Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 5, 2010 - 00:31
Wow! SPX and Intervention in one long weekend of comics; it took me awhile to recover and get back to writing up lessons learned. I felt a little stretched trying to cover ground at both conventions -- but it looks like no one will have to do that again as Intervention will almost certainly be on a different weekend in the Fall next year. Ideally, Intervention would be in the summer or spring to really separate it from SPX, but co-creator Oni Hartstein explained that a Spring date for the show would be cost prohibitive.
SPX was more of the same as it has been since the move to the Bethesda Convention Center -- one big room filled with rows and rows of comic creators talking about their comics with books and swag to sell. The presence of webcomics at the show grows every year -- this year Kate Beaton was the rock star of the show, with lines longer than anyone else had. Jeph Jacques' table and a whole group of webcomics at one corner of the room were all pretty constantly crowded from what I could tell. It's kind of a no-brainer when you say it out loud, but if you have a webcomic with a decent to more than decent sized audience, SPX is potentially a really good show. People are there for the comics and outside of New York, this is one of the best places on the East Coast to see a whole lot of the entire spectrum of comics.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 2, 2010 - 09:14
You know what -- a big thanks to Journalista!, The Comics Reporter and Comics Worth Reading for all of the great reporting they do. Almost every dang morning I find something interesting to read at those sites. Speaking of which, Tom Spurgeon posted a note this morning from Ted Rall -- Rall is beginning his latest expedition to Afghanistan with fellow cartoonists Matt Bors and Steven L Cloud along for the ride. Safe Travels!
- It's the 10th anniversary of Narbonic. Congrats to Shaenon Garrity!
- The System reaches 400 comics. Congrats to Roscott Nover!
- Reality Amuck reaches 100 comics. Congrats to Ben McCormick!
HYPE: I'm looking forward to MK Reed's Americus (scheduled for publication by First Second in Fall of 2011) and excited to hear that it will be serialized online along the way. The comic is drawn by Jonathan Hill. (h/t CWR!)
- Sam Costello pens another edition of his column at iFanboy on independent comics.
- A talk by Gene Luen Yang on breaking into comics:
COPYFIGHT: I'm no expert on the Neil Gaiman-Todd McFarlane litigation but Maggie Thompson's write-up of the latest phase is an interesting practical example of the notion of derivate work.
INTERVIEW: Good Comics For Kids blog has an interview with James Kochalka from SDCC (there's a whole bunch of videos from the GCFK blog there too):
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 5, 2010 - 10:06
Another week gone by already?!
BUSINESS: Boing Boing links to a study showing that generally an ebook release is correlated with increased print sales. Hard to do this kind of study with free-all-the-time webcomics but I do think it's high time academics did more work with data on these questions.
JUSTIFY MY HYPE: Reality Amuck today tackles Green Email and Spam with funny results.