Submitted by August Pollak on July 4, 2007 - 09:34
A happy 4th to all you American readers out there.Â For you not-American readers, give us all your natural resources.Â Now.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 25, 2007 - 10:24
The Webcomics In Print blog interviews Steven L. Cloud, the creator of Boy on a Stick and Slither. Cloud recently signed a web-syndication deal with United Media and Boy on a Stick and Slither debuts today on comics.com.
Cloud is a member of the Dumbrella group. Another Dumbrella member, Rich Stevens, (Diesel Sweeties) previously signed a syndication deal with United Media.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 22, 2007 - 10:03
When we switched to Drupal one of the nice things I was able to set up was pulling in the RSS feeds of other sites to Comixpedia. That way we do less "link" blogging here but you can still get a sense of what's going on in webcomicland from the syndicated headlines.
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.
For this month's issue of Comixpedia we're taking a look at the burgeoning number of webcomic collectives. Just why do creators band together? Gileon Pellaeon navigates through what is and what isn't a "webcomics collective" and offers five suggestions to creators for getting more bang out of their collective buck.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 8, 2007 - 11:17
- Scott Adams discovers he can collect some scratch from selling original art from his Dilbert comic. My impression is that sales of art in the "comic book" world is pretty common now and it's also something many web-based creators have pursued. I don't know if this is common or not with newspaper artists. (Click here to check out Adam's site for selling his original art) Also interesting here is that Adams only has a limited set of art to sell - his early work used an ink that has already faded and more recently, he does all of it on the computer.
- Fleen has a brief preview (embedded in a post about wikipedia antics) about webcomics appearing at this summer's San Diego Comicon. This year's unofficial webcomic pavilion looks to be at the section of floor bounded by booths 1129, 1137, 1329, and 1337 where Dayfree, Penny Arcade, Blank Label, Keenspot, Dumbrella and Phil Foglio will be located.
- Webcomics In Print covers the second print collection of Stuff Sucks by Liz Greenfield.
- No book for 24 Hour Comics Day. (There was a book for 2006's 24 Hour Comics Day.)
- Missed this, but Joey Manley noted that you can now podcast PDFâ€™s to iTunes (
and from there to iPodsTim Demeter says you can get PDFs on iTunes but not on your iPod.).
If youâ€™re part of the [people who care about these awards], then in doing so, whether you like it or not, youâ€™re subscribing to the reality of these awards; that the majority rules them, and if you want to win, you better get off your ass and do some promotional work. Just because your comic is better than one of the nominees doesnâ€™t mean the world is going to flock to your self-perceived greatness and if youâ€™re the only one who thinks youâ€™re great, then youâ€™re not great, youâ€™re a bit of a narcissist, and I suggest you go for the other option of not caring about awards.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 18, 2007 - 12:41
An interview with Rich Stevens on the newspaper-style Diesel Sweeties launch with good details on the syndication deal itself. Also Stevens recommends his Dumbrella compadres as other plausible newspaper candidates. I don't know about that actually - I'd like to see all of them in my newspaper but in terms of whether I think we will see them, well I could see BOASAS in newspapers, but I'm not sure about the others.
The question for today: what webcomics do you think could be most successfully translated into successful newspaper comic strips?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 7, 2006 - 10:42
Starting today, Dave Kellett's Sheldon is now available at http://sheldoncomics.com (Fleen reports, "Kellettâ€™s new home on the web will be provided by Dumbrella Hosting, parent corporation of Fleen.").
Be sure to check out the note from Kellett on his site explaining the move away from Comics.com.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 26, 2006 - 10:50
- Ryan North rolls out a new service called Project Wonderful that allows people to auction off sponsor ad spots. You can see it in action at Goats. Another nifty idea from North (who has already created OhNoRobot and RSSpect).
- That wacky Boxjam. Today's Doodle completely gets up in this blog's grill. Midwest comics REPRESENT!!!
- Hockey Zombie parodies Ctrl-Alt-Del. Artistic comment or promotional tactic?
Tis The Season!
- Ah Halloween - the time of the year for webcomics to put their characters in wacky halloween costumes...
- Another Halloween-themed event, this time at Girl-A-Matic: GAM-O-Ween.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- Websnark on Questionable Content's meek and mild Martin.
- Former Graphic Smash editor, T Campbell is no one's editor.
- Digital Strips notes that Francesco Marciuliano (current hired hand on the syndicated strip Sally Forth) is going to try to move his webcomic, Medium Large, into newspaper syndication.
- Fleen has a Dumbrella round-up, including an update on R Stevens' battle with the Sith.
- Charley Parker likes Zita The Space Girl.
- Drawn! likes Stuart Immonen and his webcomic, Never As Bad As You Think.
After a summer spent away from Comixpedia and comics too, it was great to catch up with all kinds of comics and creators at the Small Press Expo (aka SPX) this weekend. I caught some panels, bought some books and chatted with a lot of webcomic-friendly creators including Jeph Jacques and Danielle Corsetto.