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The Diaz Codak

Aaron Diaz's Dresden Codak is an inventive swirl of science and supposition.  The writing is fantastic speculative fiction all on its own but it's complemented by Diaz's damn impressive artwork.  ComixTalk had a review of the comic earlier this year, I caught up with the creator for an interview by email for this month's issue.

Webcomic Wire - 4/23/08

Drawn from resources that look sooo big from down here…

The reality of depending on ‘1000 True Fans’, a follow up piece by Kevin Kelly.
Galleycat has an interesting post about NYCC. 
CBR has an interview with Achewood creator Chris Onstad.
Content Digital has an interview with Kelly Price from ComicGenesis. 
Voting has begun for the Eagle Awards. Nominees are [...]

Save Our Erin (Winters)

On his blog, John Allison (Scary Go Round) mentioned that there was one character that he was never, ever going to bring back. That character was none other than Shelley Winters’ mousy little sister, Erin Winters.

Now I’m not usually a fan of sad sack characters. To me, they’re too spineless to be sympathetic. They’re victims of their own pathetic sense of self loathing. I’m not a big fan of Achewood’s Roast Beef, Homestar Runner’s Strong Sad, or that stick figure guy in xkcd.

But you know what? I really liked Erin.  (click here to read El Santo's full blog post)

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.

Monday's Webcomic Wonderland


New interviews -- one with manga publisher Seven Seas and one with T Campbell.


Tom Spurgeon is collecting information on various comic "scenes" across the North American continent and he's looking for help.


The Glyph Comic Award nominees are out.


A comprehensive overview of Steve Purcell's long-running (but infrequently updated) Sam & Max comics.  Purcell won last year's Eisner for Best Digital Comic.

Comics Worth Reading links to Ten Doctors, a Who fan comic starring all of the Doctor Whos.


Dark Horse announced more print collections of webcomics including Wondermark and Achewood.


Two ways to pierce the veil of Garfield: Garfield Without Garfield and Arbuckle.

(Around) This Day in ComixTALK






WCCA 2008 Nominees Are Out

The nominees for this year's WCCAs were released this past Sunday (sadly without any fanfare, or press release... again). But lots of interesting choices (and good links to comics!):

Achewood by Chris Onstaad
Girl Genius by Phil and Kaja Foglio
Gunnerkrigg Court by Tom Siddell
Perry Bible Fellowship by Nicholas Gurewitch
The Phoenix Requiem by Sarah Ellerton

ComixTalk's People Of Webcomics List For 2007

And now... the fourth annual People Of Webcomics list! I'll be the first to admit that this list gets harder and harder to compile as the lines between "webcomics" and just plain "comics" blurs harder than a greasy windshield in the middle of a West Texas downpour. Plus as publishing comics on the web and other digital formats becomes more commonplace it gets harder and harder to find those "firsts" that take comics in new directions whether artistic, technical or businesss-oriented.

The ComixTalk End of 2007 Roundtable

Our third annual virtual round table on the year in webcomics features comments from Gary Tyrrell, Dirk Deppey, Tom Spurgeon, Heidi MacDonald, Brigid Alverson, Derik A Badman, Reinder Dijkhuis, and JT Shea and Scott Gallatin.


I can't help wondering why more webcomics don't have permalinks for the current strip. They seem quite rare, but they strike me as filling a pretty clear need. Without them there aren't any really user-friendly ways of linking to an interesting current episode from a blog or forum, and so comics are bound to lose some potential inlinks and readers. Achewood provides them, but I can't think of any others offhand. I'm wondering if there's any technical reason they're not provided more.