Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 7, 2007 - 09:13
The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) is proud to announce its upcoming exhibit: Infinite Canvas: The Art of Webcomics, set to open on Sept. 13.
"Infinite Canvas: The Art of Webcomicsâ€ brings comics from the web page to the MoCCA stage. The exhibit explores three aspects of online comics: the unique format and design of webcomics, their appeal to niche audiences, and the transitions between web and print comics.
Curator Jennifer Babcock, who also draws the syndicated webcomic Câ€™est La Vie, explains that webcomics are free of the space constraints and editorial censorship to which printed comics are often subjected. Webcomics also provide an outlet for a greater diversity of creators and audiences, she says, resulting in numerous niche-specific features.
This exhibit incorporates original artwork, prints of finished art, and digital displays. Featured in the exhibit will be the immensely popular Penny Arcade, PhD, Sluggy Freelance, User Friendly, Diesel Sweeties, Momâ€™s Cancer, Finder, Supernatural Law, Something Positive, Scary Go Round, Young Bottoms in Love, Narbonic, Goats, and â€œMy Obsession with Chessâ€ by Scott McCloud, among many others.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 5, 2007 - 08:57
Just listened to NPR's interview with Pete Abrams on the 10th anniversary of Sluggy Freelance. The NPR host actually does a really good job at the start of describing the main characters. The links come from a recent post at FLEEN. The key "reveal" in the interview: his great grandmother on his mother's side was named Sluggy Freelance (yes he's kidding).
Two things to add: my understanding is that Pete makes the bulk of money now from his Defenders subscription (essentially a "patron" sort of model); and Pete has always remained a bit secluded from the rest of webcomics. He didn't link out much and other than participating in the very first Fright Night event I don't think he's really done "community" stuff. In part I'm sure it's because he never needed to (Sluggy was the Penny Arcade of its day back in the last century in terms of being much more popular than its nearest competitor.)
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 21, 2007 - 10:12
Sore Thumbs - come for the cheesecake, stay for the political slapstick...
- Boing Boing linked to a 1997 Charlie Rose interview with Charles Schluz, the creator of the alltime classic newspaper strip Peanuts.
- 10 years of Sluggy Freelance this Saturday. A decade of niftiness!
- Beaver & Steve hits 300 episodes. Creator James Turner makes a special guest appearance and
darkhilarious secrets are revealed!
- The Chemistry Set webcomic collective hits its first year anniversary and adds Dwight MacPherson (Edgar Allen Poo) as a member.
JUSTIFY MY HYPE
- Yeah... but who's buying? (um, everyone?) (um - riffing off the title of the comic here more than the Mrs. Robinson bit in it)
- Normally I love Wapsi Square but dang if I didn't think I was reading Apt. 3G or something on this update.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- The Ferret talks about the StumbleUpon browser plug-in and how it works well with gag-a-day webcomics. (The Ferret says that StumbleUpon has become one of his best refers)
- Brian Roney reviews webcomics: Evil, Inc.; Partially Clips; Inverloch; The Order of the Stick; and more. Good stuff.
- Check out the new webcomic collective International History Club. A great concept and some talented folks involved.
- Panel And Pixel is a new comics creator forum
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 15, 2007 - 12:57
Most "popular" pages about webcomics visited at Comixpedia:Â
Submitted by Tim Demeter on August 15, 2007 - 12:35
I was never a fan of newspaper comics. Calvin and Hobbes may have been the first comic I ever read, but once it ended, that was it for me, everything else seemed formulaic and contrived to me with no room for any real artistry. That may or may not be true, but itâ€™s how I feel.
Now, comic BOOKS, thatâ€™s another story. Just as Calvin and Hobbes was ending I began devouring X-Men, and Spider-Man and Batman, and itâ€™s where my love of comic comes from, what originally inspired me to make a career out of comics.
Those are the kind of comics I love and the kind of comics I want make, but theyâ€™re not dominating the web.
Pete Abrams, the creator of Sluggy Freelance, one of the more celebrated and long-running (longest-running?) serialized webcomics ever not only is coming up on 10 years of Sluggy, but recently welcomed a new addition to the Abrams family: Sarah Emily Abrams, born May 12th, 2007. (Ed: Congratulations!) We managed to catch up with Pete before Sarah Emily's birth and talked to him about his favorite Sluggy moments, balancing running a webcomic with family life and how he makes his living from Sluggy.com.
Submitted by MicroJow on May 3, 2007 - 18:46
Howdy, all! Just dropping an introductory post. My name's Joe and I've been publishing my webcomic, PIRATE COVE, since September 2001. For the first 5 years the strip was a daily strip but I've recently cut down to updating on weekdays only.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 24, 2007 - 09:44
First off a quick thank you to current advertisers: the Learn To Draw The Human Figure training course; Nick Bertozzi's new comic, The Salon; and the webcomics Argon Zark; Super Unit 5000; Running In the Halls; and Things Change.
- Broken Frontier has a review of Clay Yount's new webcomic Cosmobear. Yount along with his brother Hampton create the webcomic Rob and Elliot, and the Bikini Suicide Frisbee Days series at Sluggy Freelance.
- Brooke McEldowneyâ€™s daughter sent a note to blogger Joshua Fruhlinger to explain that McEldowney's comic Pibgorn has left Universal Mediaâ€™s Comics.com site and will eventually appear online elsewhere. (link via Journalista!)
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- Jim Zubkavich has a post about how he's including a thank you letter with copies of his book Makeshift Miracle. His letter also encourages folks to spread the word about his book.
- The Webcomics In Print blog interviews the owners of GelaSkins which makes iPod skins. Fans of Liz Greenfield's Stuff Sucks webcomic may recall that she has sold GelaSkins iPod skins featuring her characters.
- The Webcomics In Print blog also has a round-up of the latest webcomic books as well as news that the Ctrl+Alt+Del Animated Series is out on DVD.
- And now: "Todd Goldman stole my artwork and all I got was this lousy t-shirt!" (link from Talkaboutcomics)
- Readers of the gaming blog Joystiq pick their favorite "This is Sparta!" gag -- VG Cats gets the nod.
Submitted by Erik Melander on March 13, 2007 - 07:26
The awards' season certainly has kicked off it seems.
Submitted by Jamie Robertson on March 5, 2007 - 19:24
What was the first Webcomic collective? What was the first Webcomic hosting site/publisher? I want to say the answer to both was Big Panda, created in 1999. However, the internet is a big place and there could have been something prior to BP that simply didn't get the press.