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Hand Drawn Pixel T-Shirts

R Stevens made a video of him drawing Red Robot on a pre-pixelated t-shirt - nice idea for conventions but will he wash out?

Reinventing Micropayments

Just as Bitpass bit the dust and Scott McCloud decided the right number for The Right Number was free, Joel Fagin offers another look at how to make micropayments work for webcomics -- by examining iTunes, the most successful micropayments system in history.

News & Views for May 4, 2007 UPDATED

HEADLINES

EVENTS

COMIXPEDIA

INTERVIEWS

REVIEWS

WHAT'S IN A NAME?

  • Joey Manley ponders the nomenclature of "webcomics""versus "comics", prompted by someone's description of Dilbert as a webcomic. It's best not to get too hung up on nomenclature. As comics as a medium (not as a genre/format) have gotten (slightly) more visibility in America we can all talk about "comics" at that level. But that doesn't mean the term "webcomic" won't continue to be useful, just as "comic book" and "comic strip" (and more recently "graphic novel") have been used and useful for many years. Given the growth of comics on the web versus every other format though I won't be surprised if most people will begin to use comic and webcomic much more interchangeably. (Manley also links to a Google trends graph of the use of the word "webcomic(s)".)

NOT COMICS

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS

Interview with Steven Cloud

The Webcomics In Print blog interviews Steven L. Cloud, the creator of Boy on a Stick and Slither. Cloud recently signed a web-syndication deal with United Media and Boy on a Stick and Slither debuts today on comics.com.

Cloud is a member of the Dumbrella group. Another Dumbrella member, Rich Stevens, (Diesel Sweeties) previously signed a syndication deal with United Media.

Tuesday Mixed Links

BUSINESS

INTERVIEWS

  • The Daily Crosshatch has put up the second part of their interview with Raina Telgemeier.
  • The Comics Reporter interviews K Thor Jensen about the completion of his autobiographical comic Red Eye, Black Eye, which was originally serialized at Serializer.net.

MISCELLANEA

 

Updating the Feed Lists

When we switched to Drupal one of the nice things I was able to set up was pulling in the RSS feeds of other sites to Comixpedia. That way we do less "link" blogging here but you can still get a sense of what's going on in webcomicland from the syndicated headlines.

Welcome to the Webcomicdome!

Busy news week already - don't forget to check out all of the articles from March's Short Story Issue (and we added some articles to February's Webcomic Collectives Issue this month as well). Next month's issue will cover science fiction themes - if you are interested in writing for the magazine drop me an email (xerexes AT comixpedia DOT com).

INTERVIEWS

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS

Wikipedia-Free News & Views For Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Before I get to today's news & views -- don't forget we had three new articles published in the magazine this week:

  • Terrence Marks interviews married creators, Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier. This is actually the first in a series of five such interviews we'll be publishing this month.
  • New columnist Brigid Alverson covers five short story web manga this month in Small Packages.
  • Bryant Paul Johnson returns with another installment of his historically accurate series at Comixpedia: The Antecedent.
  • And of course a big thanks to Meghan Murphy of Kawaii Not for doing this month's cover art.

HEADLINES

INTERVIEWS

JUSTIFY MY HYPE

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS

Thursday News And Blues Round Up (UPDATED)

COMIXPEDIA

I want to throw out a thanks to current (and very recent) sponsors of Comixpedia including the movie The Abandoned and the webcomics Zortic, I See You and O''deer. We have three slots available right now on the side bar - cheap! - click here to get more details and order.

INTERVIEWS

TOOLS

  • A new version of Balloonist is out - the Balloonist software creates cartoon speech bubbles. Some of the new features in version 2.0 are: Curved Stems, Ruffle Harmonics, Better Line Break Control, Zoom Control, and well more (click for details). I've never used this software but I've seen it and the creators seemed to have spent much of the effort behind the new version in responding to current users requests.

EVENTS

JUSTIFY MY HYPE

  • I've been meaning to plug the wonderful (relatively) new comic Voids by Shayna Marchese. Today, she posted a Flickr series of photos on how she creates the comic - that's as good a hook as any!
  • The juggernaut that is Richard Stevens III rolls on. He recently discovered a quote of his showing up in Google's quote-a-nator thingee. (more details on the Diesel Sweeties site below the comic) Also is it just me or does the mohawked character in the recent web-DS storyline look a lot like Comixpress proprietor Logan DeAngelis?
  • Frank Frisina, the writer of the poker-themed webcomic Life's A Bluff emailed me that artist Brandon Carr has returned to working on the project.
  • Kris Straub's new/old parody (meta-parody?) gamer comic Insert Cartridge isn't bad. It's just not that cutting as parody really. On the other hand a couple of the jokes, despite Kris' insistence that he's trying to mimic the mediocrity of many comics in the genre, are pretty funny. (UPDATE: I didn't mean and I doubt Kris meant to say that the entire gamer comic genre is mediocre. More that there are many mediocre comics in that genre that are merely aping the tropes of it)

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS

An Interview with Rich Stevens

R Stevens IIIAn interview with Rich Stevens on the newspaper-style Diesel Sweeties launch with good details on the syndication deal itself. Also Stevens recommends his Dumbrella compadres as other plausible newspaper candidates. I don't know about that actually - I'd like to see all of them in my newspaper but in terms of whether I think we will see them, well I could see BOASAS in newspapers, but I'm not sure about the others.

The question for today: what webcomics do you think could be most successfully translated into successful newspaper comic strips?