Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 3, 2008 - 10:42
How about a Wednesday round-up of webcomic-related stories you might be curious to peruse? Yes? Good...
AHOY THERE BE PIRATES!
Tucker Stones tucks into the issues surrounding online piracy of comic books.
SCHOOLS IS IN
ComicNewsi interviews the Philadelphia Phablist, Evil Inc.'s Brad Guigar; and Eliza Feliz of Alice in Nightmareland.
Missed it but Andy Weir's Casey and Andy wrapped up at comic # 666 last month.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
This new art for Anne Frank Conquers the Moon Nazis is indeed bad ass, Bill.
Shortpackedblowschunks.com! David Willis strikes again.
Submitted by El Santo on August 26, 2008 - 21:54
Recently, on PvP, Scott Kurtz introduced a cadre of villains nominally named the Algonquin Hate Table (or The Sophisticates) as part of his current LOLBat storyline.
However, the strip was updated moments later.
Catch the change? Here, I’ll make it easy for you.
As it turns out, unbeknownst to Kurtz, the character of Onomatopoeia had already become [...]
Submitted by albone on August 26, 2008 - 11:32
PvPonline Â» Archive Â» Webcomics Weekly #45 - Backyard Wrestling
I sent a question about growing the Rival Angels audience at the September, WWE Friday Night Smackdown to the guys at Halfpixel.com.Â Dave Kellett (Sheldon), Brad Guigar (Evil Inc.), Kris Straub (Starslip Crisis), and Scott Kurtz (PvP) make up Halfpixel.com and are experts in [...]
Submitted by El Santo on August 26, 2008 - 00:25
Kurtz, Kurtz, Kurtz!
What is it with all the Scott Kurtz stuff on this site, anyway? First his lampooning by Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, then his comments about webcomic critics, then his Webcomic Weekly counter-agruments about the comments from webcomic critics. Is there any way to escape form Scott Kurtz? In [...]
Submitted by Brad Guigar on August 26, 2008 - 00:01
Check out the often-imitated-never-duplicated Webcomics Weekly Podcast, featuring Scott Kurtz, Dave Kellett, Kris Straub, and myself. If you love listening to cartoonists talking shop, this is a must. You can keep up with the latest updates via our RSS feed. Episode 45: Welcoming our new sponsor Endicia.com leads to a discussion of the best ways to streamline your online store shipments. Then we hit the mailbag to answer questions about handing out flyers at events, and working on second strips. Endica.com has been kind enough to sponsor our show this month.
Submitted by El Santo on August 20, 2008 - 18:03
It looks like Kris Straub, Brad Guigar, and Scott Kurtz have responded to the powderked touched off by Mr. Kurtz’s blog posts about critics.
Webcomics Weekly #44 - Everyone’s a Critic
A couple of key quotes:
Scott Kurtz: “I appreciate & read the works of critics.”
Kris Straub: “There’s inconsistency and difficulty in listening to unsolicited critiques.”
Scott Kurtz: “I [...]
Submitted by Brad Guigar on August 20, 2008 - 00:01
Check out the often-imitated-never-duplicated Webcomics Weekly Podcast, featuring Scott Kurtz, Dave Kellett, Kris Straub, and myself. If you love listening to cartoonists talking shop, this is a must. You can keep up with the latest updates via our RSS feed. Episode 44: How should a cartoonist react to a critic? We talk about it at length. Also: Mister Rogers, the terror of Guy Smiley, which comes first: story-lines or gags, and marketing new strips to your existing audience. Listen now! Direct download. Subscribe via RSS. SHOW NOTE: We've move our podcast to Libsyn.com!
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 15, 2008 - 07:25
As Scott Kurtz debuted a new site design for PvP, I wrote asking whether webcomic websites be an artistic extension of the comic, essentially extending the look and feel of the comic, or is that not that important?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 13, 2008 - 09:56
We had a bit of downtime with the site after the upgrade to the newest version of PHP5 went a bit off. All seems okay now (although please email me at xerexes AT gmail DOT com if you notice problems). Along with some site stuff I'm working on you'll notice that the center aisle of the site is now a daily feed of new stuff -- news from staff, staff-selected talk posts and feature articles from the magazine. On the right hand side you can get the most recent magazine articles, or click the tab for the most recent talk posts from Comixtalk members. Two more tabs -- webcomics and creators -- are not active yet so stayed tuned.
Also please check out our new sponsor the art exhibition The Great Great Grand Show featuring artists Graham Annable, Scott Campbell, Jon Klassen, and Israel Sanchez. The OPENING RECEPTION is this Saturday, August 16 from 7 to 11 pm and it's Free!
Criteria for Criticism Continued
Scott Kurtz wrote a bit about critics (here's the ComixTalk post on it). El Santo wrote a pretty good post on the ideas percolating through the discussion Kurtz kicked off. One more thought occurs after reading some of this -- I'm sure Kurtz has encountered plenty of people who do live up to his stereotype of the self-important, uneducated, and/or otherwise useless critic but even if there are a lot of such creatures it doesn't mean every person writing about comics fits that stereotype. (Just like every webcomic creator isn't craptastic despite the existence of a lot of not-yet-or-never-will-be-decent webcomics). There is a bit of a disconnect going on here though -- Kurtz is absolutely right that an artist should be looking to get constructive feedback to improve and grow and Kurtz gets that from his friends and colleagues in comics. I think that's a perfectly valid way to do that. On the other hand I made some of the biggest leaps in my basic drawing skills in college under an absolute ass of a teacher. But the times when he didn't blast me in front of the class, I knew I had made real progress.
FLEEN has a bit more on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign show featuring comics creatorsin October (lots of webcomic creators in the show catalog). FLEEN also has a link to DIY magazine show creator Oliver Brackenbury recent show on webcomics in general (which has a nice conversation with creator Ryan North).
AROUND the WORLD in 80 BLOGS
Buzzcomix is back open for public business. If anyone has reactions to their new reader/bookmark function please let us know.
Theater Hopper has a donation drive to help creator Tom Brazelton out with the bills for data recovery of his webcomic files. If you can chip in a bit and than make sure it doesn't happen to you and your files!
David Malki!'s wedding is the must-see movie of
2009! More like 2007 I think. Still a pretty cool trailer. :)
An interview with uber-blogger, Dirk Deppey of TCJ's Journalista!
Submitted by El Santo on August 11, 2008 - 20:17
Scott Kurtz has been making waves lately with a recent blog post.
Here’s the key paragraph, methinks:
Iâ€™m not sure how I ended up in so many tug-of-war competitions with bloggers, where the outcome of our match determines the superior position: creator or critic. But it seems to be cropping up again. There is a strange sense [...]