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Representing Diversity: Avoiding Tokenism

Tokenism is the practice of inclusivity through exclusivity. It is the half-hearted attempt at ethnic or gender diversity by adding in one character of the missing type (South Park riffs on this practice by outright naming one character -- the only black child -- Token).

Talkin' Balls with Wiz

Chad Diez did some great cover art work for the latest Gigcast. We've got Webcomic News, Talking Balls with Wiz Rollins of There’s Always Porn and Yirmumah, and the Music of The Beatnik Turtles.

Captain Excelsior Debuts

The powers of CHRIS JONES and ZACH WEINER have been combined into one comic to rule them all: Captain Excelsior.

Porn To Be Wild!

There's Always Porn by Bob Sugar and Wiz Rollins (writer on Yirmumah & BadShape) enters week three of its refreshingly raunchy debut, offering new readers the opportunity to tune in and watch as three strangers discover their one true calling in life... webcasting the most bizarre amateur porn on the internets.

Blind Date II Pairings

Okay after a random drawing of names from a hat - here's your Blind Date II pairings. (Click read more to find out the pairings)

The rules are simple: the two of you brainstorm out and create a comic in the spirit of Valentines Day. Define "spirit of" however you want (we're not going to be as strict as the WCCA is with the Romantic Comics category).

We will start posting submissions on Valentines Day (February 14th) on a first-in, first-up basis and keep posting them as they come in through the month of February. I'd prefer to post the comics at to prevent future link-rot, but I can link to something posted elsewhere too. Either way email me at xerexes AT comixpedia DOT com with the essential information. The absolute deadline for turning in Blind Date II comics will be February 25th.

Also try and link up with your partner early next week - if you have trouble getting connected or someone quits talk to me next week and we'll try to sort something else out for you.

News for Tuesday, January 23, 2007




  • 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.


Blind Date II: Electric Boogaloo

It's been too long since 2004's Blind Date so let's do it again this year. We had some discussion over format for it and it was divided so let's do the original format again (I'll use the Border Walker idea for another event later this year). I've posted the archives of Blind Date 2004 at if you want to check out the first edition.

The format is simple - by signing up you agree to work on a comic with a randomly selected partner (hence the "blind date" part ). The finished comic gets posted at Blind Date II during the week of February 19th.

You can sign-up for Blind Date II starting now through January 26th. Either email me at xerexes At comixpedia Dot coM or post a reply to this post. Include your name, your comic and whether you are an artist, writer or artist/writer (the only exception to the randomness will be that we will make sure not to pair up writer-writer or artist-artist).

We'll pair up partners and send out pairings around January 28th.

We'll being posting finished webcomics for the event the week of February 19th.

Please ask questions here as well so everyone can see the answers.

Under appreciated comics.

Just wondering what comics you all think deserve more recognition.

I'll link to my list here.

Comixpedia's People Of Webcomics List For 2006

It's the third annual Comixpedia People Of Webcomics List. This was the hardest one yet to compile. There's a lot of webcomics and a lot of people doing interesting things in and around webcomics. This list, as in past years, is an odd effort to compare apples and oranges: artistic achievement, audience popularity, technical achievement, business savvy, news-making impact all go into the mix.

The Year In Print: Deadtree Webcomics

Michael Rouse-Deane writes at the blog Webcomics In Print. We asked him to write about the top ten webcomics in print for 2006. After searching throughout his entire blog for books released this year, Michael decided that instead of a straightforward top 10 he'd compile a list of 10 webcomics books from 2006 that he thought did something well, something different or just plain warranted a mention.