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Wednesday

HEADLINES!
This week's big story is probably going to be the announcement of the "Comic Strip Superstar" contest from Andrews McMeel Publishing and Universal Press Syndicate. Entrants have to submit their work by September 12th.  Brad Guigar at Webcomics.com writes a lengthy breakdown of the press release well worth reading.  Like all of these never-ending corporate comic contests, one really has to read the fine print carefully and fully consider the trade-offs before entering.  And my own two cents -- there is no magic wand that will instantly grant you a "comics career" let alone make you a "superstar".  Make sure you evaluate clearly whatever you're actually going to get and rationally decide that it is well worth what you're giving up.

CRAFT
Scott Kurtz blogs that the Webcomics.com crew is starting a brand new live stream called Webcomics.com University. Kurtz's first session will be this Friday and cover "line quality and how I try to achieve a clean look in Photoshop using a Wacom tablet."

TECHNOLOGY
Longbox - the planned comics reader for the web, iphones, etc has a video of the forthcoming beta version. (h/t Journalista!)

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
Mike Krahulik from Penny Arcade did a variant cover for the comic adaptation of Steven King's and Peter Straub's The Talisman.