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An Interview with Tom Brazelton

Theater Hopper by Tom Brazelton is a webcomic sort of, but not entirely about Tom, his wife Cami and their friends. The creator, Tom Brazelton (as opposed to his four-color alter ego) is coming up on six years of the webcomic.  Neither fatherhood nor the Star Wars prequels have stopped the man from making fun at and with the movies.  Over the last couple of months I interviewed Tom about the webcomic, his third print collection and other necessary pop culture topics.

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:

Interview with Alan Evans of the wrestling comic Rival Angels

Reva Flynn! at Drunkduck conducted an interview with me and the topic was Rival Angels!

Countdown to Comic Con 2008: Floorplan

Halfpixel has got the center of the Comic Con floor covered. We have positions in all of the key locations of the convention.

-- The authors will be taking turns at the Image Comics booth, signing copies of the breakout How To Make Webcomics book. Aisle 2700.

-- Over in the IP Pavilion, just below DC Comics, will be home base for me, Dave Kellett (Sheldon) and Kris Straub (Starslip). Aisle 2100.

-- And in the heart of the Webcomics area... the heart of Halfpixel, Scott Kurtz (PvP), will be setting up shop. Aisle 1400.

Foxtrot Tackles Webcomics

Tomorrow's Foxtrot is a nice nod to some of the most popular webcomics: Penny Arcade, PvP, xkcd and The Joy of Tech.  I read it on paper this morning but it probably won't be online until tomorrow.

Update - now it's online.

Espana Es El Champions!!! And now the news...

 

TOOLS (update)
Google Trends now has specific results for individual URLs so you can track things like what other websites visitors to PVP like to go to.

META
Steve Frug thinks through what length should mean when talking about graphic novels (hint: it's not the same as a text-only novel). (h/t Journalista!)

INTERVIEWS
Tom Spurgeon interviews alt-comix star Lynda Barry.

Sean Collins reposts an interview with alt-comix stars Gilbert and Jamie Hernandez he conducted last year.

(not comics but what the hey) ComixMix interviews World War Z author Max Brooks.

CONVENTIONS
Webcomic creators:  you're not invited to Okaton this year but hey feature the con in our contest and win something... (that's what this press release read like to me anyway...)

Posting may get light through the July 4th weekend but be sure to check out the reader talk posts while I'm being lazy...

IN YOUR FACE WEBCOMICS!

INTERVIEWS

Rick Marshall interviews Joey Comeau and Emily Horne of A Softer World.  Later Marshall, goes underground to report on illegal rock lobster fights.  That guy gets around!

Jovan Zimzovski interviews Ryan North of Dinosaur Comics while coincidently, Joey Comeau is hanging around. (h/t Journalista!)

The Daily Cartoonist links to a Universal Press interview with Jim Davis of its syndicated comic strip Garfield -- Scott Kurtz of PvP brings the drama in the comments that follow.

LEGAL KNIEVEL

8 Things I Hate Like About Service Agreements. (h/t Journalista!)

ART

Sean Kleefeld breaks down the linework in a classic Peanuts strip.

BUSINESS

Jason Poog interviews writer Donald Ray: part 1 on finding an agent and part 2 on how Ray quick his day job.  Both should be of interest to comics creators.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 3 BLOGS

Luke Foster on the puntastic comic strip Pearls Before Swine. (h/t Journalista!)

Cartoonist Shaenon Garrity hangs out with other members of the National Cartoonists Society.

Super-talented Jon Morris has been posting various alternate versions of Superman - check them out and then vote in his poll for which one you like best.

Your Webcomics To Do List

Your Webcomics To-Do List:

  1. Read your favorite webcomics.
  2. Read El Santo's review of Warren Ellis and Paul Duffield's Freak Angels.
  3. Read ComixTalk's interviews with Aaron Diaz (Dresden Codak), Dorothy Gambrell (Cat and Girl), and John Allison (Scary Go Round).
  4. Read this profile of Nick Gurewitch (Perry Bible Fellowship) and learn of plans for a TV pilot (h/t Journalista).
  5. Read Charley Parker's appreciation of Bill Watterson and his classic comic strip Calvin & Hobbes.
  6. Check out the cover of Scott Kurtz's soon-to-be-released DVD of series 1 of the animated PvP webshow.
  7. Marvel at the superhero cross-over stuff (Iron Man, Captain America) in the new Hulk movie.
  8. Wish Scott "Dilburrito" Adams a happy birthday.

Fresh UNcubed (and more)

Besides the newest UNcubed, I’d like to welcome all the new readers who’ve come over from PvP yesterday.
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The Webcomic Beacon #23 - Newspaper Style Webcomics

Episode 23 - Newspaper Style Webcomics:   Mark Savary joins Fes, Tanya, and Aaron to talk about Newspaper Style Webcomics; as well as touch on newspapers comics in general. We also talk again with Michael Rouse-Deane of the Guest Strip Project, which is benefiting the Make-a-Wish International Foundation.

Mark Savary also talks a bit about minimalist comics while reviewing Pixipets. Plus the weekly Strip Fight Ringside Update! No milestones listed to us for this week.