Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 4, 2003 - 22:00
The Web Cartoonists Choice Awards' Nominees for 2003 were released this week.
Voting for award winners is ongoing from now until June 29th and the winners will be announced on July 6th. Read on for a list of the nominees:
I like wit, perhaps to a fault.
Everyone knows that ninety percent of everything is garbage. So I should have known, when I offered It's not Country. It's Johnny Cash, as a way of saving this great man's canon, that my friend would call me on it. I did it, of course, because Country has come to be sluggish bland pop with a twang, nothing at all like what Cash does.
Sluggy Freelance. SLUGGY FREAKIN' FREELANCE! Over a thousand comic strips! THIRTY-FOUR CHAPTERS! SEVEN books! Almost SIX YEARS! The paraphernalia for sale! The support sites! The tribute sites! The Pete Abrams worship - it's everywhere. Plug "Sluggy Freelance" into Google and you get 25,600 hits.
Where does one even plan to begin to start to talk about this comic?
Let's cut to the chase. Quantity does not necessarily equal quality. Of course, it does not necessarily preclude quality, either. In fact, some might argue that 50,000,000 Elvis fans canâ€™t be wrong. It's certainly a well-worn question in every medium of popular entertainment: "how'd you do last night, kid?"
In almost every other medium there's an established mechanism for counting the audience and providing information on what the audience is watching or buying or reading or clicking on. So why not a bestsellers' list for webcomics, an Arbitron system focused on our particular universe? Regardless of whether we love, like, hate, or are indifferent to the most popular webcomics being produced today, it is information that ought to be available to the interested members of the reading public. It could provide some clues as to where the online audience is today versus six months versus two years from now. It could help to keep score of the growth (or decline) of our overall webcomic reader audience.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 5, 2003 - 00:01
Okay, folks -- it's time for Community Interview #2! This time, Pete Abrams has agreed to step to the interview podium to answer your questions. Here's how it works -- pose your question to Pete by posting a comment in response to this very post.
ONE QUESTION PER COMMENT, PLEASE.
If you see another question you think is interesting, moderate it up. If you see one that's not so useful, moderate it down. This worked fairly well for our first Community interview with R Stevens, but we need more people to submit questions. So fire away!
We'll take questions through to this Friday. The ten best questions will be sent to Pete to answer, so make 'em good!
My heart was racing.
My eyes were glazed, my muscles tense. I took a slight, masochistic pleasure in the repetitive motion injury I was developing in my shoulder. I kept glancing over that shoulder, afraid of being caught, but the fear only added to my excitement.
I had been surfing a popular online comics site on company time.
On April 12, 2002, BBCi ran a story on the works of Scott McCloud, discussing both his own works and the potential for online comics in general. The comments from readers at the end of the story were – on the whole – positive, but one, from a 'DV' in Ireland, derided McCloud for thinking above what he called "the essentially trashy nature of the medium."
He is, in a sense, exactly right.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 9, 2003 - 11:50
Abrams writes that his next filler week is right around Penguicon in early May, and that he is in need of something for a Sunday strip. To enter his fan art competition, send in an original piece of fan art to trillian at my sluggy.com address, width of no more than 700 pixels wide, gif or jpg fomat, each file under a meg. Winner to be picked by Abrams and a to be announced panel of judges.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 4, 2003 - 12:59
From the Sluggy Freelance website:
We're going to I-CON! We had a blast last year at I-CON and this year Rob Balder and I got invited back to do another demo of the Get Nifty Card Game! I'll give you more information as soon as I get the schedule! Gee I hope it won't conflict with the I-CON Heroclix tourneys! Rumor is Plan Nine Publishing will be representin'!
I-CON: Friday, March 28 - Sunday, March 30, 2003 at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11790
Submitted by Jamie Robertson on February 12, 2003 - 18:50
Ubercon, primarily a gaming convention held in New York City, will feature Pete Abrams of Sluggy Freelance as a special guest. Along with Abrams, web comic creators Rob Balder (partiallyclips.com), Randal Milholland (somethingpositive.net), Jon Rosenberg, and Phil Karlsson (Goats) will hold a webcomics panel on Sunday Feb 16th. The panel begins at 11:00 AM and lasts for one hour. Ubercon begins on Friday the 14th at 4:00 PM lasting until Monday the 17th.