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Looking for International Contributors

If you are a non-U.S. resident and familar with webcomics in your country or area and interested in writing something for Comixpedia next year I'd like to talk to you - please message me on the site or drop me an email at xerexes AT comixpedia DOT com.

Thanks! :)

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Xaviar Xerexes's picture

Thanks for running with this thread - this is really informative and helpful. Also just interesting to learn more about creators' backgrounds.

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Xaviar Xerexes's picture

The idea is to run a series of articles over next year -probably one a month if it works out - basically reports from around the world. (It would be independent of the Comixpedia monthly theme obviously)

There's just so much going on out there and given Keen, MT and yes, Comixpedia's north american focus to date (granted I see a lot of int. contributors to MT though) I felt like I needed to push harder next year to broaden our coverage. My naive, optimistic hope is that webcomics will evolve into an international idiom where everyone shares and borrows and reads from all parts of the world liberally.

I'll try to get back to everyone on the chain soon (this week).

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Anonymous wrote:
Hi everybody. TimTylor directed me to this interesting discussion (thanks to him). I would be pleased to contribute with something about european and especially french webcomics. I already have all sorts of ideas about language issues and the cultural aspect of comics, especially regarding the franco-belgian comic tradition. UNblue
UNblue - please email me - I can't figure out how to contact you from this thread. Tim please ask UNblue to contact me if you are in touch. Thanks.

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What would be great is to have at least one contributor from each continent. For instance, if Tim was willing to write on the British/European scene, Sonictail on the Aussie end of things, R Pin on South America, and we found someone (iahve someone in mind) to bring our attention to Asia, we would have a much more interesting view of webcomics as they develop globally.

Personally, I have always felt that Comixpedia was for building the webcomics community, and I think this could be a terrific way to do it. Slowly at first, but eventually we could make good on our play for world domination (which follows the community building phase).

Brian's picture

Michael Zacher, the guy who used to color the covers for Saga of the Ram, is Australian.

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Steve_Hogan wrote:
There's a lot of room to move up in that scene,
If you're ever in the area, I'll let you crash at my place.

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Fetus-X is the greatest comic in the world.

All the comics mentioned so far seem to be in English, whatever the nationality of the cartoonist. Clearly, a counterexample is needed: Kahden maailman välissä (in Finnish) by the same guy who does Desert Rocks (in English). 8)

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[quote:84c005e7c2="Eric Millikin"][quote:84c005e7c2="dunk"]What would be great is to have at least one contributor from each continent.

I'll gladly move to Antarctica to help with this project.

There's a lot of room to move up in that scene,

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Hmm this is interesting.
I'm swedish and so is Mikael Oskarsson (Graphic smash's Flick) and Pontus and Mr Madsen of Little gamers (I hope just mentioning them wont start a flame war)

Reinder Dijkhuis is from the Netherlands, isn't he?

Adrian Ramos is from a latin-american country I think.

Roger Langridge is brittish if I remember correctly.

It feels like what I'm missing here is French and Belgian cartoonists, and considering that those two countries probably have the strongest comic culture in Europe that feels is a bit odd.

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Phalanx wrote:
The thing is, xerexes, isn't the whole point of webcomics is that they're not secluded by region? It's the internet.
Actually, I think the majority of the webcomic culture is one monolith of american culture references (and yes, I mean even the manga influenced ones, and even I'm guilty of this as well). It should be interesting to see other webcomics focusing on the local rather than the universal. That's Xerexes reason I think, and I already signed up as a contributor because I'm interested in showing the world what my compatriotes are doing and what's more important, how they do it.

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I feel pretty much the same about South America. I have no idea of what happens in the other latin countries as far as webcomics concern, and alas, out of the three languages I speak, none of them is spanish.

If there are any other south-americans interested in doing a collaboration with me, please say it NOW. ;)

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The thing is, xerexes, isn't the whole point of webcomics is that they're not secluded by region?

It's the internet.

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Strange. Maybe it's just coincidence that my webcomicker freinds tend to be a diverse bunch. But just off my head I can already think of several non-americans:

Srdjan Achimovich (Little White Knight) is Serbian.

Stephen Crowley(Loxie and Zoot, Magellan) is Australian.

Rodrigo Pin Nitto (Alex and Ilia) is Brazilian.

Gianna Masetti (The N00b) is Italian.

Gloria H. Manderfield (Night and Day) is German.

A few more come to mind, but I'm too lazy to list them all out.

Oh, I'm Malaysian-born studying in England... I guess that should count as international ;)

Quite a few of the people I know are American or Canadian, but over half are from somewhere else.

I suppose you could poll all the popular webcomickers and build a chart or something...

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That puts things into a bit of perspective. :) I'm still interested in the language issue, though - I know a fair few popular English-language webcomics have translations in some other languages, but I don't know how many webcomics get translated into English.

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Just remembered - there's a list of some British webcomics on the British Webcomics Piss-Up 2 page.

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There's a World Atlas of Comic Creators Online which gives locations of webcartoonists over the globe. I don't know if the project's still active - if not, it might be a good idea to try and get it going again, and encourage more folk to get themselves listed in it.

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I'll happily have a go at the British scene, but I don't know how I'd be on the rest of Europe - I imagine webcomics in mainland Europe will be largely non-English language, and to my shame I'm pretty much a monoglot.

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Jorge Hernandez does his comic in both english and spanish, which I think is extremely cool.

RPin wrote:
It should be interesting to see other webcomics focusing on the local rather than the universal. That's Xerexes reason I think
If I ever get around to finishing The Jaded (British-based), my next comic, (Exeat) will be set in South-east Asia. I didn't realise how poorly Asia, and South-East Asia, especially, is represented, especially on the webcomics front until after I started my first comic. The sad part is that most SE asians (including me, I suppose) do tend to focus on the universal more than the local.
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I already signed up as a contributor because I'm interested in showing the world what my compatriotes are doing and what's more important, how they do it.
:twisted: Excellent! Me too! Oh yeah, let's not forget Digital War (British) The creator of The Rules of Make Believe is Malaysian as well, I think.

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Phalanx wrote:
The thing is, xerexes, isn't the whole point of webcomics is that they're not secluded by region? It's the internet.
It's one thing I like about webcomics - I'm a British guy collaborating on one with an American guy I've never met offline, so I'm pretty keen on the internationality of it all. But I do find myself thinking of them as mainly USA and Canadian, so I'd love to have more from elsewhere brought to my attention. And the Internet can't overcome language barriers as easily as it overcomes physical distance - how many people reading this post regularly read a comic not written in English?

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GiantPanda wrote:
It feels like what I'm missing here is French and Belgian cartoonists, and considering that those two countries probably have the strongest comic culture in Europe that feels is a bit odd.
There's the Metaphrog French-Scottish team mentioned by the last Guest. Britain also has John Allison of Scary Go Round and Bobbins and James Roberts of Albion Fuzz / Bohemials. More Canadians: Ian McDonald (Bruno the Bandit), Sandy Carruthers (Canadiana), Tragic Lad.

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RPin wrote:
If there are any other south-americans interested in doing a collaboration with me, please say it NOW. ;)
And I'd gratefully collaborate with any other Europeans. I was wondering: would these be a set of pieces for a single month's Comixpedia issue, or something running over a longer period?

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xerexes wrote:
UNblue - please email me - I can't figure out how to contact you from this thread. Tim please ask UNblue to contact me if you are in touch. Thanks.
I emailed him.

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Ok,

internationalism in webcomics IS out there and it DOES show. Hell if you look at the majority of australian webcomics the majority tend to be arthousy story based comics. that's not to say that there is a whole pile of humourous ones and that the efforts of BTC and MWTF go unrewarded.

What I try to do is promote webcomics to the crowd at large down here, get people to start their own and well, build a australian identity as far as webcomics go.

Trust me, aussie comics DO tend to be different, well the ones that are true blue that is.

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If I can locate some Thai webcomics I might be interested.

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Wow, that's good. I thought that due to the fact that it's so easy to self-publish over there, there wouldn't be many webcomics. I'm going over there in a few months, but of course, I'm not Japanese, so...

This site should pretty much prove that webcomics do exist beyond the language barrier- and in large numbers, as well. Since I can't actually read Japanese, though, I'll have to stay on my side of the barrier.

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Phalanx wrote:
The thing is, xerexes, isn't the whole point of webcomics is that they're not secluded by region? It's the internet.
It's a good point and one I'm agree with. However, most of our contributors have been from english-speaking north america and I fear we are missing a lot of interesting developments in other countries. If nothing else this is an exercise in trying to develop pieces from new perspectives and to bring attention to interesting webcomics and creators that we might be missing.

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Some serializers:

Amanda Crichton (Flawed Adventures) is Australian.

Merlin Goodbrey (Nile Journals, etc) is English.

Marcel Guldemond (dot, dot, dot) is Canadian.

Jason (Mau Mau Archives) is Norwegian, but I think lives in Denmark.

Metaphrog (Louis: Red Letter Day) are a Scottish/French team, living in France.

Paulo Patricio (Yes Logo!) is from Spain.

Jason Turner (True Loves) is Canadaian.

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GiantPanda wrote:
It feels like what I'm missing here is French and Belgian cartoonists, and considering that those two countries probably have the strongest comic culture in Europe that feels is a bit odd.
Hervé Largeaud is French: http://www.moderntales.com/series.php?name=littlemonster&view=current

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GiantPanda wrote:
Reinder Dijkhuis is from the Netherlands, isn't he? ... Roger Langridge is brittish if I remember correctly.
Reinder's indeed from the Netherlands; Roger lives in England but is originally from New Zealand. Other members of the Modern Tales international coalition include Edward J. Grug III and Gary Chaloner, who are both from Australia Svetlana Chmakova (Girlamatic's Chasing Rainbows) is from Russian but moved to Canada. Also, Guest up there with the serializer list was me.

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dunk wrote:
What would be great is to have at least one contributor from each continent.
I'll gladly move to Antarctica to help with this project.

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ST here and lazy.

Same goes for any aussies wanting to write, hell, just point me in the right direction ^_^
Maybe a battle of the continents jam?

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Hi everybody. TimTylor directed me to this interesting discussion (thanks to him).
I would be pleased to contribute with something about european and especially french webcomics. I already have all sorts of ideas about language issues and the cultural aspect of comics, especially regarding the franco-belgian comic tradition.

UNblue