Submitted by brideau on March 19, 2008 - 08:55
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 12, 2007 - 21:05
I'm only doing one day of SPX this year (today) which is too bad because it was chockfull of cool people and good comics. I just got home from spending the afternoon there and I'll have a more "formal" (yes I'm making the air quote with my fingers in my head as I write that word) convention report later this weekend but I thought I'd do a quick post right now.
Join me in "read more" land if you dare!
Our second annual virtual round table on the year in webcomics features comments from Eric Millikin, Daku, Gilead Pellaeon, Mike Russell, Lewis Powell, Alexander Danner, Eric Burns, Michael Rouse-Deane, Johanna Draper Carlson and Gary Tyrrell.
Submitted by Joey Manley on August 1, 2006 - 03:23
The new editor of Modern Tales is Shaenon K. Garrity, creator of Narbonic, Smithson (with Robert Stevenson, Brian Moore, and Roger Langridge), and L'il Mell and Sergio (with various collaborators). Shaenon makes her living editing comics for the publisher of the most popular comics in America, Viz, and spends much of her time as a volunteer staffer at San Francisco's Cartoon Art Museum. I've met only a handful of people whose knowledge of the comics form -- from Windsor McCay all the way through to Pants Press -- matches or exceeds Shaenon's (let's see ... there's McCloud, and, um, um, um ... yeah, so McCloud's pretty much the only one). Shaenon's comic Narbonic was the runaway hit of the Modern Tales launch line-up, and remained the most popular feature on the site from day one up until she moved it over to Webcomics Nation just a little while ago. She is also the scariest person I know -- but in a good way. We are in good hands.
Submitted by Erik Melander on June 29, 2006 - 15:19
- The Oni Talent Search has been mentioned earlier, but I can't remember if we've linked to this interview about it with Oni Editor in Chief James Lucas Jones.
- The Women Webcomicker Grant Nan has also been mentioned before, but now it has stirred up a bit of a ruckus. The Comic Book Resorces forum seems to be the center of it. I must admit that I didn't think this grant would cause any controversy, but then again by internet standards this may not even qualify for that.
- Flight volume 3 has barely hit the stores and planning is already underway for volume 4. Newsarama has a first look and it appears that the Pants Press Crew is making a comeback in this volume.
Submitted by Erik Melander on June 19, 2006 - 04:31
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 25, 2005 - 21:51
Here's a list of the ones I have right now in the Library - if you know of others give me the name and the URL so I can add them. I'm calling them affiliates but the idea is groups of creators who've banded together for artistic and/or business reasons. They should have about 5 or more members (approx.).
- * Ape Law
- * Biscuit Press
- * Blank Label Comics
- * Boxcar Comics
- * Dayfree Press
- * Dumbrella
- * Hot Bullet Press
- * Pants Press
- * Teh Gewd Guys
- * The Nice
- * UpDown Studio
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 2, 2005 - 15:41
Back in March 2004, Bill Duncan wrote a feature looking at the then new explosion of smaller collectives of webcomics. The article mixed in larger publisher sites like Modern Tales and Wirepop, but mostly examined on creator-focused groups such as Altbrand, Ape Law, Dayfree Press, Exile Comics, PV Comics, Razor Comics and Rocketbox Comics. Some of these have thrived since, most notably Dayfree Press which has continued to maintain an active roster.
But since then other successful groups such as Dumbrella and the newly formed Blank Label Comics reemphasize how important collectives can be to furthering the success of webcomic creators. In large part these two groups most visible success is in shared business and technical savvy.
It is probably fair to look at any collective and ask what is its identity? Sometimes that's not really apparent. But two examples where there is an impression associated with the group name that come to mind are Boxcar and Pants Press. The newly formed Boxcar Comics has the good fortune to have well-known D.J. Coffman as a member and he seems to have passed along some of his promotional and business experience to his new colleagues. The lower-key Pants Press group's members may not stand out for marketing activity but they have received consistently high critical marks over the last two years. That can speak volumes too.
While we're on the subject of collectives, feel free to tell us about yours - make sure to include its name and URL.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 22, 2005 - 15:38
We're going to try a new thing next month - one of the articles will be a survey of webcomics in the theme of the issue. Next month we'll try and highlight briefly a bunch of webcomics by women that we think our worth checking out -
We'd love your suggestions to check out now before we write the article - just reply here with name and URL.
When we discussed the Year in Review issue it seemed like it would be a natural to write a list of people in webcomics for the year. But what to call it? Most of the time when media magazines talk about people in film, television, music or what-have-you, they can call their articles "The Power List..." or the "The It List..." because, well, those media have power and star power. Webcomics have those things, but alas, still in smaller quantities.