Fleen interviews Dave Kellett (syndicated creator of Sheldon). Fleen also wrote recently about Kellett’s latest print collection of Sheldon comics.
Eric Burns is commenting on the kissing and the hair at Shortpacked. Creator David Willis apparently has included Eric and Wednesday White in the current story arc.
The Outer Circle celebrates it one year anniversary with a week of guest strips from Ali Graham (HOUSD), David Buist (Taking the Bi-pass), Tyson Smith (Pirate and Alien), Frank Page (Bob the Squirrel), Joe Dunn (Joe Loves Crappy Movies) and d!o (John & John) among others.
Joe Zabel has a new article up at the Webcomics Examiner exploring a theory of introverted and extroverted webcomics.
The Comics Worth Reading blog recommends checking out Spark-Tower Wilson’s Silent Song by Jeff Coleman and Stephen Greenwood-Hyde. CWR notes that "it’s cool that they’ve captured the texture of paper underneath the art" and points to this interview with the creators as well.
Digital Strips notes that Keven Volo (creator of PixelSrips) has taken on the daunting task of putting together an eBook on how to market a webcomic dubbed "Marketing Your Comic"Â”. Many artists and creators are using the web to get their work out there. They create something, they build a site and upload all of it, and wait. Just because you post your work, doesn’t mean they will come. Part one of "Â“Marketing Your Comic"Â” is out now as a free download at his website.
Webcomics collective, Hyena Comics which includes Taking the Bi-Pass, Bob the Squirrel, and Bored and Evil is currently looking for additional webcomic(s) to join. If you are interested, visit and submit your webcomic for consideration.
Boot_Error released it’s first book which collects the first 102 webcomics and includes a 12 part exclusive storyline entitled "The Case Of The Missing Panda". For more details, visit this page.
Joanna Estep writes about timing in comics at Newsarama. Scott McCloud links to it this morning noting it’s “right up my alley, obviously.” It’s an interesting piece with a theory of how real time and “imagined time” work together when reading panels. Continue Reading
We should have a couple more articles for the magazine posted tonight. Comixpedia is important to me, but I take my President’s Day holiday weekend seriously…
Phil Kahn has an interesting breakdown of an unconventional “panel” layout in a recent Gossamer Commons.
Fleen takes a look at Penny Arcade’s latest print venture, Attack of the Bacon Robots and focuses on the Afterword in which Tycho writes about “webcomics” and from the excerpt, it sounds very much like what Tycho has previously written online. Which is neither here nor there really. Maybe next Fleen will get around to reviewing the, ya know, actual cartoons in AOTBR…?
Interesting post on “flowchart art and comics” that cites work by Scott McCloud, Patrick Farley, Chris Ware and Craig Robinson. Continue Reading
A new essay is posted on the differences in spatial representation between Japanese manga and American comics at Emaki.net. Also new is a blog for extended thoughts on comic theory and the projects of Neil Cohn. Continue Reading
This is a cool innovation. The newly renamed More Fun (now called Smithson) has a new episode up that has a “drag” navigation, somewhat like you can do with a PDF in Adobe Reader. Now do I want to have to read all of my webcomics this way? No but it’s a great idea and it certainly gave me a feeling of holding the webcomic in my hands which, when you think about it, is a neat trick. Continue Reading
One of the most famous theories that Scott McCloud set forth in Understanding Comics was that of "closure." He stated that this was the phenomenon by which people's minds "fill in" what occurs between two comic panels. Now, in other writings of mine, I've argued that any linear panel-to-panel explanation of how people understand sequences of images has multiple problems. However, in this piece, I'd like to take aim at one particular example of McCloud's and use it to illuminate a broader phenomenon that occurs in both visual and verbal expression. Continue Reading
Two new essays on comic theory are posted at Emaki Productions. The first looks at the varying sizes of “visual lexical items” found in the comic medium – exploring things like the role of the panel and multi-panel patterns. The second delves into various techniques like metaphor that are used to create meaning in a series of comic strips put out recently by the Chicago Tribune. Continue Reading
A new essay on the relationship of writing systems to graphic signs and symbols is posted online at the Emaki Productions website.
This essay challenges the common classifcation between “sound” and “idea” based writing systems. I argue that all graphic signs lie on a continuum, which begs for reconsidering the conception of their invention, the nature of their relationship to other visual signs, and the universality of the category of “writing” in the first place. Continue Reading
For our June 13th issue, The Webcomics Examiner is conducting an essay contest called The Triangulation Challenge. The object of the contest is to inspire new ideas about webcomic art; it’s not intended to be taken seriously.