Submitted by Mark Mekkes on June 11, 2006 - 21:39
They're here! The final nominees for the 2006 Web Cartoonists' Choice Awards are announced!
Although the final voting system isn't quite ready yet, this is your opportunity to check out all of the nominees and start discussing them. Then, once the final polls are open, you'll be ready to make informed and researched decisions that guarantee that the best comics will win.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 21, 2006 - 21:32
Scott McCloud plans to visit all 50 states in the union to promote his forthcoming book Making Comics. The madness begins September this year.
Warren Ellis links to some webcomics without comment. I suppose he's implying "go check them out" but one can never assume to much with the old man.
Speaking of print comics, Joey Manley reviews a recent graphic novel from Howard Chaykin titled Challengers of the Unknown.
Also from the Comixpedia blogs:
- Arthur, King of Time and Space hits the two year milestone with its 731st daily update;
- A new podcast from Onezumi.com; and
- Bang Barstal is having a guest art fortnight.
John Allison has been drawing past American presidents for potential (hypothetical?) t-shirts. They're all awesome - although I'm curious as to what he might do with earlier presidents like Abraham Lincoln or Thomas Jefferson.
And I can't remember now if I linked to this post from Bob Byrne from back in January 2006. Titled "Everything I've learned over the past 5 years...." it's a hodgepodge of tips and mantras to keep making comics.
Submitted by kittykatya on May 8, 2006 - 23:43
OK, there are going to be people out there who are going to say, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Hey, Barb Ã¢â‚¬â€œ suck it up and stop whiningÃ¢â‚¬Â, but this is my space so deal with it. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had a few days to think about this since I originally wrote it, so IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve done a small amount of revising. I hope now to have it sound more like Arthur DentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s speaking about Earth being Ã¢â‚¬Å“mostly harmlessÃ¢â‚¬Â.
We (Fragile Gravity, that is) got deleted from the Wikipedia at the end of April for being Ã¢â‚¬Å“non-notableÃ¢â‚¬Â. The reasons given were that we were 1) way low on the Alexa rankings 2) had minimal LJ and forum activity, and 3) were self-published. There were also some growlings about how we have a store link on our site, but that one I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t take seriously; if that were a serious consideration for removal, there would be no webcomics in Wikipedia at all. :) The Wikipedia folks have guidelines and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s their party Ã¢â‚¬â€œ fine and dandy. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not the first webcomic theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve removed and we wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be the last; however, hereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s my personal takes on those choices.
Submitted by The William G on May 2, 2006 - 09:06
As some of you may know, I make a longform webcomic (thanks for clicking). And I'm using the term "longfom" as to mean serialized story comics.
I've been thinking about webcomics, as I always do, and though I'm lacking access to Rob Balder's holy grail of data, I have managed to notice a few things. First off, gag-strips dominate the webcomics. And second off, longform comics don't.
Now, this isn't meant to be a debate over Art vs. Entertainment, nor Quality vs. Quantity. We all know those topics have been done to death, and have no value save their acting as a platform to launch pissing contests.
This is meant to air a thought/ reinvention of the wheel, I had that I think may be discussion-worthy.
Longform comics have no place in what we now know as webcomics.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 5, 2006 - 18:03
Okay we haven't talked about this in awhile so I'm curious as to what folks experiences are at chain and local bookstores these days - how are they treating the comics?
Comixpedia has written about this from time to time (one of Iain Hamp's columns touched on it. I did in the old blog as well. Also Alexander Danner wrote about it in GNR
Bookstores don't have to be captive to direct market practices regarding comics - in fact they've got their own industry practices that do quite well in selling text-only books of all genres and styles. I'm interested in what a good bookstore is doing in selling comics or what a good bookstore should/could be doing.
Years come, and years go. We're looking at the end of another one. And what am I doing as we sit on the cusp of 2006? What else. I look forward.
Submitted by kjc on March 30, 2006 - 11:11
If you know it, please post the exact date your comic started (and the date it ended if it has). Also, include the name of the comic plus a URL for it.
And if you know of the start (and end) date of someone else's comic who doesn't hang out here, by all means provide it.
It's another look back at the webcomics world that was. February was a short month, but jam-packed with news of webcomics busting free of the web itself into print, phones and iPods.
And what does all of this mean for the notion of the webcomic itself?
Submitted by Fabricari on March 9, 2006 - 21:52
What did you do last year that brought you the most traffic?
We tried conventions, advertising, forums, e-mails, begging... Banner ads and trolling the forums still seem to be the best bet for Adam and I.
How about you?
Submitted by joshl. on February 15, 2006 - 01:07
The first volume will contain the first 122 comics. Josh has started taking preorders for the book on the evening of Feb. 12, and in two days it has gotten over 100 preorders.