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The 2009 State of Webcomics Address

It’s been said that kids say the darndest things. It’s been said in many different ways by many different people. In fact, that’s essentially the lesson of the fable “The Emperor’s New Clothes”. All the adults who praise the emperor’s threads without actually seeing them fear the consequences of calling him out on them – but the kid who points out that the emperor is, in fact, buck naked doesn’t know any better, can’t grasp the consequences that the adults fear might befall him for saying such a thing.

The Joy of Webcomics is all about sharks and viruses

The Webcomic Overlook is back to provide you the weekly scrapbook of webcomic news. So grab your mint julep (or iced tea), saunter off the the patio, and open your laptop. Take care to put something in between your lap and the computer, by the way (a towel, perhaps), because the heat from the laptop can burn like the dickens.

  • You know what week it is? Shark Week, of course! Every year, we jump in the water with the Discovery Channel to visit these toothy menaces of the sea. And every year, Hockey Zombie is there to oblige.
  • Dash Shaw of the Eisner-nominated Bodyworld joins the Comics Comics blog. His first post? Commenting on the storyboards behind Evangelion 1.0. He’s pretty much the perfect guy to be commenting on it, since his comic also transitions to seemingly random scenes from panel to panel. (h/t The Beat)
  • Sometimes, we forget that webcomics aren’t a unique product of the Western World. It seems that even manga is going digital. From the NY Times:

    So while the explosion in cellphone manga is not a simple story of migration from print to digital, most experts agree that the future of manga lies more on the mobile than on paper.

    “The idea of printing the magazine, loading them on the track and delivering them to distribution centers, that whole model is on the decline,” said Noboru Rokuda, professor at Kyoto Seika University, which has a manga faculty, and a longtime artist himself. “I like to keep the paper manga tradition going, but there is an inexorable transition away from paper and into the digital medium.”

  • Speaking of digital manga, Johanna Draper Carlsson is running a poll at Comics Worth Reading as to which online manga is the best.

The Webcomic Overlook #93: Ulysses Seen

The Joy of Webcomics lies, cheats, and steals

joyofwebcomicsThere was apparently a big To Do down in SoCal this weekend. Various webcomic types are spending this week coming down from the high of San Diego Comic Con. The event has gotten so large that I swear I saw Stan Lee on CNBC last night doing a post-Con wrap-up. Surreal.

I finally get to pick a fight with an established webcomicker! Because slamming Dresden Codak wasn’t as fun.

(From 8-Bit Theater. Click for full-sized inevitable hopelessness. Which is a good way of describing 8BT itself, actually.)

Reviewing Comics

Hi, Folks:

Lately I’ve reviewed quite a few webcomics and graphic novels, so I thought it might be worthwhile for me to explain the rationale behind what I’m doing.  Essentially, in-depth reviews are a way for me to improve my own cartooning, and to learn from other cartoonists’ strengths and weaknesses.

Strip News 5-5-9

vox 150x150 Strip News 5 5 9Wow. Hang on tight.

Webcomic Beacon #76 & #77 - How NOT to Make a Webcomic (Two Parts)

Adam Smithee (Apple of Discord) joins Fes, Tanya, and Mark to discuss at least 10 things you shouldn’t do when making a webcomic.

NYTimes Covers xkcd book

There are a few interesting details in this NYTimes article on how Randall Monroe teamed up with the founder of Reddit to publish his upcoming xkcd book.  The article also makes too much of the "a book? based on web stuff?" angle that probably wouldn't occur to anyone under 50, but at least it follows that with some succint coverage of some of the reasons why people might want books based on web content.

xkcd: Science! by Randall Monroe