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The Breakfast Comics Club

Some quick updates for today -- probably no more posts from me until next week though (check out the talk posts for more from the ComixTalk community).  Here's an idea that caught my eye this AM -- a graphic novel reading group.  Sponsored by the DC area bookstore Politics and Prose it will meet the fourth Wednesday of each month.  There are a lot of book reading clubs -- how many include, let alone focus on graphic novels?  Do any publishers include book club guides for their graphic novels? (I've seen similar stuff for books).

iComics?
Another article on Longbox - the announced "itunes for comics" service/software.  Not a bad overview of the possibilities here, although a key difference between music and comics is that it seems iTunes rode the success of the iPod.  I can't imagine iTunes becoming as dominant as it is without the tight linkage Apple created to the iPod.  Longbox isn't going to have that advantage.  On the other hand if Longbox can do deal with many, many major publishers of comics than it still might have a fighting chance (assuming it's a great piece of software with a really good customer experience).  (h/t Scott McCloud)

Event!
If you're in the DC area come hear Richard Thompson of Cul de Sac speak at my local library next week.

Justify My Hype
Daily Cross Hatch has a great comic from Raina Telgemeier -- the first in a series called Subway Stories.

SPXin'

The other thing I feel like posting about today is SPX.

Dave wrote a nice, complete post about our trip on his journal, which you can read for the details of what we did and when. He got a really severe allergy attack on Sunday, which basically put him out of commission the entire day, and meant that my head was not quite as in-the-game as it could have been, as I was worried about him. But aside from that, we really did manage to have a fun weekend, and I had a great con!

SPX 2008

Back home from SPX and had to take the day off to recover. I spent the last few hours of the show having my worst allergy attack in years and trying not to sneeze on everyone. I apologize to anyone I may have blown off, or on! I'm starting to think there's something in the Maryland trees or environment that really sets me off because as my friend Matt pointed out, this wasn't exactly the first time I got sick at SPX. Which is really frustrating because it really is one my favorite cons, and sickness aside, it felt like a really good year for the show.

A Tip O' The Hat For the Last Game At Webcomic Stadium

Welcome to ComixTalk... may I take your order?  I've got an interview with the elusive Pokey the Penguin up and Brigid Alverson talks with Jeremy Ross of TokyoPop about its Manga Pilots program.   You may also want to check out my weekend post chock-filled with links to interesting stories and a new comic worth checking out.  (What exactly is a "chock" and how would you fill it?)

INTERVIEWS
Missed this, but Creative Commons has an interview with Mr. Diesel Sweeties, Rich Stevens.  Back in 2005, ComixTalk held a roundtable on creative commons licenses and comics with T Campbell, Lawrence Lessig, Neeru Paharia, Mia Garlick, JD Frazer, and Cory Doctorow.

ComixMix has an interview with D.J. Coffman, currently working on Flobots. (Folks should also check out D.J.'s very recent post on hosting your webcomic yourself - a short guide to getting started online independently.)

Digital Strips has a short interview with Zach Weiner - of SMBC and Captain Excelsior infamey.

Rick Marshall had a great interview with Jennie Breeden of Devil's Panties.

Gaming Angel has an interview with Randall Munroe of xkcd and Benjamin Birdie and Kevin Church of The Rack (h/t Journalista!)

LA TIMES interviews Josh Neufeld on his webcomic A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge.

Tom Spurgeon had a great interview with Scott McCloud on the new collection of his ZOT! comic.

CBR had a two-part interview with Aaron Diaz of Dresden Codak - click for part one and part two.

REVIEWS

Artpatient.com has a review of Chasing the Sunset.

BUSINESS
David Rothman looks at the decline in traffic to Wowio.com but as Dirk Deppey notes, Wowio was essentially off the air for a good chunk of the summer.

AWARDS
I neglected to mention Andrew Wahl won first and third place in the International Cartoon contest at the Homer Davenport Days festival in Oregon earlier this month.  Wahl is a talented cartoonist - check out more of his work here.  Also, I just think it's cool that a town has an entire festival to celebrate Homer Davenport - an internationally respected and pioneering political cartoonist from the turn of the century.

CONVENTIONS
Two East Coast events coming up fast.  First this coming weekend is the Baltimore Comicon (with, as FLEEN notes, the only East Coast appearance of all four How To Make Webcomics authors) The Baltimore Comicon is where the Harvey Awards are presented - Shaenon Garrity has the scoop on a contest to win tickets to the Harvey Awards

Next from October 4-5th is my hometown (close enough anyhow) convention, the Small Press Expo (SPX) over in Bethesda, Maryland.  The Ignatz Awards are presented at SPX.  Guests include Bryan Lee O’Malley, James Kochalka, Richard Thompson, Tom Tomorrow, etc!

JUSTIFY MY HYPE
Dirk Deppey links to this pretty cool idea -- The Superest wherein Kevin Cornell and Matthew Sutter take turns creating superheroes and villains that defeat each other’s creations.  And Tom Spurgeon links to news of a book deal for the site.

Site Maintenance; Features Articles Update Coming

I've had to tackle some under-the-hood site maintenance and that's delayed another feature articles update.  Hopefully tonight!

In sporadically researched news-for-today:

JUSTIFY MY HYPE
ComicsMix links to a funny parody/mashup called Calvin and Jobs.

Very cool guest week at Wapsi Square commencing now with stuff from Scott Sava; Ryan Sias; Gisèle Lagacé; Trudy Cooper; and David Reddick.

MILESTONES
Comics Reporters catches news of the exact date of the end of For Better or For Worse, sadly concluding with the just-doesn't-work plot of the wedding of Anthony and Elizabeth... (well unless creator Lynn Johnston has secretly viewed FBOFW as a story of great tragedy all along...)

BUSINESS TIME!
DJ Coffman comments on WOWIO charging the same price for ebook versions of Hero By Night as the paper versions: ridiculous.

MINI-REVIEWS
Comics Worth Reading reviews the Zuda entries for August.

The Scienteers have a rundown of the week at DrunkDuck comics.

INTERVIEWS
Journalista! catches interviews with Cul de Sac creator Richard Thompson, Candorville creator Darrin Bell, The Araknid Kid creator Josh Alves, and Pictures for Sad Children cartoonist John Campbell.

William Bazillion, Chapter 6 starts NOW!!!

William Bazillion Chapter Six, now online for your reading pleasure: http://www.williambazillion.com

**And now, a public service announcement from cartoonist, gentleman, pal and illustrator of my profile pic**

Amazing news! Keith Knight's new, daily, Nationally Syndicated comic strip, The Knight Life, is being tested at The San Francisco Chronicle.

Here's a message from the man himself:

Dr. McNinja Meets Blackbeard Jones, Esq

DEAD TREES
Bill Watterson is writing the forward to the first book collection of Richard Thompson's Cul-De-Sac comic.  Cool!

EVENTS
Chris Hastings will be at the Washington Street Library in Cumberland MD on June 28th at 2 PM to talk Dr. McNinja.  Double-plus cool: Dr. McNinja is from a fictional version of Cumberland, MD (one with a Zombie Defense System).  (I am totally making a comic called Blackbeard Jones, Esq now...)

INTERVIEWS
Rick Marshall interviews Jon Rosenberg about farm animals and beer.

TOOLS
The Gigcast linked to another make comics tool - this one's call Pikkipi.

WEBCOOOOOOOOOOMIC!!! GOAL GOAL GOLAZZO!!!!

A few late updates to the magazine this week: interviews with Einser-nominated creator Jason Shiga (FLEEP, Bookhunter) and cartoonist/animator Pendelton Ward (Bueno the Bear).

JUSTIFY MY HYPE
Joe Infurnari's Ultra Lad starts up at ACT-I-VATE this coming Monday.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
Jim Zubkavich reports that the Canadian Children's Book Centre just released their annual "Best Books for Kids & Teens" guide and one of the seven graphic novels listed includes his Makeshift Miracle (which originally appeared as a webcomic).

Comic Book Galaxy with 6 tips on reading comics for free.

Richard Thompson, creator of the very good Culdesac strip talks nubs.

Another Webcomic Rides The Bus

AWARDS

  • The judges for next year's Eisner awards have been named. They are Bookazine Company pop-culture category director John Davis; comics and prose writer Paul Di Filippo; California retailer Atom! Freeman; Entertainment Weekly writer Jeff Jensen; and California librarian Eva Volin. (h/t Journalista!)

INTERVIEWS

WARREN ELLIS

  • Does anyone know when Warren Ellis' upcoming Freak Angels is going to debut? UPDATE: Wow - that was almost psychic - Warren Ellis in a post to his email list this morning said the webcomic would launch in February 2008.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS

Cul De Sac Creator Richard Thompson Speaks at the Writers Center

This Friday, October 12th, Richard Thompson is giving a talk at the Writers' Center in Bethesda MD at 7:30 pm. It's timed to coincide with the annual Small Press Expo. It's free but you need to RSVP. (More details at Thompson's blog) Thompson draws a lot of the illustrations for the Washington Post and has two comics - one only in the Post (Poor Richard's Almanac) and one recently syndicated (Cul-de-Sac) - he recently contributed this comic on "Drawing A Funny Comic in 20 Steps".