The book Webcomics: Tool and Techniques for Digital Cartooning by Steven Withrow and John Barber is a comprehensive overview of the state of webcomics. Webcomics: Tools and Techniques for Digital Cartooning is a helluva book. If nothing else, it's full of a ton of useful information and thoughts on webcomics art and business. It's got tutorials, round table discussions, theory, and even a big ol' gallery of webcomics.
But in writing this review, there's been one thought sticking in my mind: namely, this is a wonderful book... but who is it for?
You've likewise heard all the speculation and theories as to why some One Hit Wonders who stole our hearts and minds (and sometimes even libidos) during that special one-time breakout limited-time offer of theirs weren't able to become Two Hit Wonders, or Threepeats, or so on...
"It was just a fluke."
"They were in the right place in the right time... once."
"They just didn't have any staying power."
"They were a one-trick pony."
"They were consumed by fame, drugs, cockiness, significant others, etc...."
This nigh-review article looks back at three webcomics -- Brambletown, Nowhere Girl, and Piercing -- that blew our minds, then blew out of town.
Submitted by scarfman on August 16, 2005 - 11:46
... but what if there had to be? The artist switchover at Least I Could Do set me thinking. If something happened to your, or your artist's, drawing hand and you could pick any cartoonist from your daily trawl as a replacement, whose style do you think would suit your characters best?
My first choice from the artists in my daily trawl would be Charles M. Schulz. A real answer later, when I've thought of one. No, I take that back: answer as if anyone you'd ask would say yes, regardless of minor real-world factors such as reasonable expectation to get paid more than you could afford, or being dead, or anything like that. Or come up with a reasonable answer, or both. My reasonable answer later.
To solo or not to solo is not a question that many webcomics creators even bother to ask themselves. Most webcomics seem to be solo efforts by a single creator handling both the art and the writing. If this is in fact true it is no surprise, as both webcomics and small press print comics are generally thought of as a means for a creator to develop his or her own ideas without interference or outside pressure to craft a certain type of comic. It is in fact one of the wonderful things about comics, that the medium has such respect for the the lone creator speaking his or her voice through a comic.
Having said that, however, there's no question collaboration has played an important part in webcomics.
Recently, weâ€™ve seen more recognition for webcomics. In fact, March featured what potentially could be the single most important news item for webcomics in 2005. The Eisner Awards accepted nominations for a new Digital Comics category.
Weâ€™ve also seen a spread of sites that cover webcomics. Last year Comixpedia wrote about the larger â€œcomics blogosphereâ€ but at this point a full-blown â€œwebcomics blogosphereâ€ has arrived with a number of commentators focused solely on webcomics.
But itâ€™s not necessarily all good.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 7, 2005 - 00:00
Patrick Farley is the creator of some of the most innovative and thought-provoking webcomics created over the past 5 years. Most recently he has been working with Justine Shaw on Mother Of All Bombs, which is reported to debut later this year, but other notable work from Farley includes the ongoing alternate reality story Spiders and Apocamon, a manga-inspired parody of the Book of Revelations.
Now is your chance to ask the questions - we'll take your questions for Patrick Farley for 10 days (Deadline: 2/16/05) and send the top ten moderated posts to Farley for his answers.
Submitted by Erik Melander on February 2, 2005 - 15:59
January saw a hint of Justine Shaw and Patrick Farley's The Mother of All Bombs. Today Kean Soo and Hope Larson reveal The Secret Friend Society, and Sara Turner and Jerzy Drozd break the news of their new joint venture Make Like A Tree Comics.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 20, 2005 - 23:18
The long-anticipated project from Justine Shaw and Patrick Farley, Mother Of All Bombs, posts a single page prologue. Still not sure when the whole "bomb" drops to publication but we're excited to see even a little bit.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 17, 2005 - 16:48
Week 2 of Comixpedia's January issue has a review of Diesel Sweeties, John Barber's interview with Justine Shaw, Eric Burns' latest Feeding Snarky column plus a guide to
pimping uh, promoting your webcomic.
And now on to the news and views for Monday...
For the last installment of Form is Function: Postscripts, John Barber is back with the conclusion of his conversation with Justine Shaw, creator of the acclaimedâ€”and wonderfulâ€”Nowhere Girl.