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WCCA Winners?

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.

News and Views for Monday, February12, 2007

COMIXPEDIA

INTERVIEWS

BUSINESS

  • 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!)

JUSTIFY MY HYPE

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS

Collective 'lective, What Makes You Effective?

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.

Interviews, Manga and the Monday Morning News (UPDATED)

Frank "Damonk" Cormier and Meaghan QuinnDig 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.

HEADLINES

INTERVIEWS

REVIEWS

...YAFGC is alive in ways that other strips aren’t; that’s partially because it’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.


Jim ZubkavichDEAD TREES

  • 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.

CONGRATULATIONS

JUSTIFY MY HYPE

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS

And the WCCA Goes To... An Interview with WCCA Chairman Mark Mekkes

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?

News for Wednesday, January 24, 2007

INTERVIEWS

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS

Lunchbox Funnies: New All-Ages Comic Collective

Lunchbox FunniesWe're announcing the launch of "Lunchbox Funnies," a new comics collective featuring some of the finest all-ages comics on the

Comic Strips Strip for Cancer Research

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.

Damn, I Wish I Was Your Webcomic

DEAD TREES

INTERVIEWS

CONSERVATIVE COMICS

  • 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 Muir’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.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS

NOT WEBCOMICS

Bollywood Meets Webcomics

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.