The book Webcomics: Tool and Techniques for Digital Cartooning by Steven Withrow and John Barber is a comprehensive overview of the state of webcomics. Webcomics: Tools and Techniques for Digital Cartooning is a helluva book. If nothing else, it's full of a ton of useful information and thoughts on webcomics art and business. It's got tutorials, round table discussions, theory, and even a big ol' gallery of webcomics.
But in writing this review, there's been one thought sticking in my mind: namely, this is a wonderful book... but who is it for?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 15, 2005 - 23:42
Does anyone else get pretty overwhelmed by webcomics drama overload? We've had some monster threads on the forums this month. Or is it just long-ish articles? I saw T Campbell wrote a modest complaint about the roundtable discussion in this month's magazine. I hope it wasn't too long -- but in any event I think it's a great read regardless. It's a discussion amongst critics (alright some of them are also webcomic creators but they are all folks who have spent a lot of time writing about webcomics) which actually is something relatively new in "webcomics journalism" as most roundtable articles have been amongst creators.
There's a forum for talking about OhNoRobot.
Eric Burns has a relatively positive snark about Carson Fire's Winger strip. I've already said something pretty similar so I won't repeat myself other then to say if Fire really focuses on funny as opposed to making a point he may have something big there.
Last but not least if you're doing things over on the BETA site and have a few second please post some feedback (you can post in the new forums over there as well). So far I can tell that it doesn't seem to have crashed from the usual Monday morning level of traffic. That's a good start :)
A whole year of webcomic news wrapped up in a pretty package with cookies and milk commentary provided by Comixpedia contributors: Alexander Danner, Ping Teo, Kristofer Straub, T Campbell and Phil Kahn.
Submitted by Reinder on December 5, 2005 - 19:06
Out on your virtual newsstand - a new edition of the Webcomics Examiner featuring "The Best Webcomics of 2005" and Part 2 of "The Artistic History of Webcomics", a rountable with T Campbell, Shaenon Garrity, William G., Phil Kahn, Bob Stevenson, Eric Burns, Wednesday White, A. G. Hopkins, Rob Balder, Tim Godek, Zabel, Alexander and Brandy Danner.
Lee Adam Herold's Chopping Block is back with a new story (and a different art style).
Power restored to whichever one of those Dakotas houses Keenspot World HQ and Chris Crosby returns to updating Superosity and Sore Thumbs.
Eric Burns weighs in on the recent Questionable Content storyline with an extra-biscuity biscuit. I've been impressed with QC all year really. It's a fantastic strip and Jeph Jacques just gets better every month. EVERY MONTH!
Webcomic pioneers John Barber and Brendan Cahill are in cahoots at Marvel in bringing forth a new Cahill-penned comicbook called Sable & Fortune. CBR has an interview with Cahill.
Super-reporter Jen Contino has an interview with David Alvarez, creator of Yenny.
A freewheeling discussion about the wide world of webcomics with Eric Burns, Wednesday White, Phil Kahn, Giland Pellaeon, Bob Stevenson, Ping Teo, Daku, Karl Kuras, Doctor Setebos and William G, moderated by Xaviar Xerexes.
You may have noticed that in 2005, the "webcomics blogosphere" took off like never before. There were almost as many people writing about webcomics as making them (okay not really, but there were a whole lot more blog posts about webcomics this year.) We gathered together several popular bloggers for an online roundtable discussion on webcomics here at the tail end of 2005.
We talked about webcomics and creators, art and commerce and of course, webcomics drama. Plus some predictions for the year ahead.
A simple list of people of webcomics based on their contributions to the medium in 2005. And we have no doubt that we left off someone we shouldn't have. We're sorry. We'll try harder next year.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 22, 2005 - 23:39
Tim Broderick posted an essay on his blog responding to part of T Campbell's feature this month, "Faith in Science: Detective Stories In A Confused World". Broderick, the creator of the mystery webcomic Odd Jobs, makes some interesting points in his post.
Submitted by kjc on November 21, 2005 - 01:44
This month, Comixpedia looked at MYSTERY WEBCOMICS!
Our final feature for November, Faith in Science: Detective Stories In A Confused World by T Campbell, is a close examination of the rules of mystery comics and a challenge to webcomics creators.
"Nemesis in Noir" is Al Schroeder's interview with Greg Holkan of [nemesis] and Gossamer Commons.
We have TWO reviews this week:
The other is Xaviar Xerexes' review of Will Eisner's John Law by Gary Chaloner.
And last, but never least, is Ping Teo's gentle poke at The Essence ofâ€¦ Whodunnit.
The game is afoot.
- â€” Sherlock Holmes
There's just one more question I'd like to ask you.
- â€” Columbo
And I would have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn't been for those nosy kids and their mangy dog!
- â€” innumerable Scooby-Doo villains
Forget about making a hundred, forget about the victim, forget about the suspect and focus on the only thing that can't lie: the evidence.
- â€” Gil Grissom, CSI
O photoprocessing machine, I command you to reveal to me that which is hidden!
- â€” Bee
Like most good ideas, mysteries and detective stories have many ancestors, but they didn't really get to take a place in entertainment until the Industrial Revolution. It's not hard to see why. The underlying message behind the traditional mysteryâ€”and the traditional detective story, its most famous subgenreâ€”is always the same. That message: our world may seem confusing, but patience, pluck, and especially reason can lay its secrets bare, punish the guilty, and reveal the monsters as aged men in latex or clockwork springs.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 8, 2005 - 11:20