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Comix Talk for Monday, March 29, 2010

So here's a good question worth a think. Salon just let Reuben Bolling know it's canceling it's contract for Tom The Dancing Bug (which apparently means This Modern World is the last comic at Salon?)  Tom the Dancing Bug is a smart, funny comic and the question now is -- what's the business plan for Bolling going forward?  Seriously, if there's one cartoonist who I would volunteer time to help brainstorm and execute a new business model for, he'd be on the short list. 

Penny Arcade - Penny Arcade Expo: Hope PAX East was awesome.  I'll jealously read the reports trickling in today as attendees tell their tales of brushing against the PA crew and breaking into spontaneous nerdcore beatboxing in the hallways.  In honor of the recent PAX East here's a link to Geekosystem's Top 10 Most Obscure PA characters.

Also, the Penny Arcade crew announced they would not be making a third installment in their videogames series but you can still read Macgasm's refresher review of the first two episodes of On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness here.

OTHER CONVENTIONS: In other con news, I'm still trying to make sure my schedule allows me to attend, but it looks like Rob Balder of Erfworld will definitely be there.  Where? At Intervention of course. And don't forget the Comics Events calendar for dates for comic conventions and other events

Milestones: Gordon McAlpin finished Book Four of his Multiplex webcomic.  This comic has gotten better and better -- McAlpin does the character-driven material as well as the movie-driven stuff.

REVIEWS: El Santo reviews Evan Dahm's Rice Boy - it's another example of why El Santo is one of the best reviewers in comics right now.  (My review of Rice Boy is here.)

INTERVIEWS: Sequential Tart has an interview with Rene Engstrom, creator of the completed webcomic Anders Loves Maria.

Opinion: I'd rather have Tatsuya Ishida on the editorial pages than most working editorial cartoonists.  Ishida is at least as opinionated as 3/4 of them and his art runs laps (MULTIPLE FREAKIN' LAPS) over all of them. 

iWEBCOMICS: Johana Draper Carlson talks about Alex de Campi’s Valentine comic, particularly the effort de Campi's making to bring it to multiple platforms simultaneously.

AROUND THE BLOGS: Last week, Howard Tayler had a great post on ideas and their value in the world - worth reading still.  And Tom Spurgeon lists the webcomics suggested by readers of his site, The Comics Reporter.  Not a bad list...

THE MAILBAG: Jason Whitley wrote to alert us to the return of Sea Urchins, which apparently used to be a newspaper-only comic (there's a book collection of these available here).  The comic is by Whitley and Scott Eckelaert, but so far there's not much in the way of comics up on the website.

NOT WEBCOMICS: I've still only read one Scott Pilgrim book, but the trailer for the movie looks like great fun.  

Art Patient Strip News 5-12-9

  • Webcomic Overlook reviewed Set To Sea and Tangents looked at Gulch while Pigs of the Industry reviews Quick. MPD57 reviewed Sketch Me, Deadly and iFanboy (via Comixup) shows us The Rack.
  • Comicsgirl reviews three mini comics - Next To You, PS Comics, Little Miss May & Her Kitty, Jub Jub and Down the Tubes reviews Khaki Shorts. Talkin Bout Comics reviews American Born Chinese and Fraggmented looks back into the distant past to Hawk & Dove #4. I seem to recall that they were originally squabbling brothers. I think it was revamped as a guy/girl team a few years later.
  • And Webcomic Overlook brings us some more comic news I shan’t repeat here. I will make the comment that tip-me’s are probably now taboo but tips in exchange for special content seem to be doing okay. I should also mention MPD57’s news post which points out a few more things, such as a link to the twelve things that hurt your webcomic - now updated to fourteen per MPD57.
  • Or you could try billing yourself as undiscovered talent and hope to win $1000 for Outlaw Entertainment. This could be your big break.
  • Maybe you could use this handy 3d to 2d transcription technique featured on Sketch Magazine. Urrr…That’s a little bit of overselling but it does seem to allow you to capture form a little more accurately than just hitting the contour line. For me, it will probably be useful when I’m having trouble getting the visual weight of a subject.
  • Please note pointers four and five - How to sell your small press comic.
  • The Beat interviews Tatsuya Ishida only to discover coffee and revenge.
  • This is Pink Five, over. Wedge, did you borrow my hair gel?

Interview with Tatsuya Ishida

Publishers Weekly's Laura Hudson scores an interview with Tatsuya Ishida, the creator of Sinfest.  Ishida is a brilliant cartoonist and Sinfest has always been a shining example of quality comics on the web.  Hudson's right about Ishida being a mystery -- this is probably the only interview I've ever seen with him.

Romance found deep inside Sinfest

A short analytical case study of writing romance in webcomics.

Sinfest by Tatsuya Ishida

WCCA 2008 Nominees Are Out

The nominees for this year's WCCAs were released this past Sunday (sadly without any fanfare, or press release... again). But lots of interesting choices (and good links to comics!):

Achewood by Chris Onstaad
Girl Genius by Phil and Kaja Foglio
Gunnerkrigg Court by Tom Siddell
Perry Bible Fellowship by Nicholas Gurewitch
The Phoenix Requiem by Sarah Ellerton

The ComixTalk End of 2007 Roundtable

Our third annual virtual round table on the year in webcomics features comments from Gary Tyrrell, Dirk Deppey, Tom Spurgeon, Heidi MacDonald, Brigid Alverson, Derik A Badman, Reinder Dijkhuis, and JT Shea and Scott Gallatin.

Random Notes for Thursday, June14, 2007

A site note: as we'll be moving to the name ComixTalk next month, I've enabled the URL which should now (or very soon) work ( will still continue to point to this site as well).


  • Journalista! catches the announcement that Tak Toyoshima’s Secret Asian Man has been picked up by United Features.
  • FLEEN noted that Chris Baldwin's Little Dee will run at until the end of July. If there's no offer of syndication then Baldwin will move the strip back to its own domain at




  • Nerd Cord group Dual Core namechecks the Penny Arcaders in the new song First One's Free.

Welcome to the Webcomicdome!

Busy news week already - don't forget to check out all of the articles from March's Short Story Issue (and we added some articles to February's Webcomic Collectives Issue this month as well). Next month's issue will cover science fiction themes - if you are interested in writing for the magazine drop me an email (xerexes AT comixpedia DOT com).



Biggie Panda: Old Skool Webcomics

One way to think of the history of webcomics is as the big bang of comics. At the beginning there were far fewer webcomic creators and they were (virtually) clustered together much more tightly (hence all the wistful talk of "webcomic community") and then, if the inflationary webcomicology theory is correct, those early webcomic exploded into the universe of comics online we have today.