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Meredith Gran

You've Come a Long Way, Baby! (Wait, That's Sexist)

 When Cathy Guisewite started her comics career in 1976 there weren't many women making comics. 'Cathy' was one of the first mainstream comics written by and about a woman. When she announced she would be ending the long-running comic strip October 3rd it made me think about some of the webcomics I read that happen to be made by women.

Comix Talk for Tuesday, July 13, 2010

They're taking Spiderman 4 in a different direction

We haven't linked to the return of Mocktopus yet so be sure to check it out.

MILESTONES: Harvey Pekar passed away yesterday at age 70.  I never met Pekar, but he was an important creator who wrote honest portrayals of life in his comics.  Many pages of tribute and condolences around the web today.

REVIEW:  Daily Cross Hatch reviews Meredith Gran's collection of her webcomic Octopus Pie, There Are No Stars in Brooklyn.

CONVENTION:  Intervention announced that artist and webcomic creator Molly Crabapple, the founder of the Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, will be there both on a panel as well as running a Dr. Sketchy’s event at the con (Currently scheduled to take place Friday Sept.10 from 7-10pm).  Excellent!

COLLECTIVES

  • It looks like the Blank Label Comics group has entered the phase of rock band stardom where one member of the original group plus newcomers = profit.  Okay I tease a bit - if I'm reading the new website right David Willis is the only remaining original member but the newcomers are no slouches: Spike and Kel.  I really haven't followed up on BLC for awhile so I guess I missed the rest of the original crew going their own ways.
  • The SpiderForest Collective is accepting applications for new members until July 24th. SpiderForest was started in 2004 by Ran Jado and is home to over 30 comics. There are 3 requirements for members: update your comic, help vote in new members, and display the rotating SF banner above the fold on your site.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 A BLOGS

Comix Talk for Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Sean Collins has an "aha" moment reading a recent interview with Meredith Gran, creator of Octopus Pie.  Yeah, webcomics has its own center of gravity and there's a whole generation of creators and readers who've grown up in that gravity well.

CONVENTION: Brigid Alverson files a report on the recent annual American Library Association meeting -- lots of graphic novels in the mix.

INTERVIEW: The Avoid the Future blog (great name for a blog!) interviews Box Brown on the release of his third Everything Dies book. (h/t Journalista!)

REVIEWS: El Santo covers Wendy Pini's Masque of the Red Death and Lauren Davis reviews The Meek.

HYPE: Justin Madson just released the fifth book in his self-published Breathers series - it's available at his website. Below is a short trailer for the series (dramatizing a scene from the first book) which has shots of the comic interspersed in the live action.

Comix Talk for Wednesday, May 26, 2010

 Everyone SHHH

So is this comix or what?  Whatever it is, it's captions on photos and it's (sometimes) lol... (wait did I just type lol? I meant FUNNY)

INTERVIEW: The Daily Cross Hatch talks to Jon Rosenberg on wrapping up Goats, and making a career out of webcomics.

MILESTONES: Shaenon Garrity celebrates the ten-year anniversary of her webcomic Narbonic with a commemorative print you can buy here.

DEAD TREES

KICK START MY ART

FROM THE MAILBAG

  • Travis Hanson writes about his webcomic The Bean which is a pretty nicely drawn comic about a young kid working for (owned by?) an orge in a tavern.  It has a pretty slow pace so far, but now that the kid has been kidnapped maybe it'll pick up some.

Comix Talk for Monday, April 26, 2010

Chibi Narbonic by Shaenon K Garrity

Another week and whadya know the Wikipedia entry for ComixTalk was deleted.  Meh?  What I really need to be working on is getting a cameo in Evil IncGary gets all the cool webcomic cameos...

WE INTERRUPT THIS BLOG POST TO REMIND YOU THAT THERE ARE ONLY 6 DAYS TO GO IN PATRICK FARLEY's KICKSTARTER DRIVE TO BRING BACK ELECTRIC SHEEP.  As of Sunday night yesterday there were 354 backers putting up $5,371 in pledges -- less than $650 to go to make the magic number.

AWARDS:  The Comics Reporter reports that Aaron Colter's webcomic Wondermark won Outstanding Webcomic at the Stumptown Comics Convention awards.  Only thing is I'm pretty sure Aaron Colter is the marketing coordinator for Dark Horse and Wondermark is from a fellow named David Malki!.

BUSINESS: Webcomics.com inked a discount deal with a printer for its subscribers.  Is that ironic?  Well either way that sounds like a good deal and a nice benefit to subscribing to webcomics.com.

CRAFT: David King, creator of Danny Dutch, has a set of lettering dos and don'ts. (h/t Robot6)

A GOOD USE OF SOME DEAD TREES: Not brand new news, but damn exciting - Hope Larson has been signed to do a graphic novel adaptation of Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time.  I love(d) that book -- it blew my grade school mind away.

NEVER MIND THE %@#*, HERE'S THE HYPE

Comix Talk for February 2, 2010

Octopus Pie: There Are No Stars in Brooklyn by Meredith Gran

Quick update this morning - The Escapist website is having a contest -- more like an audition -- to pick a regular webcomic for the The Escapist.  I haven't read the fine print so you should before you enter, but go check it out.  Btw, SLG Publishing is going to have a workshop for "aspiring comic creators" this March in San Jose, CA.

DEAD TREES:  Robot6 previews a lot of comics on book publishers' schedule for this year, includes several webcomics such as Goats, Octopus Pie and Penny Arcade.

INTERVIEWS:  Lots of folks linking to this interview with Bill Watterson of Calvin & Hobbes worship fame...  Be sure to check out Graphic Novel Reporter's interview with Kazu Kibuishi on his print collection of Copper.

All I Want For Christmas Is Octopus Pie

I know I said I wasn't going to do one of those "People of Webcomics" articles this year and I already called 2009 the year of Kate Beaton, but Meredith Gran would be right there on that list too.  Octopus Pie is a funny comic with fantastic characters and several great stories so far.  And that was all before the Holiday Special:

Webcomics Rumble Podcast 02 - UStream / Cons / Mobile

Mike and Kristen talk about the desire of innovation in existing and potential services that provide better experiences for readership.

Sites & Services Mentioned: Ustream, San Diego Comic Con, Phoenix Comic Con, Oh No Robot, Zuda, and ComixTalk.  Webcomics Mentioned: Penny Arcade by Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, Horribleville by KC Green, Octopus Pie by Meredith Gran, Cyanide and Happiness by Kris, Rob, Matt, & Dave, MegaTokyo, Player v. Player by Scott Kurtz, Sluggy Freelance, and Templar AZ.

AFA Targets PepsiCo

The ironically named "American Family Association" has decided to target PepsiCo in retaliation for PepsiCo's generous support of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). So, now would be a good time to call or e-mail each of those companies to let them know you support their respect for diversity and equality. You can get more info about that, including phone numbers here.

A Webcomic? It's a Comic on the 'Tubes, Guv'ner!

CONVENTIONS
Rich Stevens and Meredith Gran will be representin' the Colonies at this year's UK Webcomix Thing which takes place this weekend.

AWARDS
Today is the last day for submitting a Harvey Award nomination ballot.  The professionalism requirement is a bit squishy but given that the Harveys have selected PvP creator Scott Kurtz to host the awards presentation, this program is probably going to be even more friendly to indie and web comic creator participation than ever.

WRITING
Over at Kung Fu Monkey, John Rogers applies the corporate-review technique known as a "360 Review" to developing characters.  Having had to go through a few of those full circle thingees, I can see how that might help in filling out a character.

JUSTIFY MY HYPE
Beaver & Steve creator James Turner has been involved with a kids-comics portal called The DFC.  It appears this month that The DFC is defunct but many (all?) of its creators have banded together to form a new site called Super Comics Adventures Squad.  Looks promising - there was good stuff going on so it's nice to see it will continue.  (h/t Journalista!)