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The Joy of Webcomics is all about sharks and viruses

The Webcomic Overlook is back to provide you the weekly scrapbook of webcomic news. So grab your mint julep (or iced tea), saunter off the the patio, and open your laptop. Take care to put something in between your lap and the computer, by the way (a towel, perhaps), because the heat from the laptop can burn like the dickens.

  • You know what week it is? Shark Week, of course! Every year, we jump in the water with the Discovery Channel to visit these toothy menaces of the sea. And every year, Hockey Zombie is there to oblige.
  • Dash Shaw of the Eisner-nominated Bodyworld joins the Comics Comics blog. His first post? Commenting on the storyboards behind Evangelion 1.0. He’s pretty much the perfect guy to be commenting on it, since his comic also transitions to seemingly random scenes from panel to panel. (h/t The Beat)
  • Sometimes, we forget that webcomics aren’t a unique product of the Western World. It seems that even manga is going digital. From the NY Times:

    So while the explosion in cellphone manga is not a simple story of migration from print to digital, most experts agree that the future of manga lies more on the mobile than on paper.

    “The idea of printing the magazine, loading them on the track and delivering them to distribution centers, that whole model is on the decline,” said Noboru Rokuda, professor at Kyoto Seika University, which has a manga faculty, and a longtime artist himself. “I like to keep the paper manga tradition going, but there is an inexorable transition away from paper and into the digital medium.”

  • Speaking of digital manga, Johanna Draper Carlsson is running a poll at Comics Worth Reading as to which online manga is the best.


  • Is the world ready for a Fahrenheit 451 comic? Tim Hamilton of ACT-I-VATE thinks so! Which brings up a question: how does burning books translate to an age where information is online? Is it akin to the shenanigans Amazon pulled with 1984? And why is there always a flurry of news coverage when someone decides to adapt a classic in comic form? And did the fate of Clarisse at the end feel tacked on or what? (h/t ComixTalk)
  • Where do the AV Club folks love to waste their time? The answers may surprise you!

    Tasha Robinson
    Wait, is this where we admit how little work we actually do here? Sounds dangerous to me. Also dangerous, but more in an embarrassment kind of way: Admitting that my No. 1 take-a-break site is still (ulp) LiveJournal. Seriously. It isn’t what it used to be back in its heyday—there was a time when most of my real-life friends were active there—but it’s still my go-to site for keeping track of the lives of a handful of out-of-state friends, and a few artists and creators I like but haven’t ever met. And I use it as a makeshift RSS reader to alert me to updates on a bunch of irregularly appearing and also pleasantly time-wasting webcomics, like Something Positive, XKCD, Hark! A Vagrant, and MegaTokyo.

    Noel Murray
    My RSS feed—managed by NetNewsWire, which I adore—keeps firing little info-bites and entertainment nuggets at me all day. I don’t deviate much from my fellow Clubbers in what’s on my feed: I like FailBlog and The Comics Curmudgeon and Achewood, and I grab news and insights from an array of movie/music/TV sites, including /Film, Cinematical, Movieline, SpoutBlog, The Live Feed, Z On TV, Pop Candy, Pitchfork, Spin, Medialoper, and The Vulture. Nothing surprising there. So rather than pointing to those, I’ll point to a few sites that I rely on for more than quick-hits. One is The Comics Reporter, which, along with Journalista!, offers a good round-up of comics news and opinions, and can send me down a trail of related stories and comics scans that’ll keep me occupied far longer than they should.

    I hope to end up on these sorts of lists someday, as The Webcomic Overlook always strives to be a premiere provider of time-wasting content. Anyway, there’s a lot of lively webcomic discussion in the comment sections below. Apparently, a lot of people don’t like xkcd.

  • Imagine a world where a computer virus is “art.” Envision, if you will, a reality where connoisseurs pay top dollar for a CD of data that they consider a masterpiece. Or a place where an artist’s work only exists in virtual reality communities composed of digitized avatars. That world is today. Read up on the burgeoning world of Internet Art at The Wall Street Journal.

And now your Aishwarya Rai Tasteful Picture of the Day. Did you know that Ms. Rai’s wedding lasted for a total of three days? Hopefully she didn’t have to wear the wedding dress the entire time. Those things have the mobility of plate mail.