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Daily Grind Update

It's been over a year now, and there are still a lot of contenders in the Daily Grind contest. The remaining 24 contestants in this endurance contest are:

  1. Lonnie Allen (website)
  2. Joseph Bergin III (website)
  3. Jennie Breeden (website)
  4. Stephen Burrell (website)
  5. D.J. Coffman (website)
  6. Paul Gadzikowski (website)
  7. Jamie Dee Galey (website)
  8. Ali Graham (website)
  9. Edward J Grug III (website)
  10. Brad Guigar (website)
  11. Tim Hulsizer (website)
  12. Matt Johnson (website)
  13. Brandon Lewis (website)
  14. Tyler Longmire (website),
  15. Tom McHenry (website)
  16. Michael Payne website)
  17. Eric Poole (website)
  18. Phil Redmon (website)
  19. Andrew Rothery (website)
  20. R. Smith (website)
  21. Ive Sorocuk (website)
  22. Mike Stevens (website)
  23. Bryan Stone (website)
  24. Jam Torkberg (website)

From a quick glance at the list I've bolded those I'm immediately familar with.  That's 17 creators that I am not sure I've read before.  I don't know if that's because they're not that popular, or that good or rather just as likely - more evidence that there are more interesting webcomics out there than anyone can ever possibly write about.

Uh, I just saw this today

Uh, I just saw this today and wanted to say thanks for the kind words earlier. You haven't heard of my comics because I'm a nobody who loves making comics and just plugs away. Thank you again.

Not a Lot of Interest in Daily Grind Anymore

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Judging by the lack of comments to this thread, I'd guess there is very little interest in the Daily Grind contest at this point. 

I guess if you disagree let me know here... 

 

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Mike Stevens stuff

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Kinda random - not really sure what's going on but there are some funny bits in there and even though the color scheme is dark I like the art. (Lettering is kind of crap though...).  I really really hate LJ for trying to read a comic's archive though... PITA!

 

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Tyler Longmire's Stuff

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The website is called Alt Universe Comix I think.  Wow I was really getting into the initkal story about the depressed guy and his robot roommate and then bam! it's all fishes all the time.  I couldn't really get into the fish stuff.

Lots of the art here is impressive, but I wish he'd followed through with his initial story.  Maybe the fish stuff was just easier to write and draw - which would be one of the bad effects of the Daily Grind - forcing people to pick certain stories/approaches to satisfy its one a day requirement. 

 

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I had the opposite reaction

I had the opposite reaction -- I liked the initial storyline, but it wasn't until the fish stuff started that I thought his work got really interesting. Bear in mind it's not just talking fish -- there's a whole post-apocalyptic backdrop to the setting, and the talking fish are all former people. It allows for some great little slivers of social commentary, sometimes funny, sometimes more poetic. There was one series of strips where a fish tells the story of finding his old typewriter that I found particularly poignant.

Worth mentioning that I've worked with Tyler -- I used some of his artwork for one of my contributions to Whispered Apologies, and he and I have a larger (non-comics) project in the works for the fall.

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Joe Bergin

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Joe Bergin's site is more of an anthology approach to the grind - he ranges from journal comic-like entries to several story ideas he's started.  His art shows a lot of creativity and one benefit of the anthology approach is that we get to see him go through a lot of different approaches to the art - most of which he's very good at.

Also nice is that Bergin has a 10 or so episode long strectch (starts here) solely about what having done the daily grind for about a year has meant to him personally.  It's a nice little bit - I suspect a lot of the daily grind participants devled into using their comics to talk about the contest itself which could be tedious but this one is fairly self-reflective and thought out.

 

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I'm a big fan of Lewis'

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I'm a big fan of Lewis' Mousewax and Torkberg's Jam-O-Gram. By the way, you're linking to the wrong comic for Jam Torkberg (#24). He stopped updating the Filgym Cycle and moved to doing a journal comic. It's utterly fantastic in its innovation.
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Mousewax is funny

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That one does look promising. A lot of the recent ones were pretty funny...

 

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Daily Grind site should

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Daily Grind site should change the link then too - I just copied from there.  Torkberg seems like he might be ready to drop out though.

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So God Damned Motivating

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I've added some of these folks' comics to my live-journal friend list, and every day - EVERY DAY - I see new comics from these troopers. I can't tell you just how inspiring that is for me. When I'm working late on a page, and I'm feeling in the gutter and hating what I'm doing, these comic motivate the hell out of me.


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It's just an endurance contest...

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I don't think it's that interesting a concept for a contest actually - I think the fact that some relatively popular folks entered is the only reason it got so much attention.  I suspect it won't actually ever end - there's some people in there that are machines, love making webcomics and are relatively young and in good health.  Maybe they'll call it a tie at some point.

On the other hand I was surprised at how many people still in it - that is making comics daily for a year+ now I hadn't read.  So I'm going to try and read some of them.

 

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Re: It's just an endurance contest...

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xerexes wrote:
I don't think it's that interesting a concept for a contest actually - I think the fact that some relatively popular folks entered is the only reason it got so much attention.

This is actually the second Daily Grind. At first it was a friendly contest between the Crown Commission collective of artists; the first round lasted about a year, I heard. (When this second round started up and I read about it here at Comixpedia, at first I decided to give it a miss because I didn't feel like intruding on what was essentially an exercise in mutual support amongst a bunch of friends. Then it got linked at a few other high-profile sites, and I joined only when I saw it was - for better or worse - no longer the thing I didn't want to intrude on.)

As for it never ending - take it up with Coffman. There are too many of us who don't want to see him walk away with it.*

Say, is there a reason I rate a comma and no one else does?

* Master of unintentional alliteration!

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Re: It's just an endurance contest...

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[quote=scarfman]

As for it never ending - take it up with Coffman. There are too many of us who don't want to see him walk away with it.*

Say, is there a reason I rate a comma and no one else does?

* Master of unintentional alliteration!

Paul Gadzikowski, paul@arthurkingoftimeandspace.com
Arthur, King of Time and Space New cartoons daily[/quote]

It's true. I know of at least 5 or 6 people who are driven by the sheer joy of defeating me. alas, that will not happen. I think it would be funny if the contest went on for years and years with just 3 or 4 creators left just grinding it out.

DJ Coffman
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What Comma?

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What comma!? :)

 

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So how do we make The Daily Grind interesting

I've honestly stopped checking the Daily Grind site so thanks for the update. I'm honestly sincere when I ask what can we do to make it more interesting. At it's start I felt the Daily Grind was not only a fun contest but a great way of meshing together, and giving attention to comics that deserved recognition. Now I'm just bored. I still read the comics I was reading before, but now I find that I'm disinterested in contests like this because of how disappointing this one has been.

It's not that I want to see people drop out like flies but how do we keep from having a 2009 Daily Grind report (Now down to 13 contestants!).

I'm in favor of sending bottles of rum to the creators that we're not cheering for in hopes of a drunken week of no updates.

The Gigcast

 

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The Gigcast

Lonnie Allen's Ninja Death

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Lonnie Allen has several series on a webcomicsnation site - Ninja Death is the one I checked out.  It's only 16 pages long at this point so not much to go on but the art and storytelling shows promise.  There's a few pacing issues in it (some sharp jumps without much transition) but the scene with the main character answering questions from the other ninja (the villian?) is welldone.

 

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The Navel Gazer

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Ok - changed my mind - I like Lonnie's The Navel Gazer a great deal more.  This is an ad hoc, largely current affairs-driven strip that just comments on absurdities or offers (sometimes indirectly) an opinion.   This is good work with some sharp commentary and I'm a bit surprised I hadn't seen it before.

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Xaviar Xerexes 

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If you're interested in the

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If you're interested in the Navel Gazer check out the USA War Instruction Manual which is very much in the spirit of the Navel Gazer.  It's far from subtle but I thought the idea of framing this comic as a manual was an effective idea.

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Xaviar Xerexes 

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I run this place! Tip the piano player on the way out.