This month, Kelly J. Cooper spends some time pinning down the words we use to describe webcomics. Words properly pinned, she next looks for what turns out to be a fairly elusive target: a webcomics dictionary.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 27, 2006 - 21:12
Pete Abram's Sluggy Freelance is one of the longest running webcomics out there. In some ways it hasn't changed dramatically - looking at our first from 1999 and our last from 2006 next to each other the changes seem evolutionary and not revolutionary.
Of course for certain storylines such as "Oceans Unmoving", Pete Abrams has also ventured far from his usual style and produced more elaborate artwork for Sluggy.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 25, 2006 - 07:47
I forgot to post this last Friday - another look at evolution in webcomics art, this time in the series Gaming Guardians. The changes here are dramatic and due to a change in artist on writer/co-creator Graveyard Greg's superhero series. The early series was drawn by co-creator Andrew Babb and while the "'last" example below is drawn by current artist "Webtroll".
In this month's Checkerboard Nightmare, Chex attacks the superhero genre... with a fork!
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 13, 2006 - 22:55
Matt Shepherd and James Duncan's Man Man might be the longest running superhero webcomic now that the Japanese Beatle is retired. Man Man has run so long it's even had its own reboot (pre-boot is version 1 and post-boot is version 2). Here's one of the very first one from version 1 (up top) and one of the latest from version 2 (on bottom):
First (Version 1)
Last (Version 2)
DC and Marvel have dominated the comic book marketplace for decades with tales of radiated, atomic, DNA-scrambled, mutant superheroes. Can they dominate the web as well?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 6, 2006 - 22:02
Justin Pierce has crafted a fun tale of superheroes, aliens and fantasical elements called Killroy and Tina. Here's a snapshot of one of the very first ones from when Killroy and Tina appeared on Keenspace (top) and one of the more recent editions (bottom).
(We interviewed Justin about a year ago - you can read it here.)
In the fourth installment of The Antecedent, Bryant Paul Johnson revisits the origin of the "gerrymander," a critter almost as old as American democracy itself.
Years come, and years go. We're looking at the end of another one. And what am I doing as we sit on the cusp of 2006? What else. I look forward.
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