I blame Frank Miller.
Back in the days B.F. (Before Frank) the comic book Editor Gods had decided that the job of making a comic book should be broken down so that hordes of different people worked to create it together. This way the people who were best at these specific tasks could put out more work. After a while it got out of hand, with jobs like Plotter, Scripter, Penciller, Inker, Colorist and Letterer (eventually they would have broken this job down even further: "Ted, you letter the consonants. Bill, youâ€™re on vowels, and sometimes 'Y'").
Then along came Frank, who blew the doors off, and suddenly every artist thought they could write.
Submitted by Chris Crosby on May 18, 2005 - 10:54
UPDATE: Just to recap this week of Keen Exodus, six webcomic creators announced that they are or will be leaving Keenspot shortly: Paul Taylor, Brad Guigar, David Willis, Steve Troop, Kris Straub, and Paul Southworth. A wide-ranging discussion on Keen is going on over at Websnark here.
Submitted by Anonymous on May 17, 2005 - 20:48
I really don't know whether to laugh or cry :( ... though it is making me nervous ... Schlock Mercenary, ShortPacked, MelonPool, Crazy Larry and ( if it not a joke ) CheckerBoard Nightmare...
Submitted by TSal on May 17, 2005 - 20:40
Checkerboard Nightmare announced that it's leaving Keenspot. Kristofer Straub writes that it was a business decision -- "Any time a cartoonist can say 'I'm making a business decision,' it's a positive thing."
Checkerboard Nightmare's departure from Keenspot also coincides with the debut of his new strip, Starshift Crisis, this coming Monday, May 23rd.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 15, 2005 - 23:18
This week we have a column from Eric Burns on collaboration, plus an Eric Burns interview with two collaborators in life and webcomics: J. Grant and Mel Hynes.
Alexander Danner has part one of a Practical Guide to Collaboration and Andrew Bonia reviews an interesting experiment in webcomics: Spamusement by Steven Frank.
It's also time for the second installment of Welton Colbert at Comixpedia. This month, Colbert offers his opinions on Strip Fight, the webcomic content site.
And if you missed Week 1, be sure to check out Erik Melander's news recap column, Through the Looking Back Glass; Mark Mekkes column on collaboration; an interview with the creators of Apple Geeks; and the third installment of Modern Humor Authority by Kristofer Straub.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 9, 2005 - 00:30
The first week of our collaboration issue is up at Comixpedia.com. Erik Melander takes a look at recent collaborations in the news in his column, Through the Looking Back Glass and webcomics creator, Mark Mekkes writes about collaboration in webcomics in an Open Soapbox called "The Parts of the Sum - The Art of Collaboration".
Last but not least the Brothers Duncan bring us a collaborative cover for this month's issue.
Collaboration is everywhere, even at that other webcomics magazine. Kristofer Straub brings us a behind the scenes look at Modern Humor Authority.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 27, 2005 - 15:02
Long-time readers remember syndicated Non Sequitar cartoonist Wiley's past pokes at webcomics. Kristofer Straub gives a little kick back in recent installment of Checkerboard Nightmare.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 10, 2005 - 23:19
Week 1 of the Women Issue at Comixpedia kicks off with a feature from Ping Teo called Why Women in Webcomics Should Not Be An Issue and a convention report from Wednesday White on the the 2005 U.K. Webcomic and Minicomix Thing.
It's the Women Issue at Comixpedia. Coincidently, it's the Women Issue at that other webcomics magazine. Kristofer Straub brings us a behind the scenes look at Modern Humor Authority.