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What Stories Should Comixpedia Work On?

What stories are you interested in Comixpedia writing about in the upcoming months? I'm not asking here for comics to review or people to interview, but subjects that we could focus on writing about in-depth. What do you want to read about?

topics to right about...

packrat's picture

dangerous move there, giving stuff away.

um... tried that once (there) anyway. Got spammed out, i believe. sent a e-copy of area163....

(while i was still doing a once a year animation script... christmas special, natch)

results? SOMEBODY threatened to take my e-mail account away for it.

NOT that i'm trying to tell you your business here or anything. (again, sheesh.)

story lines for keenspot? try the unreccomended 'topical' approach.

ie: any dunesbury strip. open a newspaper. OR...

industrail rev made (class of entrapeneurs), the info rev made terrorists, the energy one will ?

OK, so the industrail rev was mostly the steam engine and the info rev is mostly media age. BIG deal!

A little too much for ya? think simple...

ok, the all electric life-style. (oil has run out.)

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I'll tell you what I don't

I'll tell you what I don't want to see on Comixpedia: reviews of comics by reviewers who don't know what they're talking about, or who have only read a few of the comics being reviewed, or who simply don't get it (Like the review on Little Gamers). These kind of reviews really lower the quality of your otherwise excellent website.

nonsense

The William G's picture

I'll tell you what I don't want to see on Comixpedia: reviews of comics by reviewers who don't know what they're talking about, or who have only read a few of the comics being reviewed, or who simply don't get it (Like the review on Little Gamers).

To sum this up: Only fans of a comic should be allowed to review it.

Idiotic idea. It's like saying you can only review the new Jay Z album unless you've listened to all of the other ones, and are a hip hop fan as well.

Anyway, the Little Gamers review hit a bullseye (on it and gamer comics in general) regardless of the geek boy whining it caused. It doesn't matter how popular something is amongst a certain subculture. If it cant stand up outside of that subculture, it simply isn't that good.


Your sum = misinterpretation

I think what the previous comment was referring to was that reviewers (regardless of what they are reviewing (movies, books, comic books, webcomics)) should read the material before they can make a judgement. For a book, read the whole book. For a movie, read the whole movie. For a webcomic, read ALL of the strips --- don't be lazy and form a judgement by reading only a few. Just clarifying, that's all, and see I didn't get mad about it (like using words like "idiotic").

2004?

Xaviar Xerexes's picture

Thank you for reviving the thread from a review published in January 2004 btw...

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Doesn't matter how old the

Doesn't matter how old the review is. If it's on your site -- it's fair game.

Comixpedia could do a

Comixpedia could do a "weekly annoyance" series on the latest webcomics up for deletion on Wikipedia. A series of shorts, along the lines of the "bus plunge" stories newspapers used to run. (Slate has a good piece on those stories, if you don't know what I'm referring to: http://www.slate.com/id/2152895/nav/tap1/ )

I think there's some risks in creating a time-sink for people prone to annoyance/outrage. (Like the way talk radio riles people up.) On the other hand, it would be interesting to keep tabs on the weekly ebb and flow of webcomics articles, and it wouldn't be too difficult to scan the AfD pages once a week.

I'd like to read about Collectives

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Hell, I'd be happy to write up something about Bomb Shelter Comics, being a member and all, if Comixpedia does do something on that topic. It might be neat to have members of the various collectives write up articles on their groups - maybe even make it a theme for a month - or a year - considering just how many collectives are out there...

Don't hesitate to procrastinate.

Don't hesitate to procrastinate. My brand new comic: http://cain.bombsheltercomics.com

Wide World o' Webcomics

I really want to see something about world webcomics, foreign language webcomics, webcomics in translation.

In the paper comics world, we have to wait for someone to license and import foreign titles. Online, those barriers don't exist. The barriers that DO exist are all language based. That's beginning to change, slowly, as a handful of bilingual fans and creators start to translate works into other languages.

You could look at some of the foreign language webcomic portals (Coconino's World, etc.) interview some creators whose work appears in other languages, interview translators, review some translated Finnish or German or whatever comics (again, I have some links I could suggest), if there are any reviewers on staff who have more than one language under their belts they could take a shot at reviewing an as yet untranslated non-english comic, you could explore stats on how many of which comics are being translated into which languages, etc. LOTS of material there, and I think it could be fascinating.

Dani Atkinson, wandering artist.

Dani Atkinson, wandering artist.

Reviews?

Derik Badman's picture

Maybe more detailed reviews. Perhaps of older comics from Full Story.

I'd like to see a lot more

I'd like to see a lot more articles on how to make better comics, possibly detailing things such as the creative decisions behind page layouts and formats, and organizing content. Heck, the composition inside panels would be a great tutorial since I rarely see comics that have it done very well.

Stories

Digital distribution. With the advent of Steam by Valve, will digital distribution help webcomics, as well as indie filmmakers & music artists?

Mmmmmmm

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Mmmmmm... steam bivalve...

steamed bivalves

Collectives. There are a

Collectives. There are a whole host of collectives, and they have different roles. Some are focused on merchandising, others on advertising/marketing, etc. So, articles about the different roles collectives can fill and which ones are doing what well.

That is a good suggestion,

moovok's picture

That is a good suggestion, cause there's that many out there and it would help with webcomic artists who want to join a collective knowing what there is out there and which ones would be great at joining and which they don't particularly want to join...

I think this is a great idea

mimo's picture

I think this is a great idea and I am keen to see it

A real webcomics census

pclips's picture

I would like someone to take a serious stab at researching how many webcomics titles there are. I don't just mean add up the titles on mass hosts and voting gateways, etc. (Though that would have to be part of the process.) I mean I would like someone who knows statistical sampling to try and make an accurate estimate of all the lower profile titles out there, too.

For example, http://www.xanga.com/minimalcomic is a comic on Xanga with apparently no links to anything you'd consider a webcomics portal. But it has a title and several strips. I'd want to know: about how many sites have at least that much identity and content out there? If someone does a comic strip for their junior high newspaper and scans it and puts it on their MySpace page, I would want them in the estimate.

Sub estimates possible: what percentage are actively updating, what percentage have more than a tiny handful of readers, what percentage have not updated in over a year but are still online, what percentage do their own hosting, etc.

I can think of a lot of things a census could tell us about the field. I'd also love an estimate of the total number of warm bodies on planet Earth who read any webcomic at all.

While interesting, I just

While interesting, I just don't see how this is possible to do with any accuracy.

This is something I've

The William G's picture

This is something I've always wanted to see.


More about the business of

More about the business of webcomics, but from people who actually know what they're talking about. Not the comic creator with 6 readers that gives advice without any practical experience of his own.

Dead Comics Walking

I'd be interested in learning about what happens to old and abandoned webcomics. In print, a copy of something can survive for years in the back of someone's closet. On the web, what happens when someone's old website finally goes down? What happens to the webcomic that in its day had good run but is now disappearing? Does any, perhaps the remaining fans, save them? And what about the future?

And how do current cartoonists see the future? Will we be able to read Narbonic and Sluggy Freelance in thirty years?

Full Story is what you're looking for.

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There is already a repository of completed comics out there. It's called Full Story. You won't find comics that are abandoned mid-story, but any comic that has finished in a graceful fashion is welcome there.

Whether that repository will exist in thirty years is a valid concern, but I'm sure there will be something.

I'd like to know more about the personalities involved in webcomics. It took me forever to learn who that Garrity person was. :) I'm kicking myself for not discovering Kupek earlier. I want a webcomics 'Who's Who'.

(...then I can make it a personal goal to get into it. ;) )

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Full Story isn't a repository

Full Story doesn't actually hold copies of webcomics. It's an index, holding short descriptions of each comic with links to their websites. All it has in the way of graphics is thumbnail pictures.

A repository sounds an interesting idea. Of course, it would need the creators' permission. Archive.org does catch webcomics in its trawl, but I don't think you can rely on it as a complete repository - I've found a lot of missing images when I've tried looking up lost comic and art sites.

Maybe Full Story should add

Joey Manley's picture

Maybe Full Story should add an alternate link to the archive.org version of any given story, just in case the original site ever disappears.

Just a thought.

Joey
www.webcomicsnation.com

That seems like an

Katie Sekelsky's picture

That seems like an interesting project... perhaps trying to create artchives of dead comics that are no longer under their original host. I'm sure something like archive.org would help out with that.

Though, I suppose there's probably also comics out there that were taken down by the creator on purpose, and don't wish them to be resurrected.

-reva- http://www.thinksynch.com

I'd be willing to help in a

Scarybug's picture

I'd be willing to help in a project like this. I know I've got the archive of at least one dead comic, J-Dizzle, Somewhere on a hard-drive. The cartoonist decided that doing a comic while going to lawschool would not be a good idea, but uploaded his archive as a zip so people could grab it before his domain expired.

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I'd be interested in reading

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I'd be interested in reading about: Avant Garde comics, Oubapo, Matt Madden, visual rhyming, photo comics, infinite canvas.

Neil Cohn's contributions are great. I know he's busy, but anything by him would be nice.

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