Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 3, 2011 - 10:50
There's a lot to catch up on this morning so let's get to it:
- The Joe Shuster Awards have announced their nominations for this year's edition and the nominees for Outstanding Webcomic creators include ATTILA ADORJANY – Metaphysical Neuroma; KATE BEATON – Hark! A Vagrant; EMILY CARROLL – His Face All Red, Dream Journals, The Death of José Arcadio, Out the Door, The Hare’s Bride; KARL KERSCHL – The Abominable Charles Christopher; DRAZEN KOZJAN – The Happy Undertaker, Friday’s Fables; SIMON ROY – Dead Lands and SIMON ROY & ED BRISSON – Skimming the Till, Catching Up; SALGOOD SAM (aka Max Douglas) – Dream Life; and CONNOR WILLUMSEN – Everett, Hot Brunette, Batman Comic, Explanation for Sator Stuff. The Joe Shuster Awards will be presented June 18th in conjunction with the 2011 Calgary Comics Expo.
- The Webcomiclist site has announced its webcomic award winners for 2010. Best Comic went to Red's Planet by Eddie Pittman as selected by a panel of judges including Dr. Stuart Ashen, John Allison, David Bishop, Wendy Wood, Kurt Hathaway, Tom Truszkowski, and Ed Power.
- The webcomic anthology site ACT-I-VATE celebrates it's 5th anniversary.
- Erika Moen has a new webcomic - Bucko, a mystery. Robot 6 has a brief preview. Moen is artin' and Jeff Parker is handling writing on it.
- Newsarama interviews Ryan "Walking The" North of Dinosaur Comics.
- Newsarama interviews Daniel Lieske, creator of the new webcomic The Wormworld Saga.
- Robot6 profiles Matt Petz who was one of the last Zuda contest winners with War of the Woods. Apparently Petz has been able to reclaim ownership rights in the comic and is now distributing it through Comixology.
Rigby, by Lee Leslie, may have already ventured into the world of high fantasy, but now the heroine and her eponymous webcomic are venturing into the world of print comics. Pre-orders are currently open and will run until February 11. This is RiGBY’s first official print appearance, and the 20 page, full color comic will only be available at conventions and signings after the pre-sale. Those fans pre-ordering the comic will also be treated to a high resolution digital version.
IN MAPS & LEGENDS, illustrated by Niki Smith and written by Michael Jasper, continues with its fourth issue on February 2, 2011. With Bartamus' world falling apart around them, LaVonne, Jeremy, and Antawn venture deeper into unknown territory, while Kait travels into the darkness between worlds -- and she's no longer alone. Smith and Jasper were named "Digital Creators of the Year" (along with Alex de Campi) for their work on IN MAPS & LEGENDS in 2010. Artist Niki Smith is an artist and writer who is currently working on a handful of creator-owned comic projects such Some Did Rest. Her work has also appeared in several English language and German comic anthologies. Writer Michael Jasper has published three novels, a story collection, and over four dozen short stories in Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, Polyphony, Writers of the Future, and the Raleigh News & Observer, and other fine venues. His most recent novel is A Gathering of Doorways (Wildside Press, 2009).
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 10, 2011 - 10:43
One of my favorite internet-y t-shirts is still David Malki!'s "The Revolution Will Not Be Telegraphed" - for some reason my brain was stuck on variations of that all weekend.. "The Revolution Will Not Be Conveyed Via the Blades of the Semaphore Line!" "The Revolution Will Not Be Transmitted Directly Into My Brain Via iBrain" Well you take it from there...
Also heads up - talented comics creator Gene Yang has a new website and blog.
- Tom Spurgeon has a great interview with Jamie Hernandez. Coincidentally, I've been reading the big Locas I and II collections of his Love & Rockets work.
- More of The Daily Cross Hatch's interview with Tom Hart - part one and part two.
- Change is good and Danielle Corsetto looks to be mixing things up again for the cast of Girls With Slingshots this year. Today's is pretty funny.
- I demand George Lucas hire Kevin Smith to adapt Nate Beaty's Life As A Wookie as the next Star Wars movie...
- A series of sketches from John Allison - I actually like his looser, more dashed off work quite a bit although it only emerges in tiny bits in his finished comics.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 18, 2010 - 14:37
Styled a manifesto for UK Indie comics in 2010 it's should be read by anyone making or wanting to make comics. John Allison speaks from experience folks -
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 16, 2010 - 09:49
Wow I was completely zapped by three days of con-mania this past weekend. In any event, I've posted some photos, my first "live" interviews - well first I've recorded and shared with peoples like yourselves. I've got a few more to edit and post -- hopefully by the end of the week along with a convention-report style wrap-up. There's been a lot of posts on SPX (Tom Spurgeon's round-up of such posts is here). I missed the panel there with Richard Thompson, creator of the best new comic strip in recent years -- Cul de Sac but moderator Mike Rhode posted the audio from the panel.
Warren Ellis posted a little blurb about ideal digital format and pricing for comics. There were some recent posts about the current price of monthly comic
books pamphlets floppies 32 pages with staples thingees lately -- prices have gone way up and that format is really not a cheap buy for entertainment anymore. Digital comics could be. Webcomics surely are -- free is the ultimate sampler price. I also missed posting about the speech on this future for comics that Mark Waid gave at the Harvey Awards ceremony -- Waid followed up with a blog post containing a more polished version of the speech here -- it's well worth reading.
David Willis -- who I got to meet at Intervention -- launched his brand spankin' new Dumbing Of Age webcomic.
John Allison writes that he's going to stop posting Bad Machinery as a webcomic, but instead turn towards finding a publisher for it. Presumably to put out a print version that would help it to find more younger readers?
Co-creator Eben E.B. Burgoon writes that the 3rd anniversary of Eben 07 was this month plus they have a 3rd print collection out, titled Operation: 3-Ring Bound. To celebrate, they're holding a contest for a $20 amazon gift card & the line art of a celebratory anniversary poster drawn by D. Bethel -- anybody that comments on a comic during September will be entered to win.
- Charles Cutting wrote to let us know that the Illustrated Ape website is hosting the first installment of his webcomic The Dream Quest of Randolph Carter. The next episode will be posted as soon as it is finished (Cutting says hopefully no later than November the 1st).
- J.T. Yost debuted some new mini comics at SPX including It's Dream Time, Snoop Doggy Dogg. I got a review copy and hope to have a review up later this month. I interviewed Yost at SPX -- it's part of the 5 interview video here.
- Stan Wojohowitz wrote that he's launched a new webcomic after 18 months of development called The Psychotic Episodes. It's about characters exploring issues of psychiatry and mental health. The first issue, including related blog posts, seems to be about mental health issues for U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.
- Stefan Strasser writes out with a different pitch for his webcomic, "Most webcomics start out with a lavish update schedule and then cut down the number of new strips during the course of time. Chicken Wings is now going the opposite way. Starting this week, the comic will update three times a week instead of just one. Chicken Wings is a comic aimed at aviation enthusiasts and about a bunch of chickens working in a small aviation company.
Submitted by Derik Badman on August 31, 2010 - 07:57
Contents of Webcomics Folder in Google Reader for Monday: 1 episode of Lewis Trondheim's Les Petits Riens, 1 episode of John Allison's Bad Machinery (Note to John if he's reading this: Do you realize the only place your name appears on your home page is in the copyright notice at the bottom?), Yeast Hoist #1 by Ron Regé Jr..
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 4, 2010 - 09:23
I suspect posting will be relatively light this month unless I get my act together this week and recruit some more interesting guest bloggers (I'm still open to unsolicited offers to guest blog!). I started a little work on a story I thought might be interesting if I uncovered anything -- basically I tried to contact the first 100 members of ComixTalk thinking I might discover a mix of stories from people who've stayed pretty visible in comics to those whose stories maybe have never been well-covered. I've gotten a few responses but it's too much work in tracking down folks to take that approach for any larger number of member accounts. (If you have an old account at ComixTalk you're having trouble accessing please let me know -- I'd be happy to try to help you out) So my new pitch is -- if you joined ComixTalk (Comixpedia in those days) in 2003 and you're interested in giving me a snapshot of now and then for you in comics (I have some questions I've been emailing to folks; but that's what I'm after) please email, comment here or tweet me.
- Lauren Davis writes about the ending of Bellen! by Box Brown -- sounds a bit Newhart-ish to me!
- Spwug writes about the ending of Dreamless, a webcomic they thought stopped a bit suddenly.
- Raina Telgemeier has a new short webcomic up called Can I Try An Eskimo Pie?
- John Allison with the definite version of The Hulk!
- Darryl Cunningham writes another well-done journalistic comic -- this time a debunking of the "moon landing was faked" story.
- Brigid Alverson interviews Phil Foglio, on recent new projects involving his webcomic Girl Genius.
- Deb Aoki interviews Bryan Lee O'Malley.
- The Webcomic Factory runs an interview with Ivan Cortez, the artist on the webcomic, The Gentlemen’s Club.
- Tim O'Shea has an interview with MK Reed.
CONVENTIONS: SPX announces that Dean Haspiel and Kate Beaton will be guests this year. Between SPX and Intervention that is going to be an epic comics weekend in the DC area.
MAILBAG: I got an email from creator Lee Leslie about the webcomic RiGBY, an Epic Webcomic about the Tales of an Amateur Barbarian. RiGBY follows the adventures of the titular hero as she navigates a world of reanimated skeletons, warriors on dinosaurs and savage snake-men. Leslie describes the webcomic as combining "the fun world-building of high fantasy stories like Lord of the Rings or Conan the Barbarian with a fun and relatable protagonist. Basically, she’s the love child of Indiana Jones and Red Sonja.”
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 17, 2010 - 09:21
Um... World Cup? World Cup! Oy, South Korea really let Argentina run away with that game this morning.
These stories aren't novel anymore but still interesting when a creator makes a public break with print for the web. Robot6 has the story on Rich Tommaso dumping print for webcomics. Tommaso has a new site up for his comics online.
This article on how to make webcomics from the Webcomics Builder site is full of obvious advice but it is in one handy place.
INTERVIEW: Battlemouth has an interview with John Allison (Bad Machinery).
NOT WEBCOMICS: A preview of a new videogame based on Scott Pilgrim.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 5, 2010 - 09:02
AWARDS: The Hugos now include a regular Best Graphic Novel category -- which is really pretty fantastic. This year's nominees include two webcomic entries: Girl Genius, Vol. 9: Agatha Heterodyne and the Heirs of the Storm -- Written by Kaja and Phil Foglio, art by Phil Foglio, colors by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment); and Schlock Mercenary: The Longshoreman of the Apocalypse -- Written and illustrated by Howard Tayler. (h/t Robot6)
INTERVIEWS: I missed this in my mailbag last month, but Public Radio Kitchen interviewed Franklin Einspruch about his painted comics which he posts online at The Moon Fell On Me. Einspruch is creating a kind of comic tone poem with his work; I found myself liking it more than I would have expected. It's largely a very peaceful experience reading through his comics.
FROM THE MAILBAG: I got a nice email about a comic called Indestructible Will which is about a character who doesn't feel pain (apparently a real medical condition). Unfortunately the comic is only available in pdf format, so you have to download each chapter before you can read it. There's just no reason to do that. Most readers aren't going to go to the extra step of downloading your unknown work when they could just as easily read a jpg, png or gif in their browser.
I got an email about FR33, self-described as "a webcomic about a drug abusing self-proclaimed artist, seeking his place in a near-future world of free culture" which is another photo comic. Since I'm giving out practical website advice today, I'd redo the "about" page to tell readers a bit more about the comic, maybe even try to pitch the longer-term arc of it to try and sell the comic.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 2, 2010 - 12:15
FROM THE MAILBAG
Poseur Ink which published the Side B anthology has a Kickstarter drive going to pre-sell a new book, Octobriana from Steve Orlando and Chaz Truog. Orlando is the author of the innovative adaptation of Paradise Lost; and Chaz Truog is the artist of Grant Morrison's legendary Animal Man. Poseur Ink describes the book as "an action-filled fantasy piece that follows the heroine, Octobriana, on her quest to claim her title as the goddess of lust. Set in Soviet Russia, with chapters full of sex, psychics and Russian mythology, this new incarnation looks to be a titillating thrill."
Ed Contradictory is a webcomic with an archive back to 2007, with a lot of meta stuff going on, jokes about the creator's control over the comic, etc. The art is serviceable, but boring in a repetitive, and bland kind of way. The comic does seem to keep getting better though and to the extent you love jokey meta kind of webcomics, this might be one for you to check out. (In fairness Greg Burgas at CBR liked it a lot more than I did).
A pitch for Cheapjack Shakespeare, a webcomic with a decently polished pr pitch attached. Except that the website itself is still sporting "hosted free, courtesey ofGo Daddy.com" -- guys, there's plenty of free webhosting not cluttered up with ads and stuff designed to make your site look like an escapee from Geocitites. (Let alone maybe you should spring a few bucks for hosting?). In any event, it looks like the webcomic "preview" on the site is really a promotional piece for a desired movie deal. The webcomic preview is available at a small size -- too small to read actually -- and with an interface that's a bit of a pain. Sorry not to be able to comment on the story itself but if I can't read the comic, not much to say.
Got an email about the Charlestown City Paper's coverage of a photo comic called Blood Rose. I'll admit up front, the number of photo comics I've liked in my life is pretty small. And this one started off confirming my bias - static scenes, horribly clunky dialogue; but I was impressed with the visuals after finishing the story. Charlie Thiel staged a lot of action really well and the actors were pretty decent. But the dialogue... oy, that's got to improve. (It wouldn't hurt to polish up the website either). Anyhow, the next storyline debuts today in the afternoon (EST I suppose).
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 22, 2010 - 08:44
Welcome to Monday! May I direct your attention to a review of several mini comics posted late Friday? If you enjoyed John Allison's COMIX REMIX of the above photo, you might want to check out the entire series he posted to FLICKR.
REMIX: The Webcomic Builder has a lengthy essay on fan-comics; something maybe we ought to relabel "remix comics"?
NOT WEBCOMICS: Kickstarter fund drive for an American Elf videogame? I'd buy that for a dollar!
- Scott McCloud highlights something I'd actually missed in reading the new Zahra’s Paradise at First Second: its availability in multiple languages: English, Farsi, Arabic, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch.
- Not sure if this is good or bad but Bleeding Cool notes that "After filing for bankruptcy, German TV company TV-Toonland has sold Svetlana Chmakova’s manga-adapted TV show My Life Me to Classic Media. It will air in France and Canada later this year."
- Digital Strips has some factoids on webmanga, including Shuhuo Soto's earnings this year alone.