Submitted by Qwantz on November 7, 2005 - 19:00
Ohnorobot.com is a new and free and awesome webcomics search engine. You can easily (and for free) build your own personalized search engine for just your own comic. It allows readers to find the comics they're looking for with super speed.
UPDATE: T Campbell confirms that the site is having server issues right now.
The last couple of months have seen a fair amount of fiddling with revenue models from businesses that make their money from webcomics, but not individual webcomics per se. What I'm thinking about here are what one could refer to as the publishers of webcomics. The launch of Joey Manley's Webcomics Nation back in August and Keenspot's announcements at Comic-Con are the ones that spring to mind.
But it is not only the big dogs of webcomic "companies" that are re-examining their businesses. Clickwheel has been covered previously as a promising idea. Combining the photoIpods ability to show images and RSS 2.0 to easily syndicate content. As I remember it, the original business model was to charge for the Clickwheel application. The user could then subscribe to the different comics Clickwheel provided. The comics were created by various artist paid for their work.
Submitted by PhilKahn on November 3, 2005 - 23:36
170 photos of pure glory are now up for everyone to see from this year's UberCon. Featured within are such folks as Rich Burlew, Pete Abrams, Rob Balder, Jennie Breeden, The Onezumi Crew, T. Campbell and myself. Enjoy.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 25, 2005 - 00:52
Work on the forthcoming Comipedia webcomics directory is rolling along. I just discovered tonight, however, that former Comixpedia contributor and all-around webcomics genius John Barber does not have a wikipedia entry.
If anyone can fix this please post an entry for Mr. Barber at the wikipedia and at our own Webcomics Encyclopedia. Barber's entry should go here.
No Daniel "Merlin" Goodbrey entry either! Aspiring fans and scholars put that one here.
UPDATE: As it happens, Eric Burns was snarking about non-experts' campaign of deletion on webcomics in the wikipedia this morning.
UPDATE #2: C'mon on! No Lea Hernandez entry? I threw up a stub on the Webcomics Encyclopedia but you could write pages about Ms. Hernandez.
UPDATE #3: A thread at Digital Strips has an apparent reply from the main non-expert nominating webcomics for deletion. I also had the impression, like T Campbell, that Wikipedia was more akin to a HHGTG than a much more selective, limited document. More troubling to me, however, is that this whole episode brings into stark relief the issue of generalists versus specialists that often plagues such projects. This is a particularly egregious example of (at best) a generalist making decisions without sufficient input from specialists (people who actually have any knowledge about webcomics). Not saying people can't talk about things they aren't expert on. but they sure as hell ought to at least listen to the experts a little.
I'm having trouble taking it all in. It was an amazing experience. I'm still shutting my eyes and taking myself back to the time I spent there, with all the good times I had and all the new friends I made.
There are three important things to know for reading this: I have never been to a gaming convention before. I have never been to New Jersey before. And I have never been a guest to a con before. So bearing those things in mind, here's my report...
Submitted by Erik Melander on October 21, 2005 - 11:21
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 11, 2005 - 14:37
Part of the new publishing platform I'll be rolling out for the new Comixpedia site makes it a lot easier to publish the monthly magazine. Now all contributors will have one biography attached to all stories they write for us. This makes it easier for us (no need to retype each time a new story is published) and better for the contributor (no matter when someone reads a story they see your current biography).
If you've contributed to Comixpedia and want to submit a new bio go ahead and email me. Also, all contributors may now have a 100 x 100 pixel image to go with their stories. If you want to submit one, include it on an email to me.
I just finished loading in all of the stories published in 2003. Click read more for a list of contributors from that year. (One of the nice new features will be the ability to easily see all of the articles each contributor has written for Comixpedia.)
Submitted by kjc on October 10, 2005 - 00:06
Welcome to Week One of Comixpedia's October 2005 Issue!
Al Schroeder interviews Mike Rojas, creator of Natch Evil.
Matt Summers reviews Jack by David Hopkins..
And we have Erik Melander's Through the Looking Back Glass for October.
Letâ€™s start with my own work. Iâ€™m no judge of whether itâ€™s the best out there, but it seems well-received enough, and I know it better than anyone elseâ€™s because I know what I was thinking.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 4, 2005 - 11:54
Okay this isn't as unique as the organizers seem to think (in fact they're piggy-backing on the well-established idea of webcomic creators doing wacky hijinks on April Fools' Day), but they did a good job with 24 Hour Comics Day so this could be another exciting event for creators: Comics Jam War is scheduled for next year's April Fools' Day (April 1st).
CulturePulp has a write-up of the recent Stumptown Comics Fest in Portland, Oregon.
And last and probably least, Nicholas Cage has named his latest offspring "Kal-el". No response yet from the Cage camp on rumors that Cage is making his first foray into politics by becoming an advisor to General Zod.