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News For Monday, January 29, 2007 (UPDATED)

Wow - it was a huge weekend for webcomics!

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Biggie Panda: Old Skool Webcomics

One way to think of the history of webcomics is as the big bang of comics. At the beginning there were far fewer webcomic creators and they were (virtually) clustered together much more tightly (hence all the wistful talk of "webcomic community") and then, if the inflationary webcomicology theory is correct, those early webcomic exploded into the universe of comics online we have today.

WCCA Nominations Out

The full list of nominations for the upcoming WCCAs is out - get the list here or click read more (the WCCA site is slow today so I copied it into this post here).

 

Nominees for 2007 WCCAs

WCCAThe WCCA nominations are dribbling out today:

OUTSTANDING COMIC FINALISTS:

OUTSTANDING NEWCOMER FINALISTS:

That is a really strong group of candidates for Outstanding Comic, including last year's Outstanding Newcomer winner (Gunnerkrigg Court). I haven't read all of the nominees for Outstanding Newcomer for this year - that's probably just more evidence of how many webcomics there are now...

UPDATE: We have an interview with the creators of What Birds Know in this month's magazine - click here to read.

Thursday, December 28th News & Views

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Rolling After Christmas News Post (UPDATED)

Wow - I'm exhausted. Grey skies and a little rain for the day after Christmas. Hope you all have had a happy winter solstice season so far.

NEWS & VIEWS

  • On the heels of Comicne.ws comes Plugg.us which is another digg-clone for comics. There's nothing wrong with comics-focused versions of more popular social networking tools, in fact it's great that this stuff is emerging. But the trick to success with these comic clones is whether or not they garner a critical mass of users (which is the same key to success for the original versions of any social networking site). Comicne.ws came pre-sold to CBR's significant audience, ComicSpace came pre-populated with OnlineComics large directory of webcomics. I'll wait and see with Plugg.us as it doesn't seem to have any similar affiliations to jumpstart it.
  • Joey Manley has been using Alexa to show trends of various webcomics hosting services (here and more recently here). It's a bit tangential to interest in tracking individual webcomics' audience numbers but nevertheless interesting to see how other hosting services match up to the somewhat entrenched coke and pepsi of the market.
  • Writer Caleb Monroe has set up a page intended to be a guide for beginning comic creators.

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  • Art Room is an online drawing tool and gallery from the Saatchi Gallery. Holy high-low culture collision Batman!

The Comixpedia End of 2006 Roundtable

Our second annual virtual round table on the year in webcomics features comments from Eric Millikin, Daku, Gilead Pellaeon, Mike Russell, Lewis Powell, Alexander Danner, Eric Burns, Michael Rouse-Deane, Johanna Draper Carlson and Gary Tyrrell.

Thursday

It's been an exhausting week but all worth it! Let's get back to the webcomics!

NEWS & VIEWS

  • Neil CohnNeil Cohn checks out what's available in "comics making" software and concludes: they all suck. (Never having used any of them myself I don't have an opinion to offer on them.)

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  • I may have linked to this before but Sequential Tart has three webcomic-related interviews this month: Gene Yang, Batton Lash, and Onezumi.

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This Date In Comixpedia - October 27th

A look back at the webcomics website of record:

2005

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2003

Lancaster Comics Festival

The first annual Lancaster Comics Convention which will take place in the Ashton Memorial in the grounds of Williamson Park on October 28th 2006.

Scheduled to attend are Ali Graham, Liz Greenfield, John Allison and James Turner.