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The Year In Webmanga: Small Changes, Big Plans?

Things were quiet in the world of web manga this year, but there’s plenty brewing beneath the surface.

There weren’t any Big Events, a la Marvel DCU or Zuda, just the established channels chugging along: Netcomics selling chapters of manga online for a quarter a pop, publishers giving it away to build buzz for their print editions, scanlators posting their favorite titles in closed circles, and artists working out new projects online.

But behind the scenes, several publishers are preparing to launch web manga in one form or another.

The ComixTalk End of 2007 Roundtable

Our third annual virtual round table on the year in webcomics features comments from Gary Tyrrell, Dirk Deppey, Tom Spurgeon, Heidi MacDonald, Brigid Alverson, Derik A Badman, Reinder Dijkhuis, and JT Shea and Scott Gallatin.

Webcomic Wire - 12/5/07

Drawn from sources all around the web…

Pros and Cons of webcomic hosts.
The second wave of Zuda arrives.
Xerexes wants your questions for the good folks over at Blank Label Comics.
Shaenon K. Garrity, creator of Narbonic and writer of Smithson.com and Li’l Mell will be launching a new daily webcomic at the end of the month. Stay [...]
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Webcomic Wire - 12/5/07

Drawn from sources all around the web…

Pros and Cons of webcomic hosts.
The second wave of Zuda arrives.
Xerexes wants your questions for the good folks over at Blank Label Comics.
Shaenon K. Garrity, creator of Narbonic and writer of Smithson.com and Li’l Mell will be launching a new daily webcomic at the end of the month. Stay [...]
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Looking Back Through 2007

In years past (2004, 2005) we undertook the monumental chore of picking out the biggest headlines of the year. This year, I took another swing at it. So without further adu, here's the biggest webcomic headlines of 2007.

If I missed a story you think was key to this year, please post it in the comments to this article.

Only A Webcomic, It Really Couldn't Help It

BUSINESS

  • Todd Allen has a good overview of recent digital online efforts: comparing Marvel's Digital Comics Unlimited to iTunes and Rhapsody, and then wondering why Zuda and Comic Mix are not maximizing their potential ad revenue.

INTERVIEWS

Webcomic Wire - 11/6/07

Drawn from sources inside the iron curtain…

Heidi MacDonald over at TheBeat from Publishers Weekly gives some reactions to ZUDA.
iFanboy has some more on new corporate money being put into webcomics. 
Tim Broderick’s comic ODD JOBS has been optioned to Warner Brothers Television. Congratulations!
Todd Allen at Comic Book Resources has a good interview with Joey, Josh and [...]
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Webcomic Wire - 11/6/07

Drawn from sources inside the iron curtain…

Heidi MacDonald over at TheBeat from Publishers Weekly gives some reactions to ZUDA.
iFanboy has some more on new corporate money being put into webcomics. 
Tim Broderick’s comic ODD JOBS has been optioned to Warner Brothers Television. Congratulations!
Todd Allen at Comic Book Resources has a good interview with Joey, Josh and [...]
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I Come From A Monday Down Under...

COMIXTALK MAGAZINE UPDATES

BUSINESS

ZUDA, ZUDA, ZUDA!

OPINIONATED WEBCOMICS

JUSTIFY MY HYPE

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS

Rolling, Rolling, Rolling (Update) On a Thursday!

Welcome to November. We have a cover this month from Debbie Ridpath Ohi who creates a great webcomic on writing called Will Write For Chocolate. No particular theme this month but a lot of good interesting articles are on tap. In December, we will venture into "wrapping up the year that was" territory - stay tuned for more details on that later this month.

HEADLINES

BUSINESS

  • Steven Grant tries to apply lessons of the music industry to the comics biz. It's a good think piece and points out the way comics creators can bypass the "labels" like musicisians are doing, but annoyingly Grant knows more about examples of this "new entrepreneurship" in the music industry then he does in his own industry. Grant should at least be aware of the comics equivalents of unsigned new bands - webcomics - and how they use merchandise and other ancilliary activities (sketches, guest shots, downloads) to make money while giving away the comic for free. He could have also pointed to some established professionals ditching their labels to go indy - like Phil and Kaja Foglio or Michael Jantze.

INTERVIEWS

MILESTONES

TECHNOLOGY

CONTESTS

  • I need to start handing these Karas the Revelation DVDs out faster! Gimme (in the comments) the phrase that pays to be the next winner.