Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 21, 2010 - 08:40
Scenes From A Multiverse. Right now we're in the universe where Jon Rosenberg's new webcomic has been wanged, QC'd and pretty much loved by links to death. But sooner or later it'll be up for your viewing pleasure.
UPDATED for TUESDAY: It's up, it's funny. Rosenberg, freed from Goats continuity seems to be having a lot of fun so far with the new webcomic. And the gimmick of voting for which day's "story" to continue next week is a nice twist although I guess it'll take a few weeks to see how it works out in practice.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 18, 2010 - 08:48
I want to point folks to the Webcomics Auction for the Gulf Coast organized by Carly Monardo. The actual auction will launch in early July but webcomic artists can look into donating work for the auction now.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 26, 2010 - 07:18
So is this comix or what? Whatever it is, it's captions on photos and it's (sometimes) lol... (wait did I just type lol? I meant FUNNY)
INTERVIEW: The Daily Cross Hatch talks to Jon Rosenberg on wrapping up Goats, and making a career out of webcomics.
- PW Weekly covers Meredith Gran's latest Octopus Pie collection: There Are No Stars In Brooklyn which comes out June 22.
- Johanna Draper Carlson reviews the second collection of Erika Moen's DAR: A Super Girly Top Secret Comic Diary
- Johanna Draper Carlson reviews the first collection of Gunnerkrigg Court - I think the second volume of this is coming out this year.
KICK START MY ART
- Shaenon Garrity has a kickstarter funding drive for the second print collection of Skin Horse.
- Looks like Max Huffman's Kickstarter drive has met its goal. Good news for Mocktopus fans.
FROM THE MAILBAG
- Travis Hanson writes about his webcomic The Bean which is a pretty nicely drawn comic about a young kid working for (owned by?) an orge in a tavern. It has a pretty slow pace so far, but now that the kid has been kidnapped maybe it'll pick up some.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 5, 2010 - 22:44
Wow the big story this week so far is the discussion kicked off by Jon Rosenberg's pondering shutting down Goats. Stories from CWR, Robot6, FLEEN, and Storming the Tower cover Jon's recent blog post. I wish I could offer some insight or commentary but I don't have enough time this week to add something of value. I will say that Jon's always been a nice guy in my interactions with him and that he's improved so much as an artist and creator over time that I hope he can find a way forward that leads to more financial success for him.
HYPE: The creators of the Piracy is Liberation comic book are going to run the entire series as a webcomic, starting May 15th at elftorp.com/piracy. The webcomic will be updated once a day with additional commentary.
MARKETING: Do people go to Top 100 lists anymore? Just in case, here's another one for webcomics.
FROM THE MAILBAG: Giannis Milonogiannis wrote to let me know about his cyberpunk police thriller comic Old City Blues -- "pretty much my love letter to 80's cyberpunk films, books and comics." The story takes place in New Athens- a city built from the ruins of Greece after a cataclysmic flood in 2016.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 1, 2010 - 07:24
Terrence and Isabel Marks have some special comics for April Fool's Day up at Namir Deiter and You Say it First, along with some thoughts on the first webcomic swap. Any other worthy April Fool's pranks to pass along? (Digital Strips has a list of a few here)
In hopefully not-fooling news, I'm very interested in the new Bento Comics site which offers "mix-n-match" anthologies through Lulu with a pretty impressive roster of creators on-board. Brigid Alverson has a short write-up of the project at Robot6.
KICKSTART MY ART: Another very worthwhile Kickstarter project, this one from Steve Bryant, the creator of Athena Voltaire. Robot6 reports that Bryant is seeking to raise money to focus again on the comic. And I'm not going to mention Kickstarter without plugging Patrick Farley's drive to revive Electric Sheep.
MILESTONES: Christopher Wright's Help Desk turned 14 years old this week. Jon Rosenberg's Goats turned 13 years old. Congrats to both!
DEAD TREE DELIVERY: The creators of Monster Commute write about the advantages and disadvantages of self-distribution.
AROUND THE BLOGS: From ComixTalk reader blogs, Mariana Paletta writes about her recently completed first webcomic, Alphie and Sophie Venustar and Super Comix King writes that the second issue of Action Teenz is up.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 4, 2010 - 09:49
INTERVIEWS: Time's Techland Blog is the next step on the Penny Arcade book tour. Sean Collins interviews Nick Gurewitch about some short comics he did for Marvel. Marvel? Yeah Marvel! He has Hulk and Wolverine comics in an upcoming book. CrunchGear interviews Drew and Natalie Dee of Toothpaste for Dinner fame. And David Harper interviews Brock Heasley, co-creator of Monsterplex, the most recent winner of the Zuda contest. Heasley's other webcomic is the superheroes in a retirement home comedy -- Super Fogeys. (h/t to Paperless Comics which does a far most exhaustive job than I of tracking down webcomic-related interviews and reviews around the web)
LEGAL BEAGLE: Long article at CBR on the Incarnate/Bleach copying scandal and the line on plagerism and homage/inspiration in general. If you're interested in the subject, worth a read.
JUSTIFY MY HYPE Channeling Randy Jackson for a minute: Dude, Rosenburg you just killed it tonight! That thing is hawt! Seriously - this animated panel of Goats is great fun and doing it as an animated gif is practically like employing medieval age technology by the standards of Internet time.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 2, 2010 - 09:10
Quick update this morning - The Escapist website is having a contest -- more like an audition -- to pick a regular webcomic for the The Escapist. I haven't read the fine print so you should before you enter, but go check it out. Btw, SLG Publishing is going to have a workshop for "aspiring comic creators" this March in San Jose, CA.
DEAD TREES: Robot6 previews a lot of comics on book publishers' schedule for this year, includes several webcomics such as Goats, Octopus Pie and Penny Arcade.
INTERVIEWS: Lots of folks linking to this interview with Bill Watterson of Calvin & Hobbes
worship fame... Be sure to check out Graphic Novel Reporter's interview with Kazu Kibuishi on his print collection of Copper.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 26, 2010 - 11:25
Short post today -- I recommend the following three things:
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 25, 2010 - 09:50
For what it's worth, I've got a fresh install of DRUPAL on the dev server at home, working up a streamlined version of ComixTALK. Laid out the basic theme (moving to a 2 column layout) and now tackling cleaning up the horror that the tag and category system at ComixTALK has mutated into.... Right now I'm debating whether to port ComixTALK as is to the new server or wait until I get the redo... done.
One story that caught my eye this morning was this rant by blogger-czar Jason Calacanis about comScore. Worth reading to think about. Another interesting story from Tom Spurgeon, who has an essay up at the Comics Reporter which I think one could summarize as "wow, there are a lot more good comics than when I was younger..." I guess I would add, "wow, there are a lot more good webcomics than 10 years ago..." And if you need a recap of recent webcomic news, Delos has a whole bunch of interesting links covering last week at Art Patient.
NEW BOOK: John Allison posted the cover art from the forthcoming 8th book collection of Scary Go Round: "Recklessly Yours."
Cory Likes Corndogs: Goats scores a favorable review from Boing Boing Blogger Cory Doctorow for the second book in the new series: The Corndog Imperative.
ZUDA IDOL SCANDAL? Digital Strips reports on the departure of one of the ten finalists from this month's Zuda popularity contest. Apparently The Thunderchickens had a good shot of winning it too, so the undisclosed reasons for its departure must be something non-trivial.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 27, 2009 - 10:24
Well all's quiet on the tryptophan front this morning... a big thanks to David LaMason, the creator of the webcomic Unbearable Bears, for creating on super-short notice our Thanksgiving cover art up top... if you're ever trying to track me down, be sure to hit up the "where am I?" section at my other website xaviarxerexes.com... take a look at the comics event calendar for upcoming stuff to do -- don't forget you can subscribe to it; submit events to me (tweet to xerexes) or even volunteer to co-maintain it.
The Career Cookbook has an interview with Chris Hastings, the mastermind behind the webcomic Dr. McNinja.
I haven't read the underlying case but TechDirt's writeup of a lawsuit over a fictionalized portrayal of someone might be a red flag for comics creators. (This sounds different than the (in)famous Tony Twist lawsuit against Todd McFarlane. Twist's win there was based on McFarlane profiting from using the "famous" Twist in the comic.)