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Guest Bloggers Week 3

Let me repeat my thanks to all of the guest bloggers for posting so many great posts in my absence.  Thanks to last week's bloggers: Alexander Danner, Brian Moore, John Baird and Max Vaehling.  My biggest regret is that I didn't give them all their own week (if you weren't able to check out the last week flip through the archives for a ton of advice on writing, review and links to great comics).  And one more thanks to the week one bloggers: Ben McCormick, and Amanda & Daniel Potter.

For this week we've got a great group of comic creators and instigators.  They'll all be introducing themselves but here's a brief summary:

Steve Troop is the creator of the comedy sci-fi comic Melonpool and the comic CryptoZooey.  He's been making comics for over 10 years now.  He's also made some excellent puppets and they have appeared in several places including a They Might Be Giants video the Kobe and Lebron MVPuppets commercials.

Sam Costello is the prolific writer and creator behind Split Lip the horror webcomic series.

Harknell and Onezumi are a force to be reckoned with!  Onezumi is a webcomic creator and Harknell is a website coding ninja.  Both are very cool folks and longtime supporters of this site as well as their own webcomic community sites.  We're lucky to have a bit of their time as they are gearing up for the first edition of the convention they've created: Intervention which is coming very soon in September.

Friday Surprise!

So, I was floored to see this post on longtime Melonpool reader John (”Soxfan59″) Russell’s facebook page this morning. I think this meant as much — if not more — to me than the comics that were sent to him meant to him. Reposted with John’s permission! If you ever need legal council in the Chicago area, I can recommend no finer lawyer. Here’s his website.

I have a collection of rare, original artwork. All by the same, well known and talented artist.

New Book coming out

I found this while surfing today. I thought maybe you guys might want to check it out…
Nevin Martell has a book coming out called Looking for Calvin and Hobbes: The Unconventional Story of Bill Watterson and his Revolutionary Comic Strip. Here’s the abridged version of the summary that I found on The Comics Curmudgeon:

DRAFT List of 100 Greatest Webcomics: Comedy and Drama

Last year I posted a couple times (Previous posts on this "research" project were here and here) about a possible article on "ComixTALK's 100 Greatest Webcomics" which would be something like the American Film Institute's list of the greatest movies of the last 100 years.

A recurring comment to the previous two posts was what is the criteria for this.  I'm always a little hesitant to give too much guidance when part of the point of asking this kind of thing out loud is to listen to the resulting discussion of what everyone else thinks the criteria should be.  For the AFI list judges picked films based on criteria such as Critical Recognition, Major Award Winner, Popularity Over Time, Historical Significance, and Cultural Impact.

That sounds about right to me.  We've got a round decade plus a year or two of webcomics to look at it.  Critical reception (both from peers and critics), and popularity are both relevant to thinking about the impact of a webcomic.  WCCA awards are somewhat indicative of what peers were impressed with in a given year and more recently awards like the Eisners and Ignatzs have recoginized webcomics.  Historical significance and cultural impact are a little harder to pin down but various "firsts" in webcomics are important and comics like Penny Arcade have had a much wider impact on popular culture than most comics do these days (put aside the legacy superheros of comics -- what other "new" comic, let alone webcomic, in the last decade has had a wide cultural impact?)

Another thing AFI did that might be useful here to help sort through the vast numbers of webcomics one could talk about is to also think about categories or genres of work.  Just as a simple matter of numbers if a webcomic isn't one of the best of a larger type of story -- or frankly, so startlingly unique it's hard to categorize -- then it's hard to imagine it's one of the 100 Greatest...

So to move things along I'm listing another "draft" of titles submitted by the crowds but this time I've tried to break them up into drama and comedy so as to help avoid complete apples to oranges comparisons.  In doing that I've realized (1) it's hard in many cases to decide; and (2) there are probably more comedic than drama on the list so far.  I think it would make sense to whittle down the two lists to 75 each so as the final list is no more than 3/4 of one type or the other.  Of course we could further do genre type lists but for now this was enough work on my part.

So -- your assignment (if you choose to play):

  1. Name the comic you're talking about (you're also welcome to nominate ones not on the list -- I KNOW there are many I haven't even thought about yet -- it takes time to review all of the corners of the web)
  2. Tell me where on one the two lists (comedy and drama) it should be (you could give a range of slots if you're not sure). (If you think I've got a drama on the comedy list or vice-versa let me know!  I'm not "done" - this is fairly dashed off still at this point)
  3. Tell me why!  Referencing awards, critics, historical achievements, strengths and weaknesses of the works are all really helpful!

Webcomic Beacon #46 - Drama

Darcy and Matt Sowers, of Code Name: Hunter, join Fes, Tanya, and Aaron are talking about drama behind the scenes, and sometimes, of course, right out in the open.

Troop Returns… Again! Gigcast 156

We interview Steve Troop about his new project CryptoZooey! JT and Scott talk Webcomics,  Christian Ellis Shallow Thoughts
More to come..
The GigcastA Nightgig Studios Production - http://www.nightgig.comwww.thegigcast.comHave News or a Comment?  Want to tell JT and Scott they are full of it?E-mail: gigcast@nightgig.comOne of the Farpoint Media family of shows -,Released under a Creative [...]

Hurm News: San Diego Comic-Con 2008 Post-Mortem

Last week, I went to the San Diego Comic-Con. While there, I went to some panels, chatted a bit, and took some pictures. Also, I posted a bit to Twitter and Flickr. Here's a compilation of the things I did.

The Gigcast 152

JT and Scott talk Webcomics,  Christian Ellis Shallow Thoughts
New Steve Troop Comic book/website.Dresden Codak creator  Aaron Diaz hurt his hand
Slave Labor launches new webcomics program

The GigcastA Nightgig Studios Production - http://www.nightgig.comwww.thegigcast.comHave News or a Comment?  Want to tell JT and Scott they are full of it?E-mail: gigcast@nightgig.comOne of the Farpoint Media family of shows [...]

Crazy Little Thing Called Webcomic

UPDATE: Rick Marshall interviews David Willis of Shortpacked!

Joey Comeau from A Softer World interviewed Ryan North of Dinosaur Comics -- sort of like webcomics own version of Interview magazine.

Rick Marshall has an interview with Jeph Jacques of Questionable Content.

JOURNALISTA points to an article by Ben Towles on artist supplies worth perusing.

Daniel Whiston has an interview with Alan Moore on writing that is awesomesauce.  (also h/t to Journalista!)

FLEEN points to a strange website called mezzacotta that apparently Irregular Webcomic creator David Morgan-Mar has something to do with. Funny, cryptic or what: the website states that the asking price for the URL and the "idea" is €1 million prior to launch and €5 million afterwards.

A few folks pointing to Capes and Babes a comic about comic book culture.  A topic ripe for tackling (I like SubCulture which also hits this subject) and if anyone else has some sugested comics in this area fire away.  (Thanks)

The Fragile Gravity crew did a week of strips at Sluggy Freelance recently.  Go check it out!

Anyone been reading My Life In A Cube?  Funny autobiographical (?) stuff from about first job (thereabouts) working in a cube farm.

ALSO - Melonpool creator STEVE TROOP has a new comic called CryptoZooey He plugged it here last week but I don't think a lot of folks saw it over the weekend.  Full press release for the new strip -- click "read more"

CryptoZooey by Steve Troop