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Shaenon K. Garrity

The ComixTalk 2009 Roundtable

It's the end of the year and what better time to talk webcomics with a great group of interesting creators and commentators.  For this year's roundtable we talked about favorite and new webcomics from 2009; iPhones and iTablets; developments in the business of comics; developments in the subject matter of comics; webcomic awards; and predictions for 2010!  I'm joined by Gary Tyrrell, Delos Woodruff, Shaenon Garrity, Fesworks, Derik Badman, Larry Cruz, Brigid Alverson and Johanna Draper Carlson.

All The News

The new TCJ.com looks really interesting (temporary URL here) and it's a great list of bloggers they're going to host including two names familiar to webcomics: Eric Millikin and Shaenon Garrity.  It also lists Gary Groth (owner of TCJ and Fantagraphics) who apparently will get over his previously expressed aversion to writing online.

INTERVIEW
CBR had an interview with Gary Phillips about his new webcomic Bicycle Cop.  I checked out the comic, I'm hooked.  So far an intriguing mystery with sharp art and cracking dialogue.

CRAFT
Onezumi has a video tutorial on how to get super-clean lines with the Photoshop pen tool.

JUSTIFY MY HYPE
The publisher APE Entertainment has a new webcomic anthology centered around UFOsYou can read it online here.

Monsters of Webcomics: Webcomic-Con 2009

The Cartoon Art Museum is proud to host Webcomic-Con 2009, a single-day mini-convention dedicated to online comics and their creators. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet local webcartoonists and talk with them about their work. The featured artists will sell and sign copies of their comics, draw sketches for patrons, and conduct writing and drawing workshops throughout the day.

For the three of you reading this who don't also read my wife's blog...

I may be biased, but my favorite comic strip these days has got to be Skin Horse, written by Shaenon K. Garrity and Jeffrey Wells, with art by Shaenon. A brand-new storyline starts today, so if you haven't checked it out yet, please click on the link and bookmark it. You'll be glad you did.

For those of you who don't want to read through the entire archive (and haven't ordered your copy of Skin Horse, Volume One yet), here's a brief recap from the helpful cast page:

APE Party: Monsters and Mayhem! Saturday, October 17

As mentioned previously, I'm going to be at the Alternative Press Expo, where Skin Horse Volume One will be making its convention debut. (Want to buy it online now? Here!

Also, I'll be at this thing:

CAM Alternative Press Expo Party:
Monsters and Mayhem

Cartoon Art Museum Event: Saturday, October 17, 2009, 8:00-11:00 pm

Sliding Scale: $5 - $20

2009 Friends of Lulu Award Nominees Announced

A whole bunch of talented comics creators nominated for this year's Friends of Lulu awards

Look at these lists!  Just looking at those with whom I'm familiar with the work: New Talent includes Kate Beaton, Hark, A Vagrant; Kathryn Immonen, Hellcat; and Tracy White, Traced; and Lulu of The Year includes Shaenon K. Garrity, Skin Horse; Lynda Barry, What It Is; Danielle Corsetto, Girls With Slingshots; and Jessica Abel, Life Sucks

Also a special woohoo for Eleanor Davis' nomination for Stinky in the Kids comics category.  Davis is currently the favorite author of the X girls right now for Stinky and The Secret Science Alliance.

What's Up With Webcomics Today

WOWIO
New Wowio owner Brian Altounian pledged to pay creators the money Wowio has owed for about a year now. (ht/ Tom Spurgeon)

BUSINESS
Karen Montagus-Reyes writes about her now-not-syndicated, formerly syndicated comic, Clear Blue Water.  She started off with around 30 papers and didn't add any for about four years until she was dropped by her syndicate.  No mention of a web strategy at all so I assume she is describing a pretty typical old-school syndication effort which not surprisingly is a really tough (read: impossible) road in the 21st century.  (Her strips appear to be posted at her website but without proper archives and navigation -- someone get her a copy of Comicpress stat!)

INTERVIEWS
Sequential Tart has two good interviews: one with Shaenon Garrity of Skin Horse, and one with Ethan Young of Tails.

JUSTIFY MY HYPE
New Ryan Estrada webcomic starting: Chillin' Like Villains.

APE! APE! APE!

I'll be with the Couscous Collective at this year's Alternative Press Expo, October 17-18 in San Francisco. Check us out at table 347 on the ground floor.

The Couscousians are all over the programming this year. Panels behind the cut...

On Saturday, the lovely Andrew Farago will be on this panel:

It's Ain't Easy Being Green

Good morning Internet!  Swine flu even at PAX?! (see Mike/Gabe's message) -- nice to see that the Penny Arcade crew is broadcasting useful information via the website and encouraging everyone to take care of themselves.  That show seemed huge this year.  I am looking forward to my probably futile hopes to attend PAX East (futile because something always comes up to deflect my physical travels much like that damn leprechaun and his stale box of marshmallows and grains).

INTERVIEWS
Rick Marshall scores an interview with Harvey Pekar about his new webcomic project.  How cool is that?!

A lovely interview with the talented Kate Beaton (no! you have not yet read enough interviews with Beaton this year!!  And... there WILL BE MORE! This Nostradamous predicts...)

REVIEWS
Brigid Alverson gives a very good review to the first print collection of Skin Horse by Shaenon Garrity and some dude (Jeffrey C. Wells: just kidding!!!!!!!).

JUSTIFY MY HYPE
Met up with the Washtington Webcomics crew last night: Rob Balder (still erfing the world); Chris Impink (um gravitating the fragile... hmm ), Chris Flick (caping the babes? okay this nickname scheme isn't working out all that well) and just met Joe Zuniga who does the relatively new comic Made Up.

"You did it, kid!"

At long last, the thrilling and probably not-all-that-shocking conclusion to The Race for Santa's Nazi Gold.

At least, I didn't think it was too shocking. Pretty much in character for everyone who's still alive at this point...