Submitted by Scott Reed on February 18, 2007 - 17:01
Anyone who is serious about creating and publishing webcomics probably shares many of the same lists of failed experiments. But the point is to try new ideas. Set those experiments in motion and see what happens. Chances are, it won't break the Internet.
The first webcomic I saw that really inspired me was Steve Conley's Astounding Space Thrills. I was impressed by the professional quality art, the slick formatting and simplicity of the whole effort. His pioneering tooncasting model was all over the Internet by the late 1990's, generating some decent revenue and critical acclaim. The key to his success seemed to be size, format and frequency of publication -- that, and a pretty damned good story.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 14, 2007 - 13:00
Always remember: Valentine's Day is a Christian corruption of a pagan festival involving werewolves, blood and fucking. So wish people a happy HornyWerewolf Day and see what happens.
(I lifted that from Warren's Bad Signal list which may upset him but it's too good not to share with the world). In other Valentines Day news Blind Date II has its first comics posted.
- FLEEN interviewed David Simon, creator of Crimson Dark.
- Comic Book Resources interviews Phil Foglio, creator of Girl Genius.
- Brad Guigar marks seven years of producing a daily comic strip - first with Greystone Inn and more recently with Evil Inc. Guigar also creates two weekly comics: Courting Disaster, and Phables.
- As of today, Arthur, King of Time and Space has gone its first one thousand daily updates without missing one.
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- Penny Arcade's Tycho writes "a guest essay" on fatherhood for Tom Brazelton's Theater Hopper site.
- Webcomics In Print looks at A Cheese Related Mishap by Ray Friesen.
- Fuzzy and OJ are having a caption contest! Submit your own caption, view the ones already there, and rate them!
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 8, 2007 - 11:17
- Scott Adams discovers he can collect some scratch from selling original art from his Dilbert comic. My impression is that sales of art in the "comic book" world is pretty common now and it's also something many web-based creators have pursued. I don't know if this is common or not with newspaper artists. (Click here to check out Adam's site for selling his original art) Also interesting here is that Adams only has a limited set of art to sell - his early work used an ink that has already faded and more recently, he does all of it on the computer.
- Fleen has a brief preview (embedded in a post about wikipedia antics) about webcomics appearing at this summer's San Diego Comicon. This year's unofficial webcomic pavilion looks to be at the section of floor bounded by booths 1129, 1137, 1329, and 1337 where Dayfree, Penny Arcade, Blank Label, Keenspot, Dumbrella and Phil Foglio will be located.
- Webcomics In Print covers the second print collection of Stuff Sucks by Liz Greenfield.
- No book for 24 Hour Comics Day. (There was a book for 2006's 24 Hour Comics Day.)
- Missed this, but Joey Manley noted that you can now podcast PDFâ€™s to iTunes (
and from there to iPodsTim Demeter says you can get PDFs on iTunes but not on your iPod.).
If youâ€™re part of the [people who care about these awards], then in doing so, whether you like it or not, youâ€™re subscribing to the reality of these awards; that the majority rules them, and if you want to win, you better get off your ass and do some promotional work. Just because your comic is better than one of the nominees doesnâ€™t mean the world is going to flock to your self-perceived greatness and if youâ€™re the only one who thinks youâ€™re great, then youâ€™re not great, youâ€™re a bit of a narcissist, and I suggest you go for the other option of not caring about awards.
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Submitted by GileadPellaeon on July 27, 2006 - 19:23
Well, this is my last post concerning the 2006 San Diego Comicon.Ã‚ Sorry it's so long in coming, and unfortunately most of the sketch pictures taken in this post were taken with a cell phone camera, so they're kind of crappy.Ã‚ Nonetheless, they're all here, and you can click on any one to be taken to a larger version on Flickr.
I really had a grand old time at the Comicon this year.Ã‚ I felt like I got to know a lot of the creators a lot better, there are people out there that would recognize me if they saw me again (especially if I get in the Vanderbeam get-up).Ã‚ I didn't get to meet everyone I wanted to or ask all the questions I had or really squeeze myself into the inner circle of webcomics (which is every webcomic blogger's goal, I'm sure), but between Comicon and blogging here I do feel a lot more in touch with the webcomics community at large, which makes me happy.Ã‚ Now, on to the sketches!
Submitted by Darlene on July 20, 2006 - 12:13
Today is the official start of San Diego Comic-Con International. For those people who bought four-day passes, they were allowed entry to Preview Night yesterday. For me, it meant helping Paul Horn, creator of Cool Jerk, set up his table at the Small Press Area.
Set up at the Convention Center started around 10 a.m.,perhaps even earlier for the bigger displays. For us, getting in at 3 p.m. (three hours before the start of preview night) to set up the booth still wasn't early enough. One area of the parking garage immediately under the convention center was already sold out and lines for preregistered attendees were forming loops outside.
Comicon is almost here. Gilead and Darlene will be guest blogging for Comixpedia. Lots of panel info after the jump.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 5, 2006 - 15:29
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.
Submitted by Fabricari on March 9, 2006 - 21:52
What did you do last year that brought you the most traffic?
We tried conventions, advertising, forums, e-mails, begging... Banner ads and trolling the forums still seem to be the best bet for Adam and I.
How about you?