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Abandoning Micropayments

Joel Fagin follows up his previous article on the selling of webcomics Reinventing Micropayments with another look at how creators could sell digital comics. This time, he further explores the notion of selling comic downloads and examines the initial results of Starline X Hodge's sales of her comic Candi.

PvP site - hang in there, baby

[Editor's Note: PVP website is down - click read more for Scott's post] - Unexpected site outtage

I'm trying to get the word out that the PvP server had some hardware issues that my host Speakeasy is working on. We've been down for about a day. We had planned to run maintenance over the slow part of the weekend but apparently the server had other plans and crapped out early yesterday.

It's all a part of running your own website I guess. It's been rare I've had server issues so I guess I was due.

I'll be posting strips over at until my site is back up again. But it might be a long weekend. Thanks!

News for Thursday, April 19, 2007 (UPDATED)




  • Ali Graham's new webcomic Afterstrife (love that name) has finished its first chapter and is in the midst of a week of guest comics before the next chapter begins. The comic features the adventures of two young recently-dead characters in their afterlife, but for such a potentially ominous setting, it's been surprisingly funny so far. Afterstrife is a nice evolution of Graham's writing and art chops from his previous work and well worth checking out.
  • Turtle Vs. Bunny by Joe Dunn (with the help of the votes of millions!). Have y'all already seen this? A very cool, interactive spin on the classic fable of the tortoise and the hare, Dunn's TVB lets readers decide whether Turtle or Bunny will come out on top that week.


News & Views for Thursday, Somewhere in April

So um... taxes? They suck. Let's throw rocks at 'em.



  • The Daily Crosshatch has an interview with creator Raina Telgemeier.
  • For his podcast, T Campbell interviews Eric Burns and Wednesday White (mp3 link) and they talk about Websnark, blogging & podcasting. As always, Eric is simultaneously humble and well not-humble (it's charming though), Wednesday drops geek-cred terms (did I hear CMS in there? That's content-management-system) and for some odd reason sounds like she's sitting five feet behind Eric in the interview. Surprisingly, T Campbell asks no questions about actual webcomic content though...



News & Views for Wednesday, April 11, 2007

First a quick thanks to current advertisers: The Learn to Draw the Human Figure video course; The Lethal Lady website and blog; the webcomic Life on the Fringe and the DrunkDuck Civil War Webcomic Event. Thanks also to all of our PW sponsors including the very current ones: Freaks N Squeeks; Alma Mater; and Cartridge Comics, Lummox. PW ads appear depending on who is the top bidder right now. You should still check out Cartridge Comics though! :)

Also be sure to check out contributor Joel Fagin's webcomic tutorials site and this month's cover artist Michael Lalonde's very funny webcomic Orneryboy.




Thursday News Links


  • It has been brought to my attention that the Comics Reporter's list of the Top 50 Comics of 2006 contained more webcomics than I'd noted. French superstar Lewis Trondheim's Les Petits Riens and Mazen Kerbaj's Kerblog, as well as potentially two entries published by The Guardian by Joe Sacco and Posy Simmonds.


  • For Comixpedia readers who have been following Jon Morris' Plea For Hand-Lettering there is an interesting thread on The Engine by Comicraft founder Rich Starkling which delves into a discussion on both classic lettering and the pitfalls of creative teams. Eddie Campbell also takes on the subject on his blog.


  • Kristoffer Straub, and a host of other notable creators, have attended the Emerald City Comicon. Straub was part of a webcomic business panel together with Brad Guigar (Evil Inc.), Robert Khoo (Penny Arcade), Scott Kurtz (PvP) and Bill Barnes (Unshelved. Unfortunately Straub found the panel somewhat disappointing.
    Emerald City was a great con, but the panel was a great… lame thing. The trouble was that we didn’t talk about much business, and the con-installed moderator was kinda like “so what’s a webcomic? What’s your favorite color?”

An Interview with Scott Kurtz And Kristofer Straub About New Company And New Projects

Last week Scott Kurtz and Kris Straub were gracious enough to grant this brand spankin' new Comixpedia front page writer/blogger an email interview about their new partnership. The questions are a bit clumsy, but their answers are interesting and informative. Enjoy!

The Community Interview with Blank Label Comics

We canvased Comixpedia's readers for the most probing questions to send to Blank Label Comics. Questions so tough it took them almost a month to answer! Read on for how Blank Label Comics plans to conquer independent comics...

Wikipedia-Free News & Views For Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Before I get to today's news & views -- don't forget we had three new articles published in the magazine this week:

  • Terrence Marks interviews married creators, Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier. This is actually the first in a series of five such interviews we'll be publishing this month.
  • New columnist Brigid Alverson covers five short story web manga this month in Small Packages.
  • Bryant Paul Johnson returns with another installment of his historically accurate series at Comixpedia: The Antecedent.
  • And of course a big thanks to Meghan Murphy of Kawaii Not for doing this month's cover art.