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2009 Friends of Lulu Award Nominees Announced

A whole bunch of talented comics creators nominated for this year's Friends of Lulu awards

Look at these lists!  Just looking at those with whom I'm familiar with the work: New Talent includes Kate Beaton, Hark, A Vagrant; Kathryn Immonen, Hellcat; and Tracy White, Traced; and Lulu of The Year includes Shaenon K. Garrity, Skin Horse; Lynda Barry, What It Is; Danielle Corsetto, Girls With Slingshots; and Jessica Abel, Life Sucks

Also a special woohoo for Eleanor Davis' nomination for Stinky in the Kids comics category.  Davis is currently the favorite author of the X girls right now for Stinky and The Secret Science Alliance.

SPX 09 Con report

This year confirmed for me that Small Press Expo is officially the BEST all-around comics convention for people who truly love reading and making comics.

Our drive down in our brand new car (named Ponyo) was smooth as could be. We stopped at Pizza Hut along the way so John could cash in a gift card. Breadsticks were consumed by all. It inspired us to sing

News from SPX (Small Press Expo)

SPX took place this weekend in beautiful Bethesda, MD, and webcomics were there … apparently in full force. Here are a couple of snippets I discovered courtesy of The Beat.

First off, some observations from Johanna Draper Carlson:


Hey it's the coolest little comics show that could, the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, MD.  It's this Saturday and Sunday and thanks to the very gracious and cool Mrs. X, I am shirking husband and fatherhood to check out the show on Saturday afternoon.  There is an insane number of AMAZING comics-making folks at the show and a good set of speakers and panels.
I'm going to check out the "Comic Strips: Online and In Print" panel with Kate Beaton, Erika Moen, R. Stevens, and Julia Wertz and the "Critics’ Roundtable" with Rob Clough, Sean T. Collins, Gary Groth, Chris Mautner, Joe McCulloch, Tucker Stone, Douglas Wolk and  Bill Kartalopoulos.

Someone tell Kate Beaton to come look at this, would ya?

So, last week, my girl and I went down to the local library and perused their sale bin where she found a well-illustrated gardening book (which I'll be scanning soon-ish and which I expect will be of some interest to [info]lord_whimsy) and I found a children's primer of Ben Franklin, "Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia".

It's Ain't Easy Being Green

Good morning Internet!  Swine flu even at PAX?! (see Mike/Gabe's message) -- nice to see that the Penny Arcade crew is broadcasting useful information via the website and encouraging everyone to take care of themselves.  That show seemed huge this year.  I am looking forward to my probably futile hopes to attend PAX East (futile because something always comes up to deflect my physical travels much like that damn leprechaun and his stale box of marshmallows and grains).

Rick Marshall scores an interview with Harvey Pekar about his new webcomic project.  How cool is that?!

A lovely interview with the talented Kate Beaton (no! you have not yet read enough interviews with Beaton this year!!  And... there WILL BE MORE! This Nostradamous predicts...)

Brigid Alverson gives a very good review to the first print collection of Skin Horse by Shaenon Garrity and some dude (Jeffrey C. Wells: just kidding!!!!!!!).

Met up with the Washtington Webcomics crew last night: Rob Balder (still erfing the world); Chris Impink (um gravitating the fragile... hmm ), Chris Flick (caping the babes? okay this nickname scheme isn't working out all that well) and just met Joe Zuniga who does the relatively new comic Made Up.

The Awesome Blossom is Blooming!

First off - Websnark has a second post up today - this one on the current Achewood saga. Nice to have Eric back (and writing about webcomics)!

A great interview with Kate Beaton, creator of Hark A Vagrant.  Apparently we have Emily Horne of A Softer World to thank for encouraging Kate to put her comics online.

Shaenon Garrity writes about her experiences self-publishing the first print collection of her webcomic Skin Horse. Also worth noting is Garrity's new comics collective -- the Couscous Collective.

Brigid Alverson has the scoop on Tokyopop's ambitious online undertaking.

Cory Doctorow writes on why free e-books should be part of a writers strategy - the advice seems worth considering for comics creators too.

The Webcomic Overlook #92: Gastrophobia


Last spring, the wife and I booked a trip with another family on a cross-country flight to Virginia. “Visiting family?” our friends would ask. No, we were actually touring Civil War battle sites.

To which they would inevitably say, “Why in the world would you ever want to learn about history?!?”

The Joy of Webcomics… in space!


Well, time for The Joy of Webcomics to get back to its roots. This entry was originally set up to look at a smattering of interesting comics, and somehow I lost my way. Well, no more! This Joy of Webcomics will be all about sampling digital comics that make our day just a little bit more joyous.

Cartoon Art Museum Call for Webcomics

The Cartoon Art Museum of San Francisco ( is organizing "Monsters of Webcomics," a showcase of cutting-edge webcomics work. The show's ten spotlight artists have already been selected. However, the museum also wants to include a virtual gallery of as many other webcomics as possible. If you're interested in having your art included in the virtual gallery, email curator Andrew Farago at

Feel free to spread this information around the webcomics community. The museum wants a wide range of comics included in the show.