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Shaenon K. Garrity

The Awesome Blossom is Blooming!

First off - Websnark has a second post up today - this one on the current Achewood saga. Nice to have Eric back (and writing about webcomics)!

INTERVIEWS
A great interview with Kate Beaton, creator of Hark A Vagrant.  Apparently we have Emily Horne of A Softer World to thank for encouraging Kate to put her comics online.

DEAD TREES
Shaenon Garrity writes about her experiences self-publishing the first print collection of her webcomic Skin Horse. Also worth noting is Garrity's new comics collective -- the Couscous Collective.

BUSINESS
Brigid Alverson has the scoop on Tokyopop's ambitious online undertaking.

Cory Doctorow writes on why free e-books should be part of a writers strategy - the advice seems worth considering for comics creators too.

Selections from the Shaenon K. Garrity Notebooks

Packing for my big move at the end of the month, I found myself browsing through nine years' worth of the spiral-bound Walgreens notebooks in which I do all my sketching. I've got dozens of these, and around two in the morning it seemed like a good idea to scan the most entertaining pages.

Here, for example, is some G.I. Joe art. The line starts here, IDW!

And here's my favorite covert superteam:

Holy crap I gave Michael a jheri curl.

Question for Comics Folks about Diamond

Shaenon [Garrity] is self-publishing the first volume of Skin Horse, and she's getting a submission packet together for Diamond Comics Distributors. This is a line from their submission guidelines: 

If you publish comics, Diamond generally receives a discount in the range of 60-70% off the US retail (cover) price.

If we offer a 70% discount, I'm sure that Diamond is more likely to consider listing Skin Horse in their catalog, but we'll only get $4.20 per copy sold (minus whatever shipping costs we incur getting the books to Diamond). If we offer a 60% discount, we'll make $5.60 per copy sold -- still not great, since we're self-publishing this, but I always prefer making more money instead of less money when possible.

So, the question is: Is offering a 70% discount going to greatly improve our chances of getting listed in Diamond's catalog? Is only offering a 50% discount a guarantee that they won't even look at the book and will automatically reject it?

Longbox Digital Comics, Life after Diamond and the new Whiteout Trailer

The weeks keep getting hotter and crazier.

A huge thanks goes out to Richard Caldwell and ComicNews.info for the interview that they did with me. Richard I have fun on twitter and I enjoyed trading emails back and forth with him for the past few weeks.

Comics

Tuesday Morning Webcomic News

BUSINESS
Longbox is a software program for download for computers that is intended to be an iTunes like system for comics.  Comics is in a much different place than music was at the time of iTunes rise to dominance (plus iTunes rode the iPod and there doesn't seem to be an iLongbox involved in this story) so I'm not sure there's any reason to predict success for this effort without seeing a lot more of it.  If they had an exceptionally well-done piece of software, easy purchase process and lined up ALL or MOST of the major publishers than maybe it would get some traction.  Convenience at the right price point CAN beat inconvenient and free for a lot of folks.

REVIEWS
Comics Worth Reading has a review of Ethan Young's ails.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
Shaenon K. Garrity's guide to comics message boards is very funny.

Sean T. Collins has links to a whole bunch of creators' twitter feeds you might be interested in.

Skin Horse by Garrity and Wells

Nominees for Webcomic

The Comics Reporter has a list of the nominees for the Stumptown Comic Fest Trophy Award nominees.  Nominees comes from artists exhibitiing at the event (and are being run this year by Shannon Wheeler):

Outstanding Webcomic

Nominations for Eisner Awards Due This Friday and Other News Of the Day

AWARDS
Red Light ALERT!!! Eisner nominations are due in this Friday.

The best digital comic category is open to any new, professionally produced long-form original comics work posted online in 2008. Webcomics must have a unique domain name or be part of a larger comics community to be considered. The work must be online-exclusive for a significant period prior to being collected in print form. The URL and any necessary access information should be emailed to jackie@comic-con.org.

INTERVIEWS

Neatorama has a talk with LOLCATS cartoonists Adam Koford on his influences. (h/t Journalista)

Newsarama has an interview with Derek Kirk Kim and Gene Luen Yang on their new book - The Eternal Smile - a collection of three stories, jointly created. (h/t Journalista)

Shaenon Garrity interviews Ed Quinby about his webcomic Teregrin.

MARKETING
Aaron Haaland has some nuts and bolts tips on how to host a creator-signing at a comic book store. (h/t Journalista)

JUSTIFY MY HYPE
Gary recommends Savannah & Georgia by Eliza Frye.

Lore's Bad Gods has a funny one today featuring Photoshop Filter Force.

My Wondercon Schedule

I'll be at Wondercon this weekend, mostly at the Cartoon Art Museum table, selling Narbonic books (including the brand-new Volume 6). I'll also be on a couple of panels:

Saturday, 11:00-12:00
Otaku USA LIVE: Manga, Anime and More

Narbonic Volume 6 by Shaenon Garrity