People â€“ most of them webcartoonists â€“ keep asking me the same question over and over. In fact, it was asked to me again during the Keenspot panel at Comic Con 2003, and I started babbling about something else, if I recall correctly.
The question is, of course, why the CRFH forum is so popular.
A Farewell to Paws
Okay, I was going to get into this big thing about the point of this column, and politely explain that how it's just great that all webcomics creators are supportive and friendly and sloppy kisses all around but that the medium's ability to self-criticize is completely eroded by everyone's reluctance to piss anyone else off...but screw it.
But that would take an awful long time, so here's the deal:
Webcomics can, on occasion, be a good read.
Most of the time, though, reading webcomics is like being locked in a coffin with a rabid, amphetamine-crazed monkey in possession of (a) a taser and (b) the total and unerring knowledge that your groin is responsible for every ill that has ever befallen any member of the monkey nation. Ever.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 15, 2003 - 09:52
Pete Abrams of Sluggy Freelance and Randy Milholland of Something Positive are both returning Guests of Honor at Ubercon II, a convention taking place October 17-19 at the Crowne Plaza Meadowlands Hotel in Secaucus, NJ. The convention features a mixture of comics, movies and games. Both Pete and Randy will be running various events, seminars and games, as well as judging a comic contest, over the weekend.
Time once again for another edition of Measuring the Webcomic Audience. Last month we explored some of the tools and methods developed by the blogging community, in particular the use of links between sites to rank blogs.
For this month's edition of our measurement project we again rely on information from Ranking.com and Alexa.com. We calculated a score for each webcomic based on their rankings for unique visitors, page views, and new for this month, links. For example, Penny Arcade ranked first for unique visitors, page views and for the number of sites linking into the Penny Arcade website.
Pete Abrams started Sluggy Freelance in 1997 and has been producing the daily strip (Sunday to Saturday) ever since. Along with producing some memorable characters like Bun-bun the knife-welding lop rabbit and Kiki the hyperactive ferret, Sluggy has created some pretty sharp parodies over the years, lampooning movies and pop culture regularly. Sluggy has also attracted a rabid legion of fans known as "sluggites" who run the Sluggy Zone where fans of Sluggy Freelance gather to talk all things Sluggy.
I am of the opinion that all webtoonist wannabes could greatly improve their skills if only they took ONE stroll up and down the aisles of the San Diego Comic-Con's Artists' Alley.
In May, Comixpedia published a "most-read" list based largely on information obtained through comparative traffic rankings from Alexa and Traffic Ranking. For July, we present version 0.2 of our audience measurement project. Remember that this project is still in beta mode, and that we welcome your feedback.
Submitted by kjc on June 22, 2003 - 21:02
Sunday, 22 June 2003, well-known print comic creator Phil Foglio provided a filler strip for Pete Abrams' Sluggy Freelance. Pete's on vacation all week. Will this go on for the duration? Only one way to be sure...
Japanese culture has so thoroughly melted into American culture that we can't always tell where one ends and the other begins. Speed Racer, Godzilla, Voltron, and Tranzor Z are nostalgic for millions of Americans, almost a part of "Americana." Weightlifters train by eating sushi. The Matrix seamlessly blends Japanese martial arts and Eastern philosophy into Western cyberpunk and American car chases. Japan makes our cars, our computer parts.
Nowhere does the Japanese voice speak more clearly than in the true avant-garde, the avant-garde of comics, the Web, and especially of webcomics.
Issue #3 - Taking It To The Streets
Mention the name "John Cusack" or "Nightmare on Elm Street" to the average Joe or Jane on the street, and chances are very high if they haven't actually been entertained by them, they've at least heard of them. Tell the same people your favorite online comic is "Sluggy Freelance" and not only will less than one percent of them have heard of Sluggy Freelance, a vast majority will not even be able to wrap their minds around the concept of "online comics."