Submitted by Tim Demeter on August 13, 2007 - 14:18
You know when Tim is running ComixTalk for a week it's time for business, that's why they call him Business-Tim.
Internet! How are you? It's me again, your pal Tim. You may recall me from such internetery as GraphicSmash.com, Clickwheel.net, and Reckless Life. I'm gonna be taking a look at the changing face of digital comics we seem to find ourselves in these days over the course of the week as it relates to stuff I know enough about to comment on.
Today I'm going to take a broad look at what's going on right now and what it means to you. Yes, YOU. So why not click read more and read some more, because I know what you're thinking, you're thinking, aaaaaaaah yeeeeeah, it's time for business. It's business time.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 13, 2007 - 08:56
- Todd Allen revisits the DC Comics/Zuda Webcomics story to parse what we actually know about it so far.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- Somehow Ray Smuckles from Achewood wrote about his adventures in Australia for the Daily Telegraph.
- Matt Butcher takes over the reins of the comics review site Independent Propaganda.
- ToonZone.netâ€™s Cartoons Dammit! launches a new teen-horror webcomic, Shadowgirls, written by David A. Rodriguez and illustrated by Dave Reynolds.
- Platinum Studio-owned news site Broken Frontier has interviews with last year's Comic Book Challenge contest runners-up.
Submitted by strangq on June 26, 2007 - 20:17
Congrads to Platinum Studios on selling Cowboys and AliensÂ to Hollywood, I'm sure the movie will suck as bad as the webcomic. Â
Nah, that startedÂ off too negative. Â ThisÂ blog isÂ supposed to be about hope.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 23, 2007 - 18:10
Variety reported this week that Platinum Studios' comic Cowboys & Aliens is headed for the movies in a deal with DreamWorks and Universal Pictures along with Imagine
partners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. I didn't actually think that the comic of Cowboys & Aliens worked that well (just not a very good story, poor characterization and the wrong tone) but the concept is killer and conceivably in the right hands could be a fun popcorn kind of movie.
It's been awhile since I first wrote about this back in May 2003, and it's no longer such a stretch to imagine a webcomic translated to a movie.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 21, 2007 - 10:24
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- Some commentary at the Beat about Mike Strang's post regarding his contract with Platinum Studios. A great resource I was reminded of there are the various Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts groups around the country that really will provide you with low cost or free legal services (depending on just how "starving" of an artist you are). Another interesting site I discovered from was Unscrewed which is a comics creators' rights site.
Submitted by Coffman on June 20, 2007 - 13:08
Platinum Studios has announced the Top 50 in this year's COMIC BOOK CHALLENGE.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 19, 2007 - 10:10
COMIXMEDIA UPDATE: I'm still working on the site(s) upgrade. Current plan is to have this site rebranded as COMIXTALK by the beginning of July. I'll have another site called COMIXMEDIA as an umbrella site for comics-related projects I'm working on. The upgrade here went well except the current "theme" for the site is creating some problems so I need to get the site moved to a new theme pronto (current plan is to simply update the current theme to Drupal 5.1 specs)
Guest Bloggers Wanted: Interested in blogging about (web)comics on ComixTalk in July or August? Drop me a note at xerexes AT comixpedia DOT com
Todd Allen breaks another piece of the story about DC Comics plans for the web. DC Comics' new online editor is Kwanza Johnson (who according to Allen had a similar job with Marvel back in 2000?!) Allen predicts a "big" 4th quarter roll-out of webcomics from DC.
Mike Strang posted about his unhappy experience working for Platinum on a work-for-hire contract and others (T Campbell) chimed in with comments. Joey Manley compared work-for-hire to sticking your hand in a meat grinder. My own personal opinion is that authors should keep their copyrights and that creativity and business are both better off under those circumstances. But in movies, television, music and especially comic books, work-for-hire arrangements have been used forever and are still being used. So long as you know what you're getting into I don't see anything inherently evil about it. Just be clear on the concept - work-for-hire means all of your creative work becomes someone else's property. (REMINDER: if you comment at ComixTalk please try to be civil and respectful of others.)
DEAD TREES: Life Meter Vol. 2 will debut at MOCCA. Life Meter is an anthology of video game- inspired comics, featuring stories and art by Bannister, Joel Carroll, Raina Telgemeier, Steve Hamaker, Jake Parker, Jeffrey Rowland, Queenie Chan, and many, many more.
If there’s one thing I like about Dominic Deegan, it’s that the storylines move forward progressively. The comic tends to have storylines which are fairly self-contained, with a specific villian or villians wreaking havoc with a specific set of goals and a specific set of heroes undergoing a specific set of actions in order to thwart said villians. But instead of each storyline coming around the full circle and leaving the heroes in basically the same place as they were when they started in classic comic book “and so the world was saved once again, and John D and Suzy Q were able to return to their normal lives” fashion, the characters in Dominic Deegan mature and grow from their experiences, and with each storyline move progressively closer to the “happily ever after.”
Submitted by strangq on June 18, 2007 - 17:43
Stay away from Platinum Studios and any Work for Hire contracts if you feel attached to your creations. I feel as though I signed my soul over in a deal with the devil.
My name is Mike Strang and I wrote a comic book for them a horror spoof entitled WEIRD ADVENTURES IN UNEMPLOYMENT...
Submitted by Black_Kitty on May 22, 2007 - 20:47
Carly Mizzou is now taking sign-ups for Wizard World Chicago for DrunkDuck members. Like the previous two Wizard World gatherings, space will be broken up based on the number of users interested.
She also released the list of DrunkDuck participants for Wizard World Philadelphia. This year DrunkDuck/Platinum Studios will also be hosting a panel and a competition during the convention.
Submitted by Black_Kitty on May 18, 2007 - 22:25
Platinum Dan recently announced that unlike last year's Comic Book Challenge, this year's top 50 entrants will all receive a prize in addition to the $595 that will be given to help with the traveling expenses. Prizes include comic software and Wacom tablets.
More information can be found here but below are the prizes: