Submitted by Zabel on June 13, 2005 - 16:06
The search for a Grand Theory of Webcomics prompts essay contestants Alexander Danner, Brandy Danner, Steven Withrow, Tym Godek, Eric Burns, Shaenon Garrity, Rob Balder, Welton Colbert, Ryan Estrada, and Joe Zabel to consider 27 webcomics from uniquely skewed perspectives, in the latest issue of The Webcomics Examiner.
Feeding Snarky on The Funny.
This is "the Funny issue" of Comixpedia, and that's a good excuse to talk about a question that gets asked of me a lot, these days. "Gosh, Eric," the questioner asks -- said questioner apparently having just bussed in from a Hollywood version of 1952 -- "what makes a funny comic strip... you know... funny?"
Submitted by Wednesday Burns-White on December 18, 2004 - 19:03
I keep up with most of the Achewood blogs on a regular basis. The perennially hateful Pat threatens to lose me with his hair-trigger bitterness, but he manages to go over the top and win me over by the end of each post. (I'm sure he'd block me if I reacted poorly, anyhow, especially given his feelings towards women.)
bOINGbOING cited an LAist post today which made me wonder: is Pat distracting himself from his guilt over shooting Cornelius by threatening the drivers of inappropriately parked cars? The Beverly Hills note is especially telling.(He would use the same template as the SF blog, too. Sigh.)
The Collective Convective
Keenspot and Modern Tales were Big Pandaâ€™s most influential descendants, at least as of late 2004. But they were far from the only ones. As the number of webcomics continued to grow, the formation of collectives became as easy as the joining of bubbles in a bathtub. And like bubbles, they defied attempts to keep track of them all.
But categories began to emerge: (1) dropdowns, (2) kaffeeklatches, (3) showcase hosts (closed and open), (4) subscription sites, and (5) one pay-per-view store.
These collectives are worth studying, both in success and in failure, for every success shows where webcomics may be heading and where they may not be heading.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 16, 2004 - 10:59
Here's a question - name someone you thought made a big impact in webcomics this year - either artistically, in business or any other way you think was important. It could be because of something the person did this year alone or it could be of things they kept on doing.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 7, 2004 - 11:54
From The Comics Reporter comes news that Achewood by Chris Onstad has canceled its deal with the Checker Book Publishing Group. (Although Checker Book still has a prominent link on its website to the book and a full page that apparently allows one to preorder the book.)
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 18, 2004 - 11:39
4 Color Review presents an an Interview with Chris Onstad who creates Achewood.
4CR also more recently interviewed John Allison who creates Scary Go Round.
NOTE: I'm all for the merchandizing, but aren't these items at the 4 Color Review "store" all blatant copyright violations? Or do they have permission from Marvel and DC to sell them? Just curious... UPDATE - Stephen Gerding wrote to me that all of the stuff in the 4CR store is kosher and legal.
Submitted by Duncanzits on September 18, 2004 - 01:01
Hi folks, I just started up my online comic at http://www.likeanepisodeof.com
A little about myself:
I use to be a news reporter and interviewer at toonzone.net back when I was in high school, then went off to college and have pitched a few shows to Cartoon Network and am interested in working with them someday. I like Penny Arcade, White Ninja, Achewood, blah, blah blah.
Submitted by michaelwhitney on August 13, 2004 - 15:11
There's a new interview with the creator of Achewood, Chris Onstad, where he talks a little bit about adapting to fan (and detractor) interaction:
You get used to hate mail and love mail and smart mail and thoughtful mail and kid mail and all of that. You develop a crucial thick skin. I doubt Keith Richards gets pissed off when people say he's ugly, to him that's just ambient noise. I'm used to people saying that Achewood is horrible, but I'm also used to people who write in to Ray's advice column with genuinely traumatic personal problems that they shouldn't be asking a cartoon cat.
Anyone who's fielded a lot of feedback email can probably attest to the truth of that. When your inbox gets pounded every day with love, hate and just plain ham-handed pleas for attention, you have to develop a sort of detachment over time or you'll have a nervous breakdown.
Jeph Jacques is the author of Questionable Content â€“ a Web comic about a frustrated music nerd named Marten, his walking-and-talking PC named Pintsize, and his mysterious roommate Faye. Itâ€™s about finding a purpose in life, indie rock, and drinking with friends.
Jeph, 24, is originally from the town of Rockville, Maryland. After graduating from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts with a bachelorâ€™s degree in music, Jeph has settled in Northampton, Massachusetts with his girlfriend.