Shaenon K. Garrity
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 26, 2005 - 00:40
with major apologies to the Nails
Meredith Gran was a superhero girl
and I was afraid of a girl like that.
Submitted by Erik Melander on April 21, 2005 - 17:09
Webcomics printing collections are getting more and more common. This boom is likely to be, at least partly, the result of a number of Print On Demand printers aiming specifically towards comics. This is a roundup of a couple of webcomics who have print comics available in recent days.
There is a kind of dichotomy inherent in any civil rights movement. On the one hand, it's generally felt that the minority should be given every opportunity to succeed in competition with the majority. On the other hand, it only seems fair that the minority should be given compensatory advantage to level the playing field with the majority.
Comic book guy, one of the recurring characters on The Simpsons, is the avatar of the comic book fan: a fat, poorly-dressed, goatee-wielding man with an encyclopedic knowledge of comic books and pop culture. And while this image may not be fair or even generally true, the fact remains that comics have mostly been â€“ and still are considered â€“ a male domain, both from the standpoint of audience and of creators. But, whereas this may be true about the print comic world, both mainstream and indie, is it also true about webcomics?
In February, there were some interesting developments in the business of webcomics. 360ep (Bill Jemas' new "content licensing" company) signed the creators of two webcomics (Danielle Corsetto, Takeshi Miyazawa and Arthur Dela Cruz) to contracts, although no one, including Corsetto, seems to know just what exactly 360ep is supposed to do. Another webcomic creator, Rich Burlew of The Order Of The Stick, quit his day job to make comics his career. Also Scott Kurtz's PvP returned to the pages of PC Gamer.
In March, Comixpedia is looking at action-oriented webcomics. Graphic Smash, a subscription site featuring action-oriented webcomics, recently announced the addition of three more webcomics to its lineup. Are creators better off publishing their work at a subscription site? What's the action like working for Graphic Smash?
Submitted by Erik Melander on February 25, 2005 - 06:26
ComicStripFan.com is the place where Eric Agena displays his collection of original comic art. But besides the art from newspaper strips and comic books, Agena also collects original art from webcomics.
His collection contains art from, among others, Tony Esteves' Cigarro & Cerveja, Shaenon K Garrity's Narbonic, and Jon Rosenberg's Goats. Some, such as GiselÃ© LagacÃ© and Lynn Lau, have also outlined the process of which they create their strips.
Money Matters and the Modern Webcomic
Much as some webcartoonists would like to pretend otherwise, webcomics are not really an industry apart. They are part of the larger online content industry, and any analysis of their business has to take the business of all online content into account.
Through the Looking Back Glass: 2004 Is No More
Everyday of every month, news from the world of webcomics sweeps past us and we don't always have time to make sense of it all. In this new monthly column, our very own Erik Melander tracks down the headlines of the most recent month gone by and connects the dots for you in snappy prose.
There was a time, back in prehistory, when the key to a popular webcomic was lots of computer-programming jokes. Then cheesecake art. Then video-game references. Then, when the competition started growing fiercer, computer jokes and cheesecake and video games. Those days are long behind us, and aren’t we as a people better for it? Today, the secret to webcomics success is Cute.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 15, 2004 - 15:55
Jason St. Clair over at Comicbook Galaxy writes on the growing online piracy of comic books. St. Clair's article is a detailed overview of the methods and pyschology of this particular flavor of online pirates. Given the ease with which comic books appear to be pirated I can only imagine that the industry's lower overall net worth vis a vis movies and music is why comic book piracy is not given substantial attention in the media.
Thanks to Spurgeon for the the link to this story.