Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 15, 2004 - 23:58
ConnectiCon 2004 will be held on the University of Hartford campus in West Hartford, CT from July 16th to 18th. Currently slated to appear are: Sluggy Freelance, Ctrl-Alt-Del, RPG World, VG Cats, ScaryGoRound, Dominic Deegan, Diesel Sweeties, Questionable Content, EXE-World, Studio Splurd, Instant Classic, Staccato Comic and Partially Clips.
ConnectiCon is offering an open invitation to all webcomic creators to attend. We have received interest from quite a few other web comics and have yet to confirm with them their attendance at this time. Our goal is to have 30 to 50 web comics in attendance at this year's ConnectiCon 2004. Read on for more details of what ConnectiCon will provide to attending webcomic cartoonists (all webcomics with minimum 1,000 hits per day audience receive "free membership to ConnectiCon")
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 14, 2004 - 11:04
Scott Kurtz of PVP will be making an appearance at the SCI FI EXPO FAN APPRECIATION DAY this Saturday, April 17 at the Richardson Civic Center (admission is FREE). Kurtz has more details on his webiste:
I'll be there too selling copies of the PvP comic book and the new DORK AGES trade. I'll be doing sketches too. So come on by. It won't cost you nothing and there's some cool free stuff they're giving away to the first people through the door.
For eight years, David Allen and the gang at Plan 9 Publishing have been bringing the best and brightest of the webcomics world to readers' bookshelves, releasing collections of such popular titles as Sluggy Freelance and Kevin & Kell. Now, the North Carolina-based company is branching out into prose and non-fiction by tickling our funny bone, and even tackling national political issues. Trisha Sebastian sat down with publisher and owner David Allen at Ubercon in New Jersey to get the full scoop.
Death of the Funny What?
Now if I were going to be all knee-jerk about this, I'd be all about "out with the old, in with the new, the traditional comics page was stale and it's time to bring in some fresh blood, viva the internet, viva webcomics, viva endless chatter about the newest video card from Alpha Omega Corp and people getting off on their bloody brilliance by yammering endless about whether or not Green or Blue dragons spit acid in AD&D first edition."
But Jeebus Godot, let's take a look at what's replacing what, here.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 28, 2004 - 20:04
Just this past Thursday Carson Fire posted a message on his website:
I need some suggestions... where do I find the art collectors? We've sold one piece from the gallery, but we have to sell even more.
If we don't start seeing a bit more activity, some more nibbles, suggestions, something, I'm afraid I'm going to have to make myself be mean, and start taking whole blocks of the Elf Life archive back offline.
Fire has been setting deadlines for sales of original Elf Life art right on through this weekend with portions of the Elf Life archives removed from public access when those deadlines are not hit. Fire is upping the ante with some hints about the next phase of Elf Life (which apparently will only happen if he hits his fundraising goals).
If I need to be this aggressive to sell art and save the series, then aggressive I shall be. I've already started mapping out "Elf Life phase 2", which will be a continuation of the series, but *after* the wedding, since the wedding has me mired in an epic with no visible means of support.
The next phase of Elf Life will be called something completely different, and will put more emphasis on the relationship between Glee and Filis, and Thea's training for battling the younger Sea Naga. It will not be a mystery about the past, as most of Elf Life has been, but a straight adventure that finds the strongest women of Elf Life on the road, doing battle with the world.
That means a more exciting, faster-paced, and dareIsayit sexier Elf Life than ever before.
Although there are no deadlines for today, Fire did updates his site with news that he is halfway to his goal.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 23, 2004 - 18:00
TimeWasters has reviewed (and ranked on a 1 to 5 clock scale) quite a few webcomics now. 39 according to their website. Here's the world of webcomics ranked by TimeWasters (PvP is the highest ranked, Limited Space is the lowest ranked):
Webcomics Are From Uranus: No, They Don't All Just Say "I draw this comic for myself" Because That's a Cool Artist Thing to Say
With Return of the King still gallivanting in theaters, everyone knows J. R. R. Tolkien these days (except, evidently, my spell check). So it won't be big news to bring up why it was that the good professor wrote the books in the first place. He wrote a story that he himself wanted to read but had been unable to find.
Tolkien was not a writer of fiction by deliberation, but stumbled into it.
You're loyal. You know this game. You've got at least one example of this sort of thing bookmarked, regardless of whether or not it drives you batty. The beast keeps calling you back to places where you know it lurks, and you keep going, dammit. You know you shouldn't, but you do it anyway, over and over again. Dammit.
Spot And The Panda
"Whatever happened to Bryan McNett?"
It's a question experienced webcartoonists ask each other, now and again. It was a question many of them asked their e-mail inboxes as they pounded their desks in frustration.
In one respect the answer is easy: McNett is now a video game developer. He posted to an abortive, eponymous blog in September 2003.
But to the webcomics community, he is as remote as if he had passed to the Great Beyond. Many of today's webcartoonists don't even know who he is. Those webcartoonists who did business with him consider him a failure. Some who knew him had reason to hate him. And because he has never told his side of the story, it's difficult to balance the picture. Yet in his contribution to webcomics history, McNett may be as important as any of his successors, maybe even as important as any of the Five Horsemen.
Xavier Xerexes (which isn't his real name, by the way) is the publisher and driving force behind Comixpedia. He also has a real job, and a real life, which he doesn't talk about on the Internet. Actually, none of the staff know what he actually does, except that he's a lawyer.
Interviews editor Leah Fitzgerald kicks off the staff interviews with a talk with our illustrious publisher.
How did you first get interested in comics?