Submitted by Black_Kitty on March 11, 2007 - 11:46
A new interview series is coming up at Broken Frontier called The Scott Mitchell Rosenberg Interview Series. Their first guest is Mark Canton, one of the producers for the recently released film 300. For those of you not familar with 300, it's based on a Frank Miller comic book of the same name.
Do you have a question for Mark Canton? If so, you've read the right article! But the deadline's tomorrow 12 noon PST so think fast!
26th annual I-CON, featuring webcomics creators Jon Rosenberg (Goats), Jeff Rowland (WIGU/Overcompensating), Steven Cloud (BOASAS), Rob Balder (PartiallyClips/Erfworld). Rob Balder is also Filk Guest of Honor.
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.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 25, 2007 - 11:12
- The new schedule for the WCCAs means the nominations will be released this week. I've posted the nominees for Best Comic and Best Newcomer in the post below. It does feel odd to call these the 2007 WCCAs though as they are aimed at recognizing webcomics published in 2006.
- Missed this but Goats creator, Jon Rosenberg wrote a short bit on the end of Bitpass. Rosenberg was not a fan of micropayments, including Bitpass.
- An update on the Scott Kurtz Outreach to Syndicated Cartoonists Project: the Daily Cartoonist reports that Scott Kurtz is talking with Arlo and Janis creator Jimmy Johnson.
- Boing Boing blog had a good post on the latest Doonesbury book, Heckuva Job, Bushie! I've been trying to include more coverage of comic strips in Comixpedia as all of them are online and some of their creators, including Gerry Trudeau, are very web-savvy.
- Blogger and Sci-Fi author Cory Doctorow released his latest book, Overclocked, under a creative commons license (he always does this actually) and Martin Cendreda made a mini-comic of one of the stories called "Printcrime". It's available for download here.
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- A.D. New Orleans After the Deluge is a new webcomic about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina published at Smith magazine.
- A webcomic adaptation of the novel 1984. So far pretty interesting work.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 19, 2006 - 12:54
- A smaller December issue then years past but still full of great webcomic recommendations and plenty of opinions to discuss. There's a slight chance we'll have a few more pieces, but I may hold those until January.
- I just wanted to say thanks and congrats to Kris Straub who has contributed to Comixpedia for a couple years - first with Modern Humor Authority and this year with Checkerboard Nightmare. Kris' plate has gotten considerably more full lately so he won't have time to contribute next year.
- If you have a minute please vote for the Roundtable and People of Webcomics articles over at ComicNe.ws - it's a different crowd at CBR and having Comixpedia articles on the front page over there has helped bring some of their readers over here to check out Comixpedia. At this point it only takes about 6 votes to get something on the front page over there so click that little "c" below your posts if you think it might be of interest.
A warning to those using google ads and placing images near the ads themselves - that appears to be against Google Adsense's new policy:
Can I place small images next to my Google ads?
We ask that publishers not line up images and ads in a way that suggests arelationship between the images and the ads. If your visitors believe that the images and the ads are directly associated, or that the advertiser is offering the exact item found in the neighboring image, they may click the ad expecting to find something that isn't actually being offered. That's nota good experience for users or advertisers.
Let's All Go To The Movies
Journalista has a significant section today on Scott Rosenberg and Platinum Studios called "Meet the new Scott Rosenberg, the same as the old Scott Rosenberg." (A side note: Rosenberg was included in our People Of Webcomics list this year.) Obviously anyone who has followed Rosenberg in the news this year knows at this point he's been around comics in various ventures for quite some time. A chief, recurring, criticism seems to be that Rosenberg is interesting in comics properties solely for their potential to be licensed to filmmakers and that he does not actual perform the basic publishing function of a comics publisher.
I can't comment too much because I haven't done my homework on this subject, but it does strike me as odd that when numerous creators are abandoning the monthly comic book format for webcomics (albeit with a goal to collection in a graphic novel) that there is an expectation that Platinum would want to vigorously compete in the direct market. It also seems odd to criticize Platinum for using a creator-for-hire approach on its first comic book, Cowboy & Aliens -- isn't that the standard model for the majority of the industry (you know, DC and Marvel)? Deppey reports that a deal from 2004 may require Platinum to put out comic books in order to comply with the deal - to the extent that Platinum is treating such publication as an expense rather than a profit center, I'd think the most obvious question is what does that say about the health of the direct market?
If this is of interest, there's lot more on the topic at Journalista! today.
NEWS ABOUT COMICS NEWS SITES
I didn't realize that it was a common practice for comics publishers to own comics journalists, but today's Journalista! also alerted me to the fact that Platinum Studios bought the comics news site Broken Frontiers earlier this month. (Similarly, Journalista! and TCJ are owned by publisher Fantagraphics.) I'm sincere in asking how do such journalists deal with the obvious conflict of interest this presents? Is there a corporate separation that protects the ability of the journalists to cover the news without interference or does the journalist just not cover their owners?
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If you haven't been reading ICE by Faith Erin Hicks get over there and check it out (the archives aren't that long). I'm not sure I like the black & white as much as the earlier coloring but that's only as a comparative matter - both periods of the comic are amazing. If you have been reading, the current scene is getting particularly tense as major plots points are revealed.
Joe Barbera passed away. I thought this guy's name meant animation when I was a kid.
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- Speaking of Kris Straub, I assume this PvP guest comic is his comment on Rich Stevens' newspaper gig for Diesel Sweeties.
- Journalista! catches that Alison Bechdel's autobiography, Fun Home, is Time Magazineâ€™s book of the year.
- All of the movie comics creators did a live podcast together yesterday - you can catch the recording still.
- Clay Yount ended his Saturdays-only strip Bikini Frisbee Days at Sluggy Freelance with a plug for his forthcoming webcomic, Cosmobear. I wonder if that means Pete Abrams has an opening for that Saturday gig?
- Ali Graham is doing a radio show (internet-only) based on his Housd webcomic.
- Shaenon Garrity tees off on Anthony, the character you love to hate from For Better Or For Worse.
- A whole lot of art tutorials - link from the Drawn! blog.
It's the third annual Comixpedia People Of Webcomics List. This was the hardest one yet to compile. There's a lot of webcomics and a lot of people doing interesting things in and around webcomics. This list, as in past years, is an odd effort to compare apples and oranges: artistic achievement, audience popularity, technical achievement, business savvy, news-making impact all go into the mix.
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.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 13, 2006 - 10:49
Jon Rosenberg is auctioning off the original art for Goats #1 (published way back on April 1, 1997). It may sound pretentious to say this, but I expect this will be considered a piece of history in years to come.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 1, 2006 - 10:46
Let's thank all of the great current Comixpedia sponsors. Financially, Comixpedia is on much better footing than it was for most of the year. Our current sponsors include Delerium's New Album, Nuages du Monde; PhotoContest2006.com, an art and photo competition; and the webcomics Alma Mater, I See You, Witchthorn, and Things Change.
Our December cover art from Tom Siddell, creator of GunnerKrigg Court, is up. GunnerKrigg Court won the WCCA Outstanding Newcomer award for 2006 and is a great new comic so please go check it out.
There are 8 comics left in Bomb Shelter's Webcomic Idol contest. Remember, that if you vote, you are voting for which one to kick out of the contest.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- Eric Burns calls Jon Rosenberg "demented genius" after rereading the post-reboot Goats. I completely agree.
- Charley Parker writes about comics artist Joshua Middleton. Wow, this is gorgeous work.
- Comics Foundry links to a Wired article on the "worst superhero names".
Washington Webtoonists will be meeting this coming Tuesday (Dec. 5th) at the Ballston Common Mall in Arlington, Virginia. If you're in the area stop by and say hello.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 27, 2006 - 07:51
- The New York Times covers DC Comics' latest attempt to expand beyond it's core demographic for superhero comics. The article discusses DC's planned launch in 2007 of a new series of titles under the Minx label aimed at young women. Newsarama fills in the rest of the creative line-up:
- Novelist Cecil Castellucci (Boy Proof) and artist Jim Rugg (Street Angel), on The P.L.A.I.N. Janes
- Clubbing, by Andi Watson (Geisha, Love Fights) and Josh Howard (Dead@17);
- Good as Lily, by Derek Kirk Kim (Same Difference and Other Stories) and Jesse Hamm (Comics to Bore and Confuse You);
- Re-Gifters, which reunites the My Faith in Frankie team of Mike Carey, Sonny Liew and Marc Hempel.
- Scott Kurtz and Kris Straub announce PVP: Animated, a monthly series launching in February 2007. They have also posted a new Blamimation! episode titled Hallway Hijinks.
- Happy Birthday!
?to Jon Rosenberg, creator of the hilarious comic, Goats. Apparently, I was half-asleep when I wrote this morning. Happy 33rd Birthday + 2000 Episode of Goats!
- An interview with Jeff Knooran, the creator of A Murder Of Crows.
- A podcast interview with the creators in the Act-I-Vate collective.
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AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- The Comics Reporter links to this scan of an official U.S. government comic book about President John F. Kennedy.
- The Comics Reporter posts a "holiday shopping guide" for comics. Interesting picks...
- Drawn! links to a great multi-step painting tutorial from Bob MacNeil. He covers everything from the initial planning stages and composition to painting and software methods and tips.
- Webcomics In Print rounds up the latest webcomic books. Git along li''l webcomic doggies!