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Further Thoughts On the Most Read Project

It's been two years since Comixpedia published an update to our Most Read project which tracked the audience shares of webcomics.

It was difficult to determine readership numbers then, it's just as difficult to conduct any kind of "Internet ratings" now. But it's an extremely useful process for Comixpedia as it helps to ensure that we are not overlooking significantly popular webcomics in our coverage (It is not a prerequisite that a webcomic be "popular" to merit coverage. The strength of readership of a particular webcomic, however, is a legitimate tool for deciding what we should write about). If you have suggestions for future efforts in this area feel free to post a comment here.

IJD Episode 3 to be Filmed at UberCon

I'm Just Drinking: The Podcast, Episode 3 will be shot on the scene at UberCon VIII (Episode 2 is currently live). UberCon is a gaming convention with a growing Webcomics presence in Secaucus, NJ. The Con itself will be held over the weekend of October 20th-22nd.

Thomas Dolby Notes Wapsi Square Lyric Use

Thomas Dolby described a recent Wapsi Square comic as "appropriat[ed] material" as it quotes from his She Blinded Me With Science song. It's hard to judge from Dolby's comments how seriously he meant his comment and there doesn't appear to be any follow up on his blog.

But it may be an area where independent comic creators need to learn a bit about copyright law to avoid problems. Wapsi Square creator Paul Taylor has had his characters quote song lyrics before (here and here) and I'm actually not sure offhand what the standard for this situation is so I'm not assuming Wapsi Square has done anything wrong.

But I do recall that on at least one time in the past it's been a problem. Pete Abrams decided to remove some song lyrics from a Sluggy Freelance storyline called "Fire and Rain" due to concerns over possible copyright issues.

First and Last: Sluggy Freelance

Pete Abram's Sluggy Freelance is one of the longest running webcomics out there. In some ways it hasn't changed dramatically - looking at our first from 1999 and our last from 2006 next to each other the changes seem evolutionary and not revolutionary.


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Of course for certain storylines such as "Oceans Unmoving", Pete Abrams has also ventured far from his usual style and produced more elaborate artwork for Sluggy.

The More I Learn, the Less I Broadcast

The More I Learn, the Less I Broadcast

This is an official rant. It's very long.

An incident today really threw a spotlight on a major attitude change of mine, which has happened within the last six months to a year. I no longer look to any public webcomics blog or forum to productively share and receive information about webcomics. I barely participate. I'm genuinely disgusted with the state of webcomics discussion, and it's not worth my time either to wade in and try to raise the level of debate, or to keep sifting for signal in all the noise.

Quitting The Day Job Updates

Jon Rosenberg quits last remnants of a non-webcomics job to do Goats fulltime.

Ryan North finally reveals that he quit his day job an entire year ago...

I'm actually curious as to how many people make their living solely for a webcomic-based enterprise at this point.  It's getting to be more than I can count on my fingers. 

What is and isn't webcomics news

There are not one but two "My Comic Hit 50 Strips" stories on the main news page at Comixpedia today.

This is not news, it's an ad. Especially at 50 strips. Nobody cares. Thousands of webcomics have hit that mark, and probably more of them have failed to go on to reach 100 strips than not.

I personally don't even care when a strip hits 500 or 1000 or a five year anniversary, but I will concede those might be worth a note. But 50 strips? Is that something the community needs to know about? Is that going to change the way any of us do webcomics? It's just guerrila promotion.

Monday News Update

Is anyone else really happy that Sluggy Freelance has finally moved on from its Oceans Unmoving storyline?  That's the first time Pete Abrams has completely lost me with the strip.  I kind of like the new shockjock characters too.

MILESTONES

MARKETING: Martiza Campos notes the recent First and Last post on CRFH!!! on her livejournal.  One other interesting tidbit from that thread is Campos note that she picked up a 1000 extra readers from her most recent Keenspot box.  Even for a relatively big strip like CRFH!!! I think that's a fairly large number and it shows how powerful the Keenspot network is.

CRAFT: H.S. Kim, creator of Kung Fool X and Kill Harry has a page full of art criticism and some video tutorials on drawing -  definitely worth checking out.

NOT WEBCOMICS: Tom Truszkowski of Station V3 is talking about record-collecting and drew some sketches of his characters with 45s. 

Cerebus Syndrome: What Makes a Success or Failure?

XEREXES: I CLEANED OUT THE SPAM FROM THIS THREAD AND I'M PROMOTING IT TO THE FRONT PAGE. This thread is/was a great discussion of the Cerebus Syndrome until it got hijacked by spam - maybe now we can pick it back up again.I am doing research for a paper I am writing about webcomics. The specific topic is based on the "Cerebus Syndrome" described by Eric Burns of Websnark. For those of you who don't know, the general concept is that a strip starts out light, funny, and fairly shallow, and then eventually adds depth, characterization, and dramatic story to become something that is a complex amalgam of comedy and drama. A "Cerebus Syndrome" can either succeed or fail. However, what exactly "success" or "failure" means in this context is not at all clear. What I am attempting to do is to develop a rubric for judging the success or failure of a "Cerebus Syndrome" attempt and then use it to judge several example comics. The comics that I am specifically looking at are "College Roomies from Hell!!!" by Maritza Campos, "General Protection Fault" by Jefferey Darlington, the original "Roomies" by David Willis, and "Sluggy Freelance" by Pete Abrams. What would be very helful is if anyone who has an opinion would post on any or all of the following things: -What makes a successful Cerebus syndrome? A failed one? (I have my own ideas, but I am interested to see what others think) -For each comic mentioned above, is it a successful Cerebus syndrome attempt? A failure? Not an attempt at all? Somewhere in between? -Do you know of other particularly good examples of Cerebus syndrome attempts, either successful or not? (I know some others, but I thought these were the most distinctive.) If you do not have anything more to say than yes this is a success or no it isn't, that's still useful, so feel free to post anyway. Also, if you would not like me to quote you, please say so in your post. Thank you all in advance for your help.

"Get Nifty: the Sluggy Freelance Card Game" Now in Stores

Over at Sluggy Freelance, Pete Abrams has just announced the long-anticipated general release of Get Nifty, a standalone card game themed around Sluggy and designed by Rob Balder of PartiallyClips.