Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 13, 2010 - 09:24
Seth Kushnar's CulturePop debuted this week. The first one is about Alyssa Loveless talking about performing and her music. I really dig Kushnar's website Graphic NYC, and this comic project looks very promising. Different vibe but its somewhat similar to a great journalistic comic called CulturePulp by Mike Russell.
BUSINESS: Tom Tomorrow's current comic is a funny take on the Internet but a little bitter about the
changes waste the Internet is laying to existing business models. Tomorrow and Reuben Bolling are two extremely talented cartoonists that should be able to make it in the Internet world. Maybe they need their own Robert Khoo business guru but if nothing else they ought to talk to Jeff Rowland at Topataco and see what they can do with taking control of their merchandizing opportunities.
LEGAL: Linda Joy Kattwinkel, Esq., Intellectual Property and Arts Attorney at Owen, Wickersham & Erickson writes a post on what to do when your artwork is being ripped off. Good advice.
HYPE: BleedingCool.com has a bit more and pix on the upcoming book Kill Shakespeare. Plus a take from a Shakespeare scholar.
NOT WEBCOMICS: BleeedingCool.com has a round-up of the recent uncovering of work Jack King Kirby did for an animation house in the 80s. Neat to see even more ideas from the comics legend.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 5, 2009 - 14:51
It's an interesting post from the creator of This Modern World covering the history of comics in those weekly alternative newspapers. It's in the context of those papers killing off cartoons left and right and the creators, like Tom Tomorrow, who made their living from that particular business model lamenting the loss.
It's a good read -- on one level simply a fond and emotional tribute to some great cartoonists but on another level it really highlights how hard it is too shift gears in mid-life and after figuring out "success" in one particular way. Could Tom Tomorrow make a go of it with This Modern World on the Internet and probably with books and other swag? With Rick Marshall-like link-fu getting his comics embedded in every opinion and comic site on the Internet? You know - probably. But not necessarily in a day and possibly not to the same level of success as today (really - who knows ahead of time?).
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 29, 2009 - 15:39
Tom Tommorrow has a post with commentary from Max Cannon about the increasing number of alternative weekly papers simply dropping all of their comics. I emphasize with Cannon as to not at all getting why papers are dropping one of the most popular parts of their paper but still grimace when I see that Cannon isn't making anything from or via his web presence.
I have no idea what Tom Tomorrow and Max Cannon have tried to do (well I do know Tom Tomorrow has used his site as a decent political blog for awhile and has sometimes pushed a book of his through it but I think that's it...) but I'm sort of shocked that a popular cartoonist isn't trying harder to push up the percentage of their revenue from new sources like a web strategy. Even the sharply declining newspapers themselves now have a decent chunk of their revenue from online publication efforts (not enough to repleace what they're losing but not 0% either).
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 3, 2008 - 14:20
Publishers Weekly has a story on an upgrade to the Sony e-book reader. Still expensive ($399) but better touch screen, a readling light and more storage capacty (also will play music!?).
An interview with Tom Tomorrow who has a book collection out, called The Future's So Bright, I Can't Bear to Look.
An interview with Ted Rall who will be at SPX in Bethesda MD this weekend.
An opera based on Dinosaur Comics -- not the first such cross-medium adaptation (Too Much Coffee Man probably claims that footnote in history) but still pretty unusual. It's tonight if you're interested in attending!
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 22, 2008 - 10:26
Welcome to ComixTalk... may I take your order? I've got an interview with the elusive Pokey the Penguin up and Brigid Alverson talks with Jeremy Ross of TokyoPop about its Manga Pilots program. You may also want to check out my weekend post chock-filled with links to interesting stories and a new comic worth checking out. (What exactly is a "chock" and how would you fill it?)
Missed this, but Creative Commons has an interview with Mr. Diesel Sweeties, Rich Stevens. Back in 2005, ComixTalk held a roundtable on creative commons licenses and comics with T Campbell, Lawrence Lessig, Neeru Paharia, Mia Garlick, JD Frazer, and Cory Doctorow.
ComixMix has an interview with D.J. Coffman, currently working on Flobots. (Folks should also check out D.J.'s very recent post on hosting your webcomic yourself - a short guide to getting started online independently.)
Digital Strips has a short interview with Zach Weiner - of SMBC and Captain Excelsior
Rick Marshall had a great interview with Jennie Breeden of Devil's Panties.
David Rothman looks at the decline in traffic to Wowio.com but as Dirk Deppey notes, Wowio was essentially off the air for a good chunk of the summer.
I neglected to mention Andrew Wahl won first and third place in the International Cartoon contest at the Homer Davenport Days festival in Oregon earlier this month. Wahl is a talented cartoonist - check out more of his work here. Also, I just think it's cool that a town has an entire festival to celebrate Homer Davenport - an internationally respected and pioneering political cartoonist from the turn of the century.
Two East Coast events coming up fast. First this coming weekend is the Baltimore Comicon (with, as FLEEN notes, the only East Coast appearance of all four How To Make Webcomics authors) The Baltimore Comicon is where the Harvey Awards are presented - Shaenon Garrity has the scoop on a contest to win tickets to the Harvey Awards.
Next from October 4-5th is my hometown (close enough anyhow) convention, the Small Press Expo (SPX) over in Bethesda, Maryland. The Ignatz Awards are presented at SPX. Guests include Bryan Lee O’Malley, James Kochalka, Richard Thompson, Tom Tomorrow, etc!
JUSTIFY MY HYPE
Dirk Deppey links to this pretty cool idea -- The Superest wherein Kevin Cornell and Matthew Sutter take turns creating superheroes and villains that defeat each other’s creations. And Tom Spurgeon links to news of a book deal for the site.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 17, 2008 - 15:31
I wasn't going to post again about the New Yorker cover that got the media so worked up this week but this cartoon/column by Tom Tomorrow is too funny not to link.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 25, 2007 - 09:48
Just an interesting shot of the state of Tom Tomorrow's desk while he's working on his weekly comic, This Modern World. Not surprisingly for an opinionated cartoonist with a relatively static art style, Tomorrow spends a lot of time on the idea and the words for each comic before mixing in the art.
Also, Tomorrow is the godfather of the group of alt-editorial cartoonists, Cartoonists With Attitude, where you can find lots more opinionated creators.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 31, 2006 - 23:48
- Concerned has wrapped up. This really is a hilarious parody of the video game Half-Life 2. Much like Tom Stoppard's famous play Rosencranz and Guildenstern Are Dead zeroes in on minor characters from Hamlet, Concerned follows the adventures of a new, seemingly minor character, Gordon Frohman, who weaves through the plot of Half Life 2 without disturbing the official narrative of the game. Creator Christopher Livingston put in a year and a half into this project and within what he set out to do, I'd say he succeeded fantastically.
- Creator Neil Gaiman has some advice for creators on how to handle their work in their wills.
- Webcomics In Print has an interview with Ali Graham, creator of Housd.
- UGO has an interview with Dan Goldman, member of the collective, Act-I-Vate.
- Flight has a round-up of Portland, OR's Stumptown Comics Fest reports and photos.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- Wax Intellectual delves into the funny-ha-ha old school webcomic Absurd Notions.
- Anyone want to work for DC Comics, possibly handling some of their online efforts? Don't forget us at Comixpedia when you make it to the Show.
- Former Comixpedia contributor T Campbell has a new site called One Simple Ad which is really just that simple. Read more about it and why T started it here.
- Websnark and Scrubbo take Wikipedia to task for more dumb decisions regarding which webcomics make the cut for inclusion in the Wikipedia.
- The Comics Reporter links to a story about a Harvard University student cartoonist who was fired from the paper for plagerism. This looks like a pretty clear cut case of copying. It's not always that clear though - see this recent post from Tom Tomorrow about similarities between one of his comics and a recent Fox Trot.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 26, 2006 - 10:13
I'm going to try breaking these longer posts up into categories - tell me if it's helpful or not...
I started a thread to discuss the Platinum-Drunk Duck deal here - I added links to other discussions in the comments if you're interested in reading more about it.
The Comic Reporter also points to a deal between McClatchy-Tribune and PopMatters.com to carry PopMatters.com stories on McClatchy's MCT Campus wire service for college and highschool newspapers. PopMatters.com was founded in 1999 by Sarah Zupko and also carries several webcomics on its site.
What professional title do you prefer: webcomicker, webcomics artist, creator or what's the standard these days? Or is there one?
ROSENBERG: When people ask me what I do, I tell them I draw comics. Titles are a pretty silly thing, I don't know if there is a standard but I'm sure it is a topic of heated debate on some message board somewhere.
The people who concern themselves with those sorts of things, I find, would do better to focus on their comics.
Plugs and Reviews
I missed it but Mitch Clem is updating NN2S again. Huh-zah!
Over at CBR, Meaghan Quinn plugs the new webcomic from Petie Shumate, Girl/Robot. G/R is kind of a one-note affair (girl says/does something, robot takes it literally, hijinks/disaster ensues) but so far Shumate is consistently cracking me up with it. I'd give it a try if you haven't already.
Gilead's got a post on Phil Kahn's I'm Just Drinking vidcast - webcomics and alcohol... who'd thunk it? I watched part of it last night - not bad and Phil does a decent job of actually demonstrating how to make the drinks which is good since that's probably the key part of the show. :)