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A Tip O' The Hat For the Last Game At Webcomic Stadium

Welcome to ComixTalk... may I take your order?  I've got an interview with the elusive Pokey the Penguin up and Brigid Alverson talks with Jeremy Ross of TokyoPop about its Manga Pilots program.   You may also want to check out my weekend post chock-filled with links to interesting stories and a new comic worth checking out.  (What exactly is a "chock" and how would you fill it?)

INTERVIEWS
Missed this, but Creative Commons has an interview with Mr. Diesel Sweeties, Rich Stevens.  Back in 2005, ComixTalk held a roundtable on creative commons licenses and comics with T Campbell, Lawrence Lessig, Neeru Paharia, Mia Garlick, JD Frazer, and Cory Doctorow.

ComixMix has an interview with D.J. Coffman, currently working on Flobots. (Folks should also check out D.J.'s very recent post on hosting your webcomic yourself - a short guide to getting started online independently.)

Digital Strips has a short interview with Zach Weiner - of SMBC and Captain Excelsior infamey.

Rick Marshall had a great interview with Jennie Breeden of Devil's Panties.

Gaming Angel has an interview with Randall Munroe of xkcd and Benjamin Birdie and Kevin Church of The Rack (h/t Journalista!)

LA TIMES interviews Josh Neufeld on his webcomic A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge.

Tom Spurgeon had a great interview with Scott McCloud on the new collection of his ZOT! comic.

CBR had a two-part interview with Aaron Diaz of Dresden Codak - click for part one and part two.

REVIEWS

Artpatient.com has a review of Chasing the Sunset.

BUSINESS
David Rothman looks at the decline in traffic to Wowio.com but as Dirk Deppey notes, Wowio was essentially off the air for a good chunk of the summer.

AWARDS
I neglected to mention Andrew Wahl won first and third place in the International Cartoon contest at the Homer Davenport Days festival in Oregon earlier this month.  Wahl is a talented cartoonist - check out more of his work here.  Also, I just think it's cool that a town has an entire festival to celebrate Homer Davenport - an internationally respected and pioneering political cartoonist from the turn of the century.

CONVENTIONS
Two East Coast events coming up fast.  First this coming weekend is the Baltimore Comicon (with, as FLEEN notes, the only East Coast appearance of all four How To Make Webcomics authors) The Baltimore Comicon is where the Harvey Awards are presented - Shaenon Garrity has the scoop on a contest to win tickets to the Harvey Awards

Next from October 4-5th is my hometown (close enough anyhow) convention, the Small Press Expo (SPX) over in Bethesda, Maryland.  The Ignatz Awards are presented at SPX.  Guests include Bryan Lee O’Malley, James Kochalka, Richard Thompson, Tom Tomorrow, etc!

JUSTIFY MY HYPE
Dirk Deppey links to this pretty cool idea -- The Superest wherein Kevin Cornell and Matthew Sutter take turns creating superheroes and villains that defeat each other’s creations.  And Tom Spurgeon links to news of a book deal for the site.

NCWCCC Anthology 2 (Specs and Deadlines Updated)

Hi all,

Below are all the specs for the NCWCCC Anthology 2 Book. I have offered two versions. The short version goes over stuff you NEED TO KNOW. The long version includes greater detail and more lenient deadline. I’ve worked with artists before. ;)

Short Version (Stuff you NEED to know)

1. Deadline for all work, covers and biographies is Saturday, November 15th. Biographies cannot exceed 100 words. Please include your URL in your bio.

NCWCCC Anthology 2

During our last Clatch meeting, (thanks again to Otter for the spread), it was decided that we should do another NCWCCC anthology. Here are all the specs we have so far.

THEME: Fortune Cookies. Due to time factors this theme has already been chosen.

Webcomic Wire - 8/29/08

Drawn from sources all over the web…

Wired covers PAX.
Wowioes, not your father’s breakfast cereal. Here’s what T Campbell is saying and Comics Worth Reading as well.  Platinum and Wowio as yet have not responded to my inquiry.
Eric Burns posts about criticism on websnark.
The Webcomic Overlook has part three of their ‘Joy of Webcomics’ series.
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WOWIO NON-PAYMENT Rumors

Well take with a grain of salt, but ComicList noticed some twittering that WOWIO hadn't made its second quarter payments ot creators.  If true, well, that's not a good sign...

Screenshot of New Comicspace.com

Joey Manley posts a screenshot of the new Comicspace.com at his blog talkaboutcomics.  It's very... yellow.

Thoughts?  Educated guesses?

Also T Campbell is selling the webcomics.com domain... not cheap! but maybe something someone can do something interesting with?

Newsarama Roundtable on Economics and Webcomics

Newsarama has a roundtable style interview with a whole bunch of folks mostly about webcomics and the potential impact of a worsening economy on creators.  It's more interesting than it's title suggests.

The Newsarama article includes comments from T Campbell; Mike S. Miller, an authorized representative of Wowio.com; Chris Crosby, Chief Executive Officer of Keenspot and creator of Superosity; Tim Demeter, editor of (the iPod comic site and home to digital material from UK comics publisher 2000AD) and GraphicSmash.com (ModernTales’ action-focused anthology site); Dean Haspiel, co-founder of the webcomix collective, ACT-I-VATE, editor of SMITH Magazine’s Next-Door Neighbor anthology and Billy Dogma creator; Jim Dougan, a founding member of the webcomics collective, The Chemistry Set, and co-creator of Sam & Lilah on DC’s Zuda Comics (came in fourth place in the March Zuda competition), now part of the online comics collective ACT-I-VATE; Shaenon Garrity, creator of Narbonic and editor of the subscription-based webcomics anthology site, ModernTales; Queenie Chan, a Chinese-Australian webcomics creator; Andy B., a member of the Toronto-based webcomics group, Transmission-X; David Gallaher, writer of High Moon, the first winner of DC’s Zuda webcomics competition; and Lea (DivaLea) Hernandez, webcomics and Original English Language (OEL) manga pioneer.

From the Archives

Another interesting article from the early mists of ComixTalk time (our March 2003 issue) is T Campbell's article on Webcartoonist community. Campbell considers the extent of dialogue amongst webcomic creators and compares it to subcommunities in art, movies, etc.

I've also begun preliminary work on a potential article for later this year and I'd like as much help from everyone as possible.  It's a 100 Greatest Webcomics kind of article - the idea being something like a "you've gotta read these 100" before you die (or 100 to recommend to others to read)...  Make suggestions and argue with me (and others) over a draft list here in the new forums.

From the Archives: The 27th Letter

T Campbell wrote up the history of the emoticon for the first issue of ComixTalk back in February 2003.  It's an interesting article tracing the origins of those little sideways faces (plus it has some wonderful illustrations by Bill Duncan):

They look freakish. The noses are askew, the nostrils invisible. The eyes are beady little pinpricks, and the mouths have no lips, just parabolic cracks. They exist independent of anything else; they're just a few bits of black on endless white space. Yet without the “emoticons,” the webcomics of today would be slower to recognize a fundamental human truth. We all recognize them – they look like typographic versions of the first faces any of us ever drew. And to understand their use, we have to go back in time to discover their prototype: the smiley-face.

T Campbell Writes About Long Form Comic Writing

T Campbell has a post up about writing which has some good practical advice for crafting words as well as working with an artist.