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Updates On Entries in the Ill-Fated Webcomic Directory Project?

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?

Flight Volume 4 Is Out

I saw via the Flight blog that Flight Volume 4 is now available: pick up a copy from your local comic store or bookstore, or order it online via Amazon.

There is also an interview at Newsarama with contributors to Flight 4, including Kazu Kibuishi, JP Ahonen, Raina Telgemeier, Graham Annable, Joey Weiser, Amy Kim Ganter, Azad Injejikian, Andrea Offermann, Sarah Mensinga and Ryan Estrada.

Full Story Highlights: All Ages Webcomics

While there is certainly a wealth of all-ages material out there, remarkably little of it is in the form of short stories or completed series.

It seems all-ages webcomics tend even more toward the infinitely-ongoing format than webcomics in general do.

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

Webcomics In Adventure

Webcomics in Print is all about adventure! This week we interview adventurer himself Ryan Estrada. We also review Dangnabbit and it wouldn't be the same without our Monday Book News.

Recent Lunchbox Funnies News

Just a little update on stuff from the Lunchbox Funnies world:

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.

The March of the Collectives

A collective, loosely defined, is any sustained grouping of webcomic creators. What they do together varies greatly from group to group. Some are largely a peer group offering each other critical feedback and encouraging support. Others throw in cross-promotion for each others' work. Some build a collective brand with logos, advertising and a central website. Some share business experience and expertise in areas as varied as merchandise, books, conventions, hosting and website creation.

And what did I find from my research? There's a tremendous number of collectives out there (and that I never want to attempt another "survey" article again). And, oh yeah, checking out collectives can be a great way to find excellent new comics.

Rolling Thursday Webcomic Thunder (UPDATED)

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THE COMIXPEDIA (dot org)

HEADLINES

  • Comics Worth Reading reports on the fate of the Friends of Lulu Empowerment Fund. Short answer: no more fund. Here's an excerpt from information provided by FOL President Shannon Crane concerning the problems surrounding the creation of the fund last year:
    Ronee Bourgeois suggested to our entire board that we start an empowerment fund. We agreed that yes, it would be a wonderful idea. Unfortunately, instead of being patient to let the ENTIRE board come up with guidelines, rules, etc, she announced the new fund to the comics community without the board’s consent. We found ourselves between a rock and a hard place. We did what we could to make it work, and now we find that this is not something that we will pursue any longer.

MILESTONES

JUSTIFY MY HYPE

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS

WCCA Winners

Ceremonies are here for now. The big four award winners are:

  • Comic - Perry Bible Fellowship
  • Newcomer - Lackadaisy
  • Artist - Tracey J. Butler
  • Writer - Ryan North