News & Views for Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 11, 2007 - 09:33
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- The Todd Goldman/Dave Kelly copying story was well covered this week appearing on several webcomics, blogs, CBR, the art journal Juxtapoz, and even Wikipedia. The extreme similarities of the two works makes it hard to imagine a set of circumstances such that Goldman did not copy from Kelly. The blog FLEEN has been all over this story and really deserves praise for pulling so much of it together. Yesterday FLEEN posted an absolutely spiteful email it received purportedly from Todd Goldman (although FLEEN caveats that it can't confirm this) and also wrote about another similarity between a Goldman work and Stuff Sucks webcomic creator Liz Greenfield. Copying can be a difficult issue - ideas are not protected, only expression - but again, in the specific Goldman/Kelly case it's very hard to see how this was anything other than copying. (Comixpedia interviewed Dave Kelly back in his Living in Greytown days.)
- Johnny Hart dead. Now the question is what happens to B.C. (and possibly The Wizard of Id)? Will it lumber on as a comic strip zombie or will newspapers retire it in favor of fresh material? ANSWER: Kris Straub catches a note at the Creators Syndicate website that say Undead B.C. and Wizard of Id will definitely lumber on. ALSO: Mark Evanier has an interesting post on Hart's career (link from SPPW).
- Mitch Clem taking a break from webcomics? The creator of webcomics such as Nothing Nice to Say; Coffee Achievers and San Antonio Rock City writes about his five years making webcomics.
- Good luck and good thoughts to creator Carla Speed McNeil, who is undergoing surgery later this month to alleviate a moderate-to-severe case of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. (Swiped from Journalista! which caught it from Elayne Riggs.)
MY THEIR HYPE
- Time's Nerd World Blog praises Rob Balder's and Jamie Noguchi's webcomic Erfworld.
- Maakies creator Tony Millionaire wrote us to tell us that the pilot for the animated Drinky Crow Show is coming to Adult Swim in May. There's a preview video here and you can read others' comments on it here.
- Comics Reporter links to Doom: the webcomic.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- FLEEN notes that Lauren Oâ€™Neal turned in a webcomic as a final project for a class at Stanford. Hip and environmentally-friendly!
- Websnark praises Goats. Eric's main point seems to be that even though most of Goats' episodes don't involve actual "action" the comic is nevertheless working well. Goats has never really been about action though, like a good Kevin Smith movie it's about the dialogue.
- CBR notes the 10th anniversary of comics publisher Top Shelf.
- JOURNALISTA! points to the I Read Comics podcast that features a recording of the â€œWomen in Comicsâ€ panel from the recent New York Comic-Con, with moderator Heidi MacDonald with Colleen Doran, Amanda Conner, Svetlana Chmakova and Rivkah.