BUSINESS:Tom Tomorrow's current comic is a funny take on the Internet but a little bitter about the changes waste the Internet is laying to existing business models. Tomorrow and Reuben Bolling are two extremely talented cartoonists that should be able to make it in the Internet world. Maybe they need their own Robert Khoo business guru but if nothing else they ought to talk to Jeff Rowland at Topataco and see what they can do with taking control of their merchandizing opportunities.
We had the Son of Snowpocalypse in Washington DC yesterday. Not all that exciting actually. Also finally saw AVATAR in 3D on Sunday night. (Ain't Mrs X cool to take me to that for Valentines Day?!) Reviews were dead-on; awesome world-building and special effects to carry it off, story was Dances With Wolves With Four Eyes and Gil Slits. All in all, a great movie experience.
MILESTONES:Congrats to Brad Guigar on 10 years of comicking! Brad has had a heck of a decade pioneering this thing we call webcomics and I hope there's lots more to come. In his blog post there's a BIG hint that a full collection of his first strip, Greystone Inn, will be coming to print.
SECRET SCIENCE ALLIANCE ACTIVATE! The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crookby Eleanor Davis won this year's CYBIL award for the graphic novel category. The CYBILs are the Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards. And TCJ posted a four part interview with Eleanor, husband Drew Weing and the rest of the creative crew from the Secret Science Alliance book. Here's part one (with links to part 1 & 2 and part 3 & 4):
REVIEWS:Delos reviews Urban Jungle by David Willborn, "a gag comic which mostly covers cubicle humor but also has geek humor, tech humor, animal humor, pokes fun at comics and talks about issues and culture without being preachy."
So today is the Second Coming? The rumored debut of Apple's oversized iPod has sent the newspaper business into a tizzy but it is potentially VERY interesting to the world of comics. I doubt the first generation of it (if it exists!) will be affordable enough but eventually this could become a serious platform for comics. IF IF IF IF….
BUSINESS Sean Kleefeld comments on a recent story (one in a continuing series apparently) about how "the internet ate my comic" — this story in the Peoria Journal focusing on comments of frustration with the Internet from Julie Larsone, the creaor of the Dinette Set comic.
Got a webcomic? Harvey award nomination ballots are due before midnight, March 27th – you can download from HarveyAwards.org and email a completed ballot to firstname.lastname@example.org. They’ve got a "professional requirement" for participating in nominations but I can’t find any specifics right now on their website other than this:
Nominations for the Harvey Awards are selected exclusively by creators – those who write, draw, ink, letter, color, design, edit or are otherwise involved in a creative capacity in the comics field. The Harvey Awards are the only industry awards both nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals.
The winners are going to be presented on October 10th, 2009 in Baltimore as part of the Baltimore Comic-Con. This year, our Master of Cermonies will be Scott Kurtz of PvP. Last year in the Best Online Comic category, Nicholas Gurewitch won for Perry Bible Fellowship. Full press release after the jump:
Our June issue is going to look at steampunk in webcomics. Our cover art from Klio takes a departure from the traditional Victorian-era imagery of steampunk to imagine an alternate world technologically-advanced Roman empire. Klio’s webcomic, SPQR Blues, however, is not only a rollicking good story but historically accurate.
It’s a strong batch of nominees this year and I recommend folks check them all out. Although they range in subject and approach, they all have very strong writing and art — basically they’re really good. It’s a ways off to Eisner night (Friday, July 25th) but in the meantime why not share with us your prediction on who will win this year’s Digital Comics category (and any other category you’re interested in writing about).