Looking Back Through 2007
In the middle third of the year, we had most of comics' awards season with most of the major and minor awards now recognizing webcomics. Webcomic creators seemed to have an even bigger presence at Comicon in San Diego as well as many other major conventions.
- TOOLS: Joey Manley publishes a set of APIs for WebcomicsNation for developers to use in creating third party applications.
- MILESTONES: Chris Crosby hits 3000 episodes of his webcomic Superosity.
- MILESTONES: Matt Shepherd's and James Duncan's webcomic Man Man hits 1000 episodes.
- MILESTONES: Gina Biggs' Red String, the webcomic turned Dark Horse comic book, celebrated its four year anniversary and its 600 page mark.
- AWARDS: Brian Fies wins the Lulu Blooker Award in the Comics category for his comic Mom's Cancer. Mom's Cancer originally appeared online as a webcomic and won the Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic in 2005
- AWARDS: Penny Arcade won the U.K. Eagle award for "Favourite Web-Based Comic".
- COLLECTIVES: Left 'Toon Lane features political cartoons and artistic political satire including Hypnocrites, A Town Called Dobson, Monkey Law, Rock Garden Comics, Drunken Philosophy, and Happiechappie and Suriegirlie.
- EVENTS: Online Comics Day 2007 (formerly known as Webcomics Awareness Day).
- BUSINESS: T Campbell had an interview with Filip Sablik of the publisher Top Cow, which is one of the first direct-market companies to enter the digital marketplace.
- TOOLS: The first e-reader of the year comes out from Adobe. Later a much bigger splash accompanies the launch of Amazon's Kindle.
- AWARDS: The nominations for the Harvey Awards are released with five webcomics up for Best Online Comics Work. Nick Gurewitch wins for Perry Bible Fellowship.
- DEAD TREES: A full run of Jon Morris' webcomic Jeremy is available in print:Jeremy: The Complete Strip Collection.
- MOST READ: T Cambpell lists the most trafficed webcomic websites according to Alexa and Compete.
- DEAD TREES: MegaTokyo, the popular webcomic about two Americans in Japan, finally goes to print in Japan.
- BUSINESS: Shannon Eric Denton, part of the webcomics site, Komikwerks is moving into television production with CBS putting World Of Quest - an animated show based on the webcomic of the same name - on its Fall schedule. Denton has also done a deal for a pilot based on a second Komikwerks webcomic title, Wyoming.
- DEAD TREES: Amazon starts up CreateSpace which provides CD, DVD and Print-on-Demand publishing options.
- COLLECTIVES: The Chemistry Set webcomic collective hits its first year anniversary.
- VERSUS: Kris Straub starts up a science-fiction themed cross-over series spun out of his webcomic Starslip Crisis called Alterverse.
- CONVENTIONS: David Malki! has a new short video out asking one simple question: Me Vs. Comic-Con, who's better?
- PROMOTIONS: Corey Marie writes about how to use social networking tools to promote a webcomic (part 1 and part 2).
- MILESTONES: Theater Hopper celebrates its fifth year anniversary.
- HYPE: Scott Adams mentors webcomics creator Scott Myers.
- HYPE: Blind Ferret Studios who previously have done the work for the Ctrl-Alt-Del and PvP animated series, announces their first feature-length project will be based on the webcomic Looking For Group.