Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 24, 2007 - 14:31
I built a "library" of webcomics and creators back in the fall of 2005 which I put into beta before realizing it was too much editorial work to deal with and the same information could be better provided through the community edited webcomic wiki - COMIXPEDIA.
Nevertheless looking back on the assortment of names collected (some from me, some sent in from you) I wonder if anyone has any significant updates on these creators 18 months later. Maybe we should interview some of them?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 29, 2007 - 10:47
An interesting article in the NY Times talking about a new book by Andrsew Keen called The Cult of the Amateur. It sounds like the book covers a lot of territory but one point of interest to webcomics was the notion that free content is killing content:
"What you may not realize is that what is free is actually costing us a fortune,â€ Mr. Keen writes. â€œThe new winners â€” Google, YouTube, MySpace, Craigslist, and the hundreds of start-ups hungry for a piece of the Web 2.0 pie â€” are unlikely to fill the shoes of the industries they are helping to undermine, in terms of products produced, jobs created, revenue generated or benefits conferred. By stealing away our eyeballs, the blogs and wikis are decimating the publishing, music and news-gathering industries that created the original content those Web sites â€˜aggregate.â€™ Our culture is essentially cannibalizing its young, destroying the very sources of the content they crave."
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 25, 2007 - 13:37
There's some good older thread on new or underrated webcomics on the site but let's start a new one with recommendations for good stuff that started off this year - 2007.
The first one to mind I would pick is Ali Graham's new webcomic Afterstrife which I'm enjoying and I think is a step up from his first webcomic Housd.
Penguicon 5.0 at the Troy Hilton in Troy, Michigan is a science fiction/Linux convention. It will feature Comics Guest of Honor R*H*Milholland of Something Positive, plus webcomics creators Rob Balder (PartiallyClips and Erfworld), The Ferrett (Home on the Strange), Megan Gedris (YU+ME), and Eric Millikin (Fetus-X).
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 11, 2007 - 10:33
First a quick thanks to current advertisers: The Learn to Draw the Human Figure video course; The Lethal Lady website and blog; the webcomic Life on the Fringe and the DrunkDuck Civil War Webcomic Event. Thanks also to all of our PW sponsors including the very current ones: Freaks N Squeeks; Alma Mater; and
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- The Todd Goldman/Dave Kelly copying story was well covered this week appearing on several webcomics, blogs, CBR, the art journal Juxtapoz, and even Wikipedia. The extreme similarities of the two works makes it hard to imagine a set of circumstances such that Goldman did not copy from Kelly. The blog FLEEN has been all over this story and really deserves praise for pulling so much of it together. Yesterday FLEEN posted an absolutely spiteful email it received purportedly from Todd Goldman (although FLEEN caveats that it can't confirm this) and also wrote about another similarity between a Goldman work and Stuff Sucks webcomic creator Liz Greenfield. Copying can be a difficult issue - ideas are not protected, only expression - but again, in the specific Goldman/Kelly case it's very hard to see how this was anything other than copying. (Comixpedia interviewed Dave Kelly back in his Living in Greytown days.)
- Johnny Hart dead. Now the question is what happens to B.C. (and possibly The Wizard of Id)? Will it lumber on as a comic strip zombie or will newspapers retire it in favor of fresh material? ANSWER: Kris Straub catches a note at the Creators Syndicate website that say Undead B.C. and Wizard of Id will definitely lumber on. ALSO: Mark Evanier has an interesting post on Hart's career (link from SPPW).
- Mitch Clem taking a break from webcomics? The creator of webcomics such as Nothing Nice to Say; Coffee Achievers and San Antonio Rock City writes about his five years making webcomics.
- Good luck and good thoughts to creator Carla Speed McNeil, who is undergoing surgery later this month to alleviate a moderate-to-severe case of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. (Swiped from Journalista! which caught it from Elayne Riggs.)
MY THEIR HYPE
- Time's Nerd World Blog praises Rob Balder's and Jamie Noguchi's webcomic Erfworld.
- Maakies creator Tony Millionaire wrote us to tell us that the pilot for the animated Drinky Crow Show is coming to Adult Swim in May. There's a preview video here and you can read others' comments on it here.
- Comics Reporter links to Doom: the webcomic.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- FLEEN notes that Lauren Oâ€™Neal turned in a webcomic as a final project for a class at Stanford. Hip and environmentally-friendly!
- Websnark praises Goats. Eric's main point seems to be that even though most of Goats' episodes don't involve actual "action" the comic is nevertheless working well. Goats has never really been about action though, like a good Kevin Smith movie it's about the dialogue.
- CBR notes the 10th anniversary of comics publisher Top Shelf.
- JOURNALISTA! points to the I Read Comics podcast that features a recording of the â€œWomen in Comicsâ€ panel from the recent New York Comic-Con, with moderator Heidi MacDonald with Colleen Doran, Amanda Conner, Svetlana Chmakova and Rivkah.
Sebastian Parsons is back with another outsider's look at webcomics. In an article published by Comixpedia last year (Diversifiwebcomication: Maximize Your Business Potential) Parsons wrote about business strategies for the budding webcomics entrepreneur. In this article, he looks at webcomics within the larger paradigm of Web 2.0 and offers some thoughts on why we webcomic.
Submitted by Linda Howard Valentine on March 14, 2007 - 13:10
Fans of the romping Norse epic Brat-Halla will be elated to know that its creators are considering increasing their update schedule to twice a week if they receive enough positive reader feedback about the idea.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 4, 2007 - 11:45
As was noted throughout the week, T Campbell tracked down Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and webcomics-focused Wikipedia editor Dragonfiend for interviews regarding the intersection of webcomic and Wikipedia. Although the interview with Wales is short, the interview with Dragonfiend provides a snapshot of what is probably a pretty typical attitude amongst self-described "wikipedians" towards Wikipedia itself and its role and mission.
One thing that popped out at me, however, was Dragonfiend's reference to a short-lived (now deleted) Comixpedia.org article about which Dragonfiend said:
To give a webcomics-related example, if I'm trying to research webcomics over on a wiki with much more indiscrimnate content policies, like comixpedia.org, I'll find articles like this one on the webcomic [now deleted entry] . Without requiring this topic to be noted by several independent reputable sources, we won't know whether this webcomic is of any importance, or just something that somebody made up one day and posted on the internet.
Here's the thing though - within a minute of looking at that entry I knew it was an example of wiki-vandalism. The supposed external link didn't work. Google.com had no record of the URLs, title, creator or anything about the supposed comic. Within a few more minutes I knew that the user account (unlike Wikipedia, Comixpedia.org does restrict editing to those who sign up for user accounts) had been used solely to create a couple of obnoxious and completely made-up entries. Within a few more minutes after that though (all through the magic of google.com) I knew that this Comixpedia user id was the same as a user id at Wikipedia banned for creating the same kind of entries that the user id created at Comixpedia.org. (Even some of the entries and terms in the entries between Comixpedia.org and Wikipedia were the same!)
What's that prove? Well the first thing it suggests to me is a bit of bad faith on Dragonfiend's part. From picking the most obnoxiously offensive entry s/he could find to picking an entry that was so obviously false it's hard to not to assume Dragonfiend was employing emotional rhetorical tactics simply to make Comixpedia.org (and webcomics generally in her mind) look bad. But since it was so obviously demonstrably false (and one that an active wikipedian like Dragonfiend had additional reason to suspect its status as vandalism) it seems to me that it's an example that backfires on Dragonfiend completely. No one needed "several independent reputable sources," to know this was a made-up entry - it took less then 10 minutes with Google.
I think what her comment proves is that all wikis are susceptible to vandalism - it's one of the weak points in the model. No doubt Wikipedia does not like it when the largest media publications in this country present out of context vandalized entries as examples of Wikipedia "scholarship", and neither does Comixpedia.org.