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Your Post-Webcomicstock Weekend News Update

Monday morning - two new interviews for you to check out: Monty Kane of Planet Saturday and Brian Babendererde of Soul Chaser Betty.  Also check out our current sponsor, the webcomic Null Knowledge.

AWARDS
Dude! Howard Tayler received a HUGO nomination for a storyline of Schlock Mercenary titled "The Body Politic".  Dude.  Congrats Howard!  UPDATE: Hey, overlooked that Phil and Kaja Foglio also get a nomination - for Girl Genius, Volume 8 and the storyline "Agatha Heterodyne and the Chapel of Bones".  Dude and Dudette!!  Congrats are in order to all of the nominees.

Also, Kate Beaton received a nod in the "Best Emerging Talent" category of the Doug Wright Awards for her otherwise untitled History Comics.  Congrats Kate!

INTERVIEWS
CBR has an interview with Rene Engström of Anders Loves Maria.

Newsarama interviews Joe Dunn of Joe Loves Crappy Movies.

Here It Is! Blog interviews David Malki! of Wondermark. (h/t Journalista!)

BUSINESS
Surprisingly -- to me -- a relatively new strip that originally started on Comics Sherpa, The Argyle Sweater, hit 200 newspapers.

DRAFT List of 100 Greatest Webcomics: Comedy and Drama

Last year I posted a couple times (Previous posts on this "research" project were here and here) about a possible article on "ComixTALK's 100 Greatest Webcomics" which would be something like the American Film Institute's list of the greatest movies of the last 100 years.

A recurring comment to the previous two posts was what is the criteria for this.  I'm always a little hesitant to give too much guidance when part of the point of asking this kind of thing out loud is to listen to the resulting discussion of what everyone else thinks the criteria should be.  For the AFI list judges picked films based on criteria such as Critical Recognition, Major Award Winner, Popularity Over Time, Historical Significance, and Cultural Impact.

That sounds about right to me.  We've got a round decade plus a year or two of webcomics to look at it.  Critical reception (both from peers and critics), and popularity are both relevant to thinking about the impact of a webcomic.  WCCA awards are somewhat indicative of what peers were impressed with in a given year and more recently awards like the Eisners and Ignatzs have recoginized webcomics.  Historical significance and cultural impact are a little harder to pin down but various "firsts" in webcomics are important and comics like Penny Arcade have had a much wider impact on popular culture than most comics do these days (put aside the legacy superheros of comics -- what other "new" comic, let alone webcomic, in the last decade has had a wide cultural impact?)

Another thing AFI did that might be useful here to help sort through the vast numbers of webcomics one could talk about is to also think about categories or genres of work.  Just as a simple matter of numbers if a webcomic isn't one of the best of a larger type of story -- or frankly, so startlingly unique it's hard to categorize -- then it's hard to imagine it's one of the 100 Greatest...

So to move things along I'm listing another "draft" of titles submitted by the crowds but this time I've tried to break them up into drama and comedy so as to help avoid complete apples to oranges comparisons.  In doing that I've realized (1) it's hard in many cases to decide; and (2) there are probably more comedic than drama on the list so far.  I think it would make sense to whittle down the two lists to 75 each so as the final list is no more than 3/4 of one type or the other.  Of course we could further do genre type lists but for now this was enough work on my part.

So -- your assignment (if you choose to play):

  1. Name the comic you're talking about (you're also welcome to nominate ones not on the list -- I KNOW there are many I haven't even thought about yet -- it takes time to review all of the corners of the web)
  2. Tell me where on one the two lists (comedy and drama) it should be (you could give a range of slots if you're not sure). (If you think I've got a drama on the comedy list or vice-versa let me know!  I'm not "done" - this is fairly dashed off still at this point)
  3. Tell me why!  Referencing awards, critics, historical achievements, strengths and weaknesses of the works are all really helpful!

Dr. Eldritch In The House!

Evan Nichols is the creator behind the long-running Ask Dr. Eldritch webcomic.  The long-running adventures of the intrepid advice columnist Dr. Eldritch are nearing episode #500 which is a pretty significant milestone for any comic project.  The concept here alone cracks me up.  Just check out the intro to the "Letters" page at the site:

Dr. Eldritch answers the questions that no other columnist will touch, with solid, no-nonsense advice to get you through those once-in-a-lifetime crises:

  • Being menaced by the Undead?
  • Scientific experiments gone horribly wrong and may destroy the Earth?
  • A Loved One is possessed by Satan?
  • Your gorgeous lover is using you as a patsy for an elaborate swindle?

Don't fall victim to vampires! Don't get slashed by a psycho! Don't get stuck, ASK DR. ELDRITCH!

Read on for my interview about the good doctor with his creator, Evan Nichols.

November 14th DRAFT version of 100 Greatest Webcomics List

This is an update to a previous post here, thanks for the cumulative suggestions on that thread.  JUST so we're clear - this is open-sourced to everyone research for a possible article to appear next month at ComixTalk.  I don't endorse the list or the order at all; at this point I've tried to include all of the suggestions I've gotten and I also went through all of the comics ComixTalk has ever reviewed and pulled quite a few titles.

We're at the point where it'll be most helpful if you tell me comics you think should go on the list, where (what number approximately) and which comic should get bumped.  If you just want to change the order you can do that to but there'll be another post before the month's through asking for help with that.  

Webcomic Wire - 10/22/08

Drawn from sources that are subterranean and oddly tubular…

It's Webcomic Time

It's the weekend... go outside already! :)

TOOLS
Take a tip from Tom: back dat data up!  I just got a HP Media Vault myself to back up the 3 different machines on the home network.  Over at FLEEN, Gary has some words of get-off-your-butt-and-protect-your-data.

DEAD TREES

Warren Ellis has a post on print following several posts he's made about the low and dropping circulation figures for the existing Sci-Fi fiction magazines.  When Ellis muses about the market of comics and words and the web and printer's ink, I read it.  He's smart and he's not dogmatic at all (either for priint, the web, the way it is or some fetish of the way it should be).  Things are changing and I hope better business/marketing/distribution models get sorted out for everyone's sake.

AWARDS

Last week to vote for the Harvey Awards -- ballots are due Friday, August 15, 2008.

JUSTIFY MY HYPE
Yakoff, yakon -- in Soviet Union, Wondermark you!

Bernie Loves Predator's new comic is a daily take on current events called If You See Something.

Hurm News: San Diego Comic-Con 2008 Post-Mortem

Last week, I went to the San Diego Comic-Con. While there, I went to some panels, chatted a bit, and took some pictures. Also, I posted a bit to Twitter and Flickr. Here's a compilation of the things I did.

I Like Webcomics

COMIXTALK
New feature articles this morning including the wrap-up of Tim Broderick's column on bringing his webcomic Odd Jobs to print in the graphic novel Cash & Carry.  Also today's the last day to send in a sketch if you're interested in doing the August cover for ComixTalk (more details here).

INTERVIEWS
ComixTalk interviews Tom Brazelton of Theater Hopper.

The Comics Reporter has an interview with David Malki! of Wondermark who has a book collecting the comic out from Dark Horse.

REVIEWS
El Santo takes a look at Octopus Pie.

Michael Payne looks at long-running webcomics Clan of the Cats and CRFH!!!.

Derik Badman reviews The Lady's Murder.

SMALL SCREENS
Journalista! links to a Wall Street Journal report that DC Comics will convert some of its comics into semi-animated slideshows to be sold at the iTunes store for computer and cellphone viewing.  This sounds like Clickwheel a bit doesn't it?  Anyhow, Newsarama has more on this.

PUBLISHING
Comics Worth Reading examines the webcomic efforts of publishers Boom Studios and SLG.

Webcomic Wire - 7/7/08

Drawn from sources that are tired from a full weekend…

An interview with Warren Ellis on Freak Angels, Webcomics and Doctor Who over at Mindpollution.org.
PopCultureZoo has a chat with David Malki, creator of Wondermark.
Pink Kryptonite has a ‘Webcomic Spotlight’ and this time he spotlights the webcomic Minus again. I think Minus is worth a second [...]

I Feel Fine At The Corner of Webcomic and Catastrophe

COMIXTALK
We've got a new cover for July from Dave Wright, creator of Todd and Penguin and a new column from Derik Badman reviewing the short webcomic The Lady's Murder.

Also please check out our sponsors: the Learn to Draw course; and Atom's Upload Showdown contest.

MILESTONES
Ryan Armand announces that his webcomic Minus is done.  What do you think of the ending?

INTERVIEWS
Pop Culture Zoo interviews David Malki! of Wondermark.  I sometimes forget that Wondermark appears in The Onion as well as the web.

REVIEWS
ArtPatient.com reviews Josh Nickerson's The Nolans.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
The Escapist dissects gaming webcomics.  In this video, Yahtzee Croshaw shows how to make millions of gamers happy with the minimum amount of effort.