Well I hope you all are as busy making comics as I've been lately not-making-comics and not-writing-about-comics. Here's the news and hype that fits:
Patching A Hole in the Wreck of the Hiberia
Topless Robot writes about the 10 Ten Need to End Now comic strips in newspapers. I don't agree with the entire snark in the article but as far as the list goes – yeah all 10 are dead to me. I know at this point ideas about the newspaper comic page are all about rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, but hey, humour me. Why not group the legacy stuff with the family features in a FAMILY page and then create a new page or two – SOMEWHERE ELSE IN THE NEWSPAPER – with a fewer number of larger and maybe, with actual PG level content, comics. You know, NEW STUFF? Just a thought… Related – the Washington Posts blog about comic strips interviews itself about the sad state of newspapers and comics.
Journalista! linked to this great series of posts on advice for artists on managing their careers. Useful stuff. Related – Tom Spurgeon links to this thread which does have a lot about handling (or mishandling) your comics career.
Scott McCloud links to Manmachine by Martin Hekker and notes that it uses Flash to handle it's side-scrolling. I will be interested in trying it out today. You know what else does side-scrolling well? Nine Planets Without Intelligent Life which lets you grab and slide the comic with your mouse button.
YET ANOTHER WEBCOMICS PORTAL THINGEE (Or YAWPT! for short)
The Comics Reporter links to MyComics.de which self-describes itself as a Youtube for comics.
Clickwheel has a selection of Alan Moore’s earliest comic-strip creations, titled Future Shocks, available via the Apple iTunes App Store:
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