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Upcoming Scary Go Freelance

John Allison reports that he will be providing "a fill-in week for Sluggy Freelance" in the near future. (May 5th to 9th is our best guess of the so far undisclosed dates)

Cellophane or Fame?

In this day and age, starting out in webcomics has become much more difficult in the last two years than in any other time. With hosting services like KeenSpace (http://www.keenspace.com) tipping the scales at around 7325 series hosted, the internet is filled with comic series waiting to be read and noticed by a growing viewing public. It is hard enough finding your voice in this world let alone being pushed into the group of thousands of others trying to do the same. Everyone is fighting to become noticed, and it seems like a competition at times.

Sluggy Freelance Holding Fan Art Contest, Winning Comic to Appear on Site

Sluggy Freelance has the sometime "filler weeks," often coinciding with Pete Abrams' appearances at conventions such as Penguicon (which apparently Abrams will be attending this year).

Abrams writes that his next filler week is right around Penguicon in early May, and that he is in need of something for a Sunday strip. To enter his fan art competition, send in an original piece of fan art to trillian at my sluggy.com address, width of no more than 700 pixels wide, gif or jpg fomat, each file under a meg. Winner to be picked by Abrams and a to be announced panel of judges.

Classic Webcomic Cross-overs

It doesn't seem to happen like it used to but back in the day all the hep kids were dropping science in each others' backyard:

1999

Sluggy Freelance and User Friendly: AJ drops in on Riff; and Torg gets a job with Columbia Internet.

User Friendly and Superosity: Dust Puppy visits Superosity-land.

Bobbins and Waiting For Bob: The Bobbins crew met up with Waiting for Bob's Bernie and Sean.

Bobbins and Goats: Jon from Goats meets Holly from Bobbins. Small sparks gain a little altitude. Later Jon and Philip actually make it to England.

2000

When I Grow Up and Waiting For Bob: Zoe investigates Sean.

Bobbins and Superosity: Holly and Shelley visit Boardy and Bobby goes to England. Somewhere along the way Professor Ash shows up.

2001

When I Grow Up and Diesel Sweeties: Roger finds true robot love! (not entirely sure where in the DS archives its half is)

I'm sure there's lots more I'm forgetting - feel free to post more classic crossovers below. Thanks!

Whence Webcartoonist Subcommunity?

The modern history of art has been largely the history of artist subcommunities, bound by common interest and usually but not always by geography. Michelangelo fraternized with colleagues, burned with rivalry for Leonardo, and clucked his tongue at Titian. To be in Paris in the 1920s was to glimpse Pablo Picasso in conversation with Gertrude Stein and Ernest Hemingway.

Pete Abrams to be at I-CON

From the Sluggy Freelance website:

We're going to I-CON! We had a blast last year at I-CON and this year Rob Balder and I got invited back to do another demo of the Get Nifty Card Game! I'll give you more information as soon as I get the schedule! Gee I hope it won't conflict with the I-CON Heroclix tourneys! Rumor is Plan Nine Publishing will be representin'!

I-CON: Friday, March 28 - Sunday, March 30, 2003 at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11790

Bye, Bye Buffy

CNN reports what most Buffy fans have assumed for months. After seven seasons on the TV show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sarah Michelle Gellar is handing in her stake. It is not certain if the franchise will go on in a Buffy "spin-off" or simply end in one final apocalyptic battle. The last show of the series airs in May.

Sluggy Freelance and Goats creators at Ubercon

Ubercon, primarily a gaming convention held in New York City, will feature Pete Abrams of Sluggy Freelance as a special guest. Along with Abrams, web comic creators Rob Balder (partiallyclips.com), Randal Milholland (somethingpositive.net), Jon Rosenberg, and Phil Karlsson (Goats) will hold a webcomics panel on Sunday Feb 16th. The panel begins at 11:00 AM and lasts for one hour. Ubercon begins on Friday the 14th at 4:00 PM lasting until Monday the 17th.

Ancient News: NPR Interview with Pete Abrams

We'll try not to do this too much but seeing as we just started Comixpedia and webcomics have existed for sometime, we may on occasion point you to an old interview or review that we think is worth a look. Given the enormous growth in popularity of webcomics' audience it's also entirely possible that many readers aren't aware of these "ancient news" items.

For starters, here's an 1998 interview with Pete Abrams of Sluggy Freelance, the first (and probably still only) webtoonist to be interviewed by NPR (The interview is in Real Player format).

Searchable Webcomic Dialogue

A major advantage to serial strips from publication on the web is the immediate availability of the entire archives on the site, freeing the strip from the useless "recap" panels seemingly required in all non-gag comic strips published in newspapers.

Most sites have archived their strips with various means to find specific comics via dates and storylines. Another useful tool that is not as commonly available is to make the text of the archived comics searchable. Apparently Sluggy Freelance's horde of fans recently completed the work necessary to make the entire Sluggy archives searchable by character and their dialogue. For example, Keanau Reeves has nothing on lead character Torg who has said "whoa" twelve times in the archives.