What Birds Know
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 23, 2007 - 11:24
- We've got an interview with the creators of the fantasy webcomic, What Birds Know. Check out the interview - then check out the comic!
- Next month's issue focuses on collectives! If you are part of a collective of webcomics creators and are interested in being part of next month's issue drop me an email at xerexes AT comixpedia DOT com.
- Fleen has an interview with Paul Southworth, creator of Ugly Hill.
- Fleen also recently ran an interview with Wiz Rollins - Rollins pens the D.J. Coffman comic, Yirmumah.
- Journalista! catches the news at website ICv2 that Gene Yang won the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature for young adults for his graphic novel, American Born Chinese. The Printz Award is given out by the American Library Association.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- A new blog at Time.com, Nerd World, sings the praises of Chris Onstad's Achewood.
- Newsarama takes a look at the webcomics making up the new collective Lunchbox Funnies.
- A write-up in the NYTimes of a movie based on Marjane Satrapi's best-selling and critically praised comic-book memoir, Persepolis. The animated movie, filmed in France (and in French) will be released in America this year. Interestingly, it was animated entirely in France and Satrapi herself directed the film.
Emelie Friberg and Mattias Thorelli are the creators of the relatively new webcomic What Birds Know. WBK concerns the adventures of three young women. That may not sound like much actually, but the art and writing are so sure-handed that readers can already sense they are reading something special. Most recently, Friberg and Thorelli entered their webcomic in the now suspended Webcomic Idol contest which brought them some additional exposure and praise. We interviewed them to find out a little more about the creators of this wonderful new comic and what's in store for What Birds Know.
Submitted by Sean C on January 11, 2007 - 22:48
After cancelling the Webcomic Idol contest due to voter fraud, Bomb Shelter Comics extended an invitation to all ten finalists to join the collective, and we are proud to announce that One-Liners and Zed Reckoning have joined Amazing Superzeroes, What Birds Know, On the Edge, and Stark Reality in accepting the invitation.
Submitted by Sean C on January 8, 2007 - 11:28
Bomb Shelter Comics has ended the Webcomic Idol contest after discovering new evidence of additional voter fraud. We tried a number of potential solutions to combat the cheaters, but they just kept breaking the system.
Our second annual virtual round table on the year in webcomics features comments from Eric Millikin, Daku, Gilead Pellaeon, Mike Russell, Lewis Powell, Alexander Danner, Eric Burns, Michael Rouse-Deane, Johanna Draper Carlson and Gary Tyrrell.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on December 12, 2006 - 10:27
YEAR IN REVIEW
There are a few end of the year lists I thought would be interesting that I'm not going to be able to get done on my own. But we might be able to do it together:
- Who quit their day jobs this year?
- What webcomics were completed this year? (abandoned/suspended doesn't count)
- Black Kitty reports on the prospects for Drunk Duckers to get a free table in artists' alley at Wizard World.
- Shishio reports that Webcomic Battle is back.
- Bomb Shelter's Webcomic Idol is down to six contestants: Zed Reckoning, Random Domain, What Birds Know, Intergalactic Law, Hector!, and Stark Reality.
JUSTIFY MY HYPE
- Jason Sigala resurrects his webcomic Neigo after a year-long hiatus (hat tip to Digital Strips).
- Nice bit of in-panel animation in today's Ornery Boy.
- Joey Manley discovers the webcomic Fite! by Mike Luce.
- Cyberg Assault Hamsters now updates Mondays at its new Webcomics Nation home.
- Dean Rankine's latest comic is Hunger Strike At the 7 Eleven.
- Check out the new webcomic Destroy Dystopia, also at WCN.
- Boing Boing reports on a few documentaries covering the rise of nerdcore rappers. Nerdcore for life suckas!
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 21, 2006 - 23:46
This week I want to highlight a completely different webcomic called What Birds Know. What Birds Know is also incredibly well-rendered with a lot of obvious thought given to the characters, the backgrounds, the "camera angles". It's also well laid-out on the page (each installment is about 660 by 930 pixels which provides enough space to make panel arrangement important). The story of three girls out on an adventure certainly has a much more measured pace then Zed but it doesn't drag even as you read through the fairly solid archives. In fact, Birds seems confident in its pace and its careful layering of foreshadowing and tension is enough to build to what could be a big pay-off. Could be. I have no idea what is going to happen next, but I'm definitely hooked.
So far it looks like both Zed and Birds are safe with the voters in the Bomb Shelter Idol contest. I hope we keep it that way as both of these are great comics in their own ways.