Our second annual virtual round table on the year in webcomics features comments from Eric Millikin, Daku, Gilead Pellaeon, Mike Russell, Lewis Powell, Alexander Danner, Eric Burns, Michael Rouse-Deane, Johanna Draper Carlson and Gary Tyrrell.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 15, 2006 - 18:34
The Daily Cartoonist is a good blog, but clearly a good chunk of its audience is fairly clueless about webcomics and the web as a distribution/publication system. A short but sweet post about R. Stevens impending launch of Diesel Sweeties in newspapers is met with the kind of whiny, defensive reaction I haven't seen since Wiley versus Scott Kurtz until Rich Stevens himself shows up and leads the counterattack:
I wonâ€™t argue the rest of your points, but thereâ€™s a million or more people doing looking at my comics every month without any kind of major media backing. When you can say that about your own stuff, you can make blanket dismissals of six and a half years worth of comics.
After that a much more interesting discussion continues. The Daily Cartoonist also promises an interview with Ted Rall on Diesel Sweeties and webcomics-to-syndication coming soon.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 14, 2006 - 10:28
- E& P lists some of the initial newspapers Rich Stevens' Diesel Sweeties will launch in next year.
- The Daily Cartoonist links to speculation on what the newspaper business will look by the end of the decade.
- The Comics Reporter links to an interview with Gene Yang, creator of American Born Chinese.
- Newsarama catches up with Frank Cho. He seems to be doing a lot of superhero work these days.
- Ted Rall defends the recently arrested creator of Mallard Fillmore, Bruce Tinsley.
- Dirk Deppey wonders aloud (look under "digital comics" section) if the recent nearly nude shot of a character in Chris Muirâ€™s webcomic Day by Day would offend readers of conservative blogs where the strip is syndicated.
- I missed that Line Item Veto went on hiatus.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- Joey Manley charts the long tail of WCN webcomics.
- Omigawd! Kris Straub snaps and kicks the crap out of Scott Kurtz! And uh, more behind the scenes on the forthcoming PvP animated series.
- Stephen "xmung" Crowley has some thoughts on webcomic audience sizes.
- Every comics creator should have a comic bio. Check out Jon Morris' bio here.
- Where is
WaldoRyan? Help decide where world explorer/cartoonist Ryan Estrada heads to next.
- Not sure how old this is, but the cast of the NBC television show, Scrubs, dubbed the dialogue to the classic Peanuts Christmas special. Pretty funny, actually.
After a summer spent away from Comixpedia and comics too, it was great to catch up with all kinds of comics and creators at the Small Press Expo (aka SPX) this weekend. I caught some panels, bought some books and chatted with a lot of webcomic-friendly creators including Jeph Jacques and Danielle Corsetto.
This year's SPX will be held on October 13 and 14th with the small press summit for professional and aspiring creators to be held on Oct 15 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center - just 4 miles up the road from our previous location.
SPX is also the home of the Ignatz awards for comics.
This Thursday, October 12, 7 p.m.
TED RALL, MIKHAELA REID, MATT BORS, JEN SORENSEN, AUGUST J. POLLAK, BEN SMITH, BRIAN McFADDEN, and MASHEKA WOOD: Cartoonists are abandoning print media for the Internetâ€”not always by choice. Ted Rall brings the best, most hilarious, most subversive cartoons back to print in this third collection in the Attitude series.
This Saturday, October 14, 8 p.m.
Scott McCloud: Signing copies of his new book Making Comics.
All at the Washington, DC bookstore Politics and Prose.
Ted Rall talks up and talks to webcomics with attitude for Attitude 3: The New Subversive Online Cartoonists. It's a great addition to the ongoing Attitude anthology series that pays some well-deserved attention to webcomics.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 8, 2006 - 09:11
Hopefully not only is Ted Rall talking to more folks about coming to United Media but the Diesel Sweeties deal shocks the other syndicates into looking to the web much more seriously. For kicks and speculation who out there in webbywoodland would you want to see get a chance at a similar deal?
Submitted by Chris Crosby on September 5, 2006 - 08:23
[Xerexes: Wizard has an interview with Rich on this - turns out that Ted Rall (who is scouting talent for United) was key to this deal.]
Through a new syndication deal with United Feature Syndicate, Inc. (aka United Media), R Stevens' webcomic Diesel Sweeties will begin running in newspapers starting on January 8, 2007. Here's how Stevens made the announcement on his site...