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Shaenon K. Garrity

Dear Editors of Time Magazine:

After reading Belinda Luscombe's article Why Some Women Hate Sarah Palin, I will not be renewing my subscription to TIME.

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.

"So what was the next part of your plan, after you saved us?"

Just one page of William Bazillion this week, but I think it's a good one...

And just to bulk up this entry, I'll remind all y'all that I've got a Facebook account where you can keep track of all of my blog announcements among other things, and the lovely and talented Shaenon K. Garrity has one, too.



All Time Most Popular At tracks the most popular comics hosted on its service:

  1. Templar, Arizona by Spike
  2. Narbonic By Shaenon K. Garrity
  3. The Non-Adventures of Wonderella by Justin Pierce
  4. Narbonic: Director's Cut By Shaenon K. Garrity
  5. The Bare Pit by Noodtoonist
  6. Carpe Diem by Graveyard Greg
  7. Bellen! by box brown
  8. Surviving Mars By Brian Daniel
  9. Paradigm Shift By Dirk I. Tiede
  10. Year One By M.Parkinson
  11. Venus in Points Alice Hunt
  12. Neil Lisst
  13. Supernatural Law by Batton Lash
  14. Maxwell the Demon by Tonia Walden
  15. Family Man by Dylan Meconis
  16. Elvenbaath Written and Illustrated by Dotty
  17. Nothing Better by tyler page
  18. Freak U. By A. Prosser
  19. Naoko Muragama: Video Game Champion By Shaun Henderson
  20. Breakfast of the Gods Book One: The Last Good Morning By Brendan Douglas Jones
  21. DAR: A Super Girly Top Secret Comic Diary By Erika Moen
  22. The Front By Jerzy Drozd
  23. REVVVelations Written and colored by Stan Yan, Illustrated by Jolyon Yates
  24. Smithson Written by Shaenon Garrity, Art by Robert Stevenson, Brian Moore, and Roger Langridge
  25. Pint of Ink Illustrated Amusements by Dee Hews

I Have Run Out of Titles for News Posts

Tim Tyler calculates the new site launches July 31st and Gordon McAlpin adds his two cents in a comment to this thread at FLEEN.

Lore Sjorberg interviewed R. Stevens at Comic Con about the end of newspaper Diesel Sweeties and what he's going do with all of his newfound free time.

Shaenon Garrity interviews writer Stephen Geigen-Miller and artist Patrick Heinicke on their new series on Modern Tales, Cold Iron Badge, which combines fairy-tale fantasy with police procedural.

Christopher Moshier writes about writing webcomics (link via Journalista!)

The Webcomics Beacon posted the winners of the Jenny Everywhere cartoon contest.

Slave Labor Graphics new webcomic program is working - check out the comics at their website.

Have you checked out Gisele Legace's new webcomic yet?  Menage a 3 is kind of like Porky's meets 3's Company.

I'll admit it -- I'm a big fan of Cat and Girl. Still this very recent one is one of my favorites.


I think I forgot to link to this - Sean Tevis is running for office in Kansas and he used an xkcd-style comic as part of his fundraising efforts.

Another jam comic from the guys at Boxcar comics.

I laughed at this webcomic featured on Joystiq's webcomic wrap-up.  I'm sure the  age of web-savvy cartoonists is still heavily skewed towards the twenties but I'll wager it's much more diverse than it was at the beginning of the naughts decade.



Rick Marshall interviews Joey Comeau and Emily Horne of A Softer World.  Later Marshall, goes underground to report on illegal rock lobster fights.  That guy gets around!

Jovan Zimzovski interviews Ryan North of Dinosaur Comics while coincidently, Joey Comeau is hanging around. (h/t Journalista!)

The Daily Cartoonist links to a Universal Press interview with Jim Davis of its syndicated comic strip Garfield -- Scott Kurtz of PvP brings the drama in the comments that follow.


8 Things I Hate Like About Service Agreements. (h/t Journalista!)


Sean Kleefeld breaks down the linework in a classic Peanuts strip.


Jason Poog interviews writer Donald Ray: part 1 on finding an agent and part 2 on how Ray quick his day job.  Both should be of interest to comics creators.


Luke Foster on the puntastic comic strip Pearls Before Swine. (h/t Journalista!)

Cartoonist Shaenon Garrity hangs out with other members of the National Cartoonists Society.

Super-talented Jon Morris has been posting various alternate versions of Superman - check them out and then vote in his poll for which one you like best.

Newsarama Roundtable on Economics and Webcomics

Newsarama has a roundtable style interview with a whole bunch of folks mostly about webcomics and the potential impact of a worsening economy on creators.  It's more interesting than it's title suggests.

The Newsarama article includes comments from T Campbell; Mike S. Miller, an authorized representative of; Chris Crosby, Chief Executive Officer of Keenspot and creator of Superosity; Tim Demeter, editor of (the iPod comic site and home to digital material from UK comics publisher 2000AD) and (ModernTales’ action-focused anthology site); Dean Haspiel, co-founder of the webcomix collective, ACT-I-VATE, editor of SMITH Magazine’s Next-Door Neighbor anthology and Billy Dogma creator; Jim Dougan, a founding member of the webcomics collective, The Chemistry Set, and co-creator of Sam & Lilah on DC’s Zuda Comics (came in fourth place in the March Zuda competition), now part of the online comics collective ACT-I-VATE; Shaenon Garrity, creator of Narbonic and editor of the subscription-based webcomics anthology site, ModernTales; Queenie Chan, a Chinese-Australian webcomics creator; Andy B., a member of the Toronto-based webcomics group, Transmission-X; David Gallaher, writer of High Moon, the first winner of DC’s Zuda webcomics competition; and Lea (DivaLea) Hernandez, webcomics and Original English Language (OEL) manga pioneer.

A What's Up With Da' Wizards Post.

First up, there’s a preview of the Cayetano “Cat” Garza-edited anthology, Secrets and Lies, available for browsing and can be found right

It’s coming…

Printing goes well on the anthology. When all was said and done and the last submission hit my inbox, the book topped out at 180 pages! Here’s the complete list of contributors:
Dan Archer
Dan Barlow
Marek Bennett
SR Bissette
Box Brown
Colleen Frakes
AP Furtado
Penina Gal
Shaenon K. Garrity
Cayetano Garza Jr.