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Cross-overs, cameos and guest art.

Cameo Content

I think Jacques has a crush on Dumbrella...

Guest Art Golazzo!

James Turner picked a guest artist for his webcomic Beaver & Steve today.  It was fun to see all of the various interpretations of Turner's script.  There were a lot of good entries -- some of my favorites didn't even merit runner-up status for Turner, including entries from Danny Burleson, Dave Wright, Jean Thebe, and Scott Wright.  If it had been up to me I would have picked Drew Mokris' entry as the winner but Turner's choice from Dan Woodhouse is pretty cool too.  (Pictured at right is my entry which, deservedly, DID not win.)

The other guest art event going on is Scary Go Round's Feats Of Strength.  Creator John Allison wrote earlier this week that he "had some very creative and inventive entries but don't feel that this thing has been won yet by any means."  I did a comic for this, but I felt like I rushed parts of it.  

Guest Week At Sheldon

Oobla-dey-dah-o!  It's guest week at Dave Kellet's Sheldon with Kris Straub and today David Malki! taking the reins so far.

Forget It Jake, That's Webcomic Town...

THE OPINIONATER The Daily Cartoonist reports that syndicated editorial cartoonist Matt Bors is creating a bi-weekly comic called Civil Discourse for the ACLU website.  I have no idea how many editorial cartoonists are running comics (original or re-purposed) on non-traditional sites but it seems like it might have potential.  A lot of groups (whether partisan or non-partisan) should have the budget to pay a reasonable fee for such comics -- the benefit to them being promotion of their message or increased recruitment (via more traffic to their website).  Of course unlike a "neutral" newspaper I imagine fitting the comic to the organization is a more subjective proposition, but there are organizations of all persuasions out there. GUEST ARTIST MAYHEMMike Rouse-Deane has created a webcomic project/fundraiser for Make-A-Wish called the Guest Strip Project.  It's sort of a "always guest comics" comic.  Should be interesting to check out and of course, it's for a good cause.

Schlock Mercenary: 1, Starslip Crisis: 0

Round 1 of the Starslip Crisis crossover Alterverse War is heating up, with the Steel Duck from Melonpool taken captive even as the Touch-And-Go from Schlock Mercenary pummels the museum ship Fuseli after a devastating plasma salvo. With its primary starslip arch destroyed, will the Fuseli be able to defeat a ship whose shields can withstand a star going nova?!

The Alterverse War is a crossover event involving more than thirty sci-fi webcomics. Even though I'm writing it, I'm using fanboy logic and stats provided by the participating webcartoonists to make the fights as fair (if there is such a thing) as possible. With all the other high-powered entrants in the game, Starslip Crisis may not (probably won't) come out on top!

Check it out every Saturday at Starslip Crisis!

Wikipedia-Free News & Views For Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Before I get to today's news & views -- don't forget we had three new articles published in the magazine this week:

  • Terrence Marks interviews married creators, Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier. This is actually the first in a series of five such interviews we'll be publishing this month.
  • New columnist Brigid Alverson covers five short story web manga this month in Small Packages.
  • Bryant Paul Johnson returns with another installment of his historically accurate series at Comixpedia: The Antecedent.
  • And of course a big thanks to Meghan Murphy of Kawaii Not for doing this month's cover art.





Toonists in Tampa?

My wife and I are relocating to Tampa, FL in a few short weeks. I'm truly hoping I don't have to put The PC Weenies on hiatus, so I'm actively seeking guest-artists to fill in the gaping void and help us in our time of need. If you're interested in submitting a PCW guest-toon (it has to be a one-panel, 432 x 504 pixel sized drawing - family friendly), please let me know.

My Eternal Spite for the Major Comics Syndicates

The following is a post I made on a friend's LiveJournal (the great filker legend, Tom Smith, in fact). He created a topic to list our favorite mainstream syndicated comic strips, with a separate thread to follow about webcomics. This raised my eyebrow and potentially my hackles, but led to my articulating why I hate the Major Comics Syndicates with a white-hot passion. Seemed worth cross-posting here...

Monday News

John Allison drops that he's working on the fourth SGR book.  It's also guest week at Scary Go Round.

URL Fan is kind of a cool site.  You can ego-surf it, check out related sites, and compare competitors.

I don't know if Jeph Jacques is cool with this or not, but these are nifty little QC icons

And I hope I'm not interpreting this post out of context (I don't read Ironychan's LJ) but just all by itself it's a pretty funny (yet sadly true) comment on the webcomic experience.

Speaking of Live Journals, blogs, etc., the primary way I keep up with webcomic news (other than a few search engines) is through RSS feeds.  If you're writing about webcomics (even just hyping your own) and you have an RSS feed I'd be happy to add it to my morning list.  Post it here if you want and I'll check it out. 

Late Night News Update

Another milestone: Kris Straub's guest comic is the 500 installment of Zach Miller's Joe and Monkey webcomic.  Straub also mentions that Miller's book Totally Boned is up for one of Lulu's Blooker prizes. (Erik wrote about the Blookers last October.)

Not a webcomic but kind of internet-y funny: Subservient Donald.  I'd like to see Subservient Skull or Subservient Clango or something.

The Great Outdoor Fight - wow, that's really hard to describe.  But I always have a hard time describing Achewood.  It's just... AchewoodTim Tylor blogged earlier about the wiki a fan set up for this storyline.

Fleen also has more questions with Dave Kellett (Sheldon) on syndication and newspaper comics.

And Fleen also catches that Sylvan Migdal wrapped up Ascent today.