Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 18, 2007 - 10:20
Yesterday at MegaCon was the WCCA ceremony. Anyone there want to post on which winners were announced (nothing's up at the WCCA website yet) and other reactions?
I'm listening to the pre-WCCAs MegaCon podcast from the Gigcast now (mp3 link) - I think they were planning on doing a WCCA podcast but it's not up yet.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 11, 2007 - 23:40
- This week's magazine update includes another installment of Full Story Highlights by Alexander Danner and Tim Tylor; a column by Gilead Pellaeon on collectives; and the first installment of a new column by Derik A. Badman called Panels & Pictures.
- I hadn't looked at it in awhile but the Comixpedia Flickr map has 458 members.
- I'll be at the Washington Webtoonists Meetup this week. If you're in DC come by and say hola.
- T Campbell tried Google Checkout last year but dropped it when it started charging fees this year. Anyone else have anything to report about this Paypal alternative? UPDATE: T writes to clarify:
Google Checkout is not charging fees yet, and will not until the end of 2007. However, once we switched to Google Checkout, we stopped receiving any donations, and once we switched back, they started up again. From the limited evidence, I have to conclude that our donors were too reluctant to sign up with a new payment system, even with the venerable Google brand attached. This may mean that Paypal has a de facto monopoly on e-cash. Better hope they don't start acting like it.
- A business plan for a gag cartoonist (link via Journalista!)
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- The Ryan Estrada Expeditions has launched! New episodes every Monday and Friday!
- ButterNutSquash is updating with a storyline which has one of their characters being dragged around by a dog. They've posted links to some other webcomics where that character has showed up. Not sure if they're looking for more webcomic crossover action but a funny gimmick nonetheless.
- Davd Morgan-Mar's collaborative, community webcomic project has a title, Infinity on 30 Credits a Day, and a new URL.
- Publisher's Weekly has a webcomic: Tales From the Slushpile (link via Journalista!).
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- The weekly round of up webcomics in print from the Webcomics In Print blog.
- Operation Screw Wikipedia makes the frontpage of ComicNe.ws Tracker.
- The Webcomicker notes that the webcomic Banished is updating again with a new artist and is impressed.
- Indy Propaganda reviews Chaos! PhD by Nathan Staples and Ben Dewey.
- Scott Kurtz summarizes PvP in one strip. I challenge everyone to do this - and make it funny to boot.
- More Valentine's Day cards from Big Fat Whale creator Bryan McFadden.
- Aaron Sacco demonstrates how to achieve an effect similar to that used in A Scanner Darkly.
- The Disney Artist Tryout Book. A scan of a book from 1938 - it provides an overview of the production process and description of the various job categories at Disney.
- This seems interesting: how to measure anything with a camera and software. Might be useful in crafting perspective.
- A webcomics hater gets his hate on. Equal opportunity bashing of Penny Arcade, Ctrl-Alt-Del and Shortpacked among others.
For this month's issue of Comixpedia we're taking a look at the burgeoning number of webcomic collectives. Just why do creators band together? Gileon Pellaeon navigates through what is and what isn't a "webcomics collective" and offers five suggestions to creators for getting more bang out of their collective buck.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 5, 2007 - 10:31
Dig that new cover from Frank "Damonk" Cormier and Meaghan Quinn! Our February issue is focused on webcomic collectives and we've got a lot of great articles on tap for it. This morning I've posted the first two articles for this month's issue:
An interview with Mark Mekkes in his role as chairman of the WCCAs, now in its seventh year. There were a lot of changes leading into this year's program and hopefully, this interview helps to shed some light on things.
The first installment of a new column on web manga by Brigid Alverson. Brigid already blogs about manga at her own site MangaBlog and our good friends at Digital Strips. At Comixpedia, she'll be rounding up the good stuff -- and telling you what to avoid as well.
- It looks like the promised comics-hosting functions of ComicSpace are now available. Haven't tried them myself yet so if anyone has any opinions to offer add them in the comments.
- I don't know if this is still open or not, but Ryan Estrada was looking for creators to help with this year's online presentation for the WCCAs.
- Shaenon Garrity interviews Whitney June Robinson, creator of Alma Mater (which you may have seen advertised here on Comixpedia). AM is now on the Modern Tales lineup.
- Gamer News interviews Steve Napierski, creator of Dueling Analogs.
- Independent Propaganda reviews two webcomics: Wireheads and Martian.
- The Ferrett talks up Yet Another Fantasy Gaming Comic:
...YAFGC is alive in ways that other strips arenâ€™t; thatâ€™s partially because itâ€™s drawn in pencil and has the raw energy of a sketch, but also because Rich Morris has the talent of a classic Disney animator; he manages, with a few quick strokes of his pencil, to bring people to life so that the way they stand, hips cocked, tells you more about them than the dialogue ever would.
- 2007 is going well for Jim Zubkavich, the creator the 2002 webcomic Makeshift Miracle which debuted in print last year (after substantial rework on portions of it) and is now starting to appear in book store chains.
- Todd and Penguin creator David Wright is going to be a dad! Not surprisingly that means Todd and Penguin will be on hiatus for awhile (until May). While Todd and Penguin is on hiatus, Wright is posting the first months of the comic which were lost when Keenspot's server crashed in 2002. Wright explained that he was unable to find the first few months of comics until recently - so now, after five years, they are going back on the web.
- Terror Island and The Crown Prince both hit the 100 strips milestone.
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- Engtech asks "What's your favorite webcomic?".
- Dave Roman posts some of the cartoons Todd Webb drew at their wedding (cute idea to have a "wedding cartoonist").
Webcomic creator Mark Mekkes is the co-founder of the WCCAs and the current Chairman of the award. The WCCAs recently shifted from a mid-year presentation to a January-Februray schedule more closely aligned with the calendar year. The 2007 WCCAs will be presented online and in person at Megacon on February 19, 2007. I recently interviewed Mark by email to catch up with all of the changes and what's in store for this year's edition of webcomics' own awards.
First off, tell us a little about your role with the WCCAs. How did you come to help start them and what's been your role since then?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 24, 2007 - 10:27
- Wizard interviews Scott Sava, creator of The Dreamland Chronicles. Sava put out an ambiguous press release recently stating that he had reached the one million reader mark. This interview touches on that and although the answer is still slightly ambiguous it appears that Sava has about 6000-8000 daily readers of his webcomic.
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- Another Time.com blogger notes Chris Onstad's Achewood, this time using it a as hook to talk about how webcomics may do to newspaper comics the same thing Craig's List is doing to newspaper classified ads. (hint: destroying them...)
- FLEEN rounds up news from Owen Dunn's YDK, Andy Bell's The Creatures in my Head and Ryan Smith's Funny Farm.
- Creator Lea Hernandez offers tip on how she structures her working day.
- Endurance cartoonist and world traveler Ryan Estrada posts the first video update from his current expedition.
Submitted by Tyler Martin on January 15, 2007 - 14:49
We're announcing the launch of "Lunchbox Funnies," a new comics collective featuring some of the finest all-ages comics on the
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 15, 2006 - 11:09
Tastefully Done is a 12 month calendar featuring nude versions of characters from up and coming webcomics by 15 different artists. It is now available for sale at Lulu.com and all proceeds go toward cancer research, specifically to Cancer Research UK - Britain's leading cancer charity, and part of the worldwide effort to find a cure for all forms of cancer.
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.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 10, 2006 - 21:16
Check out Ryan Estrada's find of an Indian comic "importing" a character from Butternut Squash. It is very similar - certainly enough to make you think Butternut Squash has at least one reader in India.