Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 29, 2010 - 09:36
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 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.
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.
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.
Submitted by Delos on June 12, 2009 - 09:00
- 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?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 10, 2009 - 09:27
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.
Submitted by webcomicrumble on May 20, 2009 - 09:14
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 5, 2008 - 11:00
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!):
OUTSTANDING COMIC FINALISTS:
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
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.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 14, 2007 - 11:14
A site note: as we'll be moving to the name ComixTalk next month, I've enabled the URL comixtalk.com which should now (or very soon) work (comixpedia.com will still continue to point to this site as well).
STOP THE PRESSES
- Journalista! catches the announcement that Tak Toyoshimaâ€™s Secret Asian Man has been picked up by United Features.
- FLEEN noted that Chris Baldwin's Little Dee will run at comics.com until the end of July. If there's no offer of syndication then Baldwin will move the strip back to its own domain at littledee.net.
GOING TO HELL IN A HANDBASKET
JUSTIFY MY HYPE
- Skull is Somewhere in Time. (Pop culture reference alert: the Christopher Reeve/Jane Seymour movie)
- Geek romance gone awry, xkcd style.
- Nerd Cord group Dual Core namechecks the Penny Arcaders in the new song First One's Free.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 20, 2007 - 11:40
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).
- FLEEN interviews Jennie Breeden, creator of The Devil's Panties.
- T Campbell has posted audio interviews with 3 creators: Evil Inc creator Brad Guigar; Chris Hastings of Dr. McNinja; and Andrea L. Peterson of No Rest For the Wicked.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- It's great to see non-webcomics critics discovering Sinfest: Journalista! linked to one today and Comics Worth Reading recently declared Sinfest "My New Favorite Webcomic". If there's any webcomic that should be in the daily newpaper right now I'd nominate Sinfest. Sure, many of the strips in the archives would not work on the newspaper page but creator Tatsuya Ishida has shown the ability to work within PG limitations. If Ishida could get a deal like R. Stevens' has with Diesel Sweeties there's no question Sinfest could be a huge success in the newspapers.
- Comics212 catches Comic Book Resources columnist Rich Johnson using a piece of Jim Zubkavich artwork as part of a story on a supposedly in-the-works animated Shazam! series. Trouble is that Zubkavich's artwork is simply an illustration he posted on his LiveJournal recently.
- The Daily Cross Hatch has an interview with Bone creator and Captain Marvel artist/writer Jeff Smith.
- Is FLEEN insinuating that Michael Bay is plagiarizing Jon Rosenberg's Goats? I'm a fairly big fan of Goats but I don't think Rosenberg is going to be able to sue anyone for copying ideas like ancient prophecies, end-of-the-world scenarios or even multiple dimensions. But man I would totally pay to see a Rosenberg-scripted movie.
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.