Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 24, 2009 - 15:44
Man, in years ComixTalk is like a tween now... OMG!
We had an interview with Evan Nichols of the webcomic Dr. Eldritch. Plus, wow! Jon Morris' comic, Star Wars Versus The Batman. And Bomb Shelter's Webcomic Idol contest was down to the final three. (Doesn't look like Webcomic Idol is happening this year...)
A great thread on how much to spend on making a webcomic -- how times have changed (or not) since then!
Dave Wright's Todd and Penguin hits it's third anniversary milestone; an interview with Brad Hawkins and a review of his webcomic Monkey Law; and Dylan Meconis wrote a column on webcomic creator burnout.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 4, 2008 - 15:50
This years winner of the Webcomic Idol contest is Simulated Comic Product. Congratulations - go check it out, a very funny comic!
The runner up was Shi Long Pang, which I was very impressed with and I hope got a bump in readership from it's second time in the contest. Someone ought to sign this comic to a book deal ASAP.
Submitted by NightgigTim on December 1, 2008 - 13:10
Drawn from sources all over the world…
Ryan Estrada does a Neatorama Comic and promotes his Cartoon Commune.
The Tribune-Review has a piece about Lora Biondi Innes, creator of the webcomic The Dreamer.
Bomb Shelter Comics extends the voting for the Webcomic Idol contest to today.
Xerexes strikes again with an interview with the creator of Earthsong, Crystal Yates [...]
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 23, 2008 - 23:42
There are 3 webcomics left in Bomb Shelter's Webcomic Idol and after the elimination thing-a-ma-bee there'll be just two this week. I think the plan is that they'll announce the winner sometime after Thanksgiving.
The least vote getter is Simulated Comic Product (that's a good thing in this contest - people are voting to eliminate comics). I mostly like this one - it's more often funny than not and every so often there's a truly unsettling one that gives you a little jab of tension. But it's a weekly updating comic without a story or true characters -- while it may be the one to win the contest, it just isn't one of the most funny comics of its type out there... yet.
Marooned is a science fiction comic, with a story and characters and a twice-weekly updating schedule. I think it has a lot of potential. I'm torn over the art. On the one hand it's simple style is fine for the story and mostly Tom Dell'aringa has a handle on it. But other times, when he tries to draw something out of the core cast, like backgrounds or some of the robots, I do wish he had put more into it.
Shi Long Pang is a totally different animal than the other two. We're 125 pages into a probably pretty epic story. It's a comic about the story and the characters. I think Ben Costa is spinning an entirely fantastic tale here. I am sure if he keeps up the quality of work this will be a great story to sit down with and read from start to finish.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 11, 2008 - 13:39
Life is pretty busy for me these days so I haven't been the best judge this year at the Bomb Shelter Webcomic Idol shindig but luckily DJ Coffman and Brad Guigar have been handing out constructive advice on the forums. After a couple weeks voting has narrowed the competition down to five and the Bomb Shelter guys have twisted the rules a bit to call on the judges to pick one of the bottom three to exit the competition. I don't know when they'll announce which comic that is. UPDATE: They did.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 3, 2008 - 09:22
First of all a list of those webcomics that got voted "off the island" during Week 1: The Superfogeys, The Book of Biff, Xylia, Newspaper Comic Strip, and Calamities of Nature. That leaves five more contenders for the title (and I think going forward only one webcomic leaves per week now): Lawn Darts, Marooned, Shi Long Pang, Simulated Comic Product, and Soul Driver.
There should be more comments on the forums over there this week for the remaining five webcomics.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 31, 2008 - 10:08
The voting is fast and furious -- be sure to vote if you want to have your say on who gets the boot this week. (I really prefer'd the vote for your favorite comic approach of last year, but that's not the way they've organized it this year). Here are the top 3 comics in danger of not making the cut to week 2 (as of Friday AM):
Earlier this month, I interviewed Chris Hallbeck who does the weirdly funny webcomic The Book Of Biff. More recently, I found out that he was a finalist in this year's Bomb Shelter Webcomic Idol contest. A bit of a fortuitous coincidence and reason enough to hustle this one onto the website.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 28, 2008 - 08:59
BOMB SHELTER WEBCOMIC IDOL
Talking about Webcomics Idol 2008, Gary says Brad Guigar is Simon. I'm guessing D.J. Coffman, who usually doesn't worry about telling people what he thinks, has an equal claim to that seat Maybe with a few more "dawgs" Brad can take the Randy role. I guess that makes me Paula? Bomb Shelter encouraged us to throw up some initial critiques -- I was sweating a cold+ all weekend so I'm hoping to throw some more constructive feedback up there as the contest goes on. Brad and D.J. are successful practicing cartoonists. I'm not, of course. So I won't be trying to break down craft, but trying to offer impressions as a reader and perhaps observations based on webcomcs as a whole. We'll see what I come up with!
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 27, 2008 - 08:30
If you're just joining us this Monday we've got new stuff posted this weekend including interviews with the creators of ZAP!, Chronillogical and Misfile. Plus Dr. Haus reviews the webcomic Mistakes of Youth. We've had a big October issue so if be sure to check it out to see what else you might have missed!
BOMB SHELTER WEBCOMIC IDOL
It's another edition of BSC Webcomic Idol and I'm a judge again. I'm not sure if they're letting you vote off a comic each week or you have to vote for your favorite (and the least vote-getter leaves) but either way it's an elimination contest. I keep doing it because the entrants have been strong contenders and the feedback and dialogue over the webcomics has usually been very interesting. Plus ultimately some good comics get a lot of exposure.
I've gotten a chance to look at some representative work from all of the webcomic entrants but I'll definitely be digging into each of them. Unlike the other judges who all are extremely talented comic creators I am the "journalist" type so my feedback may be more general but it'll be aimed at whether I think the comic is working for the audience.
FLEEN in writing about American Elf's 10th year anniversary asks "would yesterday’s American Elf tenth anniversary strip be the first webcomic that went for ten years on a daily basis? I think it might." I think the answer is clearly no. American Elf is certainly a comic that has been created for 10 years on a daily basis but it was only published on the web on a daily basis back to 2002 (here's the Wayback Archive for the site). I have a ton of respect for Kochalka's work but his career at this point in time is largely split between a pre and post-web era. (Moreover, American Elf is not the first journal-style published on the web
comic, Drew Weing's The Journal Comic got to the web first. I saw Heidi MacDonald's panel with James Kochalka at SPX this year and he actually cited seeing Weing's webcomic as a strong motivation to agreeing to work with Joey Manley to put his diary strips up on the web. UPDATE: thanks to James Kochalka for commenting below -- and just to clarify -- Drew's contribution to the genre of journal/diary comics was putting it on the web, essentially as he made them; an idea that someone assuredly would have got to but I think it's generally agreed that Drew acted on first. As to the basic idea of making a daily journal comic, Drew's comic came well after James Kochalka's work.)
UPDATE 2: Very interesting podcast of an interview between Joey Manley and James Kochalka at the recent SPX in Bethesda, MD.