Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 30, 2005 - 16:12
Fans officially ended yesterday, calling a close to over six years of comics stories about a science-fiction club that repeatedly saved the world. Fans was the most popular strip on Graphic Smash and the second most popular to require a subscription (the first remains American Elf).
T Campbell, the writer, has announced several new projects, including a series in development for Tokyopop (still in need of an artist), a Fans-related summer story called "The Iron Easel," and a book version of The History of Online Comics.
Jason Waltrip, the series' main artist, is now drawing a book for Tokyopop called Idiotz.
David Willis, artist pro tempore in the series' final days, continues his work on Roomies, Shortpacked and It's Walky.
There is a kind of dichotomy inherent in any civil rights movement. On the one hand, it's generally felt that the minority should be given every opportunity to succeed in competition with the majority. On the other hand, it only seems fair that the minority should be given compensatory advantage to level the playing field with the majority.
Submitted by Steve Bryant on March 23, 2005 - 16:53
Critically-acclaimed online comic ATHENA VOLTAIRE will be moving from ModernTales.com to its sister site, GraphicSmash.com on April 4. The comic, which Warren Ellis described as â€œif THE MUMMY and VAN HELSING were actually, you know, good,â€ was recently named one of the best webcomics of 2004 by The Webcomics Examiner. The series follows the exploits of the titular heroine, a globetrotting aviatrix, as she battles Nazis, mercenaries and the occult.
When I was your age our webcomics didn't have pictures That's right -- they were made out of words. Words! And we liked it that way. You don't know how it is, with your 'webs' and your 'graphical user interfaces' and your 'more than 1200 baud modems.' You don't know how good you have it. We had mainframes and LISTSERV and BITNET.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 12, 2005 - 00:13
It's like an explosion: there is a growing number of podcasts on comics now. For your listening and comics education experience check out Digital Strips, Meanwhile (with T Campbell), Comicology, and Geek Fu Action Grip.
What else have you been listening to on your computer lately?
Submitted by Erik Melander on March 9, 2005 - 19:01
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 1, 2005 - 23:50
Penny Arcade's Tycho posts about a blogger who took the bold step of adopting the "beg for change so I can do this fulltime" business plan. In this case, Tycho nails the self-importance of the blogosphere pretty well as webcomic creators are for the most part further along in business experimentation then other micro-publishing fields (this may have a lot to do with the lack of opportunity in "macro-publishing" in the comics field, but I digress...).
Also in regards to T Campbell's last "History of Webcomics" installment, I believe Tycho (and Gabe had mentioned it to me earlier) is right in that although Something Positive gets a lot of credit for doing one of the first successful pledge drives, Penny Arcade did it first.
Submitted by Erik Melander on February 24, 2005 - 08:20
Penny and Aggie, the comic strip by writer T Campbell and artist GisÃ©le LagacÃ©, is seeking a guest artist to draw back up stories for the Penny and Aggie comic book. And there would even appear to be some money in it:
Payment will be a percentage of profits (to be determine) or $100 per story (negotiable) - whichever is greater. We know it's not much... but that's all we can offer at the moment.
They are also looking for a webdesigner to help manage and expand the site.
Money Matters and the Modern Webcomic
Much as some webcartoonists would like to pretend otherwise, webcomics are not really an industry apart. They are part of the larger online content industry, and any analysis of their business has to take the business of all online content into account.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 2, 2005 - 12:52
T Campbell reports that he's getting evicted in a couple months and it led him to muse on where to live.
This puts me in a strange situation-- I have no day job, and the business classes I'm taking can be taken online. I've discovered-- unfortunately-- that I am no longer content taking jobs that are just "writing-related" or "editing-related" instead of being "comics-related," so the Washington, D.C. area doesn't hold quite as much attraction for me as it used to.... What this means is, I could pretty much live anywhere.
I'd like it to be somewhere comics-fertile, not too expensive, yet with enough things to do and see that you just have to get out in it, you know?
Also recently, Tycho commented about how the affordability of Spokane played a key role in the success of Penny Arcade.
So what's the best place for a webtoonist to live and why?