Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 15, 2007 - 23:21
More articles uploaded to the January issue of Comixpedia Magazine: an interview with Tyler Martin, creator of Wally & Osborne and another installment of Full Story Highlights which features completed webcomics. Don't forget to check out last week's articles: an interview with Foxy Lollop creator Mike Lacroix, Jon Morris' Plea for Hand-Lettering comic and 24 Hour Pixel People interviews King Arthur.
And now on to the news & views!
- Two new collectives launched today. The first one being Lunchbox Funnies which is billed as an all-ages comics collective. There's a blog post from co-founder Tyler Martin here and a bit in our interview with him (also posted today). The other one is called Sugarskull and features "an eclectic group of webcomics that have banded together to bring their collective Rock to the world â€“ no two are alike, but they play together nicely all the same. The list of comics there includes Vampirates, The Awakened, Small Noises and The Reader.
- Diesel Sweeties newspaper-style is showing up now on comics.com. To me at least, Rich's sensibility is pretty different then the bulk of what's on the newspaper page so it was interesting to see the comics United Media chose to recommend to readers of DS: Monty, Opus, and The Grizzwells. (Also of Clango-related interest: FLEEN has a short write-up of Rich Stevens's recent webcomic creator-strewn surprise 30th birthday party.)
- Scott Kurtz is using Project Wonderful to offer some ads on his PvP website. He's trying to limit them to use by other webcomics.
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- Peter Bagge does his best imitation of John Stossel as channeled by Rob Corddry. Gimme a break!
- Howard Tayler gives a well-deserved plug to Rob Balder's and Jamie Noguchi's Erfworld.
- Words & Pictures is always funny but today's hits that father of under 6 year old demo perfectly...
- As if xkcd needs a plug from Comixpedia, but today's (Monday) flowchart kept me laughing for much longer then you'd think. Must be all the engineers in my family tree.
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- Superhero theme songs - I think all of these are real...
- Another Narbonic retrospective podcast as Narbonic: Director's Cut continues.
- The Comics Reporter links to an issue of Foreword that focuses on comics. I haven't read this magazine before but a quick skim looked interesting.
- Johanna Draper Carlson writes an interesting blog on comics. This post on why webcomics don't show up in many best of year lists for comics (really comic books) is interesting.
- World Freehand Circle Drawing Champion. This is oddly impressive... (link from Boing BOINg)
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 4, 2007 - 10:00
- First sighting of Diesel Sweeties in the newspaper page.
- United Media is looking for Assistant Editor for Comic. This is the syndicate Ted Rall works for and that signed R Stevens and his webcomic Diesel Sweeties. (link from T Campbell)
- Bring Your Own Awesome is looking for a new artist (doesn't that title sound like something Ryan North should be writing?). The writer is Connor Mooney, a twenty-something student at SUNY Albany (which should give you some sense of what the comic has been about so far).
- Wizard interviews Nick Gurewitch, creator of Perry Bible Fellowship. Gurewitch mentions that the first print collection of PBF is due this September or October.
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- I was not previously aware of the romantic effects of the early britpop years. Thank you Scary Go Round!
- Fabricari's artcam returns!
- New webcomic from the Crying Macho Man: Honey Bear.
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- Websnark is back with the almost obligatory comment on the end of Narbonic and an interesting spin on Home On The Strange. My immediate reaction to Eric's post on HOTS was that he was reading way too much into it to fit it into a neat little framework he had cooked up but still an interesting essay. In the comments, both creators of HOTS show up at the very end and add a few reactions to the post.
- FLEEN looks at the webcomic Russell's Teapot.
- More star-studded comments on the year that was 2006 at The Beat: part 3 (includes Shaenon Garrity and Svetlana Chmakova), part 2 (includes Dean Haspiel and ) and part 1.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 21, 2006 - 17:41
As promised, the Daily Cartoonist has a short interview with Ted Rall about his role in luring Rich Stevens to
the dark side newspaper syndication.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 19, 2006 - 11:54
- A smaller December issue then years past but still full of great webcomic recommendations and plenty of opinions to discuss. There's a slight chance we'll have a few more pieces, but I may hold those until January.
- I just wanted to say thanks and congrats to Kris Straub who has contributed to Comixpedia for a couple years - first with Modern Humor Authority and this year with Checkerboard Nightmare. Kris' plate has gotten considerably more full lately so he won't have time to contribute next year.
- If you have a minute please vote for the Roundtable and People of Webcomics articles over at ComicNe.ws - it's a different crowd at CBR and having Comixpedia articles on the front page over there has helped bring some of their readers over here to check out Comixpedia. At this point it only takes about 6 votes to get something on the front page over there so click that little "c" below your posts if you think it might be of interest.
A warning to those using google ads and placing images near the ads themselves - that appears to be against Google Adsense's new policy:
Can I place small images next to my Google ads?
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Let's All Go To The Movies
Journalista has a significant section today on Scott Rosenberg and Platinum Studios called "Meet the new Scott Rosenberg, the same as the old Scott Rosenberg." (A side note: Rosenberg was included in our People Of Webcomics list this year.) Obviously anyone who has followed Rosenberg in the news this year knows at this point he's been around comics in various ventures for quite some time. A chief, recurring, criticism seems to be that Rosenberg is interesting in comics properties solely for their potential to be licensed to filmmakers and that he does not actual perform the basic publishing function of a comics publisher.
I can't comment too much because I haven't done my homework on this subject, but it does strike me as odd that when numerous creators are abandoning the monthly comic book format for webcomics (albeit with a goal to collection in a graphic novel) that there is an expectation that Platinum would want to vigorously compete in the direct market. It also seems odd to criticize Platinum for using a creator-for-hire approach on its first comic book, Cowboy & Aliens -- isn't that the standard model for the majority of the industry (you know, DC and Marvel)? Deppey reports that a deal from 2004 may require Platinum to put out comic books in order to comply with the deal - to the extent that Platinum is treating such publication as an expense rather than a profit center, I'd think the most obvious question is what does that say about the health of the direct market?
If this is of interest, there's lot more on the topic at Journalista! today.
NEWS ABOUT COMICS NEWS SITES
I didn't realize that it was a common practice for comics publishers to own comics journalists, but today's Journalista! also alerted me to the fact that Platinum Studios bought the comics news site Broken Frontiers earlier this month. (Similarly, Journalista! and TCJ are owned by publisher Fantagraphics.) I'm sincere in asking how do such journalists deal with the obvious conflict of interest this presents? Is there a corporate separation that protects the ability of the journalists to cover the news without interference or does the journalist just not cover their owners?
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If you haven't been reading ICE by Faith Erin Hicks get over there and check it out (the archives aren't that long). I'm not sure I like the black & white as much as the earlier coloring but that's only as a comparative matter - both periods of the comic are amazing. If you have been reading, the current scene is getting particularly tense as major plots points are revealed.
Joe Barbera passed away. I thought this guy's name meant animation when I was a kid.
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- Speaking of Kris Straub, I assume this PvP guest comic is his comment on Rich Stevens' newspaper gig for Diesel Sweeties.
- Journalista! catches that Alison Bechdel's autobiography, Fun Home, is Time Magazineâ€™s book of the year.
- All of the movie comics creators did a live podcast together yesterday - you can catch the recording still.
- Clay Yount ended his Saturdays-only strip Bikini Frisbee Days at Sluggy Freelance with a plug for his forthcoming webcomic, Cosmobear. I wonder if that means Pete Abrams has an opening for that Saturday gig?
- Ali Graham is doing a radio show (internet-only) based on his Housd webcomic.
- Shaenon Garrity tees off on Anthony, the character you love to hate from For Better Or For Worse.
- A whole lot of art tutorials - link from the Drawn! blog.
It's the third annual Comixpedia People Of Webcomics List. This was the hardest one yet to compile. There's a lot of webcomics and a lot of people doing interesting things in and around webcomics. This list, as in past years, is an odd effort to compare apples and oranges: artistic achievement, audience popularity, technical achievement, business savvy, news-making impact all go into the mix.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 18, 2006 - 09:41
- Check out the End of 2006 Roundtable with 10 comics-savvy writers covering the year in webcomics. A few more articles should be up soon (I'm editing as fast as I can!) - possibly even today.
- The Comics Reporter interviews the creator of Narbonic and other webcomics, Shaenon Garrity. Really, really good interview. Interesting question at the end where Garrity muses on where she'll be five years from now. I think she's overlooking the webcomic/newspaper hybrid that Rich Stevens' Diesel Sweeties may be cracking open and that would seem well-suited to Garrity's combination of writing and artistic skills.
- Digital Strips reviews some of the free webcomics published on Netcomics.com (Netcomics is the english-language affiliate of Korean manwha publisher, E-comix).
- Webcomics In Print posts one last book roundup for the year. (Don't forget to check out the Year In Print round-up in our December issue)
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- Eric Burns posts the "pilot script" for ComicSense.com, a television show about webcomics - look for it around, oh I'll put my money on 2016. Actually it's a self-described parody of West Wing/Studio 60 creator Aaron Sorkin's style and since everyone reading this post knows webcomics, I can safely say - it's marvelously funny.
- From Fleen: Jennie Breeden is selling a deck of The Devil's Panties cards.
- Wow - 2 years and a 100 podcasts from Digital Strips. Congratulation to Daku (and the now-departed Zampson).
- Drawn! points to a tutorial by Les McClaine (creator of Johnny Crossbones).
- Joey Manley has started a discussion group on creating an API for Webcomics Nation. An API would allow third-party developers to write code that could work with the WCN code to do interesting things.
- Keenspot working with sponsor Wicked Lasers debuts a new webcomic called Wicked Powered created by Chris Crosby and Owen Gieni (the team behind Sore Thumbs). This may be the first sponsor co-owned/created webcomic. I'm all in favor of exploring new ways to make money from making comics so while it's too early to tell what this means, kudos to Crosby and Keenspot for pursuing the opportunity.
Our second annual virtual round table on the year in webcomics features comments from Eric Millikin, Daku, Gilead Pellaeon, Mike Russell, Lewis Powell, Alexander Danner, Eric Burns, Michael Rouse-Deane, Johanna Draper Carlson and Gary Tyrrell.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 15, 2006 - 17:34
The Daily Cartoonist is a good blog, but clearly a good chunk of its audience is fairly clueless about webcomics and the web as a distribution/publication system. A short but sweet post about R. Stevens impending launch of Diesel Sweeties in newspapers is met with the kind of whiny, defensive reaction I haven't seen since Wiley versus Scott Kurtz until Rich Stevens himself shows up and leads the counterattack:
I wonâ€™t argue the rest of your points, but thereâ€™s a million or more people doing looking at my comics every month without any kind of major media backing. When you can say that about your own stuff, you can make blanket dismissals of six and a half years worth of comics.
After that a much more interesting discussion continues. The Daily Cartoonist also promises an interview with Ted Rall on Diesel Sweeties and webcomics-to-syndication coming soon.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 14, 2006 - 09:28
- E& P lists some of the initial newspapers Rich Stevens' Diesel Sweeties will launch in next year.
- The Daily Cartoonist links to speculation on what the newspaper business will look by the end of the decade.
- The Comics Reporter links to an interview with Gene Yang, creator of American Born Chinese.
- Newsarama catches up with Frank Cho. He seems to be doing a lot of superhero work these days.
- Ted Rall defends the recently arrested creator of Mallard Fillmore, Bruce Tinsley.
- Dirk Deppey wonders aloud (look under "digital comics" section) if the recent nearly nude shot of a character in Chris Muirâ€™s webcomic Day by Day would offend readers of conservative blogs where the strip is syndicated.
- I missed that Line Item Veto went on hiatus.
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- Joey Manley charts the long tail of WCN webcomics.
- Omigawd! Kris Straub snaps and kicks the crap out of Scott Kurtz! And uh, more behind the scenes on the forthcoming PvP animated series.
- Stephen "xmung" Crowley has some thoughts on webcomic audience sizes.
- Every comics creator should have a comic bio. Check out Jon Morris' bio here.
- Where is
WaldoRyan? Help decide where world explorer/cartoonist Ryan Estrada heads to next.
- Not sure how old this is, but the cast of the NBC television show, Scrubs, dubbed the dialogue to the classic Peanuts Christmas special. Pretty funny, actually.