Strip News 7-31-9
Submitted by Delos on July 31, 2009 - 08:00
Here are quite a lot of things that may be a little deeper than first appear…
- Guest blogger Rob Berry at MPD57 looks back at Azure and I Am Legend covered The Faction. This Week In Webcomics draws us out on Starslip, Matriculated, Creep House, Cat and Girl and Requested Comics. Webcomics Critique reviewed The Zombie and Pigs of the Industry covered Children’ Games and Interrogation Control Element. Peiz reviewed Last of the Wilds and MPD57 also covers Vigilante Granny. Webcomic Overlook also tried to sneak in Buttersafe while we weren’t looking.
- Fictions reviewed Vikings and Optical Sloth gives us the run-down on Try Adventure and four more, just to catch us up.
- Sketch Magazine gives us some good stuff on sound effects, digital coloring and line weights.
- And Occasional Superheroine gives us a little insight into What Women Want From Comics.
- I’m putting this here in the middle because it’s the kind of thing (if you’re reading this instead of link-scanning) that may give you pause. I like pieces like that one because they gives you a better, more balanced view of where things have been and where they are heading. It’s not just comic sites that will need to find a way to monetize content once most people switch to getting content they choose piped in, like some already do with RSS feeds.
- From Last Panel “…a panel can contain as much information as a whole page of prose, and use composition, body-language, colour-theory, mood, environment and action that would be extremely difficult to convey with prose alone…” and then why other comic traditions have broader appeal than superheroes
- And when internet users go online, are they finding what they want at your site? The basic things seem to be: Learning, Fun, Socializing, Personal Expression, Advocate and Shop. Depending on your comic, you might be able to provide for all those desires on your site. Pastis, if you haven’t read this yet, is watching and learning from you – so be sharp. And while we’re at it, here’s a guide on using Twitter for business. In a related way, do we encourage our visitors to approach our comics? (I think there’s more application to be made here but I’m having difficulty winding it into a neat, tidy package.)
- And should all those internet users rely on the word comic or webcomic to describe their graphic narrative? I favor just comics, personally.
- In any case, TWCL has some interesting threads on Finding Readers Outside Webcomic Circles, Measuring Your Readership and that the Webcartoonist Choice Awards is dead and maybe the TWCL forumites should create their own awards for webcomics.
- And Kez talks to us about using Twitter to do comic networking.
- Meanwhile, Cosmic Dash is looking to try out a new look. I think it’ll work smashingly, what about you? Maybe you’d also like seeing ten minicomics and their bear box. And you can get a taste of Brian Mitchell’s mini comics and Chrome Fetus 7 (via Journalista.)
- You may also want to check out Movie family portraits, NIMH Returns, Vintage TV Commercials, a novel illustrator’s guide.
- Moose Mountain is now one year old, Terence N. Tijuana has a comic creation tutorial and don’t forget to stop in to Webcomic Overlook and say congrats for being online for two years. (There are some other interesting bits to see on there, too.)