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Tangents reviews Starship Moonhawk and the Newark Webcomics Examiner looks at Traitor. Webcomics Finds reviews Rice Boy and Seek and Destroy. (And El Santo is taking spring break. Enjoy yourself, masked one. The internet will be here when you get back.)

Courtesy of Comixtalk, Comic Book Resources and Newsarama, we have a plethora of interviews; Planet Saturday, Soul Chaser Betty, Wondermark, Anders Loves Maria and Joe Loves Crappy Movies. Let’s add the Joe Kubert interview to the list, too.

The best part of this article on ComixTalk about some of the more tired webcomic ideas is not the actual rebuttals. Those make some sense, though I have less of a problem with the ideas than others seem to. The best thing is the very contents of the very last comment (at this time) by Scarfman. He said that “webcomics, like internet fanfiction, doesn’t have a higher rate of crap than other creative endeavors; it has a higher rate of exposure.”

And I am so glad that Calvin & Hobbes never had to go to this place, especially the third comic.

Maybe you’d be interested in the PF Awards? Nominate your favorite characters, sites, artists, publishers, writers and more on the PF Awards page.

Or maybe you’d prefer to see artwork given a color sheen or animated?

Courtesy of Journalista!, we can enjoy talk about composition through panels.

We also get some reviews on the work of cartoonist Twitterers from Toothpaste for Dinner.

Before I feel confident in commenting on this article by Cohn, I ought to do some research on Peircean semiotics, Van Dijk and Kintsch’s discourses. So I unconfidently say that the use of the word indexing here points to a record within a larger reference … ie a snapshot of a moment. Neil said he would like to see that expanded on and I agree. My angle of appreciation pivots on the indexing means that (say) word balloons not only stand for speech but also for a record of speech at a certain time and place. While that seems obvious, there may be deeper observations that can be made due to the interaction between the index and the larger reference. It’s very possible that we sometimes learn more about a comic’s story than we think we do as we read them.

Finally, I think we all need to appreciate just how interconnected we are in the comic world. While the Occasional Superheroine feels the need to start afresh, it may reflect poorly on us as a community that she feels that is the only way to move forward. Maybe we could be more like SpiderMan and try to make others feel safe.