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Back from the Beach Weekend News Update

I'm tan, rested, and ready... for webcomics. Sorry for that but I've got a Nixonian like combination of sorta-tan and five o'clock shadow.

As soon as I walked back in Comixpedia's virtual door, I saw a note from T Campbell that he's going to be making big changes to his new webcomic Search Engine Funnies this upcoming September 5 with the release of something called "Blackhat." More details soon I'm sure.

I also saw that Warren Ellis is musing again on his email list about how to make a better go of crafting original comics work (and I suppose weaning himself from the superhero thing) by utilizing his online fanbase. Ellis notes that between his email list, Bad Signal, his LiveJournal and Warrenellis.com he probably reaches about 10,000 people in total while the sales ceiling on his original work is currently about 20,000. What I'm trying to get a handle on (and I don't have it yet) is what that means for translating Ellis' numbers into the webcomics world Comixpedia readers already know and love. And it raises interesting questions - for someone so determined to control his artistic fate as Ellis is he better off alone, or with some sort of existing online publisher (Keenspot or MT for example). Obviously someone with Ellis' track record and notoriety brings a lot of unique attributes to whatever online effort he decides upon.

I also wanted to point out that Blog Ads (which is who we use to manage the sponsorship ads that run on the right side of the site) is having a contest to pick a new logo. Winner gets $1000 and something for the resume I expect. If you do submit something you might mention this post at Comixpedia as your inspiration (because if you do and you win we get $300). Blog Ads has been a good experience for Comixpedia and they definitely strike me as a pretty non-corporate corporation that will probably go for something unexpected.