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The 2009 State of Webcomics Address

It’s been said that kids say the darndest things. It’s been said in many different ways by many different people. In fact, that’s essentially the lesson of the fable “The Emperor’s New Clothes”. All the adults who praise the emperor’s threads without actually seeing them fear the consequences of calling him out on them – but the kid who points out that the emperor is, in fact, buck naked doesn’t know any better, can’t grasp the consequences that the adults fear might befall him for saying such a thing.

Strip News 8-28-9

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for all of us, so here’s a double sized issue to catch up…

Webcomics: a question about scrolling

In a nutshell: does scrolling matter? Especially for dramatic or other longer form webcomics?*

I've been going back and forth about this. A part of me is arguing that it does and that I should make sure my formatting for the comic pages are about 800px by 600px. But I work in regular comic book format so my pages are all vertically aligned. To make a comic fit that horizontal dimension means that I need to reformat things. Sometimes that's easy (a grid of 6+ panels can be rearranged pretty easily) and sometimes it's hard (splash pages and other large images require some thought and image tweaking).

Strip News 8-7-9

Kind of a slow week for things that caught my eye…
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Looking back at Scott McCloud’s ten webcomic tips

As a change of pace, I thought it would be nice to take a look at something written about webcomics but one of sequential art’s most influential voices: Scott McCloud.

Dark Red: Issue #3 Page 89 - Research Notes

Our bonus page is up now for Issue #3: Page 89 - Research Notes

The Joy of Webcomics lies, cheats, and steals

joyofwebcomicsThere was apparently a big To Do down in SoCal this weekend. Various webcomic types are spending this week coming down from the high of San Diego Comic Con. The event has gotten so large that I swear I saw Stan Lee on CNBC last night doing a post-Con wrap-up. Surreal.

Captain Nihilist asks, “What’s so bad about calling them ‘webcomics’?”

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I’m probably going to end up making an issue out of a non-issue here, but the topic is fairly interesting and, as more independent artists migrate to the web, is probably going to get more press in the coming years. Comic creators are, after all, totally anal when it comes to proper terminology.

Should we still keep calling comics on the web “webcomics”?

ArtPatient.com Strip News 7-17-9

Little Mouse Gets ReadyOkay, you’ve been badgered by the Green Lantern and Thor announcements which I won’t duplicate here…

  • Pigs of the Industry reviewed the creators of Zuda’s instant winner Bottle of Awesome and Peiz covered Ruby while Tangents went in depth on Red String. MPD57 looked at 9th Year and Original Wonders interviews Tyler James. MPD57 also looked at Bloody Pulp and posted July’s Star Chamber results. I dig the blurb additions, too. And Webcomics Critique reviewed Juvies.
  • Newsarama reviewed Low Moon and Scott McCloud points us toward Neo Mento. Eh, I’m just not sold on all the clicking it took to get to the comic (I have flash disabled by default, so I had to enable two screens to get to the comic.) Darrell shows us how to get Zuda comics to load faster, though.
  • ComixTalk brings us up to speed with Odori Park’s 30 day webcomic challenge.
  • Boom! gets another goldmine. Boom! Boom! Boom!, I guess.
  • Thanks to Webcomic Overlook, I am now aware of the Bad Webcomics Wiki. So far, this is the only page I checked out but it looks like it contains good rules of thumb. Of course, there are ways to do some of these ’sins’ right.
  • Is it really that important to send a hard copy of the comic you want reviewed? Seems to me that you send hard copies to those that you’d especially like to target and pdfs to everyone else. I’m open to other thoughts…
  • Hero Spy interviewed Justin Bleep
  • MangaBlog points us to an anecdotal report about Borders moving the manga section in with the kids books. Last time I was in a Borders, the manga section was next to the sci-fi and fantasy books and another store had them within a graphic novel section. Anyone else noticed this during their trips to the bookstore?
  • Vented Spleen has some advice for comic self publishers and Kez reviews Ka-Blam’s printing service. Also included, free of charge, are some tips on what to watch out for and what not to do. The video is very cool too. Kez has some good ideas – especially the commission book. (I couldn’t find a way to link to it on Kez’s user page but I can link it on the general You-Tube page.) The other vids have some good stuff too. Highway 62 gives novelists turned comic writers some good advice. And Webcomic Beacon discusses making comics in multiple languages plus a number of milestones. I also see that Calamities of Nature has hit two years as well.
  • Drawn! brings us some good drawing lessons from a master. Maybe I should have named the site ArtPatient! or Art!Patient…
  • And finally, MPD57 had some good variety of comic news to enjoy, too.

Warren Ellis: comics can help you perform sabotage, cure Alzheimer’s

Warren Ellis (who created the webcomic FreakAngels, among other things), gave a speech at Dundee University. He claims its was written in chickenscratch … but, as Abraham Lincoln could attest, sometimes the most timeless and memorable speeches come from concise yet powerful ideas that just mentally congeal into perfect nuggets of wisdom. For Ellis, comics are a superior medium. Here’s an excerpt: