Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 23, 2004 - 22:48
Did anyone realize that I was gone for a week offline and asleep at the beach? Well I'm back.
Found a copy of McSweeney's Quarterly #13, edited by Chris Ware. This is the comics issue and it's a must have. I'll post more when I finish it but it is a revelation so far.
Went to Borders (where I did not find the McSweeney's) and bitched to the manager about dumping all the graphic novels in one poorly maintained section. Why not shelf comic book with "word books" under the appropriate subject matter? I don't think the guy gave a shit actually but he blamed it all on corporate. So perhaps a letter writing campaign to Borders and B&N and all the other graphic novel carrying chains is necessary.
Good post from Joey Manley on Work for Hire versus Creator Owned work. One thing I think worth mentioning is that Manley's post doesn't venture beyond books. That is to say most people would think of creator owned books as more artistically valuable than WFH. This doesn't hold up in other creative endeavors. Plays, movies, music all have a more varied history of artistically meritorious WFH efforts.
If you missed this catch the NY Times article on further cost cutting in the newspaper comic strip biz.
Everyone seems to be talking about Peter Bagge's latest webcomic attacking "fine" arts and public funding of high-culture art.
And last but not least for now - Sean Collins of Attention Disorderly seems to have landed a mysterious new gig which will preclude him from blogging about comics. That's a bummer for me, I enjoyed his writing on comics, but congrats to Collins. I hope we hear from him again.
Submitted by Erik Melander on July 26, 2004 - 09:10
Through the Modern Tales Newsletter comes the news that Lea Hernandez, author of Rumble girls and editor of Modern Tales sister site Girlamatic (etc. etc.), has won the coveted "Lulu of the year" award handed out by Friends of Lulu.
Creators make webcomics. Cool tools make the webcomic community go round. Here's to the geeks, the code monkeys, and the computer science students who come up with ingenious hacks to help creators automate publishing and fans find a webcomic's latest update.
I - Finders, Keepers!
Death of the Funny What?
Now if I were going to be all knee-jerk about this, I'd be all about "out with the old, in with the new, the traditional comics page was stale and it's time to bring in some fresh blood, viva the internet, viva webcomics, viva endless chatter about the newest video card from Alpha Omega Corp and people getting off on their bloody brilliance by yammering endless about whether or not Green or Blue dragons spit acid in AD&D first edition."
But Jeebus Godot, let's take a look at what's replacing what, here.
Submitted by Mudron on March 25, 2004 - 12:37
When I attended the 2003 San Diego Comic-Con, I barely even saw one third of the things there. The lines were too long, the pretzels were too expensive, and the Stormtroopers were too plentiful. So naturally, walking around the 2004 Alternative Press Expo on February 22nd was a breath of fresh air.
Raw, edgy, up and coming artists were pimping their latest projects harder than used car salesmen. People could walk around the entire floor several times in the course of the day, talk with their favorite artists, and even attend panels with certain creators.
As the Fates would have it, Joey Manley is a Colonel.
He's also the Field Marshal behind the great wall of subscription-service, webcomic-related product known as Modern Tales. Having been creepy-crawling around the webcomics community scene since about mid-2000, he first started up with a webcomics reviews/interviews site called talkaboutcomics.com. Only months later, he decided that the world was ready for a subscription-based webcomics portal, even if some seemed wary of the prospect of paying for something that had "always" been free to date.
But already a few years have passed, and Manley's dream stands tall in the garden of fruition -- not only has Modern Tales endured, but it has grown, branching out to include a host (literally) of sister anthology sites, as well as promote key solo artists, too. Now, with a few new fun gifties to hand out from his bag of webcomics tricks, the Colonel takes a few moments out of his uber-busy day to respond to you, the reader, on all things webcomics, business... and chicken (seriously).
Dylan Meconis and Bill Mudron talk about webcomics... and chocolate.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 7, 2003 - 11:39
Submitted by dunk on October 31, 2003 - 17:44
I certainly have my own must have artists for future issues of comixpedia, but who would you like to see?