Submitted by Tim Demeter on February 26, 2010 - 12:37
As of the end of today I am resigning as editor of Clickwheel.net and GraphicSmash.com and removing my comic, Reckless Life from both sites.
I’m not so narcissistic as to assume this is interesting news to anyone but I would like to clarify that this is not a commentary on either site or the brilliant creators doing great work in both places. I’d like to thank the folks behind these sites, Rebellion LTD, Will Simons and Joey Manley for the opportunities they provided me and T Campbell for making those opportunities possible. Extra special thanks to all of you who kept up on my various webcomic projects over the years.
In the coming days I’m going to be writing an ongoing blog series on my experiences in the comic industry both pro and amateur, print and web. If anyone can profit from my triumphs and tragedies in the business of the business I will be offering my experiences for anyone who wishes to hear them. All of this will be happening at: timwagon.com
And if you liked my comic, Reckless Life you’ll be able to find out how to get access to the archives there as well as learn a little about my new creative projects.
I’m Tim Demeter. You stay classy internet.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 7, 2010 - 10:52
So there was this video playing at the Cartoon Art Museum during my visit last week where a woman was drawing a comic by painting on panels. The gimmick was that she had four panels on the wall where she'd draw the next scenes of the comic and then after finishing she's repaint the same four panels with the next scenes. The story was a cute one about monsters rampaging through the countryside.
Anyone know the name? Is it on the web? Thanks to Ben Gamboa for identifying it as Lark Pien's Small Destructions, something she actually created at the Museum in 2007. And here it is:
JUSTIFY THE WORLD's HYPE
Just finished reading the first volume of Scott Pilgrim - I hadn't been avoiding it so much as just never got around to it. Cute story, kind of funny but I was a bit underwhelmed given the love this comic has gotten. Maybe my expectations were too high or does it get better as the series goes on?
JUSTIFY MY FORTHCOMING HYPE
I am working on a review/overview of Evan Dahm's Overside comics: Rice Boy and Order of Tales. There's a reason why comic legend Jeff Smith picked Rice Boy as one of his comics of the decade.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
Cool - Websnark is back. While Wednesday is working on an overhaul of the site, Eric writes about the return of T Campbell's Faans.
Webcomics.com new members-only approach evolves again. The old forums are now available for free to read but only members can start new threads or post replies to existing threads.
Anyone familiar with ComicFury? It's advertised as "a free, easy to use and advertisement-free tool that will help you set up and host a website for your webcomic, which you can elegantly manage without any technical knowledge. All you will have to worry about when using ComicFury is actually making the comics, the rest is provided by us. It also offers you free exposure on the site and excellent support on the forums."
Submitted by John C on September 17, 2009 - 12:18
A new webcomic appeared not too long ago, and it is unusually Full of Promise.
So far, Guilded Age, illustrated by animation professional Erica Henderson (Sluggy guest artist and former-Phenomenauts-animated-TV-show-pilot-maker) and co-written by T Campbell (who has done many things) and Phil Kahn (who I must admit I am not very familiar with), features a medieval band of warriors who say funny things while battling the world’s evils.
This article was originally published on webcomics.com in 2008.
I love technology. Whether it’s little gadgets like my iPod, or useful applications like Google Calendar, I love all the little tech innovations that make life easier and more fun. The first time I heard about webcomics, I was thrilled. Automated content management? Fantastic! Integration of multi-media elements into webcomics? All over it. Do I want an iPhone or a Kindle? Oh my god, yes. Can I afford them? Not remotely. But I want them nonetheless.
Submitted by El Santo on March 23, 2009 - 13:44
Submitted by Alexander Danner on March 22, 2009 - 18:41
I'm back from Webcomics Weekend. Â The trip was a great time, nice and relaxed, with plenty of time for just chatting with friends. Â Shared a couple of meals with old friends, like Bryant Johnson, Christ Shadoian, Dirk Tiede, T Campbell, and Cat Garza. Â Got to chat briefly with Steven Withrow, Spike, David Malki !, Ryan North, Romantic, Chris Yates, Gary Tyrell, and Dorothy Gambrell, among a bunch of others that I'm probably forgetting (sorry!).
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 4, 2009 - 14:24
Winding up the Wayback Machine:
Keenspot revamped its "deal" with creators on its roster. I assume it's gone well for most of the folks who took the new deal although I haven't seen any interview or story focus on that.
Submitted by El Santo on March 2, 2009 - 05:00
If you spend any time with webcomics, chances are you’re going to run into something written or created by T Campbell. Mr. Campbell’s flagship work is the high school drama Penny & Aggie (reviewed here), which he co-created with artist Gisèle Lagacé. Yet, this comic writer has done much more: Rip & Teri, Search Engine Funnies, Cool Cat Studio, and the long-running Fans! Along with artist Amy Mebberson, he created Pop Star for the “Rising Stars of Manga” contest at TOKYOPOP, which would later become the comic known as Divalicious! T also co-created the webcomic transcription tool Oh No Robot with Ryan North of Dinosaur Comics.
I contacted T by e-mail, and he was very gracious about answering several questions I had, including a few about a project that he nowadays regrets: his book, A History of Webcomics.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 22, 2009 - 14:50
Last year I posted a couple times (Previous posts on this "research" project were here and here) about a possible article on "ComixTALK's 100 Greatest Webcomics" which would be something like the American Film Institute's list of the greatest movies of the last 100 years.
A recurring comment to the previous two posts was what is the criteria for this. I'm always a little hesitant to give too much guidance when part of the point of asking this kind of thing out loud is to listen to the resulting discussion of what everyone else thinks the criteria should be. For the AFI list judges picked films based on criteria such as Critical Recognition, Major Award Winner, Popularity Over Time, Historical Significance, and Cultural Impact.
That sounds about right to me. We've got a round decade plus a year or two of webcomics to look at it. Critical reception (both from peers and critics), and popularity are both relevant to thinking about the impact of a webcomic. WCCA awards are somewhat indicative of what peers were impressed with in a given year and more recently awards like the Eisners and Ignatzs have recoginized webcomics. Historical significance and cultural impact are a little harder to pin down but various "firsts" in webcomics are important and comics like Penny Arcade have had a much wider impact on popular culture than most comics do these days (put aside the legacy superheros of comics -- what other "new" comic, let alone webcomic, in the last decade has had a wide cultural impact?)
Another thing AFI did that might be useful here to help sort through the vast numbers of webcomics one could talk about is to also think about categories or genres of work. Just as a simple matter of numbers if a webcomic isn't one of the best of a larger type of story -- or frankly, so startlingly unique it's hard to categorize -- then it's hard to imagine it's one of the 100 Greatest...
So to move things along I'm listing another "draft" of titles submitted by the crowds but this time I've tried to break them up into drama and comedy so as to help avoid complete apples to oranges comparisons. In doing that I've realized (1) it's hard in many cases to decide; and (2) there are probably more comedic than drama on the list so far. I think it would make sense to whittle down the two lists to 75 each so as the final list is no more than 3/4 of one type or the other. Of course we could further do genre type lists but for now this was enough work on my part.
So -- your assignment (if you choose to play):
- Name the comic you're talking about (you're also welcome to nominate ones not on the list -- I KNOW there are many I haven't even thought about yet -- it takes time to review all of the corners of the web)
- Tell me where on one the two lists (comedy and drama) it should be (you could give a range of slots if you're not sure). (If you think I've got a drama on the comedy list or vice-versa let me know! I'm not "done" - this is fairly dashed off still at this point)
- Tell me why! Referencing awards, critics, historical achievements, strengths and weaknesses of the works are all really helpful!