When I was first asked to write an article for Comixpedia, I was a bit surprised. While I have been working on Just Call Me Freedom for a number of years, it had never achieved more then a small cult following. Regardless of that, I decided to take this opportunity to introduce new readers to my work while also giving current readers a glimpse into the history and creation of the series.
Sometimes, when people hear my proposal that the "comics medium" is literally a visual language (VL), I receive a response of disbelief stating something like, "What, do you expect people to carry around little pads of paper so they can 'talk' in comic form?" Statements like this bring up an important aspect of language that is essential to address in visual language studies: the social and interactive role of language. Throughout this article, I will address how the role of social interactivity with regard to comics contributes to a further understanding of visual language.
The infinite canvas is one of the more obvious and interesting innovations that the web brings to comics. Since Scott McCloud coined the term in his 2000 book Reinventing Comics and raised the idea in cartoonist's consciousness, there has been much debate over the validity of the infinite canvas as a storytelling device and the difficulty the average webcomics reader has in following an infinite canvas work.
What better way to explore the limits of the webcomic form then with a webcomic? Miguel Estruego takes us through an exploration of experimental webcomics.
So. You want to do a webcomic, you have the drawing skills, you just want to know the magical way to get it from the paper to the screen. It's pretty basic, and I can show you how! Join me on this magical journey of... magicness (thesauruses are for chumps).
In many ways a webcomic is a lot like a baby. You cradle it. You nurture it. It's a part of you, and you're a part of it. You can't starve it, and you can't spoil it.
In even more ways a webcomic is a lot like a hooker. You're your own webcomic's pimp. A webcomic by itself, with all its sexiness, isn't always enough on its own to attract patrons. It needs someone like you to do some big pimpin' and work it up and down from dusk 'till dawn. Here are some tried and true methods I’ve used when promoting my own webcomic.
Have I mentioned that I love roundtables? See, all you need to do is think of four or five good questions and ask them to some of the foremost talents in webcomics today, many of whom are surprisingly willing to share their wisdom. Then just sit back and let the intellectual capital flood in. Itâ€™s a great racket.
This roundtable, incidentally, is about humor.
As 2004 packs its bags and prepares to turn over the keys to the new year, we thought we would take this opportunity to look back at certain significant or just really amusing webcomics-related news stories throughout the year.
If we missed your favorite event, feel free to add your own thoughts.
If thereâ€™s a favorite pastime among the literary criticism set, itâ€™s probably defining terms.
Well, maybe tearing down some piece of sub-standard work, closely followed by defining terms.
In anticipation of this monthâ€™s theme, which is a "beyond journal comics" look at webcomics that build from reality, we thought weâ€™d open a discussion of what might be included in this genre.
I often get mails regarding web comic and how to start it and how to make it in this business.. and to be honest, I'm not the right person to ask - I haven't made it in this business (or any business).