Shaenon K. Garrity
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 26, 2007 - 10:40
- Earlier today, I posted a request for help remembering some of the more doubtful deletions of webcomic entries from the Wikipedia. Here's what that post was aimed at helping: Wikinews is working on a story about it. The story in progress can be found here.
- The Beat has a copy of a press release from DC's webcomic host/contest site Zuda and it's first lineup of webcomics. Someone in this lineup wins a prize.
- The Beat also notes that Bayou by Jeremy Love is the first Zuda instant winner. The strip has already been awarded a 1-year contract, and was a solicited submission. I'm sorry - everytime I read these prize/winner sentence about Zuda I start thinking it's a McDonald's contest or something...
COLLECTIVE 'ECTIVE, WHAT'S YOUR... FECTIVE?
- Beat, beat, all Beat link lifting today: the webcomics collective The Chemistry Set adds Threads of Red Jack by Daniel Kibblesmith & K. Thor Jensen, and The Gloom by Tony Lee and Dan Boultwood; and the webcomic collective Act-i-vate adds Backstage by Molly Crabapple and John Leavitt, a comedy/murder mystery set in the burlesque halls of old New York.
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- Webcomic Asylum writes about putting your webcomic on "top vote lists" and using the Project Wonderful advertising platform .
- Shaenon Garrity has a new column up at Comixology about Stumptown and the goshdarn Batman...
- The Beat writes about the best-selling Buffy Season 8 comic book series.
- And in not-comics stuff, Nerd World flags trailers for potentially cool upcoming movies...
- Kris Straub is having a Half Life 2 Haiku contest (deadline November 5th). I just finished Episode 2 which is good but I just wish they would get though more story in each game (or just release the games faster)...
JUSTIFY MY HYPE
- Hard Way Studios, the publisher of Morbid Myths, House at the Edge of Nowhere, and Shelter, has revamped its website.
The Stumptown Comics Fest will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 - 30, from 10 AM - 6 PM, at the Lloyd Center Doubletree in Portland, Oregon. Admission is $5 at the door.
Special guests include Matt Wagner, Carol Lay, Peter Bagge, Shaenon Garrity, Mike & Laura Allred, Sarah Oleksyk, and Ted Rall. More details at the website: stumptowncomics.com.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 22, 2007 - 10:57
- Wizard interviews Kark Kerschl about his webcomic The Abominable Charles Christopher and his participation in the webcomics anthology Transmission X.
- Shaenon Garrity interviews Monty S. Kane the artist and writer of Planet Saturday.
- Lynn Lau interviews AndrÃ© Richard, creator of the deceptively adorable Jeepers.
- (old but I missed posting it) Lynn Lau interviews Matt Bayne, creator of the medieval action comic Knights of the Shroud.
Submitted by NightgigTim on September 19, 2007 - 18:07
Drawing from resources through the gap in the wall…
Comix artists draw David Bowie in Sean Collins sketchbook.
Comic adaptation of Friedrich A. HayekÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s anti-collectivism book The Road to Serfdom.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
Blogcritics.com reviews Penny and Aggie.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 19, 2007 - 11:20
Modern Tales announced the addition of five new comics to its lineup for the second half of 2007:
- Little Dee, by Chris Baldwin, a daily strip about a little girl raised in the woods by animals. Baldwin is best known as the creator of Bruno, one of the longest-running and most acclaimed webcomics, which ended early in 2007.
- Planet Saturday Comics, by Monty and Kelli Kane, a monthly comic about â€œchildhood, parenthood and memory,â€ based on the creatorsâ€™ own experiences as kids and as parents.
- Gothbunnies, by Joanne Wojtysiak, a whimsical fantasy about three rabbits dealing with their new home and its overgrown, magical garden.
- No Stereotypes, by Amber â€œGlychâ€ Greenlee, a sprawling fantasy about an immortal searching for his lost love, the ordinary girl who might be what heâ€™s been looking for, and the troublemaking gods who get in their way. No Stereotypes is returning to Modern Tales after a long absence.
- All Knowledge Is Strange, a new strip by renowned experimental webcartoonist and minicomics creator Daniel Merlin Goodbrey. All Knowledge Is Strange replaces Goodbreyâ€™s previous comic on Modern Tales, Brain Fist.
Editor Shannon Garrity promises interviews with the new creators - she's already posted one with Chris Baldwin here.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 24, 2007 - 14:31
I built a "library" of webcomics and creators back in the fall of 2005 which I put into beta before realizing it was too much editorial work to deal with and the same information could be better provided through the community edited webcomic wiki - COMIXPEDIA.
Nevertheless looking back on the assortment of names collected (some from me, some sent in from you) I wonder if anyone has any significant updates on these creators 18 months later. Maybe we should interview some of them?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 13, 2007 - 08:32
With IW leaving, Inannaâ€™s Tears at the end of its run, and my first anniversary as MT editor fast approaching, I think itâ€™s time to put out a new call for submissions. If youâ€™d like to publish on Modern Tales, send your submission to moderntales.submissions at gmail.com. I suggest that you first read my old Submission Guidelines post, not to mention Lisa Jonteâ€™s suggestions for creators submitting work to her site, Girlamatic.com. Let me know if youâ€™re interested in running your comic on the Strip Lounge (i.e., the free side), the V.I.P. Room (the subscription side), or Longplay (the section for longform comics, which is also free). The free side of MT is non-exclusiveâ€“that is, you can run your comic elsewhere online while appearing on MT. We do not pay you directly, but you can run ads on your section of MT and use the MT Swapmeet to sell merchandise. For the subscription comics, we ask for exclusive Web publishing rights; however, you are free to publish in any other medium, including print. Cartoonists on the subscription side are paid a portion of the income MT earns from subscriptions.
For this round of submissions, Iâ€™m only looking for a few new comics, and Iâ€™m hoping to get comics that will fill niches I feel are currently neglected on MT. Translation: if I reject your submission, itâ€™s not your fault. Itâ€™s probably an awesome comic, and I just donâ€™t have a place for it right now.
Okay? Okay! MT is now accepting submissions through the end of August!
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 19, 2007 - 10:10
COMIXMEDIA UPDATE: I'm still working on the site(s) upgrade. Current plan is to have this site rebranded as COMIXTALK by the beginning of July. I'll have another site called COMIXMEDIA as an umbrella site for comics-related projects I'm working on. The upgrade here went well except the current "theme" for the site is creating some problems so I need to get the site moved to a new theme pronto (current plan is to simply update the current theme to Drupal 5.1 specs)
Guest Bloggers Wanted: Interested in blogging about (web)comics on ComixTalk in July or August? Drop me a note at xerexes AT comixpedia DOT com
Todd Allen breaks another piece of the story about DC Comics plans for the web. DC Comics' new online editor is Kwanza Johnson (who according to Allen had a similar job with Marvel back in 2000?!) Allen predicts a "big" 4th quarter roll-out of webcomics from DC.
Mike Strang posted about his unhappy experience working for Platinum on a work-for-hire contract and others (T Campbell) chimed in with comments. Joey Manley compared work-for-hire to sticking your hand in a meat grinder. My own personal opinion is that authors should keep their copyrights and that creativity and business are both better off under those circumstances. But in movies, television, music and especially comic books, work-for-hire arrangements have been used forever and are still being used. So long as you know what you're getting into I don't see anything inherently evil about it. Just be clear on the concept - work-for-hire means all of your creative work becomes someone else's property. (REMINDER: if you comment at ComixTalk please try to be civil and respectful of others.)
DEAD TREES: Life Meter Vol. 2 will debut at MOCCA. Life Meter is an anthology of video game- inspired comics, featuring stories and art by Bannister, Joel Carroll, Raina Telgemeier, Steve Hamaker, Jake Parker, Jeffrey Rowland, Queenie Chan, and many, many more.
If there’s one thing I like about Dominic Deegan, it’s that the storylines move forward progressively. The comic tends to have storylines which are fairly self-contained, with a specific villian or villians wreaking havoc with a specific set of goals and a specific set of heroes undergoing a specific set of actions in order to thwart said villians. But instead of each storyline coming around the full circle and leaving the heroes in basically the same place as they were when they started in classic comic book “and so the world was saved once again, and John D and Suzy Q were able to return to their normal lives” fashion, the characters in Dominic Deegan mature and grow from their experiences, and with each storyline move progressively closer to the “happily ever after.”
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 11, 2007 - 12:13
- Comic Screw has an article called Digital Distribution that lays out how the comic book industry has helped fuel the rise of file-trading of illegal scans of comics. In the sense that currently there is no legal alternative currently available it's seems to be part of the same puzzle at issue in Joel Fagin's recent article for Comixpedia titled Reinventing Micropayments.
- Schlock Mercenary adds Project Wonderful ads. It sounds like the new features at Project Wonderful (like the ability to set a minimum bid price) helped convince Howard Tayler to give it a try. (The Weirdlings webcomic also recently added PW ads)
- Wizard talks to David Willis of Shortpacked.
- Pink Raygun interviews Paige Braddock of Jane's World.
- Daily Cross Hatch has a three part interview with Raina Telgemeier. (part 1, part 2, part 3)
- Gigcast talks to D.J. Coffman.
- Jack Carter interviews Renee Katz of The Nineteenth Century Industrialist.
- Mr. Myth reviewed Zap! and Abstract Gender.
- Zhi reviewed Zero Hunters.
- Aarin reviewed School Spirit and Bear and Kitten.
- Jack reviewed Annhilicious, Bug Report, and Bear and Kitten.
- Time Well Wasted reviewed Real Life.
- The Ferrett reviewed The Mansion of E. (review links from a Talkaboutcomics post)
- Pre-orders for the dead tree collection of David Willis' Shortpacked! end this coming Monday.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
T Campbell muses about the high-webcomics-profile of writer/actor
Wesley CrusherWil Wheaton (with copious linkage to webcomic cameos included).
- Reinder Dijkhuis incorporates the latest Intertubes meme into some nifty advertising buttons for his comic ROCR.
- Toon Brew reproduces what may well be the first episode of the first webcomic: David Farleyâ€™s Doctor Fun. (link from Journalista!)
- Shaenon Garrity observes that the Eisner's Digital Comics category "cruelly and unfairly overlooked this year... Templar, Dicebox, Family Man, [and] Grace...."
- FLEEN's Anne Thalheimer muses on webcomic references in random places in a short column.
- Famed videogame designer, Ron Gilbert, to help out with Penny Arcade's forthcoming videogame.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 9, 2007 - 09:52
- Broken Frontier has an audio interview with Narbonic creator and Modern Tales editor Shaenon Garrity.
- The Comics Reporter covers the Xeric grant winners for this year.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- Scott Kurtz points out the new revamped Image Comics website. Pretty cool and a good reminder that they do have online comics posted there.
- Bookslut has an interview with this year's Eisner awards judges.
- Journalista! notes that the 28th Yomiuri International Cartoon Contest is open for submissions.
- 9 Chickweed Lane creator Brooke McEldowney announced that Pibgorn (recently departed from Comics.com) will take up residence at Gocomics.com, beginning May 14. (Link from Journalista!)
- Reinder Dijkhuis writes a post called Reconceptualising Micropayments about Joel Fagin's Reinventing Micropayments article at Comixpedia.
- Broken Frontier has a nice write-up of the triple comics holiday that was May 5th: Cartoonists' Day, FCBD and
Webcomics AwarenessOnline Comics Day.