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Pre-Thanksgiving Day News Blast

Just a heads up: posting will be low through the rest of the week. Be sure to check out the user blogs for updates!

The turkey day image is from A.P. Furtado (you can check out his comic Elf N' Troll every Monday and Wednesday).

NEWS

INTERVIEW

DEAD TREES

  • 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

End of 2006 Coming Soon

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.

News and Views for Monday, October 23rd

COMIXPEDIA MAGAZINE

Don't miss our latest review, column and interview posted this weekend.

NEWS

R Stevens IIIJournalista! 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.)

INTERVIEWS

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.)

CBC Montreal interviewed Matt Forsythe, creator of Ojingogo. Here's an MP3 of the interview.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS

 Scott McCloud at SPX 2006 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 — including Halifax-based Hope Larson. (Speaking of which The Comics Reporter posted an interview with Larson this weekend.)

I Went to SPX and All I Got Was This MATH IS DELICIOUS! T-shirt

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.

Scott McCloud

Friday News and Weekend Clues

DEADLINES AND OTHER RIGHT-NOW STUFF

NEWS

  • 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.

MILESTONES

OPINION

INTERVIEW

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS

Politics & Prose Bookstore Signings: Attitude 3 And Scott McCloud

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 Internet—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.

Post-There Goes the New World Neighborhood-Tuesday News

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.

 Videogame? Videogame!PREMIERES

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 she’s an angel, the herald to the end of the world.

Dramacon (Vol. 2) by Svetlana Chmakova is available in stores today.

INTERVIEWS

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?

OPINION

Astute political commentary from... Sinfest?

 Scott McCloud Makes ComicsAROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS

Bookslut reviews Scott McCloud’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 you’re not careful, tumbling down the hill according to forces of imaginary gravity.

Interview with Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman

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).

Check it out here!

Integrating text and images seamlessly

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.