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From GURL to IGNATZ: Tracy White Talks TRACED

Tracy White is a pioneer of webcomics.  Although she may not be as well known as James Kochalka and his American Elf series, Tracy's TRACED is an equally powerful set of stories about self that marks out a unique piece of journal comic territory.  From working on the early website GURL.com to being named one of Scott McCloud's personal top twenty webcartoonists, (and from our archives: Tracy did the cover art for one of our earliest covers in August 2003) to more recently receiving a nomination for Best Online Comic at this year's Ignatz Awards, Tracy's work has had a consistently interesting and moving presence in webcomics.

Webcomic Wire - 9/26/08

Drawn from sources all over the strange but wonderful series of tubes…

2008 Ignatz Award Nominations

As FLEEN reported yesterday, the Ignatz Award nominations have been announced, and the nominations for the Online Comic category are:

In Search of the Best Web Comics

I've been trying to build up a list of the best web comics for my RSS aggregator.

So far, I'm subscribing to the following:

 

 

Neat

TRACED has been nominated for an IGNATZ award
Neat! yeah an odd word choice but neat is the first word that popped into my mind (from which corner of my brain I know not). Anyway very happy to be considered.
The other nominees are:
Achewood, Chris Onstad
Danny Dutch, David King
Slow Wave, Jesse Reklaw
Thingpart, Joey Sayers
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Webcomics are serious business

Webcomic Wire - 9/11/08

Drawn from sources all over the multi-verse…

  • Entrepreneur.com has a profile of Chris Onstad’s comic Achewood and webcomics as business model.
  • News-a-rama has a story about micropayments.
  • Webcomic Overlook gives Chainsawsuit a One Punch Review.
  • CBR interviews Danielle Corsetto.
  • ComixTalk reports about the new site design of the webcomic Stupid and Insane Defenders Against Chaos. Xerexes also has a nice roundup of the Platinum/Wowio news and Publishers Weekly has a good article about it too.
  • Free file hosting until 2038, you have to sign up for this promo offer by Sept. 15th.
  • Want to put money away for a short term goal like buying a Cintique? SmartyPig allows you to open a savings account to do just that and it’s FDIC insured. 
  • Steake and Kidney-Punch by Liz Greenfield is the latest to appear on Dark Horse’s online spotlight for new talent.
  • The Floating Lightbulb has a post about your morale and putting the polish on yoru webcomic.
  • Brinkerhoff – Pocket Full of Brink – Volume 2 is now available on Lulu. 
 Reported by Michael Moss.

You Can Put Lipstick on a Webcomic, But...

INTERVIEWS
CBR talks with Danielle Corsetto, the creator of the damn-funny Girls With Slingshots.

REVIEWS
I wrote a recent review of Faith Erin Hicks' graphic novel Zombies Calling and completely missed some visual storytelling involved in the "infection" and some other bits about the main characters.  Over at the SLG blog, editor Jennifer deGuzman shows me the light!

GIMME THE GIMMICK!
For all I know this will be a really good webcomic.  After all it's been "more than ten years in development.".  But the press release is stressing that the new comic from Kelly J. Compeau, The Black Tower, is "an ad-supported interactive webcomic series targeted at environmentally conscious teens and adults."  Oh it gets better.  Let me just snip from the press release:

What's unique about this project is the interactive element, a first in the comics industry. Every issue of "The Black Tower" will be made available online...  with clickable links to product placement advertisers, music videos and YouTube/MySpacetv shorts (live-action extensions of the comic book), Wikipedia pages and internal Black Tower factoid/who's-who webpages, to help new readers get up-to-speed on what's going on. There will also be links to fully functional faux websites seen being accessed by characters in the webcomic, and blogs written "in character", with comments posted by devoted fans who choose to play along with the charade. All readers have to do to access these special features (Easter eggs) is roll their mouse over the panel featuring the "Interactive Icon" (the little black & white X in the bottom corner of the pic) and they'll be taken to a website that may feature the product shown in that panel, or it may take them to a music video for the band featured in that panel, or a character's MySpace page etc. If the comics do exceptionally well over the first two of its expected six-year run, Compeau hopes to expand "The Black Tower" empire by launching a video game companion, paperback novels, action figures, board games, trading cards, toy props & weapons, posters, calendars, and a clothing & jewelry line, among other things.

In all seriousness, this could be a lot of fun but oy that press release is not helping...

I May Be the Mayor of Webcomicton

DARK HORSE PRESENTS
Wow - The Dark Horse presents on MySpace this month kicks all kinds of sass: Nothing Nice to Say by Mitch Clem, Achewood by Chris Onstand, Beanworld by Larry Marder, and new stuff from Liz Greenfield: Steak and Kidney Punch.

INTERVIEWS
Jennifer Contino interviews Jessica Hickman the artist on Otis Frampton's Oddly Normal.

Rick Marshall interviews Bernie Hou of Alien Loves Predator -- now working on a new webcomic If You See Something.

I AM NOT WRITING ABOUT SKULLS, RED OR OTHERWISE

JUSTIFY MY HYPE
Boom Studios is putting up more of its comics as webcomics on its site.

BUSINESS
Neil Gaiman has a writeup of the positive results of his recent free experiment putting his novel American Gods (quite good btw!) online for awhile -- sales of his books at independent bookseller were up considerably.  Techdirt also has a post on the wider trend of publishers trying out the free ebooks strategy.  Some of this is validation for the free model of webcomics but there are also wrinkles to be learned from the experiments of text publishers.  In part, I'm interested myself in seeing how publishers, as opposed to creators navigate free and for-sale.

POLITICS
I know there's some hubbub about a swing and a miss cover to the New Yorker (speaking of which Reuben Bolling did a much better take on that satirical idea); forget that, the real story is the New Yorker's interview with Chris Onstad of Achewood.

TOOLS
You can read comics on the iphone.  In Japan,  software company Celsys is pushing the iphone for reading manga.