Joe Zabel is both a webcomics creator (most recently he finished The Ice Queen: A Trespassers Mystery) and the founder of The Webcomics Examiner. I really enjoyed our conversation - the topics ran all over -- from Joe's webcomic work to Harvey Pekar and journal webcomics to the future for webcomics in general.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 28, 2005 - 18:07
I'm copying and pasting the actual reccomendations from Fenris' thread from the old forums b/c it was a good one and I'm hoping there's more to add from our readers.
Submitted by Fenris on December 18, 2005 - 17:34
Alright, since I don't want to come off as bitching about things without presenting a solution, here we go. I assume most of us saw this:
The "Best" Webcomics of 2005, which is of course in reality, the most popular. But I suppose that's nitpicking. Your assigment is to look over your links or bookmark or whatever and find what you consider to be the best webcomic that YOU read that is NOT on that list (the Best of 2005 one).
Go with one if possible, but if you can't choose, keep your list short. Yeah, we want to spread the word, but we want the list to be relatively concise too. Don't forget to actually link it too.
I'll start off with Nothing Nice to Say by Mitch Clem. I'm actually surprised it's not on the list already, but go figure... the Internet. Anyway, it's a great punk themed comic with solid art. I'd say Clem is also one of the smartest writers in our field as well. His other project with artist Joe Dunn, the Coffee Achievers, really shows off his writing flair.
Alright, that was technically two. Sue me. Or post your own.
A whole year of webcomic news wrapped up in a pretty package with cookies and milk commentary provided by Comixpedia contributors: Alexander Danner, Ping Teo, Kristofer Straub, T Campbell and Phil Kahn.
A freewheeling discussion about the wide world of webcomics with Eric Burns, Wednesday White, Phil Kahn, Giland Pellaeon, Bob Stevenson, Ping Teo, Daku, Karl Kuras, Doctor Setebos and William G, moderated by Xaviar Xerexes.
You may have noticed that in 2005, the "webcomics blogosphere" took off like never before. There were almost as many people writing about webcomics as making them (okay not really, but there were a whole lot more blog posts about webcomics this year.) We gathered together several popular bloggers for an online roundtable discussion on webcomics here at the tail end of 2005.
We talked about webcomics and creators, art and commerce and of course, webcomics drama. Plus some predictions for the year ahead.
Submitted by Brad Guigar on November 14, 2005 - 18:59
After working on Greystone Inn for almost six years, Brad Guigar is launching a new daily comic, Evil Inc. Evil Inc. is a spin-off of Greystone Inn, following fan-favorite Lightning Lady in her new job at a corporation run by super-villains for super-villains (because you can get away with more evil if you do it legally).
Submitted by Brad Guigar on October 20, 2005 - 10:56
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 17, 2005 - 15:23
Hey ya'll - go read Week 2 of Comixpedia's October Issue!
And today's news includes: Paul Taylor, creator of Wapsi Square, reports on his recent appearance as a guest at Fallcon.
The Comics Reporter also has the scoop on a NY Times article about a new collection of Little Nemo strips. The amazing thing about this collection is the effort to restore and publish the strips in the original size. The official site for the new book is here.
This is interesting: "jEFF" is blogging about starting a new webcomic. (jEFF's profile includes: "In my spare time I train for endurance sports and create comics." He may be the fittest cartoonist alive...) The webcomic-to-be is a sci-fi story called Reign of Fear.
Submitted by Al Schroeder on August 2, 2005 - 15:58
News from two directory/top list sites: Buzzcomix has started up again, with a new look and interface at the same URL, http://www.buzzcomix.net; and Online Comics announced a new category system for its webcomic listings. Webcomics can now be listed there in up to 2 genres, 2 art styles, and 2 formats.
The Comic Reporter reports that there will be no Wizard World Atlanta in 2006 (and hopefully a 2007 version will be scheduled not to conflict with Heroes Con).
If you're interested in the UK Small Press scene check out the revitalized Bug Powder blog which sometimes includes webcomic news.
ANd from BLOGVILLE!, here's a nice piece of praise of Wapsi Square from Hospitalville. Johanna Draper Carlson notices the launch of WebcomicsNation. Pelogrande points out that today is the birthday of both filmmaker Kevin Smith and comicmaker Josh Lesnick.
UPDATE: It looks like buzzComix is down today. No word on why yet.