Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 5, 2008 - 11:00
The nominees for this year's WCCAs were released this past Sunday (sadly without any fanfare, or press release... again). But lots of interesting choices (and good links to comics!):
OUTSTANDING COMIC FINALISTS:
Achewood by Chris Onstaad
Girl Genius by Phil and Kaja Foglio
Gunnerkrigg Court by Tom Siddell
Perry Bible Fellowship by Nicholas Gurewitch
The Phoenix Requiem by Sarah Ellerton
And now... the fourth annual People Of Webcomics list! I'll be the first to admit that this list gets harder and harder to compile as the lines between "webcomics" and just plain "comics" blurs harder than a greasy windshield in the middle of a West Texas downpour. Plus as publishing comics on the web and other digital formats becomes more commonplace it gets harder and harder to find those "firsts" that take comics in new directions whether artistic, technical or businesss-oriented.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 15, 2007 - 09:17
- In a bit of a surprise (to me at least) Papercutter #6 edited by Alec Longstreth won Outstanding Debut in the Ignatz Awards (A surprise not because Longstreth's book didn't deserve to win but because very famous cartoonist Bill Griffith had a book nominated in this category: Zippy: Walk a Mile in My Mu-Mu). Chris Onstad won the Outstanding Online Comic for Achewood.Â The full list of awards are available here in simple text form, all on one page (please someone at the WCCAs use this format for releasing your list of winners next time).
- Joey Manley has a big post on questions and comments on tailoring stats for webcomic creators in the next generation of his hosting service WebcomicsNation. I still need to read it a bit more carefully but if you're interested in stats or WCN you should probably give it a look.
JUSTIFY MY HYPE
- Johanna Draper Carlson plugs Little White Mouse and flags that creator Paul Sizer is now posting it online with updates every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- A NYTimes article compares the "suffering" of Charles M. Schulz to the great artists of history. A lot of this coverage is coming on the heels of the new biography Schulz and Peanuts by David Michaelis.Â (The family of Schulz seems to hate the biography but I saw Alan Gardener's link to a favorable review from Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson.)
- I'm sure everyone has already seen this from Homestar Runner, but I just never got around to posting it. Check out Strongbad's take on starting a webcomic... DON'T!
- Jon "Goats" Rosenberg's "Republicans For Voldemart" bumper sticker gets a mention in this NYTimes article.
Submitted by David Wright on August 13, 2007 - 00:26
When I first started Todd and Penguin, I drew about as well as a blind epileptic with hooks for hands. While I still have a long way to go to say, be as good as Phil Cho or Kazu Kibuishi, I have improved with tons of practice.
So, for those who are like me, and weren't blessed with loads of natural talent, you may want to spend some time learning from some of these free art tips online at http://dev.drawspace.com/
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 24, 2007 - 14:31
I built a "library" of webcomics and creators back in the fall of 2005 which I put into beta before realizing it was too much editorial work to deal with and the same information could be better provided through the community edited webcomic wiki - COMIXPEDIA.
Nevertheless looking back on the assortment of names collected (some from me, some sent in from you) I wonder if anyone has any significant updates on these creators 18 months later. Maybe we should interview some of them?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 11, 2007 - 10:18
There is also an interview at Newsarama with contributors to Flight 4, including Kazu Kibuishi, JP Ahonen, Raina Telgemeier, Graham Annable, Joey Weiser, Amy Kim Ganter, Azad Injejikian, Andrea Offermann, Sarah Mensinga and Ryan Estrada.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 10, 2007 - 09:14
- Lea Hernandez points out that DC's new webcomic site is using the name of an existing artist , ZUDA.
- Journalista! links to a video of Sky and Winter McCloud speaking with cartoonists Amy Kim Ganter (Sorcerers and Secretaries) and Kazu Kibuishi (Copper, Flight) in a program recorded on the day of their wedding.
- Derik Badman offers a thoughtful review of Paul Madonnaâ€™s All Over Coffee.
- Gilead Pellaeon reviews Adrian Ramos' (creator of webcomic Count Your Sheep) new children book Someone to See the Emperor.
- Joey Manley links to a bunch of reviews so I don't have to...
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- Matt Shepherd rewrites a part of the comic 52 concerning Robin and the parable of the goose in a bottle. And it's FUNNY! Holy Crap! Someone's trying to frame the Goosemaster!
- Gilead Pellaeon writes about how although there's no "webcomics community" there is such a thing as webcomic culture. It's an interesting post. My own sense is that there are lots of groups of interest, many of which overlap in different ways (if there ever really was one webcomics community, well, that's so 20th Century...). Gilead's "culture" observation has a bit of truth to it although I'm not that convinced you can use it to set off webcomics from comics like he seems to suggest.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 28, 2007 - 13:07
I'm not a journalist, but I am sick so please wipe your hands after reading today's post...
- Comics Worth Reading has some links to thoughts on digital piracy of comics. Also earlier this month, a bit on downloading manga and what that might mean for North America.
- There was a brief blip of attention this month for Adobe's new E-reader thingee. Anyone believe the hype?
- Finding Wonderland interviewed Kazu Kibuishi, Gene Yang and Svetlana Chmakova. Great stuff!
- Short piece on Steve Purcell, the creator of the Eisner-nominated Sam & Max webcomic.
JUSTIFY MY HYPE
- Sequel to Rumble Girls: Silky Warrior Tansie is now starting up online: Runaway Lightning Ohmry. (h/t CWR)
- It's probably not negative enough to catch on... but check out Useful Lies, a new Websnarky-like blog mostly (so far) about webcomics.
- The webcomic The Paranormals officially launches.
- I'm not sure if I linked to this review of Multiplex or not. Whatever, I like Multiplex more and more as time goes on for its ability to do movie jokes and build characters and storylines well.
- What is "noir-fu"? The Retriever knows!
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
Submitted by Erik Melander on April 27, 2007 - 08:24
- Newsarama interviews Kazu Kibuishi about Ballantine's Flight spinoff, Flight Explorer. This anthology collects the Flight stories suitable for all-ages, aiming at a younger audience. What will this mean for the regular Flight anthology? Not even Kibuishi knows.
NRAMA: Lastly, how does this affect Flight 5, if any? What plans do you have for the next volume? Is going the companion book approach the way to do future Flight anthologies?
KK: Hmm... I'm wondering how this will affect Flight 5 as well. I suppose we're about to find out! From its inception, the Flight project has been a series of leaps of faith, so I guess this is the next step. I'm just as curious as everyone else to know where it's all going to take us.
- Scott Ransoomair (VG catz) is creating the official Final Fantasy XI MMORPG comic Adventure Log. Seeing as how Square Enix is the copyright holder according to the published comic page, I'm guessing that he's getting paid for it. We've seen similar arrangement before by Penny Arcade and PvP, I belive.
- Dirk Deppey has a nice roundup of the recent developments in the Todd Goldman affair at Journalista. It covers the Cease-and-Desist campaign and the blogs that have removed their coverage (PWBeat, and Wired among other), the current livejournal meme and the effect of all this on Google search.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
- Technically this was the quote of April 24 I suppose and also found at Journalista. SLG Publishing's Jennifer de Guzman blogs about APE.
While there were a few people self-publishing their comics, there were fewer of them than in the past, and there seemed to be an even marked decrease in the charming photocopied, hand-stapled mini-comic. Last year, I either bought or was generously given several mini-comics or self-published comics (you can read about that here). This year -- I bought two (one by Johnny Siu and another called "Fremont Girl") and was given none. (Boohoo!) The assumption is that the do-it-yourselfers have moved to the web.
Submitted by Erik Melander on April 3, 2007 - 06:52