Submitted by El Santo on July 1, 2009 - 12:39
Happy Canada Day to the neighbors up North! Personally, Iâ€™m celebrating by watching CBC, saying â€œeh,â€ and punching out a Timbits hockey player! OK, not that last one. Donâ€™t sic your Mounties on me.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 19, 2009 - 10:01
This Day in ComixTALK:
Chuck Whelon posted the cover art for his new edition of the first collection of Pewfell Perfingles comics. He also posted a great page from that book. Neil Cohn noted the 30th anniversary of Jim Davis' Garfield and covered some of the webcomic experimentalism incorporating that comic. Brad Guigar reported back from exhibiting at Wizard World Philadelphia. Kate Beaton? Before she became famous for historical comicking, she posted this take on the Anthony-Liz storyline from For Better or For Worse.
And the nominees for that year's Online Comics category at the Harveys included Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jeff Kinney, EZ Street, Robert Tinnell and Mark Wheatley, Penny Arcade, Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, Perry Bible Fellowship, Nicholas Gurewitch and Surreal Adventures of Edgar Allan Poo, Dwight L. Macpherson, Thomas Boatwright and Thomas Mauer.
I was in the midst of spinning off Comixpedia.org and rebranding this site as ComixTALK. While it all hasn't worked out to "bigger and better" it has worked well enough for me. (Never did activate the so-called umbrella site "Comixmedia")
Back when we did "Summer of Guest Bloggers" -- we had Barry Gregory (01 Comics) and Clay Gardner (Wirepop) on tap for this week. Clay wrote a post on "the hidden style of manga". And Zach Lewis hyped Jack of All Blades -- the "most popular adventure comic featuring a doppleganger, a penguin, and a horrid swordfighter".
June 2005 was our "webcomics in print" issue. Ben Towles wrote about his experiences self-publishing a print collection of his webcomic Townies. Eric Burns wrote about some of the webcomics that had jumped to print and mused about what would be the future role of print in webcomics. Meanwhile in Kelly Cooper's MoCCA report we have early photographic evidence of Gary "Magnum P.I." Tyrrell.
Cartoonist Hard (aka Clay) who used to blog pretty often, wrote about various comics publications and objecting to the Webcomics Examiner approach to webcomics. It just reminds me of how overblown some of the discussions online became back then. And the fact that for a long time Comixpedia/Talk was largely alone in trying to provide coverage of webcomics which often meant we got swept up in whatever the drama of the moment was.
I linked to this article in the NYTimes about building an audience for your blog. It's a bit like driving a mustang while looking back on the Model Ts. How about this quote:
But Susan Mernit, a blogger in San Francisco, is actively trying to increase her readership from its current average of about 50 visitors a day. "I value hits highly," said Ms. Mernit, a consultant for nonprofit organizations and a former vice president for programming at America Online. "I'd like to see my traffic increase by 10 readers a month."
Submitted by El Santo on June 12, 2009 - 11:04
How do you know webcomics are gaining ground on their direct market brethren? When the print versions of popular webcomics are starting to pop up with reliable frequency in the AV Clubâ€™s comic round-up. In the June 12 version, they have a review of Kate Beatonâ€™s â€œNever Learn Anything From History,â€ as well as a bit of commentary on webcomics as a whole:
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 3, 2009 - 14:15
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.
Submitted by James Turner on June 2, 2009 - 05:54
Yes, you all asked for it, so here it is: Episode 1 of internet comic sensation, Brunel and Stovie (seemlessly woven on to the end of my previous comic here)! Stand aside, Beaton, there's a new history comic in town:
I feel like IÂ might have written myself into a bit of a corner in this one, but I'm sure I can work it out. Internet super-stardom, here IÂ come!
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 13, 2009 - 12:40
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?
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.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 11, 2009 - 08:02
- Best Emerging Talent Award: Kate Beaton, Hark! A Vagrant
- Best Book Award: Jillian & Mariko Tamaki, Skim
- Pigskin Peters Award: Matthew Forsythe, Ojingogo
(h/t to The Comics Reporter)
Submitted by Faith on May 3, 2009 - 15:49
I had an amazing time at Strange Adventures' annual Free Comic Book Day. Cal (the owner of the store) and his crew have been doing it for nigh-on eight years, and every year it seems to get a little bigger and a little better. There're even more plans for next year, involving diagrams and world domination and such. Shh, you didn't hear it from me. I was on hand with a bunch of other artist folk, to do drawings for kids and sign books and just be a part of trying to spread the word about the fantastic art form known as comics.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 24, 2009 - 08:46
I can't go but wow I wish I could - PEN is putting on an event featuring Emmanuel Guibert from France, Kate Beaton from Canada, and Robbi Behr, Chad Parmenter, and Matthew Swanson from the United States. The panel is titled "The New Literature of Graphic Narrative" and it is free and open to the public.
When: Saturday, April 25, 2009: 2–7 p.m.
Where: The Rose O’Neill Literary House: 407 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, MD