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2010 Harvey Award Nominees Announced

The 2010 Harvey Awards Nominees have been announced.  Here's the webcomic category:

The full list of nominees after the jump:

Post-SPX Webcomic Blues

Wow I have a stack of books and stories from the SPX convention to get through. For a much more timely post on SPX than the one I will get to, check out Johanna Draper Carlson's writeup here. Congrats to cat garza for winning the Ignatz for Online comic -- here's video of the award presentation:

REVIEWS
Daily Cross Hatch has a review of Josh Neufeld's A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge.  I feel like this book has been really really REVIEWED.  Both in webcomic form and now the book, I think it's been universally praised for the importance of its topic but also the quality of the work itself. 

The New York Times favorably reviews Logicomix, written by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos H. Papadimitriou and illustrated by Alecos Papadatos and Annie Di Donna.  There are a couple of previews - 5 pages here and 1 page here.

OTHER EVENTS
There's something ironically funny about Alan Gardener writing a justification for withholding on reporting on the Success in Comics seminar he attended (and helped organize) because he doesn't want to be unfair to those who paid $350 to attend in person.  Since nothing that was discussed there is likely to be sealed under a confidentiality agreement most of this stuff from the speakers is probably already out somewhere else or will come out in one form or another.  Moreover, I'd have assumed people paid the $350 to BE THERE IN PERSON with the speakers and other attendees.  Isn't that the main point these days of dragging yourself to another location?  In fact one of the things Gardner himself praised was the networking opportunities of the conference.

Josh Neufeld's Book Party for A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge

The Dog Days of Joy of Webcomics

Amidst all reminders, like back-to-school sales and the dawn of Oscar-bait films in our multiplexes, that summer must one day end. So, put away the air conditioner that you hastily bought at Lowes the one day the temperatures crept over 100. Scramble to finish that 1000 novel that you were supposed to finish for summer reading. Meanwhile, I’ll be right here, bringing you the weekly scrapbook of webcomic-related news from around the internet.

One Punch Reviews #24: A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge

It’s not often that webcomics tackle serious subject matter. It’s even rarer when creators take the time to interview people who lived through traumatic real world events, then captured their experiences through illustrations. Creator Josh Neufeld, though, a Xeric Award winner and a founding member of ACT-I-VATE, was up to the task. Neufeld interviewed six different people about what the trials and tribulations they faced on the worst storm that New Orleans ever experienced and made a comic out of it.

This month, the highly acclaimed webcomic A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge hits the bookshelves. (Amazon.com places the release date at August 18.) The “deluge” in the title is, of course, Hurricane Katrina. The comic was originally serialized online between 2007 and 2008 in Smith Magazine. It was recognized in several publications, including Rolling Stone, the LA Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Newsweek. USA Today named it as one of 2007’s best comics.

Notices like these, by the way, can sometimes be detrimental. They can intimidate potential readers who see the attention the comic is getting from mainstream media reviewers and deduce that the work is difficult, given how praise is usually only bestowed to difficult works. Well, don’t be frightened. The voices of A.D. are those of everyday people, and the straight forward storytelling puts you in the shoes of those who witnessed it.

Big Bunch of Interviews for Today

NEWSPAPERS: An interview with Lincoln Peirce (his family notoriously rebelling against the i before e except after c rule) the creator of the long-running Big Nate.

GRAPHIC NOVELS: An interview with Shaun Tan, creator of various excellent graphic novels, including Tales From Outer Suburbia (reviewed at Comixtalk here).

WEBCOMICS: An interview with Josh Neufeld, creator of A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge and an interview with Marty Nozzarella, creator of Mere Mortal.

ANTHOLOGIES: An interview with Diana McQueen, the new editor of the anthology comics site Girlamatic.

You Should Have Read These Links This Morning Already

CONVENTIONS
Fleen has the breakdown on where the webcomics at for this year's MoCCA 2009.

INTERVIEWS
A good interview with cartoonist Kate Beaton.  She did get web-famous pretty quickly, didn't she?  Also another good interview with Beaton at Comixology.
Daily Cross Hatch has an interview with Achewood's Chris Onstad.
Comics Worth Reading has an interview with Tara Tallan of Galaxion.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
The K Chronicles asks cartoonists why can't we be friends?
Rick Marshall reports that several members of ACT-I-VATE, including Josh Neufeld, contributed to last night's ABC News special Earth 2100.
Brigid Alverson has a good article about her Zuda rule:  making sure the reader can make sense of the comic in the first 8 pages.

Anthology 2.0 and the News

I read my "regular" webcomic list through piperka.net but when I feel like trying something new I often look to sites that seem to be a cross between old-fashioned artist collectives and print anthologies.  Zuda, regardless of its contest hook, is a great place to check out lots of new stuff, ACT-I-VATE is also regularly pulling in new comics (as well as updating many existing ones) and Top Shelf 2.0 has some nice stuff as well.  There was a good review of the many great webcomics that have appeared at Smith Magazine's website, including A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld and the more recent Next Door Neighbor project.  There is also always new stuff at Dark Horse's MySpace Webcomic anthology, including a two-page Sinfest special this month.

Anyone want to throw out their current favorite spots?

REVIEWS
Cory Doctorow reviews the print collection of Dinosaur Comics.
Delos reviews The Horrible Pirates.
El Santo reviews Glam.

INTERVIEWS
A podcast interview with Kate Beaton and other artists at the recent TCAF in Toronto.

BUSINESS
Sean Kleefeld has a post on the potential fragility of Diamond's future, given it's heavy reliance on the business of Marvel and DC.

Part III of PW Beat’s Year End Survey, plus Comixtravaganza at Seattle libraries

WEBCOMICS AMONG TOP STORIES OF 2008, PART TROIS

Part III of PW Beat’s Annual Year End Survey went up. Regarding webcomics, the responses aren’t as indepth as they were for Part II. However, Ms. McDonald begins this list with this interesting note: “For once, in my five years of doing this, there was consensus on both last year’s big story and next year’s: economy and digital.”

A Tip O' The Hat For the Last Game At Webcomic Stadium

Welcome to ComixTalk... may I take your order?  I've got an interview with the elusive Pokey the Penguin up and Brigid Alverson talks with Jeremy Ross of TokyoPop about its Manga Pilots program.   You may also want to check out my weekend post chock-filled with links to interesting stories and a new comic worth checking out.  (What exactly is a "chock" and how would you fill it?)

INTERVIEWS
Missed this, but Creative Commons has an interview with Mr. Diesel Sweeties, Rich Stevens.  Back in 2005, ComixTalk held a roundtable on creative commons licenses and comics with T Campbell, Lawrence Lessig, Neeru Paharia, Mia Garlick, JD Frazer, and Cory Doctorow.

ComixMix has an interview with D.J. Coffman, currently working on Flobots. (Folks should also check out D.J.'s very recent post on hosting your webcomic yourself - a short guide to getting started online independently.)

Digital Strips has a short interview with Zach Weiner - of SMBC and Captain Excelsior infamey.

Rick Marshall had a great interview with Jennie Breeden of Devil's Panties.

Gaming Angel has an interview with Randall Munroe of xkcd and Benjamin Birdie and Kevin Church of The Rack (h/t Journalista!)

LA TIMES interviews Josh Neufeld on his webcomic A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge.

Tom Spurgeon had a great interview with Scott McCloud on the new collection of his ZOT! comic.

CBR had a two-part interview with Aaron Diaz of Dresden Codak - click for part one and part two.

REVIEWS

Artpatient.com has a review of Chasing the Sunset.

BUSINESS
David Rothman looks at the decline in traffic to Wowio.com but as Dirk Deppey notes, Wowio was essentially off the air for a good chunk of the summer.

AWARDS
I neglected to mention Andrew Wahl won first and third place in the International Cartoon contest at the Homer Davenport Days festival in Oregon earlier this month.  Wahl is a talented cartoonist - check out more of his work here.  Also, I just think it's cool that a town has an entire festival to celebrate Homer Davenport - an internationally respected and pioneering political cartoonist from the turn of the century.

CONVENTIONS
Two East Coast events coming up fast.  First this coming weekend is the Baltimore Comicon (with, as FLEEN notes, the only East Coast appearance of all four How To Make Webcomics authors) The Baltimore Comicon is where the Harvey Awards are presented - Shaenon Garrity has the scoop on a contest to win tickets to the Harvey Awards

Next from October 4-5th is my hometown (close enough anyhow) convention, the Small Press Expo (SPX) over in Bethesda, Maryland.  The Ignatz Awards are presented at SPX.  Guests include Bryan Lee O’Malley, James Kochalka, Richard Thompson, Tom Tomorrow, etc!

JUSTIFY MY HYPE
Dirk Deppey links to this pretty cool idea -- The Superest wherein Kevin Cornell and Matthew Sutter take turns creating superheroes and villains that defeat each other’s creations.  And Tom Spurgeon links to news of a book deal for the site.