here like Doonesbury’s online business plan. With all due diligence, there are more interviews and comic news to see on Paperless Comics and PW Beat, so stop over there too.
  • Looking for the funniest comics? See what everyone else voted as the funny and maybe suggest some for others to vote on. Is It Funny Today?
  • On the other hand, The Comics Reporter talked seriously about five truths about comics that might not be truths. Number four made me ponder why having printed copies of comics (or books) is so desirable. Is it then something tangible to be consumed? Is it a solid connection to the work?
  • Furthering the tech-talk portion of today’s bulletin, Strip Show 2.1 has been released into the wild with some useful new features. You may also want to give TinEye a try if you think that someone is re-posting your comic somewhere else and want to know where (note: it’s still building a database.) Joey Manley suggests getting other readers outside webcomicdom anyway, so don’t fret about people seeing your work other than your website.

Strip News 10-9-9

bruce 300x230 Strip News 10 9 9You all just don’t take a week off, do you?

Comics And the iPhone Apps Store

Comicspace co-CEO Joey Manley writes a lengthy blog post about the growth of comics on the iPhone platform this year, focusing a lot on the messiness of where comics are on the iPhone apps store (apparently they're all over: music, tv, books, specialized apps, etc).  I don't think Comicspace itself has done anything with the iPhone yet -- Manley's comments on what he actually thinks of the smaller screen format vs a traditional computer screen may have had something to do with that.

ArtPatient.com Strip News 7-3-9

So many pink comic bunnies to see…

Daily Pink Bunny.com

Strip News 6-25-9

All this just from last Friday until Wednesday…my hat is off to all you comics folk. You work hard and keep yourselves busy…

State of Things

Johnanna Draper Carlson asks "When did Girlamatic die?" -- and creator Tara Tallan replies "Girlamatic isn’t quite dead… there are several comics that still update (mostly) weekly, such as Gypsy!, Faery Underground, Five Star, and also mine, Galaxion."

It does seem fairly clear though that Joey Manley (aka ComicSpace Inc) has largely given up on the original webcomics anthology model, even though four such sites remain in various stages of operation: Modern Tales, girlamatic.com, Graphic Smash and serializer.net.

Does It Really Matter What the Title of a Round-up Post Is?

REMINDER! Eisner Nominations Due This Friday.  Online creators -- you can nominate yourself.  Don't be modest folks - if you've published online an outstanding body of work last year -- put in a nomination.  It's an easy process to do and the judges can't pick something if it wasn't nominated.

CONVENTIONS
I guess it wouldn't be a webcomics weekend without the t-shirts.

REVIEWS
The Daily Cross Hatch reviews Derek Kirk Kim and Gene Luen Yang's collaboration, The Eternal Smile.

JUSTIFY MY HYPE
From the Strange Maps blog comes a comic called "World War II: If Maps Could Fight".

BUSINESS
Comicspace CEO (co-CEO?) Joey Manley has a post with some examples of webcomic creators splitting from more corporate publishig arrangements.  A ha! He's suggesting webcomic creators may be better of without traditional arrangements in favor of D-I-Y. But wait, then he notes that other creators have left one publisher for an even bigger publisher.  So maybe it's not so clear?  Or maybe webcomic creators are all just "anal retentive control freaks and/or crazy egotistical jerks"... I'm picking on Joey a bit if only because he seems to be hedging on making any definite conclusions in his post, but otherwise he is asking the right kinds of questions (and the fact is there are lots of different reasons for why different creators have made different decisions on publishing arrangements in the last couple of years).

HOUSEKEEPING
Also the sponsorship space at ComixTALK is once again OPEN!  If you're interested click here - your ad gets the upper left hand column space and you help to pay for ComixTALK's server bills.  THANKS!

Future of Comics and Webcomics and here we go again - UPDATED

UPDATE AT BOTTOM

An assortment of posts and thoughts on the ever-evolvin' world of comics (with a heavy emphasis on the webby part of it all):

Valerie D'Orazio posts some thoughts about how Marvel and DC might pursue a assimilate and conquer webcomics strategy (I believe she posits it as a 5 year plan).  Joey Manley of various webcomic sites and business plans (disclosure - we use his advertising service on this site) posts some thoughts in response here.  Many, many webcomic creators also replied in D'Orazio's original post.  It's a good discussion.  Here's the thing in a nutshell -- if you're creating compelling content you used to have to go through a gatekeeper to get wide distribution.  That's no longer the case with the web.  A big part of a "paper" publisher's business plan (same as with a record company or a movie studio) is leveraging it's access to the platform.  But what I think is possible but it would probably me a much more streamlined and efficient entity than any current publisher is a business plan that provides creative and editorial guidance to a series of projects.  There is still room in this world for a third party to connect ideas with needed writers and artists to produce great comics -- but the key difference is that the third party is no longer a publisher in the strictest sense of the word.  They are probably going to be a matchmaker/editor with business savvy that will be flexible in its contractual arrangements with creators.

Somewhat related is IDW Publishing's annoucement that it's going to sell downloads of its comics (in pdf format) for $1.99 each.  The post here seems to suggest the consumer choice will be digital for 1.99 versus more for the floppy (paper).  Unfortunately for IDW it's not that simple -- the people buying paper don't necessarily want to move to the web (and those that do may already be obtaining illegal copies of the books, a practical issue for the publisher to grapple with) and those that read webcomics (largely for free) may not value these comics in the same way.  And since ultimately the web audience is much larger than the buying monthly comic books audience I don't see this working well for IDW...

UPDATED

Wow - well Valerie and her buddy Paul Debenedetto have some thin skins.  Read if you're in the mood for unnecessary drama.  Also for some ideas on what Marvel and DC might do in the post-Internet-eats-every-past-media-business-model world we're headed for, read Joey's new post.  I think his idea for their potential future business model is closer to the mark than he gives himself credit for.