A shout-out to the conclusion of A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge which was an amazing webcomic – telling the story of several different people in the midst of the impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans. There will be a book next year from Pantheon Books. Congrats to creator Josh Neufeld – this is one of the best works of the year so far and I hope everyone has given it a read.
JUSTIFY MY HYPE
D.J.Coffman is working on a (politically-minded band) Flobots-inspired comic called Rise of the Flobots: Architects of Change. Simil;ar Coffman art but definitely a different vibe for him than previous work.
Desmond Seah’s webcomic Bigger Than Cheeses is often pretty funny. Lately though he’s spent an inordinate amount of time mocking a particular scene and storyline from Tim Buckley’s Ctrl-Alt-Del. I don’t think there’s much of a legal problem using the one bit of art from C-A-D in Seah’s comic (perhaps a taste problem but I’m not going there…), but when you do it over and over and over and over again… I don’t know what my point is, but it’s beginning to feel like an Andy Kaufman sketch or something.
Why not give Ellis his own category – he gives me a reason to write about him enough. I forgot to mention this bit on Freak Angels from last month:
When we started FREAKANGELS, some webcomickers were heard to say “weekly webcomics suck.” Like there was only one way to do a webcomic, and that the daily newspaper strip was somehow inherently superior to six-pages-a-week. Even now, I’m not seeing a lot of weekly webcomics. If you know of any, stop by freakangels.com/whitechapel and tell me about them. Hell, maybe we could generate a weekly programme guide out of them.
Weekly comics don’t suck. You can read them anytime. You can wait for weeks and read several episodes at once. But it’s nice, I think, to have landmarks in the week. Friday is FREAKANGELS day. You don’t have to be there at 12noon UK time when Chief Mechanic Ariana pushes it live. But it turns out that tens of thousands of people like coming over here on the day a new episode goes live. FREAKANGELS Friday. And I like doing that for people.
Weekly webcomics are great when they give you a satisfying chunk of an update like Freak Angels‘ six pages does. Update no more often then you can keep up with and design your update "chunk" plus frequency to both ensure you can keep up with the schedule but also so that you can break up your story into satisfying chunks.