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Some Jibba Jabba With Webcomics' Own Mr. T

I've known T Campbell for a number of years now and we used to kid that he's the hardest working man in webcomics but there's definitely a kernal of truth to that.  This guy writes a lot of webcomics and than he goes out and writes about webcomics as well.  And although he's no longer local to my neck of Virginia and no longer writes for ComixTALK  I thought it would make a good interview to catch up with him as we barrel on into 2008. 

If you haven't run into T before, well, his webcomic projects include Fans, Penny and Aggie, Search Engine Funnies, Rip and Teri, and Cool Cat Studio.  He's got another one out just now called Sketchies (with co-writer Phil Kahn and art ist Ryan Estrada).  He wrote for ComixTALK before writing for other sites as well as turning his History of Online Comics series into a book.  He also spent a number of years editing the action webcomic anthology site Graphic Smash.

Girls and Boys

Do computer games prompt violence in the player? I don't know, but I sure do know I looooooove it when the main character in Assassin's Creed goes flying through the air and STABS SOMEONE THROUGH THE THROAT. Makes me want to go do that. It's just so awesome and dramatic. And stabby. *stabs*

Haven't felt much like blogging lately. Haven't felt much like anything, except perhaps a large blob shaped ... blob.

New Li'l Mell and Smithson!

Li'l Mell's up, a day late but still rad. Neil draws some great rage.

Aaaand there's a new Smithson! With caring and sharing.

New Li'l Mell and Smithson!

Li'l Mell's up, a day late but still rad. Neil draws some great rage.

Aaaand there's a new Smithson! With caring and sharing.

Also, I hope you didn't miss this week's Chronicles of William Bazillion, featuring the continually unfolding horrors of the Doomsday Seed Project in Svarbald.

Return of the Wiki

It looks like is really picking up steam -- adding articles at a much healthier rate. (You, yes you well-informed ComixTalk reader, should add something to an entry there)

I've had some recent discussions about Wikipedia again and I am trying to recall some of the more outrageous deletions of notable webcomics entries from Wikipedia. I definitely recall the back and forth circus over Girly, the ridiculous effort to delete Ted Rall's anthology of webcomic creators: Attitude 3, Kris Straub's "experiment" in Wikipedia deletion follies, FLEEN's explanation of "notability logic" in action, and Terrence Marks wrote a post listing a large number of deleted entries. Hey let's even throw in there the fact that the entry for Comixtalk itself got deleted.

If there are any other good examples of notable webcomics being actually deleted or subjected to a tortuous deletion review please post a link or a summary here. I'm not trying to resurrect the angst of earlier times but there are folks inside the Emerald City of Wiki-land who are trying to bring some sanity to the deletion process and are looking for help in compiling evidence.

Stumptown Comics Fest 2007

The Stumptown Comics Fest will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 - 30, from 10 AM - 6 PM, at the Lloyd Center Doubletree in Portland, Oregon. Admission is $5 at the door.

Special guests include Matt Wagner, Carol Lay, Peter Bagge, Shaenon Garrity, Mike & Laura Allred, Sarah Oleksyk, and Ted Rall. More details at the website:



Top Webcomic Pages At the Comixpedia Encyclopedia

Most "popular" pages about webcomics visited at Comixpedia: 

Girly Returns In Glorious COLOR

On July 19th, after a three-month hiatus, Girly has returned with comic #504. With this, Josh has changed his comic around a bit so that it is now in a wider and larger format, and in full-color!

In chapter Chapter 12, Winter and Otra, stuck on the dangerous peaks of the Valley of Sweet Peril, find themselves reminiscing about past events that led them to where they were today. Yes, it's a much-needed recap episode, but along with bringing new readers up to speed, it promises to reveal many new things to the regular readers as well, including more about the past lives of Winter and Otra, and what their friends have been up to since their recent battle against the Shadowy Guys.

Unlike previous Chapters, 12 will be presented in a wide format and in vibrant colors. Josh stuck with the thin, extremely vertical format of the comic for over 500 strips, but felt that was enough, since it was beginning to stifle his layouts and crowd things a bit. The larger pages will allow for a lot more breathing room, and along with the colors, it has reportedly sent Josh on one of his most artistic highs ever. The comic was scheduled to return August 2, but it went up early.

The trade-off for the new format is that it's now impossible for the comic to update three times a week. Josh is shooting for a weekly schedule, and due to the upcoming San Diego convention, semi-regular updates probably won't officially begin until around the first week of August, but he's sure his readers will understand. On the other hand, with the aforementioned artistic high, who knows!

Josh has been drawing webcomics since 1998. Girly is his longest-running series. Read it at

No More "Webcomics" Suck Stories Please

I just saw a draft article from someone (not intended for Comixpedia I think - just something someone was looking for feedback on) which was basically the proverbial "straw that broke the camel's back" for me.

I'm sure you've seen the gist of this proposed article in countless posts for almost as long as there's been comics posted on the web:

  • Webcomics (or most of 'em) are crap;
  • The Webcomics Community (or some sub-set of people making webcomics, reading webcomics, commenting on webcomics, etc) is crap;
  • There's no such thing as webcomics - everything's comics;
  • People in "webcomics" are too focused on "webcomics" and not the "outside" world; and

Well, that probably covers the broad themes of such rants. Let's just think about these points for a second (click "read more" to read on!):

Thursday, Muddy Thursday, And the Battle's Just Begun! (UPDATED)