Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 9, 2006 - 11:40
It's been an exhausting week but all worth it! Let's get back to the webcomics!
NEWS & VIEWS
- Neil 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.)
- Don't forget! - Monkey Day is coming next month. Get those banana-infused webcomics ready!
- I may have linked to this before but Sequential Tart has three webcomic-related interviews this month: Gene Yang, Batton Lash, and Onezumi.
- Sequential Tart reviews three webcomics this month: Elf N' Troll, Gun Street Girl and Aegis.
- The Onion's AV Club reviews the year's best comics (link from Journalista!)
- 24 Hour Comics Day is putting out a book collecting work from this year's event.
- Sequential Tart does the Webcomics-In-Print thing and talks about its favorites webcomics on dead trees.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- Wax Intellectual catches that 's adventure comic, Jonny Crossbones, has put up its archives for a month at a time. WI calls it "a great story with fabulous artwork in the style of Herge..."
- FLEEN beats the bandwagon for R. Stevens' Diesel Sweeties effort to invade a newspaper comics page near you.
- The Onion's AV Club has a two parter series on serialization in comic books - could be informative to webcomics as well. Here's part one and part two (link from JOURNALISTA!)
- You Damn Kids' Owen Dunne has a podcast called Radio Broadcast Company which recreates an old-timey radio show but with a modern sensibility.
- It's like a commercial for webcomics toys. Goats creator Jon Rosenberg links to fan comic Diablo and the Necronomicon.
- Shocking new photos of the Englishman, John Allison!
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 18, 2006 - 09:28
D.J. Coffman launches a website for his forthcoming (Spring 2007) Platinum Studios comic book Hero By Night. The website will not run the actual comic but features additional material about the character.
Update: I've added the official press release from Platinum Studios - click read more to check it out.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 10, 2006 - 09:44
Happy (Belated) Canadian Thanksgiving Day! And this weekend was 24 Hour Comics Day - catch up on the haps at the 24 Hour Comics Day website.
A new Blamination from Kurtz and Straub. Who knew these guys liked video games?
Yesterday, Grounded Angel (previously at Komikwerks) relaunched simultaneously at three webcomics sites: Graphic Smash, WebComicsNation, and DrunkDuck. Grounded Angel is the story of 16-year-old Gloria, who finds out during a really bad day that sheâ€™s an angel, the herald to the end of the world.
Digital Strips has an interview with Platinum Studios Chairman Scott Rosenberg and Drunk Duck's Dylan Squires.
The Santa Barbara Independent has an interview with Garry Trudeau, creator of Doonesbury.
Scott Kurtz interviews Adam West?
Astute political commentary from... Sinfest?
Bookslut reviews Scott McCloudâ€™s Making Comics.
Drawn! interviews illustrator Bob Staake who has a new book out called This is Not a Pumpkin. Staake who embraced digital art tools early on also was an early presence on the web with his Planet Cartoonist site.
(From Lines and Colors) Line Rider is a Flash interactive that allows you to draw a line that represents the two dimensional topography of a hill. When your line is drawn, you click play and the Line Rider, a small character on a sled with a trailing scarf, will go sailing, bouncing and, if youâ€™re not careful, tumbling down the hill according to forces of imaginary gravity.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 26, 2006 - 09:13
I'm going to try breaking these longer posts up into categories - tell me if it's helpful or not...
I started a thread to discuss the Platinum-Drunk Duck deal here - I added links to other discussions in the comments if you're interested in reading more about it.
The Comic Reporter also points to a deal between McClatchy-Tribune and PopMatters.com to carry PopMatters.com stories on McClatchy's MCT Campus wire service for college and highschool newspapers. PopMatters.com was founded in 1999 by Sarah Zupko and also carries several webcomics on its site.
What professional title do you prefer: webcomicker, webcomics artist, creator or what's the standard these days? Or is there one?
ROSENBERG: When people ask me what I do, I tell them I draw comics. Titles are a pretty silly thing, I don't know if there is a standard but I'm sure it is a topic of heated debate on some message board somewhere.
The people who concern themselves with those sorts of things, I find, would do better to focus on their comics.
Plugs and Reviews
I missed it but Mitch Clem is updating NN2S again. Huh-zah!
Over at CBR, Meaghan Quinn plugs the new webcomic from Petie Shumate, Girl/Robot. G/R is kind of a one-note affair (girl says/does something, robot takes it literally, hijinks/disaster ensues) but so far Shumate is consistently cracking me up with it. I'd give it a try if you haven't already.
Gilead's got a post on Phil Kahn's I'm Just Drinking vidcast - webcomics and alcohol... who'd thunk it? I watched part of it last night - not bad and Phil does a decent job of actually demonstrating how to make the drinks which is good since that's probably the key part of the show. :)
Submitted by Chris Crosby on September 4, 2006 - 03:06
Thanks to the fine folks at Comixpedia for inviting me to be a guest blogger. I will attempt to resist the temptation to solely link to vintage TV fall promo videos I find wildly entertaining, like this (watch for the shot of Potsie saluting a magical comet) or this (WARNING: it will take a drill to get this commanding song out of you head). It's both a crime and a national tragedy that the networks don't produce fall promo videos like that anymore. But I digress...
Submitted by Joey Manley on July 31, 2006 - 12:34
I just got my copy of TCJ # 277, the oversized 30th anniversary issue, and it has:
-- an interview with Chris Onstad (Achewood) on page 202
-- an interview with Fred Gallagher (MegaTokyo) on page 210
-- and an interview with the most pompous jerkoff from the webcomics world on page 258 (um, me).
I haven't read the whole issue yet (it's a big one), but am looking forward to it. As for my interview, I've apologized to Kurtz for what I said -- it was kind of silly and mean -- but I still mean what I said about Jon Rosenberg.
Comicon is almost here. Gilead and Darlene will be guest blogging for Comixpedia. Lots of panel info after the jump.
Submitted by Joey Manley on July 16, 2006 - 10:38
Hey Xerexes -- how about an issue of Comixpedia devoted to religion in webcomics? There was the recent dust-up about Kurtz's comments about Catholicism on his website, and now this:
Dean Rankine makes Christian webcomics on WCN. From what I can tell, he is very sincere in his efforts, and believes that his work is a ministry. I'm not a Christian, but I like his comics (not enough to convert, but there you go). Maybe I'm more the target audience than actual Christians. Here's what a group of actual Christians had to say on a very popular conservative blog about his comics recently:
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 6, 2006 - 14:06
This is kind of cool - over at Goats, Jon Rosenberg is having an "open mic" call for an upcoming guest week:
Between Comic-con and my impending move at the end of July, I am feeling like I may not have enough time to do all the comics I need to do, so I am asking you good people for some assistance. Between now and July 14th, I will be accepting Guest Comic submissions from all comers, be you a professional webcomicker or an amateur webcomic reader.
I will pick the best entries and run them while I am in San Diego (and longer if I get enough good ones). All of the submissions will eventually be displayed on the site on a special page, so even if you're not picked you'll still get to be famous.