On January 8, 2007, three Boxcar
alumnus colleagues gathered under the banner of â€œThe Triple Featureâ€ and launched their first talkcast at TalkShoe.com.
Submitted by Erg on February 9, 2007 - 21:58
Alot of talk, especially by small time and new comics creators, in the webcomics community is about ways to help new and unknown comics get noticed. Organizations, collectives, awards, links, and diatribes against the narrow minded fandom are popular. This reader thought he would bring up another reason young and small comics have trouble.
Submitted by Tom Brazelton on February 5, 2007 - 13:01
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Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 25, 2007 - 10:18
OUTSTANDING COMIC FINALISTS:
- Girl Genius by Phil and Kaja Foglio
- Gunnerkrigg Court by Tom Siddell
- Narbonic by Shaenon Garrity
- Perry Bible Fellowship by Nicholas Gurewitch
- Scary Go Round by John Allison
- Templar Arizona by Spike
OUTSTANDING NEWCOMER FINALISTS:
- Aldus Maycombe by Janine Harper
- Breakdown by Elizabeth A
- Lackadaisy by Tracey J. Butler
- Out There by R C Monroe
- The Broken Mirror by Elanor Cooper and JJ Naas
- What Birds Know by Emelie Friberg and Mattias Thorelli
That is a really strong group of candidates for Outstanding Comic, including last year's Outstanding Newcomer winner (Gunnerkrigg Court). I haven't read all of the nominees for Outstanding Newcomer for this year - that's probably just more evidence of how many webcomics there are now...
UPDATE: We have an interview with the creators of What Birds Know in this month's magazine - click here to read.
Submitted by Tom Brazelton on January 9, 2007 - 10:54
On January 8, 2007, three Boxcar
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 1, 2007 - 11:55
Welcome to 2007! Hope you're all recovering well from any end-of-2006 festivities.
- January's cover art comes from the creator of Wally & Osborne and all-around CSS/Design Consultant to Comixpedia and the Stars, Tyler Martin! (We're doing something slightly different with the cover art code this month - if you see anything weird on your browser could you post here or send me an email with OS/Browser and Screen resolution? Thanks!)
- Before we launch into the January issue don't forget to check out the December Year In Review issue - we had a fairly full slate of articles last month.
- If you're a talented writer, penciler, inker, letterer, colorist, etc. looking for a job, ComicJobz.com is aiming to be the Monster.com of comics.
JUSTIFY MY HYPE
- Cecania's Private Party - not a porn site!
WEBCOMIC WEBSITE REDESIGNS
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- Digital Strips (and I'm sure some others) read this Irregular Webcomic strip as a farewell from creator David Morgan-Mar, but with another update today and a "Welcome to the Fifth Year of Irregular Webcomic" message on the site, maybe this webcomic isn't over yet.
- A McCloud Family Christmas by Sky McCloud. (link via Dirk Deppey!)
Submitted by Tom Brazelton on December 18, 2006 - 16:18
It's a meeting of the minds tonight at 10:30 CST when Boxcar Comics cohorts and all-around movie mavens Tom Brazelton from Theater Hopper and Joe Dunn from Joe Loves Crappy Movies get together for their first joint talkcast!
It's the third annual Comixpedia People Of Webcomics List. This was the hardest one yet to compile. There's a lot of webcomics and a lot of people doing interesting things in and around webcomics. This list, as in past years, is an odd effort to compare apples and oranges: artistic achievement, audience popularity, technical achievement, business savvy, news-making impact all go into the mix.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 13, 2006 - 11:28
Posts like this from talented folks like Joe Dunn make me a bit depressed too. Dunn is a talented artist and a fairly funny writer too who has steadily improved in his webcomic work. There's no question the world is better off with Dunn doing comics (or some other creative work he could throw his skill set at) than a day job. But as folks get older, start families, have responsibilities, well, you need to make a living.
It's definitely a time of chaos and opportunity in
webcomics comics. Right now the folks who are "making" a living seem to have a skill set that involves a minimum amount of business savvy (and patience to deal with that) and willingness to take some risks. Nothing wrong with that but I hope we get to a point where artistic talent and vision along can carve its own successful path.
In the meantime I sincerely hope Joe Dunn can find a way to keep making comics. His work has been hugely enjoyable to read and look at.
Michael Rouse-Deane writes at the blog Webcomics In Print. We asked him to write about the top ten webcomics in print for 2006. After searching throughout his entire blog for books released this year, Michael decided that instead of a straightforward top 10 he'd compile a list of 10 webcomics books from 2006 that he thought did something well, something different or just plain warranted a mention.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 4, 2006 - 10:42
Our December issue begins! A great cover from Tom Siddell, creator of Gunnerkrigg Court kicked it off and now we have Al Schroeder's interview with Tom as well as a second interview with Tyson Smith, creator of Pirate and Alien.
Thanks to the uber-talented Tyler Martin (Wally & Osborne) for updating some of the graphics on the Comixpedia website. If you want to find out more about Tyler's graphic design-jujitsu check out Mind Faucet, his design website. (I also made our forums look more "forum-y". Don't forget every user can add an avatar to their account by going to their "my account" page and clicking on "edit" - scroll down for the section to add a "picture" to your account.)
- Shaenon Garrity's Narbonic is just about over. The last strip will run on December 31, 2006. Garrity reveals some new information on the future of Narbonic in this post. I can't stress enough that Narbonic is one of the best comedy-adventure stories I've read in any medium. It's right up there with the early Sluggy Freelance years as a soon-to-be cannonized classic of this era of webcomics.
- The webcomic Blue Sky celebrates its first year anniversary.
- Don't forget this week's Monkey Day Webcomics Marathon.
- Diesel Sweeties is holding a Secret Satan contest.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- David Malki (Wondermark) is holding three auctions to benefit Penny Arcadeâ€™s Childâ€™s Play charity. (link from Kris Straub)
- A round-up of recent webcomics in print at Webcomics In Print including books from Jesus and Mo, Silent Kimbly, and Little Gamers among others.
- Tom Brazelton (Theater Hopper) will be webcasting a
podcasttalkcast tonight. Listeners can call in and talk to Tom live. The show is at 10:00 CST tonight (you need the TalkShoe application and a copy of Skype). My free marketing advice of the day: Tom, Joe and Gordon should get together and do a regular movie/comics webshow - that could be huge. (They should also have me on as a regular guest - since I get around to seeing everything about 5 years after it comes out I can provide up-to-the-minute reviews for parents with young children and other culturally-handicapped individuals.)
THE DECLINE AND FALL OF NEWSPAPERS, PART XXXII
Another newspaper axes some long-running, but creatively exhausted comics from its page, and gets some reader complaints (just a tip to newspapers - if you want to gauge your target market try conducting scientifically valid surveys instead of of relying on letters from old man Withers). Omigawd - 375 reader complaints! In reaction, the North Carolina paper wrote "The News & Observer has done some pretty controversial things in the past year -- its coverage of the Jim Black scandal and the Duke lacrosse case, eliminating most stock tables -- but perhaps none more traumatizing than this: Last week, The N&O replaced four comic strips." And how about this "You think readers care about war in Iraq or midterm elections? Try taking away "Cathy." Lovely. To me, this little snippet all at once summarizes the morbid stupidity of the newspaper business, the state of journalism and the decline of newspaper comics.