Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 22, 2006 - 10:23
The turkey day image is from A.P. Furtado (you can check out his comic Elf N' Troll every Monday and Wednesday).
- FLEEN attended the Scott McCloud Magical Mystery Tour as it stopped in NYC and wrote up the experience.
- Aaron MacGruder: If Boondocks comic comes back, it'll be online.
- McKenzee is making another Sinister Bedfellows anthology: this time it's children's stories (poems too). Click here for more details.
JUSTIFY MY HYPE
- Andrew Farago (curator of the Cartoon Art Museum, frequent Narbonic guest artist, and Mr. Shaenon Garrity) has started a webcomic: The Chronicles of William Bazillion.
- It's the return of WIGU: Jeff Rowland writes that "It's basically what happened in WIGU the week before the WIGU you know.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- FLEEN has a 47 count comment thread that is largely about whether or not there is a webcomics community. Even Corie Marie Kitley shows up!
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 17, 2006 - 12:39
December is traditionally a "year in review" kind of issue at Comixpedia and that's the goal this time around. As we get closer to the end of 2006 it's revealing to look at what folks were writing about webcomics at the end of 2005: The 2005 Webcomics Roundtable.
For the last two years we've also ran a special "25 People Of Webcomics" list article. Here's a link to the 2005 POW List article. Who do you think should be on this year's list? Post a comment with your nominations.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 23, 2006 - 10:27
Journalista! looks at Rich Stevens' cease and desist letter from LucasFilm and advises "Let go of your feelings, Clango..."
Keenspot picks up Out There by R.C. Monroe. Monroe had been using Keenspot's Comicgenesis service previously.
Another SPX con report - this one from the Playground Ghosts collective - I stopped by their table more than once, they were very friendly and having fun which is a pretty good strategy for a con. (Most, if not all, of the SPX reports on the web are linked to here by The Comics Reporter.)
The Washington Post has a long interview with Gerry Trudeau, the creator of Doonesbury. It focuses a lot on the recent storyline with the character B.D. losing a leg in Iraq.
Winter McCloud interviews Jeffrey Rowland, creator of Overcompensating (This is a videocast). (Speaking of the McCloud clan here's a story on Scott McCloud's visit to the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont.)
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
In Print has a round-up of the latest book news.
Derik Badman reviews Scott McCloud's Making Comics.
Flight links to an article on self-publishing, which includes advice from several Canadian authors and artists â€” including Halifax-based Hope Larson. (Speaking of which The Comics Reporter posted an interview with Larson this weekend.)
After a summer spent away from Comixpedia and comics too, it was great to catch up with all kinds of comics and creators at the Small Press Expo (aka SPX) this weekend. I caught some panels, bought some books and chatted with a lot of webcomic-friendly creators including Jeph Jacques and Danielle Corsetto.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 13, 2006 - 10:27
DEADLINES AND OTHER RIGHT-NOW STUFF
- Today is your last chance to submit a question for the community interview with Shaenon Garrity.
- Next Friday (October 20th) is the deadline for signing up for this year's Fright Night event.
- SPX kicks off today at 2:00 PM. I hope to be there and I plan on listening to Jules Feiffer talk at 3 PM. The Beat has a good preview and so does the Washington Post.
- Tomorrow night is the last chance in the Washington DC area to catch the stage version of David Rees' webcomic Get Your War On. The play adaption is getting good reviews.
- From Noon to 6 PM this Saturday, Dave Kellett (Sheldon) will be at the opening of Monty's Gourmet Foods new location in Ottawa Kansas, where heâ€™ll be signing bottles of their award-winning hot sauces and salsas that feature his artwork. There'll be grub, good times, and copies of "Pure Ducky Goodness" available for Sheldon fans.
- Kitchen, Lind & Associates have signed up webcomic creator Bryant Paul Johnson (Teaching Baby Paranoia, The Antecedent). Previously this agency had signed up webcomic creators Eleanor Davis and Drew Weing. KL&A provides artist representation and book packaging to its clients. (KLA will have a booth at SPX on October 13th and 14th to promote its upcoming packaged books and is looking to meet with talented creators who are seeking representation.) You know you're at a webcomic news site because the big deal here to me is the signing of creators from the web. The big news to everyone else though will be that KLA has signed Jim Lawson and the estate of Harvey Kurtzman.
- Barry Deutsch who sold his URL to a "Search Engine Optimization" company - but kept his blog and cartoons there - opens up his blog to discussion of his decision. Reinder has a post with some thoughts on the controversy.
- Peter Bagge comments on immigration at Reason online.
- Wizard interviews Mike "Gabe" Krahulik of Penny Arcade today.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- Comics Reporter catches an article on why comic strip creators burn out.
- Journalista! points to an interview with Chris Bishop (Girl Vs. Pig) who has an art show in Washington DC.
- The Beat on the Scott McCloud "facial expression generator".
- Not sure if this is new or not but Lore points to a how-to drawing video from Mike "Gabe" Krahulik of Penny Arcade.
- Slate looks Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim.
This Thursday, October 12, 7 p.m.
TED RALL, MIKHAELA REID, MATT BORS, JEN SORENSEN, AUGUST J. POLLAK, BEN SMITH, BRIAN McFADDEN, and MASHEKA WOOD: Cartoonists are abandoning print media for the Internetâ€”not always by choice. Ted Rall brings the best, most hilarious, most subversive cartoons back to print in this third collection in the Attitude series.
This Saturday, October 14, 8 p.m.
Scott McCloud: Signing copies of his new book Making Comics.
All at the Washington, DC bookstore Politics and Prose.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 10, 2006 - 10:44
Happy (Belated) Canadian Thanksgiving Day! And this weekend was 24 Hour Comics Day - catch up on the haps at the 24 Hour Comics Day website.
A new Blamination from Kurtz and Straub. Who knew these guys liked video games?
Yesterday, Grounded Angel (previously at Komikwerks) relaunched simultaneously at three webcomics sites: Graphic Smash, WebComicsNation, and DrunkDuck. Grounded Angel is the story of 16-year-old Gloria, who finds out during a really bad day that sheâ€™s an angel, the herald to the end of the world.
Digital Strips has an interview with Platinum Studios Chairman Scott Rosenberg and Drunk Duck's Dylan Squires.
The Santa Barbara Independent has an interview with Garry Trudeau, creator of Doonesbury.
Scott Kurtz interviews Adam West?
Astute political commentary from... Sinfest?
Bookslut reviews Scott McCloudâ€™s Making Comics.
Drawn! interviews illustrator Bob Staake who has a new book out called This is Not a Pumpkin. Staake who embraced digital art tools early on also was an early presence on the web with his Planet Cartoonist site.
(From Lines and Colors) Line Rider is a Flash interactive that allows you to draw a line that represents the two dimensional topography of a hill. When your line is drawn, you click play and the Line Rider, a small character on a sled with a trailing scarf, will go sailing, bouncing and, if youâ€™re not careful, tumbling down the hill according to forces of imaginary gravity.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 27, 2006 - 09:33
Scott McCloud's daughter Winter McCloud (age 11) interviewed cartoonist couple extraordinaire Raina Telgemeier (of "Smile" and "Babysitters Club" fame) and Dave Roman (associate editor at Nickelodeon and creator of "Astronaut Elementary" and "Agnes Quill"). The "winterview" was produced and edited by Winter's big sister Sky (age 13).
Submitted by grantcthomas on September 26, 2006 - 22:46
I've got some thoughts up over at Wax Intellectual about integrating text in ways besides speach balloons and text boxes. Surprisingly, I was thinking about this stuff about a month before reading Scott McCloud's section on it in his new book.