Stephen Notley planted his first comic seeds the mid 90s while drawing weekly strips for the University of Alberta's Gateway (a student newspaper that managed to churn out not only Notley's work, but also Cigarro & Cerveja, Deathworld, and the now-defunct but fondly-remembered Space Moose all in the same span of time). It did not take him or his comic idea about a disgruntled sentient weed â€“ umm, sorry â€“ flower to take root and bloom brightly in the still-Edenic Garden of Webcomics. Now already releasing his fourth book, the creator of Bob The Angry Flower can be seen on the comic convention circuit sporting large yellow petals on his head and pollinating truths about life, the universe, and political everythings as only an angry, petal-bedecked person could.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 15, 2003 - 12:42
Tom Tomorrow has a new book out and Salon has an interview with him. (I think you need to sit through a Salon ad to get a Salon "Day Pass" to read the interview - it's not as big a pain as it might seem to be though).
According to the mainstream press, it's the year of the blog. And in many ways that's absolutely true. To name just one example, political blogs are making an impact beyond just providing the kind of thoughtful commentary no longer found on screaming-head talk shows; arguably blogs helped to keep the Trent "We Would Have All Been Better Off" Lott scandal alive until he resigned as Majority Leader of the United States Senate; Howard Dean, candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States, has used his blog as a means to inform, organize and raise significant funds; and we can read Andrew Sullivan and Tom Tomorrow exchanging witty quips as if they were at a virtual table at a virtual Algonquin Hotel.
There are two issues of interest to explore here. First, why are blogs with significantly smaller audiences than webcomics having an exponentially larger impact on popular culture? Second, why are blogs doing a much better job of building community and drawing attention to other worthy blogs than webcomics?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 11, 2003 - 14:52
Tom Tomorrow's This Modern World has a new book coming out called "Big Book of Tomorrow" and its #18 on the Amazon sales list.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 7, 2003 - 12:40
Without delving into "Am I Webcomic or Not?" issue, it's worth mentioning that Tom Tomorrow's This Modern World won an award for best cartoon (scroll down the page a bit) as selected by journalists. This is the second award for TMW (first was in 1998).
All recipients of the 35th Annual Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards will be honored at a ceremony on Tuesday, May 6th, 2003 at 6 PM at the Freedom Forum in Arlington, VA.