Have I mentioned that I love roundtables? See, all you need to do is think of four or five good questions and ask them to some of the foremost talents in webcomics today, many of whom are surprisingly willing to share their wisdom. Then just sit back and let the intellectual capital flood in. Itâ€™s a great racket.
This roundtable, incidentally, is about humor.
When we discussed the Year in Review issue it seemed like it would be a natural to write a list of people in webcomics for the year. But what to call it? Most of the time when media magazines talk about people in film, television, music or what-have-you, they can call their articles "The Power List..." or the "The It List..." because, well, those media have power and star power. Webcomics have those things, but alas, still in smaller quantities.
The Collective Convective
Keenspot and Modern Tales were Big Pandaâ€™s most influential descendants, at least as of late 2004. But they were far from the only ones. As the number of webcomics continued to grow, the formation of collectives became as easy as the joining of bubbles in a bathtub. And like bubbles, they defied attempts to keep track of them all.
But categories began to emerge: (1) dropdowns, (2) kaffeeklatches, (3) showcase hosts (closed and open), (4) subscription sites, and (5) one pay-per-view store.
These collectives are worth studying, both in success and in failure, for every success shows where webcomics may be heading and where they may not be heading.
Submitted by MaritzaCampos on October 27, 2004 - 10:17
It's Walky by David Willis has ended.
The last strip aired today, Oct. 27th. With it, a seven-year long saga is gone.
Maritza Campos commented, "I absolutely loved the last storylines, which are truly a testament to the accumulated experience and learning Willis has gathered through years of daily updating his strip and coloring some other works. We IW fans are sad, but still remains the promise of more exciting work from this talented and prolific veteran of webcomics."
Which would you rather go see, a one-man band or an orchestra? Is a four-piece band just perfect? Was The Who so loud because they were overcompensating for only having three instruments? Is bigger really better? Or do too many cooks spoil the broth? (Should I throw in some more metaphors or get right to the, uh, meat of the matter?)
The point: Most online comics are done by just one person.
"What's your favorite webcomics romance?"
T Campbell asked this question of many webcartoonists. The answers were revealing.
Submitted by Dedos on July 30, 2004 - 15:18
College Roomies From Hell! creator Maritza Campos is suffering from the beginning stage of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and is trying to raise money to buy a drawing tablet to change her online drawing habits so she can minimize the repetitive motions involved in coloring her comic.
In addition to switching to a tablet, Maritza is reducing her output to lessen the stress on her hand. Instead of seven days a week of color comics, she's switching to five (Mon - Fri).
If you do want to help, a minimum of $5.00 is requested so Paypal fees don't significantly devalue the donation.
For over five years now in the Clan of the Cats, Jamie Robertson has been chronicling the adventures of a witch/were-panther in the person of Chelsea Chattan. He has also introduced two spin-offs, Mythos and Magic on Graphic Smash and Melpomene on Keenspot Premium. In this interview with Al Schroeder, Robertson talks about his comic, chivalry, and his gaggle of cats.
Cheesecake Chelsea may also be invoked.
Submitted by Dedos on June 21, 2004 - 16:55
The finalists for the 2004 Web Cartoonists' Choice Awards have been posted. With this milestone, the polls are now open for all registered web cartoonists (registration information can be found here) to determine this year's winners. The fight for Outstanding Newcomer looks very interesting with Count Your Sheep, Questionable Content, Skirting Danger, and Sore Thumbs all vying for the title.
(Full List of Nominees Below)
For eight years, David Allen and the gang at Plan 9 Publishing have been bringing the best and brightest of the webcomics world to readers' bookshelves, releasing collections of such popular titles as Sluggy Freelance and Kevin & Kell. Now, the North Carolina-based company is branching out into prose and non-fiction by tickling our funny bone, and even tackling national political issues. Trisha Sebastian sat down with publisher and owner David Allen at Ubercon in New Jersey to get the full scoop.