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YHT in Wizard Magazine

The You'll Have That one-shot is featured in this month's Wizard Magazine (#191) in the Indie Buzz section of the Secret Stash. Here's what Wizard has to say about my little comic strip:

It's not often that webcomics make a successful transition from online to the printed page, so it speaks volumes that this heavenly little bastard has become one of the favored comics around the Wizard offices. Spotlighting the hilarious life of newlyweds Andy and Katie, this one-shot collects the best of 2006's online strips by Wes Molebash, with a brand-new cover from Scott Kurtz (PvP) so easily accessible for new readers it may as well be the first issue. With a precise vision of male geek life and the hotties who love us, YHT will have you cracking up and wondering how Molebash snuck a camera into your life.

Webcomics Are Cool!

As our potent and fearsome leader Xerexes pointed out in his most recent post here, too many people are all "Dude, webcomics suck!", "Comics fans are weirdos disconnected from the real world!", "The webcomics community sucks!" and so on and so forth. So I thought I would use my Blogging PowersTM to discuss why I think webcomics are the coolest thing since something else really cool happened.

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!):

News & Views for Thursday June 7, 2007

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PvP site - hang in there, baby

[Editor's Note: PVP website is down - click read more for Scott's post]

Harvey Award Nominees Out

The Harvey Awards have released their nominations for this year's edition. Up for BEST ONLINE COMICS WORK are:

This is the second time the Harveys will recognize webcomics. James Kochalka's American Elf won last year.

Brian Fies, the creator of Mom's Cancer, is also up for several awards this year.

T Campbell Takes A Crack At Most Read List for Webcomics

T Campbell takes a crack at compiling lists of popular webcomics based on Alexa and other publicly available data. This is a lot like the Comixpedia Most Read lists from 2003-04, with about the same level of reliability. For the most part the comics on the lists are popular but you really have no way of knowing much more than that. And purely based on my gut reaction, the lists compiled based on Compete and Quantcast look even less reliable to me than the one based on Alexa.

PvPonline.com - Unexpected site outtage

I'm trying to get the word out that the PvP server had some hardware issues that my host Speakeasy is working on. We've been down for about a day. We had planned to run maintenance over the slow part of the weekend but apparently the server had other plans and crapped out early yesterday.

It's all a part of running your own website I guess. It's been rare I've had server issues so I guess I was due.

I'll be posting strips over at halfpixel.com until my site is back up again. But it might be a long weekend. Thanks!

News For Friday April 27, 2007

INTERVIEWS

  • Newsarama interviews Kazu Kibuishi about Ballantine's Flight spinoff, Flight Explorer. This anthology collects the Flight stories suitable for all-ages, aiming at a younger audience. What will this mean for the regular Flight anthology? Not even Kibuishi knows.
    NRAMA: Lastly, how does this affect Flight 5, if any? What plans do you have for the next volume? Is going the companion book approach the way to do future Flight anthologies?

    KK: Hmm... I'm wondering how this will affect Flight 5 as well. I suppose we're about to find out! From its inception, the Flight project has been a series of leaps of faith, so I guess this is the next step. I'm just as curious as everyone else to know where it's all going to take us.

BUSINESS

  • Scott Ransoomair (VG catz) is creating the official Final Fantasy XI MMORPG comic Adventure Log. Seeing as how Square Enix is the copyright holder according to the published comic page, I'm guessing that he's getting paid for it. We've seen similar arrangement before by Penny Arcade and PvP, I belive.

TODD GOLDMAN

  • Dirk Deppey has a nice roundup of the recent developments in the Todd Goldman affair at Journalista. It covers the Cease-and-Desist campaign and the blogs that have removed their coverage (PWBeat, and Wired among other), the current livejournal meme and the effect of all this on Google search.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

  • Technically this was the quote of April 24 I suppose and also found at Journalista. SLG Publishing's Jennifer de Guzman blogs about APE.
    While there were a few people self-publishing their comics, there were fewer of them than in the past, and there seemed to be an even marked decrease in the charming photocopied, hand-stapled mini-comic. Last year, I either bought or was generously given several mini-comics or self-published comics (you can read about that here). This year -- I bought two (one by Johnny Siu and another called "Fremont Girl") and was given none. (Boohoo!) The assumption is that the do-it-yourselfers have moved to the web.

News for Thursday, April 19, 2007 (UPDATED)

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JUSTIFY MY HYPE

  • Ali Graham's new webcomic Afterstrife (love that name) has finished its first chapter and is in the midst of a week of guest comics before the next chapter begins. The comic features the adventures of two young recently-dead characters in their afterlife, but for such a potentially ominous setting, it's been surprisingly funny so far. Afterstrife is a nice evolution of Graham's writing and art chops from his previous work and well worth checking out.
  • Turtle Vs. Bunny by Joe Dunn (with the help of the votes of millions!). Have y'all already seen this? A very cool, interactive spin on the classic fable of the tortoise and the hare, Dunn's TVB lets readers decide whether Turtle or Bunny will come out on top that week.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS