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Comix Talk for Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I have a review up of the first print collection of the webcomic Quitting Time.  I'm not at San Diego's thing this year -- and from what I read, perhaps it will be LA's thing next year?  Might as well move it to Las Vegas then...

MILESTONES

INTERVIEW: Daily Cross Hatch has an interview with Dean Haspiel.

REVIEWS

HYPE

NOT WEBCOMICS:  Scott Kurtz made this video?  According to a press release for the Picross 3D™ video game for the Nintendo DS™ he did. 

Hodgepodge of Webcomic Links

Here's some interesting stuff from the many Firefox tabs still open on my screen this weekend:

BUSINESS
Comics Worth Reading reports that the first edition of the long-running British anthology 2000 AD is now downloadable for free at Drivethrucomics.com

JUSTIFY MY HYPE
Tiny Kittens has this crazy collage-like style that reminds me of the art in classic Golden kids books.  Some or all of its creators had a hand in the now-defunct webcomic Combustible Orange.

I "heart" Tapes looks interesting - I think I saw a link to it from Anders Loves Maria.

MILESTONES
Kris Straub hits 1000 episodes of Starslip
.  Congrats!

Dave Kellet, with the help of his readers, tries to nail down when Sheldon first went online.

LEFT A NICE CORPSE - UPDATED
A new "feature-ette" I'll repeat whenever I'm out of other ideas: webcomics that died too young.  For now most of the ones I'm thinking about were really good comics that for whatever reason the creators abandoned before they found their audience (and most likely before webcomics as a whole began to really take off).  The first one is an old favorite of mine titled Waiting For Bob which went on hiatus in 2002, seemingly to return but simply hasn't.  No explanation of why the series completely stopped and yet someone seems to have taken care to keep the site up and running.  I'm sure I'm missing something (and I suppose I really should do some "reporting" here.) on the why but I'm more interested in the "what if" -- I think Waiting For Bob by Doug Shepard (current website? Talked with the real Doug via twitter and that website isn't him.  My apologies Doug!) and Katrin Salyers, which probably had a decent audience for its time, was a bit ahead of its time in that I think today much more of its likely fanbase is online and comfortable with reading webcomics.  It had three interesting characters, was not overly reliant on "tech" references and definitely had some drama mixed with the jokes.  I really think it would do well today.

Guest Week At Sheldon

Oobla-dey-dah-o!  It's guest week at Dave Kellet's Sheldon with Kris Straub and today David Malki! taking the reins so far.

Friday News and Weekend Clues

DEADLINES AND OTHER RIGHT-NOW STUFF

NEWS

  • Kitchen, Lind & Associates have signed up webcomic creator Bryant Paul Johnson (Teaching Baby Paranoia, The Antecedent). Previously this agency had signed up webcomic creators Eleanor Davis and Drew Weing. KL&A provides artist representation and book packaging to its clients. (KLA will have a booth at SPX on October 13th and 14th to promote its upcoming packaged books and is looking to meet with talented creators who are seeking representation.) You know you're at a webcomic news site because the big deal here to me is the signing of creators from the web. The big news to everyone else though will be that KLA has signed Jim Lawson and the estate of Harvey Kurtzman.
  • Barry Deutsch who sold his URL to a "Search Engine Optimization" company - but kept his blog and cartoons there - opens up his blog to discussion of his decision. Reinder has a post with some thoughts on the controversy.

MILESTONES

OPINION

INTERVIEW

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS

Pulse Looks at Dave Kellett's Sheldon

Dave Kellet's Sheldon has been on the World Wide Web for many years. It tells the adventures of a pre-teen software billionaire, his grumpy grandpa, and his mischievous talking duck. The strip can be viewed at United Media's website. Read Jen Contino's interview with Kellet.