One more little conversation with a webcomics creator, this time Justine Shaw of Nowhere Girl. When Nowhere Girl first appeared, as a fully-formed, smartly written, and beautifully drawn 40-page comic, it obviously created a sensation.
Justine was the firstâ€”and so far onlyâ€”comics creator to be nominated for an Eisner award without ever having any work in print. And sheâ€™s great to talk to, as youâ€™ll see here:
Hi Justine. When and why did you start putting comics on the web?
My first webcomic was Nowhere Girl issue 1, which was October of 2001. The Web, for good or ill, lets anyone, including yours truly, put their stuff out there, no editor (more than likely), no compromises in the way you want to do what you do.
This year, Dave Johnson of Dog Complex was offered a deal with Ucomics Mycomics page, a step further in the quest to a syndication deal. Certainly it would have meant more exposure and some revenue, which means he was making a move several webcomics have done over the past year, for greater exposure and reaching into the non-Internet world. And for many webcomic creators such an opportunity would be considered the highlight of a successful year.
Only Johnson was next presented with an interesting choice. He was offered a full-time job, with a major company, in a job he loved doing---a video games programmer. It meant security, stock options, and a chance to truly start a family. But he felt he couldn't do both. Like many who pursue comic without much in the way of monetary reward, Johnson was torn between his responsibilities and his webcomic, and he had to make a choice.
So Dog Complex, for now, is ending. You can read about the whole rather bittersweet experience here in this interview.
Webcomics is, of course, a global phenomena. 2004 saw webcomics proliferate, not just in America and Europe, but all over the world. Webcomics can be American, Brazilian, Japanese, British, or...Malaysian, like Lynn Lau, the creator of Jupiter, a webcomic set in a literal circus, not just a metaphorical one.
Recently Marilyn Scott-Waters got a chance to talk to Lau about her current webcomic, her past work and her future plans.
In Real Life, Greg Dean has incorporated practically everyone he has ever met into a character for the webcomic. Okay, maybe not everyone (as Dean explains below). Real Life ran for a long time on Keenspot before Dean went independent. We gathered ten of the readers questions and sent them to Dean who answers are below the fold.
Thor Jensen wandered the country on a Greyhound bus after 9/11, and recorded his journey in Red Eye, Black Eye, running on Serializer.net. He was kind enough to give us a great interview and a peek at his next work, for the first time anywhere.
Ramon Perez and Rob Coughler of Butternutsquash have been delighting readers with their highly-caffeinated comic strip for a while now. They were nice enough to grant Comixpedia an interview.
Raina Telgemeier has done a lot of work in her Take-out Comics and has pursued a longer story about her dental difficulties as an adolescent in the fascinating Smile on Girlamatic. She recently consented to an interview with our interview editors...one that will get us all smiling.
Gene Yang has been doing intensely personal, if not strictly autobiographical, comics for years now---with his Gordon Yamamoto stories, his Loylola Chin stories, and especially American Born Chinese, all appearing in Modern Tales (and Gordeon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks has been published as a graphic novel).
He was kind enough to grant us an interview and talk about the many aspects of his work.
You asked some tough questions and Ted Rall provided the answers. Read on for an interesting dialogue with one of the most controversial editorial cartoonists working today.
Dorothy Gambrell currently juggles multiple webcomics, including Cat and Girl, The New Adventures of Death and beginning this year, the overtly political The Ralph Bunche. All this plus a job, a band, and who knows what else. Nevertheless, she managed to find a few moments to answer some questions about her newest webcomic and what prompted it.