Submitted by Logan on August 1, 2007 - 21:29
As PV Comics hit the midpoint of its debut year and the immediate woes of our first print anthology, PV Comics Volume 1, passed â€“ I as the publisher of PV was faced with a bit of a dilemma: we wanted to do more print collections and a number of new books, but we werenâ€™t happy about our print options. The printer we had just used was a shyster, and we werenâ€™t prepared to start shelling out the cash necessary for big offset print runs. This problem was as old as the small press comic industry itself: indie creators had always been faced with some seriously limited options regarding printing their work, and none of them particularly attractive. But I had an ace up my sleeve: more than a decade of working outside of comics in various aspects of the print industry, and I knew it was time for someone to help change the odds against new comic creators entering the print world.
Submitted by Logan on July 31, 2007 - 19:05
Part 2 of 3 in the â€œWho the hell is Logan DeAngelis?â€ series
It was March of 2001. The pixel-based land rush which was the early days of the webcomics scene were aâ€™bornin, Â and a funky little comic called KU-2 made its online debut. A heartwarming tale of a foul-mouthed punker from New Jersey (based none too loosely upon myself in the 90s, down to the idiotic haircut) and his adventures in Hawaii with an alien android combined elements of sci-fi, horror and Polynesian mythology which was, at the heart of it all, really just a heartfelt slice-of-life tale with some pretty weird trappings.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 13, 2006 - 14:04
PV Comics seemed to lose momentum when founder Logan DeAngelis began to focus on his print-on-demand business ComiXpress but it continued through most of 2005. I'm not sure when this new message went up on the front page but it states that PV Comics is "taking a step back for awhile" and will be "relaunching in the not too distant future".
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
A simple list of people of webcomics based on their contributions to the medium in 2005. And we have no doubt that we left off someone we shouldn't have. We're sorry. We'll try harder next year.
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 June 1, 2005 - 14:21
Stuart Robertson has released his Comic Gallery Script to the public under a Creative Commons/GPL license. I'm not 100% positive, but I believe the PV Comics site runs on a version of this script.
* Start with the first or last image in the directory
* Display navigation above or below images
* Back and Next links
* Back and Next arrows
* Direct links to each image
* Configurable number of links per line
* Customizable dividers between links
* Display the copyright owner
* Display a link to your Creative Commons License
There's also a forum thread discussing a number of scripts at Blank Label Comics.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 20, 2005 - 13:10
Matt Johnson, the creator of Dewclaw writes a bit at PV Comics about how he came to use Flash for his webcomic and how he has evolved his approach to the art while remaining true to the story he wanted to tell.
For me, Dewclaw is a great webcomic. The fact that it is in Flash (and sometimes makes use of Flash's animation capabilities) is never the first thing that comes to mind to me when I think about why I like Dewclaw.