Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 22, 2007 - 11:26
- Scott Kurtz, Kris Straub and Paul Southworth will be talking about Wikipedia and webcomics on PVP Live tonight. Click through for time and details.
THE COMIXPEDIA (dot org)
- A letter from Wikia, we need more administrators and for the love of god, someone help me with the templates!
- Comics Worth Reading reports on the fate of the Friends of Lulu Empowerment Fund. Short answer: no more fund. Here's an excerpt from information provided by FOL President Shannon Crane concerning the problems surrounding the creation of the fund last year:
Ronee Bourgeois suggested to our entire board that we start an empowerment fund. We agreed that yes, it would be a wonderful idea. Unfortunately, instead of being patient to let the ENTIRE board come up with guidelines, rules, etc, she announced the new fund to the comics community without the boardâ€™s consent. We found ourselves between a rock and a hard place. We did what we could to make it work, and now we find that this is not something that we will pursue any longer.
- Unshelved reaches its 5th Year anniversary. Created by librarian Gene Ambaum and cartoonist Bill Barnes, the strip started February 16, 2002, and now over 35,000 readers enjoy the strip every day.
JUSTIFY MY HYPE
- Bernie Hou of Alien Loves Predator hints at big projects to come this year. He also shifts from twice-weekly updates of ALP to the dreaded "whenever I can" schedule.
- It's role-playing gamer meta-humor (getting overplayed recently?) and it just started (so not much to go on) but Cat's Grace may turn out to be a find. It's reasonably entertaining in a cute and unoffensive way (the use of toys in the photo-art helps).
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- Hey! Eric's back with a post about J. Grant's second novel (Grant is also a webcomic creator - most recently of Two Lumps). Burns is comparing Grant to George Carlin and generally raving about it -a very positive review.
- Reinder writes about the WCCAs that "[f]or all the criticism the Web Cartoonists' Choice Awards for 2007 have received (admittedly, I could write that opening line about each previous edition of the awards), they do reflect a trend in webcomics towards more technically sophisticated material. In particular, the artistic standards of the nominated comics have been higher than ever this year."
- Deppey on men's magazine FHM versus comic book magazine Wizard: "Iâ€™d love to crack a joke about the culture of the two magaziness being similar, but frankly, FHM gives the distinct impression of having a readership that likes to get laid every once in a while, making the comparison somewhat dubious."
- Digital Strips latest podcast sounds good: a review of Gunnerkrigg Court by Tom Siddell and news about the upcoming New York Comic Con and the recent WCCA Online Ceremony.
- Johanna Draper Carlson (CWR) comments on this year's Glyph Award nominees.
- It's not on my radar screen but this parody of Marvel's Civil War cross-over series is funny.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 28, 2007 - 14:10
The full list of nominations for the upcoming WCCAs is out - get the list here or click read more (the WCCA site is slow today so I copied it into this post here).
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.
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 5, 2006 - 16:15
The Eisner judges have been announced and the Comics Reporter has the press release on how to submit (nudge, nudge) your comics for consideration. The panel of judges for the 2007 awards consists of:
- Robin Brenner, teen librarian;
- Whitney Matheson, blogger;
- Christopher P. Reilly, comics writer;
- James Sime, comics book retailer; and
- Jeff VanderMeer, writer
PENNIES FROM HEAVEN
- Cartoonist Chris Ware won a grant from a new foundation called United States Artists.
- Jim Zubkavich recounts the very recent party and book signing he held for the release of the Makeshift Miracle in print.
- ICv2 has an interview with First Second - the publishers of Gene Yang's American Born Chinese book. The book is apparently selling quite well as the book heads towards a third printing.
- Bill Amend is going to Sundays-only for his popular comic strip Foxtrot. Tom Spurgeon puts Foxtrot's newspaper count at 1000+. Foxtrot debuted in 1988 and has filled a geek/family/school niche in the newspapers ever since. Amend's stated reasons for the move are about freeing up time to tackle other creative projects.
- Fleen has two interviews: one with Chris VonGompel, the creator of Hockey Zombie, (que es mas offensive?!) and the other with Dave Kellett, creator of Sheldon.
- Don't forget Comixpedia has two interviews this month: one with Tyson Smith of Pirate and Alien and the other with Tom Siddell of Gunnerkrigg Court.
DON'T MOVE! I SEEMED TO HAVE LOST MY MONACLE...
- The New York Times loves Roz Chast. Does a cartoonist like Chast exist without the New Yorker? Not intended as 100% snark but a reflection on how a certain species of cartoon has flourished (relatively) because of that magazine's patronage.
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.
With its marvelously moody school setting and low-key heroine, Antimoney, Tom Siddell's Gunnerkrigg Court is a delightfully fun webcomic that still manages to pack in hints of danger and adventure. At last year's WCCAs, Gunnerkrigg Court was nominated for four awards and took home the WCCA Award for Best Newcomer. Even bigger for Siddell, however, may have been gaining noted author Neil Gaiman as a reader along with a mention on his well-read blog. We caught up with him on the edge of 2007 to see what's in store for the new year.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 1, 2006 - 10:46
Let's thank all of the great current Comixpedia sponsors. Financially, Comixpedia is on much better footing than it was for most of the year. Our current sponsors include Delerium's New Album, Nuages du Monde; PhotoContest2006.com, an art and photo competition; and the webcomics Alma Mater, I See You, Witchthorn, and Things Change.
Our December cover art from Tom Siddell, creator of GunnerKrigg Court, is up. GunnerKrigg Court won the WCCA Outstanding Newcomer award for 2006 and is a great new comic so please go check it out.
There are 8 comics left in Bomb Shelter's Webcomic Idol contest. Remember, that if you vote, you are voting for which one to kick out of the contest.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- Eric Burns calls Jon Rosenberg "demented genius" after rereading the post-reboot Goats. I completely agree.
- Charley Parker writes about comics artist Joshua Middleton. Wow, this is gorgeous work.
- Comics Foundry links to a Wired article on the "worst superhero names".
Washington Webtoonists will be meeting this coming Tuesday (Dec. 5th) at the Ballston Common Mall in Arlington, Virginia. If you're in the area stop by and say hello.