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Tim Demeter

April 2006 Issue Cover by Tim Demeter

This month's cover art by Tim Demeter (Reckless Life)

Tim Demeter leaving Clickwheel and GraphicSmash and so is Reckless Life

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.

Future Shock To The System of a Downtown Where You Can Always Go

Well I hope you all are as busy making comics as I've been lately not-making-comics and not-writing-about-comics.  Here's the news and hype that fits:

Patching A Hole in the Wreck of the Hiberia
Topless Robot writes about the 10 Ten Need to End Now comic strips in newspapers.  I don't agree with the entire snark in the article but as far as the list goes - yeah all 10 are dead to me.  I know at this point ideas about the newspaper comic page are all about rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, but hey, humour me.  Why not group the legacy stuff with the family features in a FAMILY page and then create a new page or two - SOMEWHERE ELSE IN THE NEWSPAPER - with a fewer number of larger and maybe, with actual PG level content, comics.  You know, NEW STUFF?  Just a thought...  Related - the Washington Posts blog about comic strips interviews itself about the sad state of newspapers and comics.

BUSINESS
Journalista! linked to this great series of posts on advice for artists on managing their careers.  Useful stuff.  Related - Tom Spurgeon links to this thread which does have a lot about handling (or mishandling) your comics career.

CRAFT
Drawn! links to this blog post about a Speedball book on "Tips for Letterers".

Infinite Comicking
Scott McCloud links to Manmachine by Martin Hekker and notes that it uses Flash to handle it's side-scrolling.  I will be interested in trying it out today.  You know what else does side-scrolling well?  Nine Planets Without Intelligent Life which lets you grab and slide the comic with your mouse button.

YET ANOTHER WEBCOMICS PORTAL THINGEE (Or YAWPT! for short)
The Comics Reporter links to MyComics.de which self-describes itself as a Youtube for comics.

JUSTIFY SOME HYPE
Drawn! recommends the very cute and charming Molly and the Bear comic from Bob Scott.

SMALL SCREENS
Clickwheel has a selection of Alan Moore’s earliest comic-strip creations, titled Future Shocks, available via the Apple iTunes App Store: 

Before Watchmen, before V for Vendetta, before League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Alan Moore cut his teeth on a series of ambitious and innovative short stories for the iconic sci-fi comic 2000 AD which showcased the talent and genius of arguably one of the greatest comic creators. Developed exclusively by Clickwheel.net and available in 8 parts over 8 weeks, Alan Moore’s Future Shocks has been adapted to enthuse, invigorate and excite the 1,000’s of comic fans who have never had access to these stories before!

Tim Demeter, Clickwheel’s Editor said, “We’ve been waiting a long time to get our hands on this material, and as a comic fan myself, I can confidently say that if Alan Moore is one of your favourite creators, YOU NEED THIS!” Available now, each episode is priced at $0.99/£0.59 so there is no excuse not to be shocked and awed anytime, anyplace!

Make Comics Online With Comicbrush

Tim Demeter is a cartoonist and the editor* of the anthology site, Graphic Smash.  More recently he's been the Editor-in-Chief of Clickwheel, a site that publishes comics for the iPhone/iPod format.  Now he's leading the roll out of Comicbrush, a website designed for anyone to create comics from its online toolset. 

I've gotten a chance to play around with ComicBrush since it was in beta and it's a pretty fun tool to use.  It's certainly not going to replace the toolset of many skilled and successful creators but it should be a solid platform for a lot of people with an interest in making comics to do so easily and quickly and post them into a community that can provide feedback.

Movin' On Up: From Mayor of Webcomictown to Guv'nor of Webcomica!

BUSINESS
Blogger/superhero Cory Doctorow writes about his dandelion theory of distributing his stories and why he doesn't like micropayments.

The Beat reports that Elephantman is now available on iPod comic site Clickwheel (full press release after the jump)

JUSTIFY MY HYPE
Comics Worth Reading likes Dennis West's Backyard Frontier: the story of a boy and his alien.

REVIEWS
Chris Mauter posts a review of the Penny Arcade collection: Attack of the Bacon Robots! that originally ran in TCJ.  Interesting but a few quibbles - I'm not much of a videogame player and I don't think it's true such knowledge is needed for every PA strip (a few yes, but far from most) and clearly this book was intended for the PA fan (i.e, the completist), not to attract new readers. (I almost forgot that Modern Humor Authority ran the definite review of this book - check it out here.)

APPLE SAYS NYET! TO MURDERDROME

Lots of coverage of Apple banning a comic from distribution thruough iTunes (even more links to stories on it at the comic publisher's site here).  Apple says the content can't "offend" but The Register correctly notes that Apple doesn't seem to apply the same standards to movies or tv shows (and I'll add music as well).  The comic called Murderdrome was put out by Infurious Comics (and is available at their website now if you're curious at to it's "offensive" content)..

TechRadar has an interview with the creators -- England-based Al Ewing and Belfast-based Paul J Holden, where they seem to be asking Apple to adopt some kind of rating system.  I have no idea if that's a good idea or not at this point but given the iPod/iPhone dominance these days, it's troubling to me that Apple is setting itself up as a censor for comics content on a platform that potentially could be huge if handled right. (Although Charlie Sorrel at Wired says no thanks to comics on the iPhone. h/t Journalista!)

I exchanged emails with Tim Demeter, the Editor-In-Chief of iPod/iPhone comics pubhlisher Clickwheel this morning, asking about how Clickwheel's model was different and if he had any reaction to the story.  Here's his comment:

Clickwheel's iPhone App is a free reader while our content is sold via the Clickwheel site, not the App Store, so it's a different set of rules.  The truth is, the App Store is something new for all involved and everyone still seems to be feeling out what can be done - including Apple.  Either way, I'm confident Apple will ultimately resolve this situation.  Anything that helps them sell iPods is in their best interests and there's a big cross over between the comic reading and gizmo buying audiences so I wouldn't expect this to be an issue for long.

This Day in ComixTalk (August 15th)

2007

Creator and entrepreneur Tim Demeter guest blogged at ComixTalk with a series called "It's Business Time" (links to part one, two and three)

The most popular pages at the Comixpedia encyclopedia are Girly, Penny Arcade, Cyanide and Happiness, Melonpool, and PowerPuff Girls Doujinshi.

2006

As Scott Kurtz debuted a new site design for PvP, I wrote asking whether webcomic websites be an artistic extension of the comic, essentially extending the look and feel of the comic, or is that not that important?

2005

Ryan Estrada reaches the 168 hour mark in the Ironbutt comic making event.  In related endurance news, we reported on another entrant dropping out of the Daily Grind contest.

Ali Graham released a print collection of his first webcomic Housd.

2004

Alexander Danner wrote about how to promote your webcomic by not promoting your webcomic.

A group of creators banded together to form Found Hat Press.

2003

Warren Ellis reviewed the very first print collection of David Rees' clip art comic Get Your War On!

Clickwheel Panel at San Diego Comicon Thursday at 2:00

Come see Tim Demeter run his mouth about Clickwheel's latest projects including something brand new for you iPhone IPod Touch users out there.  Room 32AB at 2:00 PM on Thursday.

See you there!

So... Comic-Con is Around the Corner

Comic-Con 2008 kicks off in San Diego soon -- July 24-27 -- and the web/indy/whatever--comic presence seems to grow bigger each year.  If you're going you're already set b/c this thing, as a practical matter, sold out long ago (I think you can still get a hotel room in the next state over...).

Some awesome panels this year include:

Newsarama Roundtable on Economics and Webcomics

Newsarama has a roundtable style interview with a whole bunch of folks mostly about webcomics and the potential impact of a worsening economy on creators.  It's more interesting than it's title suggests.

The Newsarama article includes comments from T Campbell; Mike S. Miller, an authorized representative of Wowio.com; Chris Crosby, Chief Executive Officer of Keenspot and creator of Superosity; Tim Demeter, editor of (the iPod comic site and home to digital material from UK comics publisher 2000AD) and GraphicSmash.com (ModernTales’ action-focused anthology site); Dean Haspiel, co-founder of the webcomix collective, ACT-I-VATE, editor of SMITH Magazine’s Next-Door Neighbor anthology and Billy Dogma creator; Jim Dougan, a founding member of the webcomics collective, The Chemistry Set, and co-creator of Sam & Lilah on DC’s Zuda Comics (came in fourth place in the March Zuda competition), now part of the online comics collective ACT-I-VATE; Shaenon Garrity, creator of Narbonic and editor of the subscription-based webcomics anthology site, ModernTales; Queenie Chan, a Chinese-Australian webcomics creator; Andy B., a member of the Toronto-based webcomics group, Transmission-X; David Gallaher, writer of High Moon, the first winner of DC’s Zuda webcomics competition; and Lea (DivaLea) Hernandez, webcomics and Original English Language (OEL) manga pioneer.