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Tracy White

Comix Talk for Monday, June 28, 2010

How I Made It To Eighteen by Tracy White

I wanted to hit this DC-area event with Mike RhodeAndrew Cohen, Evan Keeling (DC Conspiracy), Ben ClaassenShannon Gallant and Matt Wuerker, but during the World Cup: futbol first, comics second.  Check out Comic Girl's write-up of the panel and Mike Rhodes' comments here. I was also going to turn this site black for a couple of weeks to mourn Team America's loss to Ghana but that's probably taking it too far (plus, you know, it'd be more work!).

INTERVIEW:  The Washington Post has an interview with Tracy White on her new graphic novel memoir, How I Made It To Eighteen.

CODEPRESS:  In the land of webcomic mods of Wordpress, we've had updates from ComicPress and Webcomic/Inkblot recently, but not from stripShow.  I did see this recent announcement from MangaPress that it does work with Wordpress 3.0.  Those are the four main Wordpress-for-webcomic packages I'm aware of - but let me know if I'm overlooking a worthy alternative.

CRAFT

DEAD TREES ON THE HORIZON

AROUND THE BLOGS

2009 Friends of Lulu Award Nominees Announced

A whole bunch of talented comics creators nominated for this year's Friends of Lulu awards

Look at these lists!  Just looking at those with whom I'm familiar with the work: New Talent includes Kate Beaton, Hark, A Vagrant; Kathryn Immonen, Hellcat; and Tracy White, Traced; and Lulu of The Year includes Shaenon K. Garrity, Skin Horse; Lynda Barry, What It Is; Danielle Corsetto, Girls With Slingshots; and Jessica Abel, Life Sucks

Also a special woohoo for Eleanor Davis' nomination for Stinky in the Kids comics category.  Davis is currently the favorite author of the X girls right now for Stinky and The Secret Science Alliance.

MORNING ANIMATION AWESOME!

A couple of animated bits of awesome this morning -- first a new one from Tracy White called "Smoking":

Next - "Quimby the Mouse" by Chris Ware -- animated by John Kuramoto (from This American Life):

Quick Updates: Comings, Goings and Hey It's Snowing Outside

It is in fact snowing in the greater Washington DC area this morning which will inevitably paralyze the entire town by sometime in the late morning.  A few links worth following this morning:

MILESTONES
Forbidden Planet notes the ending of David Rees' Get Your War On and has the last comic (h/t Journalista!)  Back in 2003, Michael Whitney reviewed Get Your War On for ComixTalk and we had a community interview with David Rees.

SMALL SCREENS
CBR reports that Last Kiss will be distributed to mobile phones via GoComics.comWednesday White reviewed Last Kiss for ComixTalk in 2004.

REVIEWS
Damn God Comics reviews the recent revival of Ryan Estrada's Aki Alliance.

JUSTIFY MY HYPE
The webcomic Curvy does in fact live up to its own tagline: A sexy sci-fi adventure comic for adults.  I stumbled onto this from it's ad on another comic's site -- the art is kind of loopy and has nice use of contrasting black and white -- it's a very stylized approach to the visuals.  (it reminded me a touch of Tracy White's TRACED).  Definitely NSFW even with the somewhat cartoony artwork.

To The Webcomicmobile!

BUSINESS
I have been losing interest in tracking the latest Platinum Studios/WOWIO outrage but for what its worth FLEEN points to some recent links on creators allegedly still not getting paidJournalista! links to Todd Allen's take on the current PLATINUM-ized WOWIO business and finds a lot to be pessimistic about.  And Sean Kleefeld looks at some metrics that show a serious drop-off in WOWIO's traffic.

INTERVIEWS
Youth Radio has an interview with Lela Lee of Angry Little Asian Girl. (h/t Journalista!)

The Washington Post's Comic Riffs blog writes about the online comics category nominees at the recent Ignatz awards and has a mini-interview with nominee Tracy White of TRACED.

MARCH OF THE PENGUINS
The same Washington Post blog is running a poll on what to replace Opus with now that Berke Breathed has vacated the funny pages again.

JUSTIFY MY HYPE
Prism Comics debuts its latest comic, Joe Carr’s The Catty Corner.

ComicMix discovers Rich Burlew's Order Of The Stick.

NOT QUITE WEBCOMICS
FLEEN also has a short, interesting bit on the intersection of videogames and webcomics.  In particular there's a link to BRAID a new game that David Hellman, the artist from the too-short-lived A Lesson Is Learned But The Damage Is Irreversible,  was the art director for.  While FLEEN did note the Penny Arcade plug for BRAID, they didn't mention the all important endorsement from rapper Soulja Boy.

It's All About Webcomic Creation... And Fightin' The Text Terrorists

NEW and IMPROVED!
Check out our interview with TRACED creator Tracy White, one of the nominees for Best Online Comic at this year's Ignatz Awards. 

While you're at it - Rick Marshall also has a great interview with Sam Brown of Exploding Dog. (From our archives - a community interview with Sam from 2004)

And what did I hear on the radio this morning but NPR's interview with Chris Onstad of Achewood and "The Great Outdoor Fight" - very cool, probably only the second webcomic interview on NPR I can think of in 10 years (Pete Abrams being the other one).

AWARDS
The Harveys were awarded at this past weekend's Baltimore Comicon and Nicholas Gurewitch won for Perry Bible Fellowship.  (Gurewitch also won a "Special Award for Humor")

CONVENTIONS
CBR has a write-up of last weekend's Webcomics Panel at the Baltimore Comicon featuring Danielle Corsetto, Scott Sava and the Half Pixel pals.

Tyler Page (of Nothing Better) will be at FALLCON at the Minnesota State fairgrounds next weekend (Oct 4-5).

DEAD TREES
Mitch Clem's print collection of Nothing Nice To Say comics is out!

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS

Brigid Alverson rounds up the reactions to the closing up of the DC Minx comics line.

Sean Kleefeld wants you to mashup some comics.

ComicMix has the scoop on Stephen Colbert's upcoming appearance in a Spiderman comic -- I still remember fondly the SNL-Spiderman issue (I have that somewhere; wonder if it's worth a couple bucks...)

Webcomic Witchfinder pits fantasy webcomics against each other in Deathmatch IV!

About Tracy White

From GURL to IGNATZ: Tracy White Talks TRACED

Tracy White is a pioneer of webcomics.  Although she may not be as well known as James Kochalka and his American Elf series, Tracy's TRACED is an equally powerful set of stories about self that marks out a unique piece of journal comic territory.  From working on the early website GURL.com to being named one of Scott McCloud's personal top twenty webcartoonists, (and from our archives: Tracy did the cover art for one of our earliest covers in August 2003) to more recently receiving a nomination for Best Online Comic at this year's Ignatz Awards, Tracy's work has had a consistently interesting and moving presence in webcomics.

2008 Ignatz Award Nominations

As FLEEN reported yesterday, the Ignatz Award nominations have been announced, and the nominations for the Online Comic category are:

Updates On Entries in the Ill-Fated Webcomic Directory Project?

I built a "library" of webcomics and creators back in the fall of 2005 which I put into beta before realizing it was too much editorial work to deal with and the same information could be better provided through the community edited webcomic wiki - COMIXPEDIA.

Nevertheless looking back on the assortment of names collected (some from me, some sent in from you) I wonder if anyone has any significant updates on these creators 18 months later. Maybe we should interview some of them?