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I've been posting some good stories Alexander Danner wrote for the prior version of webcomics.com.  Another one today on whatever happenned to four (briefly) rock stars of webcomic.

Life Imitates Art Comics: James Kochalka wrote in a comic about a game in a dream he was having, somebody actually makes the game, now he makes a comic about it.  Hmmm... That's a tempting power over the universe he seems to have developed.

AWARDS: The Canadian Joe Shuster Award nominations are out - the webcomics category is outstanding: Kate Beaton, Michael Cho, Lar De Souza & Ryan Sohmer, Kathryn & Stuart Immonen, Karl Kerschl, Gisele Lagace, Ramón K. Pérez, and Cameron Stewart.

INTERVIEWS: Newsarama has an interview with Bellen! creator Brian Brown about his new book and winning a Xeric grant.

SMALL SCREENS: Sean Kleefeld had a good post on some of the inherent challenges of smaller screens as a way to read/display comics.

NOT WEBCOMICS: The browser-based ZORK! game is out.  Jim Zubkavich did gobs of great art for this.

JUSTIFY MY HYPE: Some comics I'm checking out: Rooby Moon and Schoolhouse Daze.

So Here's My UK Thing Report

Consumption:
1 x Sausage and Egg sandwich
1 x Peanut Butter sandwich
1 x Tea
1 x Piece of Chocolate (donated by Mallard Small Press)
1 x Apple
2 x Cheese Salad sandwiches
4 x Pints of Beer
1 x Bottle of Larger
4 x Chips

Brilliant artists who I met for the first time:
1. Woodrow Phoenix
2. Rene Engström
3. Kate Beaton
4. Dale O'Flaherty
5. Marc Ellerby

Your Post-Webcomicstock Weekend News Update

Monday morning - two new interviews for you to check out: Monty Kane of Planet Saturday and Brian Babendererde of Soul Chaser Betty.  Also check out our current sponsor, the webcomic Null Knowledge.

AWARDS
Dude! Howard Tayler received a HUGO nomination for a storyline of Schlock Mercenary titled "The Body Politic".  Dude.  Congrats Howard!  UPDATE: Hey, overlooked that Phil and Kaja Foglio also get a nomination - for Girl Genius, Volume 8 and the storyline "Agatha Heterodyne and the Chapel of Bones".  Dude and Dudette!!  Congrats are in order to all of the nominees.

Also, Kate Beaton received a nod in the "Best Emerging Talent" category of the Doug Wright Awards for her otherwise untitled History Comics.  Congrats Kate!

INTERVIEWS
CBR has an interview with Rene Engström of Anders Loves Maria.

Newsarama interviews Joe Dunn of Joe Loves Crappy Movies.

Here It Is! Blog interviews David Malki! of Wondermark. (h/t Journalista!)

BUSINESS
Surprisingly -- to me -- a relatively new strip that originally started on Comics Sherpa, The Argyle Sweater, hit 200 newspapers.

Kate Beaton: “Our history is the march of thousands of people across a continent trying to make a life for themselves… How can it be boring?”

Te Joi Of Webcomicz: Sum moar webcomicz stuf

Origin of Rocktacular!

The latest installment of Dark Horse Online (still at MySpace...) is rocktacular!  Comics from Kate Beaton, Chris Onstad, David Malki! and Kristian Donaldson & Ann Romano.

COMIXTALK SELLS OUT!

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INTERVIEWS
An interview with the historically enthusiastic Kate Beaton (h/t JOURNALISTA!)

The Washington Post has a good interview with Jeff Kinney the creator of the wildly successful Diary of a Wimpy Kid books (which are online at Funbrain.com)

BUSINESS?
Indy Comic News linked to a press release from comicsXP which appears to be a site for organzing comics and possibly reading digital scans of them too.  I haven't heard anything else about them so no vouchsafe from me yet.  Still it's a spiffy web2.0ish site so I'll poke around some more this week to see what I think.

WATCHMEN WATCH
Scott Kurtz takes a crack at mixing up The Watchmen and the current decline of newspaper comics
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AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
I missed this but Kevin Pease drew up denominations of "bullshit artistic credibility dollars" (taking an idea from Jeph Jacques's post on webcomic versus newspaper comic business models) which are great!

DRAFT List of 100 Greatest Webcomics: Comedy and Drama

Last year I posted a couple times (Previous posts on this "research" project were here and here) about a possible article on "ComixTALK's 100 Greatest Webcomics" which would be something like the American Film Institute's list of the greatest movies of the last 100 years.

A recurring comment to the previous two posts was what is the criteria for this.  I'm always a little hesitant to give too much guidance when part of the point of asking this kind of thing out loud is to listen to the resulting discussion of what everyone else thinks the criteria should be.  For the AFI list judges picked films based on criteria such as Critical Recognition, Major Award Winner, Popularity Over Time, Historical Significance, and Cultural Impact.

That sounds about right to me.  We've got a round decade plus a year or two of webcomics to look at it.  Critical reception (both from peers and critics), and popularity are both relevant to thinking about the impact of a webcomic.  WCCA awards are somewhat indicative of what peers were impressed with in a given year and more recently awards like the Eisners and Ignatzs have recoginized webcomics.  Historical significance and cultural impact are a little harder to pin down but various "firsts" in webcomics are important and comics like Penny Arcade have had a much wider impact on popular culture than most comics do these days (put aside the legacy superheros of comics -- what other "new" comic, let alone webcomic, in the last decade has had a wide cultural impact?)

Another thing AFI did that might be useful here to help sort through the vast numbers of webcomics one could talk about is to also think about categories or genres of work.  Just as a simple matter of numbers if a webcomic isn't one of the best of a larger type of story -- or frankly, so startlingly unique it's hard to categorize -- then it's hard to imagine it's one of the 100 Greatest...

So to move things along I'm listing another "draft" of titles submitted by the crowds but this time I've tried to break them up into drama and comedy so as to help avoid complete apples to oranges comparisons.  In doing that I've realized (1) it's hard in many cases to decide; and (2) there are probably more comedic than drama on the list so far.  I think it would make sense to whittle down the two lists to 75 each so as the final list is no more than 3/4 of one type or the other.  Of course we could further do genre type lists but for now this was enough work on my part.

So -- your assignment (if you choose to play):

  1. Name the comic you're talking about (you're also welcome to nominate ones not on the list -- I KNOW there are many I haven't even thought about yet -- it takes time to review all of the corners of the web)
  2. Tell me where on one the two lists (comedy and drama) it should be (you could give a range of slots if you're not sure). (If you think I've got a drama on the comedy list or vice-versa let me know!  I'm not "done" - this is fairly dashed off still at this point)
  3. Tell me why!  Referencing awards, critics, historical achievements, strengths and weaknesses of the works are all really helpful!

Christmas Toon #6: Kate Beaton

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It ain’t Christmas unless you’re partying with Kate Beaton.

November 14th DRAFT version of 100 Greatest Webcomics List

This is an update to a previous post here, thanks for the cumulative suggestions on that thread.  JUST so we're clear - this is open-sourced to everyone research for a possible article to appear next month at ComixTalk.  I don't endorse the list or the order at all; at this point I've tried to include all of the suggestions I've gotten and I also went through all of the comics ComixTalk has ever reviewed and pulled quite a few titles.

We're at the point where it'll be most helpful if you tell me comics you think should go on the list, where (what number approximately) and which comic should get bumped.  If you just want to change the order you can do that to but there'll be another post before the month's through asking for help with that.