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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.  

World of WTF: An Interview with Gianna Masetti

Gianna Masetti is the creator of The Noob, which started back in 2004.  It both presents and parodies the MMORPG genre of video games.  I got a chance to interview Gianna via email between her travels to Italy last month.

No Need To Beat Around the Bush: An Interview with Alex Kolesar and Joseph Kovell

Alex Kolesar and Joseph Kovell are the creators behind the historical action comedy webcomic No Need for Bushido.  I got a chance to interview them via email last month.

Cover Art for November and Shutting Down Forums

The cover art for November is from Michael May, the creator of Eros Inc. and Stock Footage. I think Michael's got talent and his webcomics are definitely worth checking out.  Be sure to sift through the archives of the movie-targeted Stock Footage and catch up on his current comic Eros Inc.

In site update news, I am going to shut down the forums here.  Two reasons!  One they're aren't being used a heck of a lot; and two, I'm really impressed with the new webcomics.com and the forums over there are accomplishing everything we ever tried to facilitate at Comixpedia/ComixTalk in terms of constructive discussion amongst webcomics creators.  Webcomics.com is not really aimed at non-creators, but it's got a tremendously friendly vibe right now and you really ought to check it regularly.  Webcomics.com has the support of Penny Arcade (in some fashion, they've at least bought the URL from T Campbell for the Halfpixel guys to use) and of course it's being led now by Halfpixel which is four of the most successful webcomics creators, period.  Out of those guys, I've met Dave, Kris and Brad at varous points online and off and they're all good guys and in comics for the long haul so I have no doubt this site will only get bigger and better.

I'm always going to be proud of having had a hand in starting Comixpedia/Talk and keeping it running for -- wow -- 6 years now.  I am pretty sure I've written more about comics than I ever would have imagined.  I've learned a lot too -- not surprisingly reading a lot of comics and interviewing a lot of people about them is a pretty educational experience.  My interest in comics back then was never entirely pure - mostly I was attracted to the DIY energy of it all, especialy webcomics before the turn of the century when it was all a lot harder and more mysterious out there.  But over time comics as comics really captured my interest.  Comics as a medium is fascinating and people are using it to tell some pretty awesome stories right now.  It's an exciting time.

100 Greatest Webcomics Thread

NOTE:  An updated version of this list is here - please go there to offer your suggestions and comments.  Thanks!

Webcomic Beacon #49 - Working with Images

Webcomic Beacon #49 - Working with Images: This week Tanya takes a crack at hosting the show, along with Fes and someone named Al. And Tycho Brahe of Penny Arcade introduces the show!

We dicuss various points on how you should save your images, and we even go over a few free imaging software programs. … For those that can’t afford Photoshop, and don’t want to use MS Paint. 

Spotlighted Webcomics this week are: Lonnie Allen and Marsh Rocket! Check them out!

Zap! Pow! Keen! An Interview with Chris Layfield and Pascalle Lepas

Zap! is a science fiction webcomic hosted on Keenspot.  Written by Chris Layfield and drawn by Pascalle Lepas since 2003, the webcomic has continued to improve, particularly on the visual side.  (Don't despair the lengthy archives, there is a great overview of the storylines for new readers who want to quickly get up to speed).

I got a chance to interview Chris and Pascalle by email this month.

It's Only Chronillogical: Talking to Greg Poulos and John Chouinard

Greg Poulos and John Chouinard are the creators of the new webcomic Chronillogical, a webcomic about time-traveling graduate students.  Greg handles the writing and John creates the art for the strip.  It's a relatively new webcomic, but already one I check in on a regular basis.  I got a chance to interview Greg and John via email this month.

Manga Runner

In this month's installment of "The Travels of Dr. Haus" our intrepid hero travels abroad to review the webcomic Mistakes of Youth.

Webcomic Wire - 10/24/08

Drawn from sources all over the unverse…

Elf ‘n Troll ends. Sad news!
News-a-rama.com has a post about Platinum’s employee pay cuts. That’s sad!
ROK Comics are now on the iPhone. Watch out Clickwheel!
Webcomics.com has been purchased by HalfPixel, possibly with the aid of their friends at Penny Arcade. They’re looking for articles, tips and other knowledge sharing [...]