I’m back from India! Happy holidays to all of you (including all of you Pastafarians too!)
- Our End-of-the-Year roundtable featuring some of the best comics journalists and bloggers on the Internet is up on the site. It’s a great wide-ranging discussion of good webcomics, interesting business developments and predictions for 2008.
- We’ve got an interiew with Matt Melvin of the uber-popular webcomic Cyanide and Happiness.
- We’re still looking for questions for our upcoming community interview with the members of the Blank Label Comics collective. Post your questions in comments to this thread.
- Don’t forget to check out our advertisers – current sponsors include the Learn to Draw the Human Figure anatomy course, Mary Janice Davidson’s latest book Swimming Without a Net and The Webcomic Beacon podcast.
DEAD TREES AHOY!
- The New York Times has an article on how some webcomics are creating solid sales in print and includes mention of Diary of A Wimpy Kid and Shooting War. Brian Fries, the creator of Mom’s Cancer offers his response to the article. Fies argues that Mom’s Cancer (which is not named in the Times article) was one of the first webcomics to cross-over to print. He could be right (although once he got a print deal he took Mom’s Cancer off the web so his approach was different than these other examples), anyone want to offer a counter-example?
- Instructions on submissions for nominations for the Eisners are here – the deadline is March 14, 2008. For webcomics there is a separate set of instructions:
Entries are also being accepted for the category of best webcomic. This category is open to any new, professionally produced long-form original comics work posted online in 2007. Webcomics must have a unique domain name or be part of a larger comics community to be considered. The work must be online-exclusive for a significant period prior to being collected in print form. The URL and any necessary access information should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
JUSTIFY MY HYPE
- Pretty interesting interview with Colonel Sweeto himself, Nick Gurewitch.
- CBR has a zaftig interview with Tycho himself, Jerry Holkins.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- Gary notes that Brian Warmoth is leaving Wizard magazine. Warmoth did the Cursory Conversations series of interviews with webcomic creators and with his departure I wonder if anyone is still around at Wizard that is interested in webcomics.
- Lots of webcomics show up in Time’s Graphic Novels of 2007 article. One shows up in USA Today’s list.
- Broken Frontier takes a look at Phoenix Requiem, the new webcomic from Sarah Ellerton (creator of Inverloch).
- T Campbell argues for including PostSecret and I Can Haz Cheezburger? within "comics".
- Neil Cohn has an essay on the structure of manga.