News & Views for May 4, 2007 UPDATED
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 4, 2007 - 10:28
- Filed under WTF?!: Boing Boing reports (linking to a Rich Stevens post) on Matt Boyd's termination from work as a result of misunderstood conversations about guns. Boyd's comic, Three Panel Soul featured a storyline about this weird, unfortunate experience (a storyline which I originally thought was fiction - a smart parody of our current attitudes towards guns and incidents like the massacre at Virginia Tech). UPDATE: Fleen has an interview with Boyd today.
- Don't forget this Saturday's (tomorrow) big events: Online Comics Day 2007 and Free Comic Book Day 2007.
- Another big thanks to April cover artist Michael Lalonde. Be sure to go check out Orneryboy if you're not already reading it. You should also delve into the Comixpedia archives to check out Welton Colbert's awesome interview with Lalonde from 2005.
- Webcomics-In-Print has an interview with Ryan Estrada, creator of the comic Welton Colbert and currently working on videos for his Ryan Estrada Expeditions.
- Sequential Tart has an interview with Rich Stevens, the creator of the web and newspaper comic, Diesel Sweeties.
- Panels and Pixels interviews American Elf creator James Kochalka (link from Journalista!)
- The Pulse's Jennifer Contino interviews Fishtown creator Kevin Colden. (link from Journalista!)
- The Pulse's Steve Ahlquist talks to the 2007 Eisner Award judges: Chris Reilly, Whitney Matheson, Jeff VanderMeer and James Sime. (link from Journalista!)
- Talkaboutcomics links to lots of reviews of webcomics across the blog-o-bog.
- Comixpedia reviewed a couple of sci-fi comics for April: S.S.D.D. and Uku.
WHAT'S IN A NAME?
- Joey Manley ponders the nomenclature of "webcomics""versus "comics", prompted by someone's description of Dilbert as a webcomic. It's best not to get too hung up on nomenclature. As comics as a medium (not as a genre/format) have gotten (slightly) more visibility in America we can all talk about "comics" at that level. But that doesn't mean the term "webcomic" won't continue to be useful, just as "comic book" and "comic strip" (and more recently "graphic novel") have been used and useful for many years. Given the growth of comics on the web versus every other format though I won't be surprised if most people will begin to use comic and webcomic much more interchangeably. (Manley also links to a Google trends graph of the use of the word "webcomic(s)".)
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- The webcomics newspaper Zoinks plans to put out a new issue this June. Advertising spots are still available for it.
- Talkaboutcomics wraps up some rumbling about how Microsoft's forthcoming Silverfish code (meant to be a competitor to Flash) can be used to present webcomics, sort of like Flash can be used to present webcomics...