Submitted by Linda Howard Valentine on August 6, 2007 - 16:14
You ever have that one love affair that haunts you for years? You get together, have some great times together, everything's going great, and then BAM! you lose your heart when they suddenly break up with you without warning. "It's not you, it's me." So you go your separate ways, swearing you'll never fall for that routine again, but a year or so later, BAM! they're back, and you're head-over-heels and bound for heartache. Well, Tauhid Bondia's back on the scene with a new webcomic, the Good Ship Chronicles, and here I am like a fool, head over heels again.
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 24, 2007 - 09:56
Pokemon missed me so I have never had any idea what the fuss is all about. But I noticed two recent comics on older guys still playing (getting back into?) Pokemon only Penny Arcade seemed to approve of it (admittedly Gabe was a bit embarrassed about it in the newspost) but Slackerz just ripped into it.
Weird coincidence basically...
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 15, 2007 - 17:20
...There are more than 11 billion websites in existence. Admittedly about 10 billion of those are link farms, but I'm fairly certain there's no way to fit the rest into my bookmarks no matter how many sub-menus I use.
It seems to me -- for the purposes if this column -- that the best way to reduce this clutter is to combine domains, creating a new site that incorporates the strengths of both the originals...
Webcomics leviathan Penny Arcade may be a force to be reckoned with in gaming and online entertainment, but how long do they think they can hold on without kowtowing to the manga crowd? By combining with Deviant Art, the strip re-imagines Gabe and Tycho as a short-tempered Japanese schoolgirl in a miniskirt and a very sad, sexually ambiguous prince, respectively. The plot lines will stay the same as now, only in every panel the characters will either be staring soulfully at the reader or bathing.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 7, 2007 - 11:40
- Comic Fodder has a review of Andy Pollock's Witchhound.
- AV Club has an interview with
Tycho and GabeJerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik of Penny Arcade (link from the Mighty Mighty FLEENtones)
- Newsaramaâ€™s Chris Arrant interviews Fishtown creator Kevin Colden (link from Pick It Up! Journalista!)
- Webcomics in Print had an interview with Blind Ferret Entertainment that's worth catching if you missed it. Blind Ferret does the PVP and the CAD animated series.
- T Campbell has an interview with the creators of another create-a-clip-art-comic website, this one called Quick Comic.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- Almost lost to the mists of times - the real origin of Laugh-Out-Loud Cats. This is a pretty funny mashup of old-style newspaper funnies and the LOL meme.
- Carlos Castellanos, the artist for the syndicated Baldo, puts up a video of how he creates the strip.
- Lots of folks pointed out that Salon is now running Berke Breathed's Opus and also that they interviewed him.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 10, 2007 - 00:25
- PvP creator Scott Kurtz (aka Skull) posted a video showing his digital-inking-fu.
- It's nice to know that Gabe Newell has good taste in webcomics.
- Home On The Stange ponders Bear Vs. Shark but what about the vicious... landshark!
- Slightly old news, but cool webcomic-name dropping by Girl Genius in this comic. Phil Foglio also has good taste in webcomics.
- I've been catching up on Malfunction Junction, a great, funny journal-like comic. I'd love a keyboard like the one in this comic.
Submitted by Erik Melander on March 28, 2007 - 05:11
- Newsarama interviews Kean Soo, creator of Jellaby which started out as a webcomics, but is scheduled to be published in print by Disney's "Hyperion for Kids" impring.
- Comicsnob interviews Michael Poe and Hilary Hatch of Caffeine Angels Studio and Errant Story.
- Zach Miller's Joe and Monkey has been picked up for online syndication by GoComics according to a recent news post.
- Have you checked out the trailer for the Penny Arcade game yet? In a news post Gabe talks about the game, hinting that it will sell for less than $20 and be a RPG/Adventure.
- Gene Yang's American Born Chinese continues to garner critical acclaim with a nomination for a Reuben awards.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 27, 2007 - 11:17
One of the types of features I'd like to run more of are the sort of appreciation and analysis of an artist/writer that Shaenon Garrity gave to Jason Shiga back in our February 2003 issue. Besides giving me an excuse to link to an article that is still a good read, I'd like to ask folks to suggest the names of creators who you'd like to see Comixpedia write up in this kind of a profile.
A collective, loosely defined, is any sustained grouping of webcomic creators. What they do together varies greatly from group to group. Some are largely a peer group offering each other critical feedback and encouraging support. Others throw in cross-promotion for each others' work. Some build a collective brand with logos, advertising and a central website. Some share business experience and expertise in areas as varied as merchandise, books, conventions, hosting and website creation.
And what did I find from my research? There's a tremendous number of collectives out there (and that I never want to attempt another "survey" article again). And, oh yeah, checking out collectives can be a great way to find excellent new comics.