Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 1, 2007 - 11:34
We made it to February! Huzzah! This month marks 4 years of Comixpedia.
The big topics of the week seem to be Wikipedia and WCCAs.
- Terrence Marks wrote about the most recent deletion-fest of webcomic entries at Wikipedia earlier this week. The Webcomicker jumps in with a post on "Why Wikipedia Is Failing" and Kris Straub finds a deletion thread at Wikipedia that kind of sums a lot of this tempest in a terrabit up..
- T Campbell posts several reactions to the WCCA nominations. FLEEN also makes some observations here.
- Act-I-Vate is having a party tonight to celebrate it's first year anniversary (click the link for details).
- The Crown Commission interviews K. Thor Jensen about his comic Red Eye, Black Eye.
- FLEEN interviews Alice Hunt, creator of Goodbye Chains.
- The latest Winterview is with Bryan Lee Oâ€™Malley and Hope Larson.
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- The animated PVP series debuts tonight. Creators Scott Kurtz and Kris Straub are having a live podcast as well.
- Sean Howard is writing a serialized story in text adventure format.
- This month's FRAMED: NC is about Scott McCloud and his stop in NC on the never-ending Making Comics book tour..
- Steve Campbell and Larry Merrill have a sketchblog up to promote their forthcoming new webcomic, The Boids.
- An animated version of the latest VG Cats comic.
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- Digital Strips writes up the recent Vericon webcomics panel.
- The LA Times has an article on the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont. (link from The Daily Cartoonist).
- Lea Hernandez writes about the smaller-sized Artists' Alley at this summer's San Diego Comicon.
- Chris Arrant picks his five favorite webcomics.
- Big Mouth Media finally notices OhNoRobot - "new search engine for webcomics".
- The Comics Reporter on "There's No Money in Comic Books... Or Less Then There Should Be".
- Jesse Hamm posts a lesson on "story telling".
One way to think of the history of webcomics is as the big bang of comics. At the beginning there were far fewer webcomic creators and they were (virtually) clustered together much more tightly (hence all the wistful talk of "webcomic community") and then, if the inflationary webcomicology theory is correct, those early webcomic exploded into the universe of comics online we have today.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 28, 2007 - 14:10
The full list of nominations for the upcoming WCCAs is out - get the list here or click read more (the WCCA site is slow today so I copied it into this post here).
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 25, 2007 - 11:12
- The new schedule for the WCCAs means the nominations will be released this week. I've posted the nominees for Best Comic and Best Newcomer in the post below. It does feel odd to call these the 2007 WCCAs though as they are aimed at recognizing webcomics published in 2006.
- Missed this but Goats creator, Jon Rosenberg wrote a short bit on the end of Bitpass. Rosenberg was not a fan of micropayments, including Bitpass.
- An update on the Scott Kurtz Outreach to Syndicated Cartoonists Project: the Daily Cartoonist reports that Scott Kurtz is talking with Arlo and Janis creator Jimmy Johnson.
- Boing Boing blog had a good post on the latest Doonesbury book, Heckuva Job, Bushie! I've been trying to include more coverage of comic strips in Comixpedia as all of them are online and some of their creators, including Gerry Trudeau, are very web-savvy.
- Blogger and Sci-Fi author Cory Doctorow released his latest book, Overclocked, under a creative commons license (he always does this actually) and Martin Cendreda made a mini-comic of one of the stories called "Printcrime". It's available for download here.
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- A.D. New Orleans After the Deluge is a new webcomic about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina published at Smith magazine.
- A webcomic adaptation of the novel 1984. So far pretty interesting work.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 16, 2007 - 00:21
More articles uploaded to the January issue of Comixpedia Magazine: an interview with Tyler Martin, creator of Wally & Osborne and another installment of Full Story Highlights which features completed webcomics. Don't forget to check out last week's articles: an interview with Foxy Lollop creator Mike Lacroix, Jon Morris' Plea for Hand-Lettering comic and 24 Hour Pixel People interviews King Arthur.
And now on to the news & views!
- Two new collectives launched today. The first one being Lunchbox Funnies which is billed as an all-ages comics collective. There's a blog post from co-founder Tyler Martin here and a bit in our interview with him (also posted today). The other one is called Sugarskull and features "an eclectic group of webcomics that have banded together to bring their collective Rock to the world â€“ no two are alike, but they play together nicely all the same. The list of comics there includes Vampirates, The Awakened, Small Noises and The Reader.
- Diesel Sweeties newspaper-style is showing up now on comics.com. To me at least, Rich's sensibility is pretty different then the bulk of what's on the newspaper page so it was interesting to see the comics United Media chose to recommend to readers of DS: Monty, Opus, and The Grizzwells. (Also of Clango-related interest: FLEEN has a short write-up of Rich Stevens's recent webcomic creator-strewn surprise 30th birthday party.)
- Scott Kurtz is using Project Wonderful to offer some ads on his PvP website. He's trying to limit them to use by other webcomics.
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- Peter Bagge does his best imitation of John Stossel as channeled by Rob Corddry. Gimme a break!
- Howard Tayler gives a well-deserved plug to Rob Balder's and Jamie Noguchi's Erfworld.
- Words & Pictures is always funny but today's hits that father of under 6 year old demo perfectly...
- As if xkcd needs a plug from Comixpedia, but today's (Monday) flowchart kept me laughing for much longer then you'd think. Must be all the engineers in my family tree.
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- Superhero theme songs - I think all of these are real...
- Another Narbonic retrospective podcast as Narbonic: Director's Cut continues.
- The Comics Reporter links to an issue of Foreword that focuses on comics. I haven't read this magazine before but a quick skim looked interesting.
- Johanna Draper Carlson writes an interesting blog on comics. This post on why webcomics don't show up in many best of year lists for comics (really comic books) is interesting.
- World Freehand Circle Drawing Champion. This is oddly impressive... (link from Boing BOINg)
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 12, 2007 - 12:14
Interestingly enough, Scott Kurtz's recent post concerning a need to for established newspaper syndicate cartoonists (Bill Amend is specifically mentioned in part because of his alleged savvy to technology and the web) to work with webcomic creators to revive comic strips has been widely picked up by comic news sites.
Kurtz's post itself is long on description of the current situation, but vague on the proposed solution. I myself originally zeroed in on one of Kurtz's comments on the failure of his past efforts to get PvP syndicated (and acknowledging new efforts to get into newspapers). Certainly comics in all of its legacy forms (newspaper strips, monthly "books") is headed for changes or irrelevancy and it's always interesting to try and imagine how to bring a better future about. Something practical may actually come about from such discussions. So let me be clear - this is a good,and necessary discussion for comics and I'm glad that Kurtz used his platform to get people talking about it
Such a discussion has to be broader than Scott Kurtz though simply because as a public figure (based on his public comments) he can be a polarizing figure. Yes, Kurtz is talented and yes, PvP is an enjoyable read that frankly should be an easy sell to newspapers, but Kurtz does have a bit of a history of talking first, and smoothing it out later. This thread over at the Daily Cartoonist - home turf for newspaper creators - is an example of my point. It's a thread that is getting bogged down in discussion of other comments by Kurtz instead of the webcomics-meets-comic strips idea that's purportedly the whole point.
I'm not suggesting Scott Kurtz stop being himself - it's great that he says what he thinks (if for no other reason than to give me something to write about!) but if his heart is in the right place here (which given Kurtz's obvious love for comics I'm betting it is) then he should work to get other prominent webcomic creators involved. If Kurtz is the sole or primary webcomic "face" involved -- I fear we won't have a very productive discussion.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 11, 2007 - 11:49
- An interview with Liz Greenfield of Stuff Sucks - in Dutch! This babelfish translation to English is pretty rough but gives one a general idea of what's going on.
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- Random Assembly: Samatha Allen has really improved her art chops since this webcomics started. She also knows how to frame a joke or a bit well. I'm not sure the fairly random, slice-of-life nature of this webcomic is the best vehicle for her but (especially from 2006 on) it's a good read.
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- The Comics Reporter catches that the Child's Play charity cleared the 1 million dollar mark. Damn. Good for everyone who participated in this charity this year and for all of the kids who will benefit from it.
- Pete Abrams (creator of Sluggy Freelance) makes some New Year's Resolutions including getting the next Sluggy book done by the start of February. He'll also be hitting the ten year anniversary of Sluggy this year. Wow!
- Scott Kurtz acknowledges past efforts at getting PvP syndicated failed and talks about how he is going about it this year.
It's the third annual Comixpedia People Of Webcomics List. This was the hardest one yet to compile. There's a lot of webcomics and a lot of people doing interesting things in and around webcomics. This list, as in past years, is an odd effort to compare apples and oranges: artistic achievement, audience popularity, technical achievement, business savvy, news-making impact all go into the mix.
Our second annual virtual round table on the year in webcomics features comments from Eric Millikin, Daku, Gilead Pellaeon, Mike Russell, Lewis Powell, Alexander Danner, Eric Burns, Michael Rouse-Deane, Johanna Draper Carlson and Gary Tyrrell.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 15, 2006 - 18:34
The Daily Cartoonist is a good blog, but clearly a good chunk of its audience is fairly clueless about webcomics and the web as a distribution/publication system. A short but sweet post about R. Stevens impending launch of Diesel Sweeties in newspapers is met with the kind of whiny, defensive reaction I haven't seen since Wiley versus Scott Kurtz until Rich Stevens himself shows up and leads the counterattack:
I wonâ€™t argue the rest of your points, but thereâ€™s a million or more people doing looking at my comics every month without any kind of major media backing. When you can say that about your own stuff, you can make blanket dismissals of six and a half years worth of comics.
After that a much more interesting discussion continues. The Daily Cartoonist also promises an interview with Ted Rall on Diesel Sweeties and webcomics-to-syndication coming soon.