Submitted by David Wright on January 12, 2009 - 05:31
Welcome to I Draw Comics!
This is the new home for my comic-related projects, including my attempt to get Taking Up Space syndicated.
During the next few months, I will be posting new Taking Up Space comics each M,W,F.
There's an incredible wealth of articles in the ComixTalk archives: features and columns on craft, theory and business, insightful reviews and interviews with some of the most interesting folks in webcomics. We'll be taking a regular look back at past issues and catching up with creators we've previously covered.
A collective, loosely defined, is any sustained grouping of webcomic creators. What they do together varies greatly from group to group. Some are largely a peer group offering each other critical feedback and encouraging support. Others throw in cross-promotion for each others' work. Some build a collective brand with logos, advertising and a central website. Some share business experience and expertise in areas as varied as merchandise, books, conventions, hosting and website creation.
And what did I find from my research? There's a tremendous number of collectives out there (and that I never want to attempt another "survey" article again). And, oh yeah, checking out collectives can be a great way to find excellent new comics.
One way to think of the history of webcomics is as the big bang of comics. At the beginning there were far fewer webcomic creators and they were (virtually) clustered together much more tightly (hence all the wistful talk of "webcomic community") and then, if the inflationary webcomicology theory is correct, those early webcomic exploded into the universe of comics online we have today.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 9, 2007 - 10:50
Mike Lacroix is a cartoonist, blogger and finely-tuned athlete. He's currently working on his third webcomic, the appropriately titled Foxy Lollop. His previous efforts include the long-running Gluemeat (since 2001) and the underground classic, Aren't We Real. Lacroix and myself were both founding members of the pioneering, but short-lived webcomics collective ALTBRAND.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 5, 2007 - 15:53
Still the only Con I've "exhibited" at: ALTBRAND had a booth at Pittsburgh's Comicon in 2002. Here's a mention of it in an old article at Border Walker.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 5, 2007 - 13:35
So after a long break from regularly posting any comics (really almost 3+ years) I'm focused on making some again. Putting them up on the web is nice if it gets me any feedback plus like a lot of others it's nice to see your work up on the screen in sequence.
Step one of setting up a website I took care of last year in resurrecting altbrand.com into a functional site again. I'm using a slightly modified version of Greg Stephen's ZWOL script (which is really nice btw) which supports multiple comics on one site.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 31, 2006 - 00:46
I've been scribbling out ideas for webcomics the last couple of months and I've been trying to get into the habit of sketching again. Before starting Comixpedia back in 2003 I was an update-delinquent, barely average webcomics creator. Well I don't want to rehash my history of making comics here so much as to let folks know that I'm going to use my "user blog" here at Comixpedia as a way to post updates on what I'm working on webcomic-wise. I won't front page these posts so you won't have to read them unless you seek them out. (Although I've been considering writing up my "efforts" to re-enter webcomics creating as a column to try and pass on what works and doesn't)
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 10, 2006 - 13:01
I'm announcing the creation of two new forums at Comixpedia both dealing with aspect of the website part of webcomics. One for scripts (or host/services like WebcomicsNation) that automate sites and do all kinds of neat website things for us and one for design. These topics seem to get lost in the other forums and they both deserve more focus.
On the script side I'd like to point out the ongoing development of a webcomics module for the Drupal system (Comixpedia runs on Drupal) - I have a very Alpha/Beta version running at Altbrand but the coder, Jeff Eaton, is looking for feedback and input on its further development. With a finished and polished multi-comic module, Drupal would provide webcomics, news, forums, calendar and more to anyone wanting to set up their own site.
I'd encourage anyone interested (from the writing code side or from the like to see these features in it side) to go over to the Webcomics Module discussion group and put in their two cents. Jeff Eaton seems open to ideas and I may even help write some patches for the module this summer. To make it easier for Comixpedia'rs to participate over there I've added support for anyone to use their Comixpedia user id to log-in at drupal.org (or groups.drupal.org). So instead of having to register again just log-in there with "email@example.com" and your comixpedia user id password. (You can do the same at Altbrand.com if you want to log in and comment on my family's artwork/comics!)
And this new Scripts forum isn't only for Drupal. Talk about ATP, WordPress, WebcomicsNation or ComicGenesis or any other projects going. Hopefully we can all help each other out with ideas and technical knowledge.