Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 13, 2006 - 11:20
Joey Manley announced that WebcomicsNation now offers a free service offering the same core functionality as the pay service. Leaving business issues aside, I think this is a great thing as the WebcomicsNation tool set is very useful. Scanning reactions to this I noticed Journalista! today praised the move, but found this quote curious: "I mention all of this because of the potential for this initiative to create the one thing that webcomics have pretty much lacked up until now: a central gathering point." What Dirk is describing is Big Panda circa 1999, Keenspot/space circa 2001. They were the online gathering points. What happened? Webcomics got bigger.
Gabe posted the cover to the forthcoming Penny Arcade book, "Birds Are Weird" (along with some of the preliminary sketchwork).
Basic Instructions by Scott Meyer is pretty funny (sort of a non-political Tom The Dancing Bug). There was a Digg entry for it recently. It only got 3 Diggs and so it didn't make the front page (most comics don't get "dugg" much from what I've seen) but Google picked up the Digg.com entry for it (presumably because Digg.com has a great page rank in the Google algorithm). So there might be a value to posting to Digg even without much hope of making the front page of Digg.
JUSTIFY MY HYPE
- Long time webcomics creator (Todd and Penguin, Taking Up Space) has a new comic called Girl and Monster.
- Menace Club - someone remixed Dennis the Menace comics with Fight Club dialogue. Funny as hell (a little creepy too...) See it before the lawyers attack!
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- Webcomics In Print has another great update on current webcomic book titles.
- FLEEN has an interview with Kristin Lindsay, director of the Penny Arcade-founded charity, Child's Play.
- Journalista! catches a profile of creator Ethan Lee (Single Asian Female) in AsianWeek.
- Lots of people are pointing to this NY Times piece on Dark Horse, a fairly successful independent comic book publisher.
- Obdormio praises Adrian Ramos' Count Your Sheep.
After a summer spent away from Comixpedia and comics too, it was great to catch up with all kinds of comics and creators at the Small Press Expo (aka SPX) this weekend. I caught some panels, bought some books and chatted with a lot of webcomic-friendly creators including Jeph Jacques and Danielle Corsetto.
Ted Rall talks up and talks to webcomics with attitude for Attitude 3: The New Subversive Online Cartoonists. It's a great addition to the ongoing Attitude anthology series that pays some well-deserved attention to webcomics.
We've had many contributors to Comixpedia over the years - here's a full list through the end of 2005:
[UPDATE: The Comics Reporter has a guide to this convention worth checking out.]
Artists alley features several webcomic creators including:
- Rob Balder, Partially Clips
- Chris Impink, Fragile Gravity
and the Webcomic Hotness Pavillion which features:
- Greg Carter & Brooke Spangler
- Christie Johnson
- Jennie Breeden
- Danielle Corsetto
- James Hatton
- Mara Maguire & Bill Ellis
- Sara-Fred Rickert & Kristy Bourgeois
- Garth Graham
- Matt Rawson & Evan Keeling
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 13, 2006 - 20:56
Part of the "community" of webcomics is the fun of playing in a colleague's webcomic playground for a bit. The most common aspects of this are the cross-over and the guest week. A more infamous cousin is the gratuitous cameo storyline (characters used with or without permission) where for no real reason at all scores of characters from much more well known webcomics show up in yours.
I did it, you did it, hell even Bigger Than Cheeses did it. Post your links, confess your (or someone else's) sins.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 11, 2006 - 16:28
Y'all know about Whispered Apologies right? (Artists send in art and writers then write words, thereby making comics. Voila!) Just to pick one of many favorites - here's one with illustration by Karl Spurzem of Picked On Robot and writing by Rob Balder of PartiallyClips that nails all "Mary Sue" comics.
Submitted by Mark Mekkes on June 11, 2006 - 21:39
They're here! The final nominees for the 2006 Web Cartoonists' Choice Awards are announced!
Although the final voting system isn't quite ready yet, this is your opportunity to check out all of the nominees and start discussing them. Then, once the final polls are open, you'll be ready to make informed and researched decisions that guarantee that the best comics will win.