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Infinite Typewriters... while supplies last...


My friend, Jonathan Rosenberg, is announcing pre-orders for his new Goats graphic novel, Infinite Typewriters." From the press release:

Bring Me The Webcomic of Alfredo Garcia

Happy Birthday Box Brown!

INTERVIEWS
Faith Erin Hicks of Ice and The War At Ellsmere!
Gina Biggs of Red String!
Art Spiegelman of Maus!

TOOLS
Both Brigid Alverson and Brian Alvey have posts about the new larger size (but still no support for color) Kindle DX.

Dead Trees
Jon Rosenberg's book, Goats: Infinite Typewriters, is available for pre-order.  It come out June 23rd.

Webcomic Beacon #71 - DrunkDuck!

Webcomic Beacon #71 - DrunkDuck!:  Skool Munkee (Drunk Duck profile) and Black Kitty (Acrylic Moon) join Fes and Mark to discuss the Drunk Druck webcomics community (Tanya is away this week).  This week we set our Impressions on Road Crew and Strange Ways. We would also like to Spotlight: Dawn of time and Thorn!

DRAFT List of 100 Greatest Webcomics: Comedy and Drama

Last year I posted a couple times (Previous posts on this "research" project were here and here) about a possible article on "ComixTALK's 100 Greatest Webcomics" which would be something like the American Film Institute's list of the greatest movies of the last 100 years.

A recurring comment to the previous two posts was what is the criteria for this.  I'm always a little hesitant to give too much guidance when part of the point of asking this kind of thing out loud is to listen to the resulting discussion of what everyone else thinks the criteria should be.  For the AFI list judges picked films based on criteria such as Critical Recognition, Major Award Winner, Popularity Over Time, Historical Significance, and Cultural Impact.

That sounds about right to me.  We've got a round decade plus a year or two of webcomics to look at it.  Critical reception (both from peers and critics), and popularity are both relevant to thinking about the impact of a webcomic.  WCCA awards are somewhat indicative of what peers were impressed with in a given year and more recently awards like the Eisners and Ignatzs have recoginized webcomics.  Historical significance and cultural impact are a little harder to pin down but various "firsts" in webcomics are important and comics like Penny Arcade have had a much wider impact on popular culture than most comics do these days (put aside the legacy superheros of comics -- what other "new" comic, let alone webcomic, in the last decade has had a wide cultural impact?)

Another thing AFI did that might be useful here to help sort through the vast numbers of webcomics one could talk about is to also think about categories or genres of work.  Just as a simple matter of numbers if a webcomic isn't one of the best of a larger type of story -- or frankly, so startlingly unique it's hard to categorize -- then it's hard to imagine it's one of the 100 Greatest...

So to move things along I'm listing another "draft" of titles submitted by the crowds but this time I've tried to break them up into drama and comedy so as to help avoid complete apples to oranges comparisons.  In doing that I've realized (1) it's hard in many cases to decide; and (2) there are probably more comedic than drama on the list so far.  I think it would make sense to whittle down the two lists to 75 each so as the final list is no more than 3/4 of one type or the other.  Of course we could further do genre type lists but for now this was enough work on my part.

So -- your assignment (if you choose to play):

  1. Name the comic you're talking about (you're also welcome to nominate ones not on the list -- I KNOW there are many I haven't even thought about yet -- it takes time to review all of the corners of the web)
  2. Tell me where on one the two lists (comedy and drama) it should be (you could give a range of slots if you're not sure). (If you think I've got a drama on the comedy list or vice-versa let me know!  I'm not "done" - this is fairly dashed off still at this point)
  3. Tell me why!  Referencing awards, critics, historical achievements, strengths and weaknesses of the works are all really helpful!

Obamanos Day Two: Webcomics

Obama!  It's day two of your presidency... why haven't you solved global warming yet!!  How about some webcomic-y news in the meantime:
TOP STORY
Kris Straub has a really good post on why he essentially did a reboot of his comic Starslip recently.  For anyone hoping to have a popular strip the advice on "the pitch" is well worth reading.
INTERVIEWS
Brian Warmoth has an interview with Jon Rosenberg of Goats.
An interview with Zach Weiner of the screamingly funny Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.
REVIEW
Ping Teo takes a look at Shi Long Pang.
THEORY
Herve St Louis has an article on his definition of comics which includes a survey of other approaches as well.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
Lea Hernandez has a new website at http://divalea.net/.
Has anyone used this site called Komix! - it appears to be a piperka type of comics update/reader.

November 14th DRAFT version of 100 Greatest Webcomics List

This is an update to a previous post here, thanks for the cumulative suggestions on that thread.  JUST so we're clear - this is open-sourced to everyone research for a possible article to appear next month at ComixTalk.  I don't endorse the list or the order at all; at this point I've tried to include all of the suggestions I've gotten and I also went through all of the comics ComixTalk has ever reviewed and pulled quite a few titles.

We're at the point where it'll be most helpful if you tell me comics you think should go on the list, where (what number approximately) and which comic should get bumped.  If you just want to change the order you can do that to but there'll be another post before the month's through asking for help with that.  

Hack hack hack -- "Golden Sands"

Golden Sands is outright fanfic for money. It doesn't fit my own ideas of what is interesting, artistic or sexy -- but we gotta pay for the catfood. And the DSL. And this is for a good, loyal customer who pays very well. We LIKE to make good customers happy, don't we? Nod your little heads.

I rtf'd this out of an Open Office document, so there may be glitches. Scroll down - - there are color illustrations.

GOLDEN SANDS

1. The Sandstorm

So... Comic-Con is Around the Corner

Comic-Con 2008 kicks off in San Diego soon -- July 24-27 -- and the web/indy/whatever--comic presence seems to grow bigger each year.  If you're going you're already set b/c this thing, as a practical matter, sold out long ago (I think you can still get a hotel room in the next state over...).

Some awesome panels this year include:

VILLARD TO PUBLISH POPULAR WEBCOMIC GOATS

Interviews with Jon Rosenberg on his new book deal hot off the presses at FLEEN and ComicMixaLot.  Read the full press release below:

How to be an adventurer

This week I learned what it means when a rich person tells you that they went on safari in Africa and camped out in a tent in the wilderness where they could hear wild animals howling while they sleep.

It means they paid several hundred dollars a night to stay poolside in the equivalent of a 5 star hotel room that just happens to be made of canvas, though it's encased in another structure, under a roof, and in a resort filled with non-indigiounous plants imported to make it look Jungley, all behind an electric fence to keep out scary animals.