One way to think of the history of webcomics is as the big bang of comics. At the beginning there were far fewer webcomic creators and they were (virtually) clustered together much more tightly (hence all the wistful talk of "webcomic community") and then, if the inflationary webcomicology theory is correct, those early webcomic exploded into the universe of comics online we have today.
A little love letter to the magazine that could.It's the third anniversary of Comixpedia this issue.
2006 is the fourth year we've been writing about webcomics. We've put out 38 monthly issues of the magazine and published more than 600 reviews, interviews and other articles about webcomics. We've posted more than 2500 news posts (that's not counting the magazine).
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 26, 2005 - 23:48
Week 3's slate of articles leads off with "Case Studies in Webcomics Book Collections" by Rob Balder. Balder is the creator of Partially Clips and he talked with several webcomic creators about their experiences in putting their work into print. We also have "An Incomplete List of Webcomics in Print" collated by Kelly J. Cooper, by hand no less! If you've been curious about whether your favorite webcomic has a dead tree version or not this list (most likely) will answer your question.
Al Schroeder interviews Peter Zale who was one of the first to put his comic, Helen, Sweetheart of the Internet, on the Internet and one of the first to leave the web for newspaper syndication. And last but not least, Ping Teo delivers the latest installment of her regular column with "The Essence of... Webcomic Print Labeling."
We'll be back in July with our first ever SUMMER ISSUE with a cover from Jeph Jacques of Questionable Content.
Once upon a time, there was a webcomic called Helen, Sweetheart of the Internet and a funny thing happened: it was picked up for syndication and has been delighting readers in print for years now. Helen's creator, Peter Zale, talks about Helen and the strip's conversion from web to syndication, in the following interview.
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.
"Any female[...] has had to work ten times as hard as her male counterpart to be accepted in their organization. She will be more able, will react quicker, and will generally be much more dangerous. Kill her first." -- Starr, "One Man's War," Preacher
Girl geeks may never have had it better, but that doesn't mean we're altogether finished yet.
After the first online comic and the first webcomic, the early pioneers of webcomics included Bill Holbrook, Peter Zale and Charley Parker. Each of these three pioneers faced their own obstacles and found success in their own way. Bill Holbrook was already a syndicated newspaper cartoonist when he launched the webcomic Kevin & Kell, Peter Zale's Helen: Sweetheart of the Internet featured a tech-savvy female at the lead character and Charley Parker's Argon Zark began to take advantage of both digital art tools and the "web" part of webcomics in ways that no online comic had previously.
Christopher Baldwin has been drawing Bruno since 1996, and Bruno has been one of the most consistently-updated comics online. Baldwin, who just announced he'll be moving to Washington State and likely taking Bruno with him, was working until recently for a data entry company. He's decided to take the opportunity to regroup and work on a new project that he'd like to see syndicated.
Comixpedia: How did you start out in comics?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 6, 2003 - 21:19
We're working on compiling important dates in webcomic history - if you've got some suggestions post them here. Thanks!