Stephen McCranie created a bit of ComixTalk fan art, thanks Stephen! Be sure to check out his comic Mal and Chad a really well drawn comic.
Congrats to the Penny Arcade duo for being included in Time's Top 100 list this year. Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins are a true American dream story — doing what they love and creating success with it.
BleedingCool.com reports that the Atlantic Centre For The Arts in Florida is offering a residency as Associate Artist for a comic book creator in October, under master artists THB creator Paul Pope, Blankets author Craig Thompson or manga creator Svetlana Chmakova. Wow, for almost any aspiring comics creator this seems like taking a PhD course.
FROM THE MAILBAG: Al Schroeder writes: After two years and ten zillion cameos and interdimensional tomfoolery, the group webcomic CROSSOVERLORD, featuring superheroes from seven different webcomics, reaches the climax of its storyline. After this, only four or five more strips to go!
I think I've mentioned it before but whatever compulsion I might have once had to share with you every scrap of webcomic-related stuff… well I ain't feeling it. So it's great that others are taking care of it and this week you can't go wrong with this round up of webcomic reviews, interviews and stories from Brigid Alverson's Paperless Comics.
SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT THE NEW NEW ECONOMY: Tom Spurgeon writes about Julie Larson's decision to move from a deal with Creator's Syndicate to self-syndication. You really can't extrapolate much from a story that includes one newspaper comic (Larson's) and one webcomic (Apokalips) as the basis for discussion. I feel bad for folks like Larson who are stuggling with the double whammy of tectonic shifts in technology and a bum economy. But I also think it's annoying and self-defeating to write about how the Internet is killing everything. The Internet is part of the environment now. It's the least-cost, most effective publishing tool ever invented — when before in history has ANYONE been able to potentially reach EVERYONE on the planet at the minimal costs needed to put up a website? That fact is AWESOME and no one in their right mind would trade it away for preservation of past pratices.
The other thing to keep in mind is that there used to be certain channels of content that we consumed because it was there in a format that required us to read/watch/listen to it on the format's terms. That's going, going, gone. Watch teevee when it's scheduled? Nope, TIVO. Listen to radio live? Nope, not if you don't want to – podcast, iTunes, etc. Read the daily comics in the morning at breakfast? Nope, even newspaper comics are ARCHIVED and available on the web. I can see it in my kids' habits. I used to come to the content in a lot of cases… for my kids all content is a library. They watch/listen/read their favorites — it's RARE that they ever engage with content because it's there. What does that mean? I'd bet a lot of things, but one thing that seems obvious is that FAVORITES will win an even bigger share of whatever new business models sustain creators. If in the past it made sense to appeal to the largest audience possible (which often meant a softening and blanding up of material) to get into the newspaper, I think creators have to understand that's probably a really BAD strategy now.
This weekend, it's the 6th edition of the live art smackdown show: Super Art Fight 6 (read that in Kermit the Frog's excited announcer voice). There's always been a webcomic presence at these events and no exception this time:
Main Event: Michael Bracco (Champion) vs. Jamie Baldwin (Challenger)
#1 Contenders Match: Nick “Ghostfreehood” Borkowicz vs. Garth Graham
Generational Warfare – Rookie vs. Veteran: Kelsey Wailes vs. Jami “Angry Zen Master” Noguchi
4-Way Battle Royale: Chris “Impact” Impink vs. Joe Dunn vs. Bryan Prindiville vs. Chelsea Grose
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. Continue Reading →
A little whining first – after seemingly getting my server issues resolved my home router dies last Friday. I’ve tried a couple but both have had issues with the equipment I need to connect to it. Anyone have a good experience with a recent brand/model of wireless/wired router?
Piro (Megatokyo) mentions today that "my deadline to finish everything for book 4 is thursday, so i’m going to have to miss a few comics in order to even have a hope of hitting it. I’m knee deep in the ‘rewound’ version of ‘circuity’, and here is a preview of what some of it is looking like." And here is that preview.
This post from the Technorati guy Dave Sifry is an snapshot of the blogosphere based on data from that site. Basically it’s the kind of data I wish I could track for webcomics but for lots of reasons it’s not as easy to do that for webcomics as it is for blogs.
Also, thanks to the folks who did email me about the server mess yesterday. As far as I can tell right now it went down for no reason and came back up for no reason. Someone suggested a DOS attack as a possibility. If I can grab a few minutes as lunch I’ll email more details to the kind folks who contacted me and see if they have any better ideas on what happened.
I’ve got a new calendar system working here at Comixpedia.com. Please submit conventions, online events and local meetups to it. It’s very straightforward – when logged in, click on create content (upper right-hand side, under your username) and then choose EVENT.
Fill in all of the relevent detail in the box (especially the website URL if available) and then add in the start and end date/times for the event.