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Strip News 1-19-9

This is a bonus Strip News, filled with all of the goings-on and derring-do of the comic world. At least, it’s the things I found noteworthy…

Rival Angels Page 158-Ubergoth and Happy Birthday Rival Angels!


November 14th DRAFT version of 100 Greatest Webcomics List

This is an update to a previous post here, thanks for the cumulative suggestions on that thread.  JUST so we're clear - this is open-sourced to everyone research for a possible article to appear next month at ComixTalk.  I don't endorse the list or the order at all; at this point I've tried to include all of the suggestions I've gotten and I also went through all of the comics ComixTalk has ever reviewed and pulled quite a few titles.

We're at the point where it'll be most helpful if you tell me comics you think should go on the list, where (what number approximately) and which comic should get bumped.  If you just want to change the order you can do that to but there'll be another post before the month's through asking for help with that.  

This Weekend: The 24-Hour Comics Day!

Just a reminder, October 18 is the 24-Hour Comics Day!  Here’s a snippet from the press release:

24 Hour Comics Day is an annual challenge for cartoonists to produce a 24-page comic book written, drawn, and completed in 24 consecutive hours. ComicsPRO, the comic book specialty retailer trade organization, recently assumed the organizational reins for 24HCD with the enthusiastic endorsement of the event’s founder, Nat Gertler, publisher of About Comics.

Over the years, the 24 Hour comic book challenge has thwarted and rewarded such comics luminaries as Scott McCloud, Dave Sim, Neil Gaiman, Kevin Eastman and many others. On 24 Hour Comics Day, creators of all ages and levels of skill and experience gather at one of the participating sites to encourage each other in completing this creative comics marathon.

On August 31st, 1990, Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics), originator of the 24 Hour comic concept, completed his first creative marathon. On April 24th, 2004 Nat Gertler organized the first 24HCD bringing together legions of participants all over the world in this annual event. In the years since, thousands have tried and many have succeeded in creating their own 24 hour comics.

Webcomic Beacon #45 - 24 Hour Comics

Fes, Tanya, and Aaron are talking about 24 Hour Comics! We had a few audio irregularities this episode, but please enjoy nonetheless! Tanya also presents us with 6 helpful tips to fail (and some to succeed)!

A Tip O' The Hat For the Last Game At Webcomic Stadium

Welcome to ComixTalk... may I take your order?  I've got an interview with the elusive Pokey the Penguin up and Brigid Alverson talks with Jeremy Ross of TokyoPop about its Manga Pilots program.   You may also want to check out my weekend post chock-filled with links to interesting stories and a new comic worth checking out.  (What exactly is a "chock" and how would you fill it?)

Missed this, but Creative Commons has an interview with Mr. Diesel Sweeties, Rich Stevens.  Back in 2005, ComixTalk held a roundtable on creative commons licenses and comics with T Campbell, Lawrence Lessig, Neeru Paharia, Mia Garlick, JD Frazer, and Cory Doctorow.

ComixMix has an interview with D.J. Coffman, currently working on Flobots. (Folks should also check out D.J.'s very recent post on hosting your webcomic yourself - a short guide to getting started online independently.)

Digital Strips has a short interview with Zach Weiner - of SMBC and Captain Excelsior infamey.

Rick Marshall had a great interview with Jennie Breeden of Devil's Panties.

Gaming Angel has an interview with Randall Munroe of xkcd and Benjamin Birdie and Kevin Church of The Rack (h/t Journalista!)

LA TIMES interviews Josh Neufeld on his webcomic A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge.

Tom Spurgeon had a great interview with Scott McCloud on the new collection of his ZOT! comic.

CBR had a two-part interview with Aaron Diaz of Dresden Codak - click for part one and part two.

REVIEWS has a review of Chasing the Sunset.

David Rothman looks at the decline in traffic to but as Dirk Deppey notes, Wowio was essentially off the air for a good chunk of the summer.

I neglected to mention Andrew Wahl won first and third place in the International Cartoon contest at the Homer Davenport Days festival in Oregon earlier this month.  Wahl is a talented cartoonist - check out more of his work here.  Also, I just think it's cool that a town has an entire festival to celebrate Homer Davenport - an internationally respected and pioneering political cartoonist from the turn of the century.

Two East Coast events coming up fast.  First this coming weekend is the Baltimore Comicon (with, as FLEEN notes, the only East Coast appearance of all four How To Make Webcomics authors) The Baltimore Comicon is where the Harvey Awards are presented - Shaenon Garrity has the scoop on a contest to win tickets to the Harvey Awards

Next from October 4-5th is my hometown (close enough anyhow) convention, the Small Press Expo (SPX) over in Bethesda, Maryland.  The Ignatz Awards are presented at SPX.  Guests include Bryan Lee O’Malley, James Kochalka, Richard Thompson, Tom Tomorrow, etc!

Dirk Deppey links to this pretty cool idea -- The Superest wherein Kevin Cornell and Matthew Sutter take turns creating superheroes and villains that defeat each other’s creations.  And Tom Spurgeon links to news of a book deal for the site.

Return to Camelot: An Interview with Daniel Merlin Goodbrey

Daniel "Merlin" Goodbrey is one of the artists I know both myself and Frank "Damonk" Cormier were pretty into when ComixTalk launched in 2003.  So it's a bit surprising to me that we've had a 5 year lapse in interviewing him.  These days Goodbrey has a day job teaching at in the School of Film, Music & Media at the University of Hertfordshire with a focus on Digital Animation.  And far from disappearing these past years, Goodbrey has continued to create memorable work on the web and in print as well as continue to experiment with hypercomics and other experimental notions in comics.  And not unlike the direction of "webcomics" as a whole, Goodbrey has increasingly blurred the lines between web and print in his creation of comics.

Just What Is a WILF?

CBR has a good interview with Aaron Diaz of Dreseden Codak. (Comixtalk interviewed Diaz in June of this year; and reviewed Dresden Codak in February.)

Bomb Shelter notes that its Webcomic Idol contest will start taking submissions on October 1st.

The LATIMES rounds-up the praise for Josh Neufeld's A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge, a comic I also feel is one of the best of the year.

Journalista! points to this article on what journalists can learn from comics... specifically Scott McCloud's comic about Google's Chrome browser.

Sequential Artists’ Pub #8 now available

I’m a little late in getting the show notes up. Our 8th show had a stellar turnout with cartoonists of all walks. We discussed several topics, including the perennial writing vs. art debate, Scott McCloud, how to pronounce Jeph Jacques, and shared a whole host of tips and book recommendations for cartoonists.
Here are some [...]

Webcomic Wire - 9/2/08

Drawn from sources that were up late drawing last night…

Scott McCloud introduces new Chrome browser from Google with comics the language he knows so well.
Xerexes has a review of the second Crying Macho Man collection.
Wes Molebash has updated the YHT website.
A little late to the party on this one but Chris Straub started another [...]