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WCCA Delay!

Due to the closing of Smartgroups, the WCCA planning commitee has been forced to do a little last minute scramble to create their own, original voting system for this year. So, unfortunately, the actual nomination mechanism won't be in place until next Monday (January 8th). However this is a perfect opportunity for everyone to take the time to familiarize themselves with the categories and procedures. By taking this time to research and plan your nomination suggestions, you'll help us all by making the best choices possible to create the best results possible.

Narbonic Is Over! Long Live Narbonic!

Shaenon Garrity wraps up her webcomic Narbonic with a googlepalooza of guest artists today. Next year she will be rerunning the strip with commentary.

Garrity also posted on her blog that she celebrated the completion of Narbonic by getting a Narbonic heart tattoo. Click through for pictures.

Bombay Bad Boy Quiz

Always thought you knew everything that happened this year in the news? Webcomics in Print is testing your brain with its first annual Big Bad Webcomic Quiz. With 50 questions spanning the entire year's news, events and even a few trivia questions, do you think you can figure out the answers in time? You've only got until New Years Day before the answers are revealled... Good Luck!

December 30th

Working On Webcomics... Again

I've been scribbling out ideas for webcomics the last couple of months and I've been trying to get into the habit of sketching again. Before starting Comixpedia back in 2003 I was an update-delinquent, barely average webcomics creator. Well I don't want to rehash my history of making comics here so much as to let folks know that I'm going to use my "user blog" here at Comixpedia as a way to post updates on what I'm working on webcomic-wise. I won't front page these posts so you won't have to read them unless you seek them out. (Although I've been considering writing up my "efforts" to re-enter webcomics creating as a column to try and pass on what works and doesn't)

December 29th

First And Last: Last Days of the Year

We used to do a comparison of early to more recent editions of longer running webcomics called First and Last. Here's a thread for noting some webcomics that improved this year - art is easier to spot, but it could be art and/or writing.

I'll start it off with Home On the Strange which started off pretty funny, but has improved its ability to blend story and funny. The art has also gotten better if you compare today's strip with the first strip back in January of this year.

Last Friday of the Year News Update (UPDATED)

HEADLINES

  • Both the New York Times and the Baltimore Sun covers the charity Childs Play started by the Penny Arcade duo. I just checked the site and they may clear $900,000 in donations by the end of this year. Wow. That's an amazingly good thing.
  • Tim Buckley posted a couple of videos showing the entire process of him creating Christmas art for his webcomic Ctrl-Alt-Del (as Buckley says the action is "sped up 600%"). Man I really want a Cintiq...

JUSTIFY MY HYPE

INTERVIEWS

REVIEWS

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS

December 28th

Thursday, December 28th News & Views

HEADLINES

DEAD TREES

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS

December 27th

Should Auld Webcomics Be Forgot?

MILESTONES

Chris Baldwin is ending Bruno. This was a truly groundbreaking effort, one of the most comprehensive, mature works published in webcomics. The title character is a complex, fully-realized character that captures a great deal of the angst and concerns of life.

...I am going to be ending Bruno soon. I have just completed the final scripts, and although I may adjust them, or add additional strips, the current scheduled final strip is February 12th.

Over the last couple of years I have mulled over this idea (of ending Bruno) a million times, and on June 18, 2006 I finally decided to end it. At that point I plotted out the ending, although it has morphed and extended itself several times. I didn't announce it sooner because I couldn't bear to admit it to you all, let alone myself (I feel physical nausea right now as I write this). I also wanted to be able to back out if I changed my mind.

But I have now written the final sequences, and despite misgivings and sadness, I have never changed my mind that it was the right decision.

NEWS & VIEWS

Wesley Green writes that Ambrosia Digicomics, his webcomics and blog hosting service, is almost done. Green must also have caught my post on journalist independence earlier this month as he writes:

There’s been a little news bite going around regarding a conflict of interest in regards to myself owning both Ambrosia Digicomics and Independent Propaganda. Honestly, I don’t foresee a conflict of interest ever happening. It’s not like I’m going to ask the reviewers who contribute to the IP site to just review web comics on this site, or anything along those lines. Hopefully making this public will put any slight rumblings to rest.

My original post was a general question (not an accusation) and it's been useful to me (even if boring to all of you!) to hear the range of answers provided.

JUSTIFY MY HYPE

REVIEWS

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS

December 26th

Rolling After Christmas News Post (UPDATED)

Wow - I'm exhausted. Grey skies and a little rain for the day after Christmas. Hope you all have had a happy winter solstice season so far.

NEWS & VIEWS

  • On the heels of Comicne.ws comes Plugg.us which is another digg-clone for comics. There's nothing wrong with comics-focused versions of more popular social networking tools, in fact it's great that this stuff is emerging. But the trick to success with these comic clones is whether or not they garner a critical mass of users (which is the same key to success for the original versions of any social networking site). Comicne.ws came pre-sold to CBR's significant audience, ComicSpace came pre-populated with OnlineComics large directory of webcomics. I'll wait and see with Plugg.us as it doesn't seem to have any similar affiliations to jumpstart it.
  • Joey Manley has been using Alexa to show trends of various webcomics hosting services (here and more recently here). It's a bit tangential to interest in tracking individual webcomics' audience numbers but nevertheless interesting to see how other hosting services match up to the somewhat entrenched coke and pepsi of the market.
  • Writer Caleb Monroe has set up a page intended to be a guide for beginning comic creators.

INTERVIEWS

REVIEW

MILESTONES

JUSTIFY MY HYPE

NOT WEBCOMICS

  • Art Room is an online drawing tool and gallery from the Saatchi Gallery. Holy high-low culture collision Batman!

December 23rd

How To Deal With Corporate Overlords

I asked this question earlier this week:

I didn't realize that it was a common practice for comics publishers to own comics journalists, but today's Journalista! also alerted me to the fact that Platinum Studios bought the comics news site Broken Frontier earlier this month. (Similarly, Journalista! and TCJ are owned by publisher Fantagraphics.) I'm sincere in asking: how do such journalists deal with the obvious conflict of interest this presents? Is there a corporate separation that protects the ability of the journalists to cover the news without interference or does the journalist just not cover their owners?

On his blog, T Campbell provided his answer:

Carefully.