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Tim Demeter

D.J. Coffman Wins Comic Book Challenge

Pulse is reporting that D.J. Coffman is the winner.

ComiCon San Diego

Comicon is almost here. Gilead and Darlene will be guest blogging for Comixpedia. Lots of panel info after the jump.

How Webcomics Have Changed Your Life

How have webcomics changed the rest of your life? Whether you are a creator of comics on the web, or a devoted reader of them, I'd like you to spend a few minutes reflecting on how webcomics have altered the course of your life in ways other than the obvious ("the obvious" being that you create and/or read webcomics).

As much as I hate to invoke anything even loosely tied to Ashton Kutcher, the Butterfly Effect is essentially what this blog post is about. For those not familiar with the concept, here's a brief description from Wikipedia:

What Was Your Gateway Comic?

I saw a similar thread over at The Comics Journal's board o fun and I thought it would make for an interesting conversation topic.

 What was the comic(s) (print or web) that REALLY got you hooked on the medium? I don't mean something you thumbed through as a kid, but made you go "Gaw damm! They got me for life! I may even start doing this stuff myself"

 It was X-Men #205 for me. Barry Windsor Smith did the art and the story was a self-contained tale of soon-to-be-over-played-mutant Wolverine fighting off a team of cyborg baddies in a construction yard.

Midbrow neglect

My primary observation on webcomic communities and the webcomic "press" over the years: Nobody cares about midbrows.

People will talk about the successful mass-appeal comics about games or anime. They'll also talk about the highly pretentious comics out to show the world the deep meaning they're capable of or whatever.

Start a comic meant only to have nice art and be fun to read, and odds are, you won't be seeing many news articles about you.

Real life toons

Yesterday I was drawing myself as a toon, but it wasn't me.

So I remembered some artists make fun of themselves with their own self-portrait as Akira Toriyama of dragonball, he always drew himself as a robot as a pun that he always works like a machine.

So the search for web artists started - look what I found:

[XEREXES: Read more for webcomic creators and their creations]

Would webcomics fall to formulaic sameness?

Reading the article from this link:

http://mayersononanimation.blogspot.com/2006/06/swallowing-our-tails.html

And this quote:

We had A Bug's Life and Antz and now The Ant Bully. We had Finding Nemo and Shark Tale. We had Madagascar and The Wild. And we're due for a plague of rats. There's Ratatouille, Flushed Away, Rats Amore and One Rat Short.

When you take the genre conventions and add settings or subject matter that have already been done, you're in danger of boring the audience.

Comixpedia's Summer of Guest Bloggers

Thanks to all the guest bloggers this summer. I'm still working on rebooting Comixpedia for the fall so posting by me may be light this week. If you guest blogged this summer feel free to post this week if you're interested. Thanks!

Cool Banners, Bad Comics.

This is just a comment and not meant to slam anyone in particular, hence the reason for not posting any example.

COOL BANNER LINKS = SHITTY COMICS.

Because i'm so friggin busy, i don't get a chance to read many webcomics. Maybe once or twice a month I catch up on my regulars and if time allows, I'll cruise the net, webcomic portals, list sites, looking for new and possibly entertaining webcomics.

Has the Fun Been Sucked Out of Webcomics?

As a kid I used to daydream about my favorite television heroes. I mean, who, as a kid growing up in the 80's imagined Michael Knight teaming up with the A-Team or the Dukes of Hazzard to go up against the combined forces of evil. Or the G.I. Joe team mixing it up with the Transformers in a cartoon?

The fact that characters could crossover and interact was perhaps the most exciting thing I discovered when I got into 'superhero' comics. It was neat to see Moon Knight teaming up with the Punisher. The popular culture references, in-jokes and continuity were also big draws to me when reading comics. Which explains why I'm a fan of The Family Guy and The Simpsons.

The kind of magic I've referred to is rarely seen in webcomics these days. Sure, there have been a few crossovers and obligatory guest-stars - but given the nature of the medium, I would have thought there would have been much, much more interaction between creators out there.