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John Allison

John Allison

Creator of Scary Go Round and Bobbins.

Real life toons

Yesterday I was drawing myself as a toon, but it wasn't me.

So I remembered some artists make fun of themselves with their own self-portrait as Akira Toriyama of dragonball, he always drew himself as a robot as a pun that he always works like a machine.

So the search for web artists started - look what I found:

[XEREXES: Read more for webcomic creators and their creations]

Mega-News Dump

Two notable bits of book news this week:

John Allison reports that his fourth print collection of Scary Go Round is headed off to the printers. He'll also be crossing the pond for New York's MoCCA this June.

Howard Tayler reports that he's started working on the NEXT Schlock Mercenary collection. This one will collect episodes published online from August 2003 to March 2004. Fleen has a review of the current SM collection - "Under New Management" which I'm still waiting to get in my shiny maibox! Laughing

Some convention appearances to note:

Blank Label dude Brad Guigar is at his hometown convention, Wizard World Cheesesteak Philapdelphia. I don't have the details here on the WizWorldCon but I hear it's in Philly!

Plus several reviews and blurbs for webcomics:

Joe Zabel writes about Derek Kirk Kim's new comic work online entitled Healing Hands. Joe's blog post on his review has already generated a lively discussion.

The Webcomicker has a review of Banished and in it argues that the web has been key to the success of a number of science fiction comedy titles. I don't know if I agree with the assertion, but regardless, Gilead links to many of the best sci-fi ha-ha webcomics I'm aware of.

T Campbell drops that he's bringing back Search Engine Funnies on September 1st. No word on the new artist(s) though.

Here's a business bit of news:

Gary Tyrrell has an interview with Chris Baldwin who recently signed a "web syndication" deal with United Media for his other comic Little Dee.

Some other interesting webcomic-related stories include:

The Penny Arcade duo taught a class on comics to grade schoolers. They've done this before and it's good to see them at it again. Gabe mused aloud about creating some resources for school teachers to download - he should do that. (He might also talk to Brad Guigar who did a similar project with comics in schools a few years ago.)

The blog Filth Hole (which is sometimes NSFW) got linked to by Warren Ellis for a funny sketch (which is probably NSFW).

The Writer Response Theory blog has a post on the history of fiction on the Internet which of course includes webcomics. A project along these lines would probably be able to use T Campbell's book as a jumping off point for a chapter on webcomics - I'm not sure what has been written about other fiction forms on the Internet. More interestingly would be to take a look at any interplay between different forms (and their associated communties of creators and readers) in their development on the internets.

Webcomics In Print blog is having a competition - send in a picture of yourself wearing a webcomic t-shirt before June 10th. Winners will win fabulous prizes no doubt!

We're also happy to report:

Bob Stevenson appears to have updated his blog/comic site Journey Into History. Bob does both webcomics and webcomic reviews well - he's kind of the ultimate anti-FLEEN.

Zoinks reports that it's latest issue is going to press and will be available later this month.

And in Not-Webcomics news:

Lore links to this video of "superhero war re-enactors" which is both a spoof of civil war re-enactors and a total geek-out on Marvel's Secret Wars comic books.

Combining our last two month issues (Superheroes and Movies) in one long post, Phil Kahn geeks out on X-Men 3: The Last Stand. Geeks out in a good way of course! Cool

Late Night Sunday News Update

Scott McCloud plans to visit all 50 states in the union to promote his forthcoming book Making Comics. The madness begins September this year.

Warren Ellis links to some webcomics without comment. I suppose he's implying "go check them out" but one can never assume to much with the old man.

Webcomics in Print rounds up lots of webcomics in print news so I don't have to! News on Funny Farm, Todd and Penguin, Bunny, Girly and Theater Hopper.

Speaking of print comics, Joey Manley reviews a recent graphic novel from Howard Chaykin titled Challengers of the Unknown.

Also from the Comixpedia blogs:

John Allison has been drawing past American presidents for potential (hypothetical?) t-shirts. They're all awesome - although I'm curious as to what he might do with earlier presidents like Abraham Lincoln or Thomas Jefferson.

And I can't remember now if I linked to this post from Bob Byrne from back in January 2006. Titled "Everything I've learned over the past 5 years...." it's a hodgepodge of tips and mantras to keep making comics.

International Clickie nominees: Allison, E-Merl, Gurewitch, Mudron and Siddell

Five webcomics have been nominated for the first ‘International Clickie’, that will be awarded on June 3, 2006, at the “Stripdagen Haarlem” festival in the Netherlands. This special prize is part of the Clickburg Webcomic Awards, initiated by webcomic foundation Clickburg. The international nominees are: Scary Go Round (John Allison), (Daniel Merlin Goodbrey), The Perry Bible Fellowship (Nicholas Gurewitch), Anne Frank conquers Moon Nazis (Bill Mudron) and Gunnerkrigg Court (Tom Siddell).

Sunday News Roundup

Ferrett has a report of the first day of Penguicon.

Indy Propaganda reviews Dr. McNinja, and The Webcomiker reviews Starslip Crisis.

Jamie Hernandez has a new comic starting today in the New York Times' The Funny Pages part of its weekly magazine.  

John Allison responds to Lore Sjoberg's article on webcomics' reliance on t-shirt sales.

And in notwebcomics news now you can have a Comics Speech Balloon phone too!

Looking For the Next Great SGR Fan Art Webcomic Creator

Are. You. The. Next. ScaryGoRound. Idol?

Draw a SGR comic, send it in and get judged by the Dumbrella guys.  I expect the judges to mimic the American Idol judges: John Allison = Randy, Jeff Rowland = Paula Abdul and R. Stevens = Simon.

Monday News

John Allison drops that he's working on the fourth SGR book.  It's also guest week at Scary Go Round.

URL Fan is kind of a cool site.  You can ego-surf it, check out related sites, and compare competitors.

I don't know if Jeph Jacques is cool with this or not, but these are nifty little QC icons

And I hope I'm not interpreting this post out of context (I don't read Ironychan's LJ) but just all by itself it's a pretty funny (yet sadly true) comment on the webcomic experience.

Speaking of Live Journals, blogs, etc., the primary way I keep up with webcomic news (other than a few search engines) is through RSS feeds.  If you're writing about webcomics (even just hyping your own) and you have an RSS feed I'd be happy to add it to my morning list.  Post it here if you want and I'll check it out. 

Quitting The Day Job Updates

Jon Rosenberg quits last remnants of a non-webcomics job to do Goats fulltime.

Ryan North finally reveals that he quit his day job an entire year ago...

I'm actually curious as to how many people make their living solely for a webcomic-based enterprise at this point.  It's getting to be more than I can count on my fingers. 

Do something this weekend!

If you're in or around London this weekend, don't forget to hit up the UK Web and Minicomix Thing this weekend. Exhibitors include Scary-Go-Round's John Allison, Weebl, and Roger Langridge. Last year's was fantastic; this one should, therefore, rock down all manner of house. (Not that I get to find out -- I'm ill in bed!)