Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 20, 2007 - 09:35
- T Campbell has an interview with Filip Sablik of the publisher Top Cow, which is one of the first direct-market companies to enter digital marketplace.
- A whole page of webcomic reviews in Dutch (which I can't read!). Still looks cool.
- Broken Frontier has a short review of the webcomic Change Order, which is written by Robert Remy, art by
David Miller, Joe Rubinstein and colors by Steve Blevins, Mark Ramirez.
- Alli Katz has a short review of Fishtown by creator Kevin Colden. (link from Journalista!)
- Scott Christian Sava, the creator of the webcomic The Dreamland Chronicles, has a new comic in print coming called Pet Robots. (Broken Frontier has a cover image)
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Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 19, 2007 - 10:10
COMIXMEDIA UPDATE: I'm still working on the site(s) upgrade. Current plan is to have this site rebranded as COMIXTALK by the beginning of July. I'll have another site called COMIXMEDIA as an umbrella site for comics-related projects I'm working on. The upgrade here went well except the current "theme" for the site is creating some problems so I need to get the site moved to a new theme pronto (current plan is to simply update the current theme to Drupal 5.1 specs)
Guest Bloggers Wanted: Interested in blogging about (web)comics on ComixTalk in July or August? Drop me a note at xerexes AT comixpedia DOT com
Todd Allen breaks another piece of the story about DC Comics plans for the web. DC Comics' new online editor is Kwanza Johnson (who according to Allen had a similar job with Marvel back in 2000?!) Allen predicts a "big" 4th quarter roll-out of webcomics from DC.
Mike Strang posted about his unhappy experience working for Platinum on a work-for-hire contract and others (T Campbell) chimed in with comments. Joey Manley compared work-for-hire to sticking your hand in a meat grinder. My own personal opinion is that authors should keep their copyrights and that creativity and business are both better off under those circumstances. But in movies, television, music and especially comic books, work-for-hire arrangements have been used forever and are still being used. So long as you know what you're getting into I don't see anything inherently evil about it. Just be clear on the concept - work-for-hire means all of your creative work becomes someone else's property. (REMINDER: if you comment at ComixTalk please try to be civil and respectful of others.)
DEAD TREES: Life Meter Vol. 2 will debut at MOCCA. Life Meter is an anthology of video game- inspired comics, featuring stories and art by Bannister, Joel Carroll, Raina Telgemeier, Steve Hamaker, Jake Parker, Jeffrey Rowland, Queenie Chan, and many, many more.
If there’s one thing I like about Dominic Deegan, it’s that the storylines move forward progressively. The comic tends to have storylines which are fairly self-contained, with a specific villian or villians wreaking havoc with a specific set of goals and a specific set of heroes undergoing a specific set of actions in order to thwart said villians. But instead of each storyline coming around the full circle and leaving the heroes in basically the same place as they were when they started in classic comic book “and so the world was saved once again, and John D and Suzy Q were able to return to their normal lives” fashion, the characters in Dominic Deegan mature and grow from their experiences, and with each storyline move progressively closer to the “happily ever after.”
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 10, 2007 - 11:35
I just saw a draft article from someone (not intended for Comixpedia I think - just something someone was looking for feedback on) which was basically the proverbial "straw that broke the camel's back" for me.
I'm sure you've seen the gist of this proposed article in countless posts for almost as long as there's been comics posted on the web:
- Webcomics (or most of 'em) are crap;
- The Webcomics Community (or some sub-set of people making webcomics, reading webcomics, commenting on webcomics, etc) is crap;
- There's no such thing as webcomics - everything's comics;
- People in "webcomics" are too focused on "webcomics" and not the "outside" world; and
Well, that probably covers the broad themes of such rants. Let's just think about these points for a second (click "read more" to read on!):
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 8, 2007 - 09:35
T Campbell, who's filing stories for Broken Frontier these days, has done a plethora of podcasts this year, calling up and interviewing a ton of interesting people and posting the audio (most recently T talked with Tim "Destructo" Demeter, the editor of Clickwheel and Graphic Smash as well as the creator of the comic Reckless Life).
I wrote a short post pondering why I don't listen to more podcasts but it started to sound a bit too negative. Instead let me ask - how many of you listen to the various comic-related podcasts out there and what do you like and dislike about the format (and the quality of current efforts)?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 7, 2007 - 11:40
- Comic Fodder has a review of Andy Pollock's Witchhound.
- AV Club has an interview with
Tycho and GabeJerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik of Penny Arcade (link from the Mighty Mighty FLEENtones)
- Newsaramaâ€™s Chris Arrant interviews Fishtown creator Kevin Colden (link from Pick It Up! Journalista!)
- Webcomics in Print had an interview with Blind Ferret Entertainment that's worth catching if you missed it. Blind Ferret does the PVP and the CAD animated series.
- T Campbell has an interview with the creators of another create-a-clip-art-comic website, this one called Quick Comic.
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- Almost lost to the mists of times - the real origin of Laugh-Out-Loud Cats. This is a pretty funny mashup of old-style newspaper funnies and the LOL meme.
- Carlos Castellanos, the artist for the syndicated Baldo, puts up a video of how he creates the strip.
- Lots of folks pointed out that Salon is now running Berke Breathed's Opus and also that they interviewed him.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 1, 2007 - 09:36
T Campbell takes a crack at compiling lists of popular webcomics based on Alexa and other publicly available data. This is a lot like the Comixpedia Most Read lists from 2003-04, with about the same level of reliability. For the most part the comics on the lists are popular but you really have no way of knowing much more than that. And purely based on my gut reaction, the lists compiled based on Compete and Quantcast look even less reliable to me than the one based on Alexa.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 24, 2007 - 15:22
- Josh Lesnick goes on "sabatical" and converses with himself about his webcomic Girly, all webcomics and why Tycho has hair...
- T Campbell does the audio interview thing - this time with Nick Gurewitch, the creator of The Perry Bible Fellowship.
- NPR interviewed Berke Breathed about his new kids book Mars Needs Moms.
JUSTIFY MY HYPE
- xkcd - which may be the most popular webcomic around now - has an ongoing storyline this week.
- Scary Go Round's Sea Serpents and Snail Ladders is an awesome update on Chutes and Ladders - I'm going to have to blow it up and print it out to play it.
- Matt Koelbl likes the webcomic Basic Instructions - something I've plugged before here at Comixpedia.
- Brigid catches the new webcomic lineup at Seven Seas' websites.
- Jack likes Corey Marie's Scene Language.
GOING TO HELL IN A HANDBASKET
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- The Back of the Envelope Blog updates you on the plot of popular webcomics (so you don't have to read them?).
- T Campbell is annoyed at the coverage given to the webcomic based on the Heroes tv series.
- The Daily Cartoonist blog writes about Mark Pett's Guinness World Record for the largest comic strip - a very large version of a strip from his Lucky Cow comic and a group of Scottish students attempt to break the record for the LONGEST comic strip. (Insert if it's not Scottish it's crap joke here)
- Dirk Deppey links to another funny parody comic from Beaucoup Kevin - this one titled "How To Make Love The Punisher Way".
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 15, 2007 - 09:35
I haven't seen a major fundraising drive for a webcomic in awhile. T Campbell and Gisele Lagace have organized one that kicks off now with the purpose of trying to help Gisele Lagace quit her day job. Legace is currently the artist on the Campbell scripted Penny & Aggie, but previously Legace cut her webcomic teeth on the fondly-remembered Cool Cat Studio. Lagace is already an amazingly good artist (just check out this month's cover art for Comixpedia she created) - it would be phenomenal to see her artistic growth if she could work on comics full time.
Check out the donation page and consider it - hey, if everybody chips in enough to get them to $10,000 we'll finally find out the conclusion to the unfinished Cool Cat Studio.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 11, 2007 - 12:13
- Comic Screw has an article called Digital Distribution that lays out how the comic book industry has helped fuel the rise of file-trading of illegal scans of comics. In the sense that currently there is no legal alternative currently available it's seems to be part of the same puzzle at issue in Joel Fagin's recent article for Comixpedia titled Reinventing Micropayments.
- Schlock Mercenary adds Project Wonderful ads. It sounds like the new features at Project Wonderful (like the ability to set a minimum bid price) helped convince Howard Tayler to give it a try. (The Weirdlings webcomic also recently added PW ads)
- Wizard talks to David Willis of Shortpacked.
- Pink Raygun interviews Paige Braddock of Jane's World.
- Daily Cross Hatch has a three part interview with Raina Telgemeier. (part 1, part 2, part 3)
- Gigcast talks to D.J. Coffman.
- Jack Carter interviews Renee Katz of The Nineteenth Century Industrialist.
- Mr. Myth reviewed Zap! and Abstract Gender.
- Zhi reviewed Zero Hunters.
- Aarin reviewed School Spirit and Bear and Kitten.
- Jack reviewed Annhilicious, Bug Report, and Bear and Kitten.
- Time Well Wasted reviewed Real Life.
- The Ferrett reviewed The Mansion of E. (review links from a Talkaboutcomics post)
- Pre-orders for the dead tree collection of David Willis' Shortpacked! end this coming Monday.
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T Campbell muses about the high-webcomics-profile of writer/actor
Wesley CrusherWil Wheaton (with copious linkage to webcomic cameos included).
- Reinder Dijkhuis incorporates the latest Intertubes meme into some nifty advertising buttons for his comic ROCR.
- Toon Brew reproduces what may well be the first episode of the first webcomic: David Farleyâ€™s Doctor Fun. (link from Journalista!)
- Shaenon Garrity observes that the Eisner's Digital Comics category "cruelly and unfairly overlooked this year... Templar, Dicebox, Family Man, [and] Grace...."
- FLEEN's Anne Thalheimer muses on webcomic references in random places in a short column.
- Famed videogame designer, Ron Gilbert, to help out with Penny Arcade's forthcoming videogame.
Submitted by Erik Melander on April 20, 2007 - 10:09
- Tyler Martin has released a new version of ComicPress, a webcomics-friendly theme for WordPress. ComicPress 2.0 BE adds features like the ability to post comic and news posts separately, thumbnails of comics in the archive, support for multiple comic file formats and more.
- The Pulse interviews DJ Coffman about his Hero by Night available now in comic stores.
- T Campbell promises to do a 100 podcasts for Broken Frontier and posts a list of those folks he's going to try and interview.
- Pink Raygun wants your comics.
Pink Raygun is now accepting webcomic submissions. We are looking for six female created webcomics to run on a weekly basis.
What exactly is Pink Raygun? Apparently "[...] a webzine for the modern fangirl" accoring to their faq.
- As noted yesterday by DJ Coffman, the nominations for the Eisner awards is out. Besides the Best Digital Comics category's strong lineup, there are a couple of familiar names sprinkled throughout the categories. Brian Fies, whose Mom's Cancer won the very first Best Digital Comics Eisner Award is nominated this year as well in the categories "Best Reality-based Work" and "Best Graphic Album - Reprint". Gene Yang's American Born Chinese is nominated in the "Best Graphic Album - New" category and Lark Pien's coloring in "Best Coloring". Svetlana Chmakova's Dramacon and Hope Larson's Gray Horses are nominated in the "Special Recognition" category.
- Reinder Dijkhuis finds that his revenues from Project Wonderful have increased after a recent dip. He also catches the appearance of a PW ad for Ron Paul for President on Clan of the Cats. Obscure third-party candidates for President are technically a new source of advertising for PW, I guess...
(Xaviar Xerexes contributed to this story)