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September 30th

Serenity Fan Webcomics

Serenity Tales is a site for fan webcomics of the movie Serenity. This is the kind of thing that a savvy promotional company would encourage to build a community/cult around a move (or television series, etc.). Of course, it only works if the object of the fan comics actually rocks itself...

September 28th

Thursday Webcomics Briefing

News

Joey Manley has a post up - teeing off of the recent Platinum purchase of Drunk Duck - speculating on "boom times for webcomics" and referencing a Gary Groth essay on the ill-fated black & white comic book boom of the Eighties.

I see people are excited about the new Sony ebook, a device that uses electronic ink technology. Gizmodo describes it as "like a gameboy...for the game of Reading." It will display greyscale images so you can use it to read comics.

Reviews

Writer Response Theory has a post up on Bound By Law - a comic about copyright using a "remediated paper interface" (essentially using the web to remind you of holding a comic book).

The subject matter [of Bound By Law] is fascinating - I don’t think you can really follow contemporary art without being drawn into the intricacies of copyright law. Still, it is a testamony to the creators that I finished Bound By Law wishing for a sequel, or series of sequels. In particular, it would be interesting to see a more self-referential work that took on the unique intellectual property challenges of, for example, web comics and blogging - image sampling and remixing, screen captures, quotation, linking, the act of publication, the nested rights restrictions of host, domain, and content management system, etc. etc. etc…

Around the World in 80 Blogs

Fleen catches the ongoing White Ninja guest week - I kind of liked Jeff Rowland's contribution the most so far...

Zoinks notes that Derrick Fish, creator of Dandy & Company recently put out a call for donation. For donations totaling $15 or more Fish is giving away the first, full color issue of his new comic book Tails TO Amaze!

The Drawn blog points out James Harvey's project to illustrate 100 pirates in a 100 days.

September 27th

Interview with Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman

Scott McCloud's daughter Winter McCloud (age 11) interviewed cartoonist couple extraordinaire Raina Telgemeier (of "Smile" and "Babysitters Club" fame) and Dave Roman (associate editor at Nickelodeon and creator of "Astronaut Elementary" and "Agnes Quill"). The "winterview" was produced and edited by Winter's big sister Sky (age 13).

Check it out here!

September 26th

This Day In Comixpedia

A short look back at what Comixpedia was looking at on September 27th:

2005

2004

2003

 

More Platinum Duck, Interviews, Etc.

I'm going to try breaking these longer posts up into categories - tell me if it's helpful or not...

News

Drunk DuckI started a thread to discuss the Platinum-Drunk Duck deal here - I added links to other discussions in the comments if you're interested in reading more about it.

Aaron MacGruder AWOL from Boondocks return. Or so the Washington Post reports. The Comics Reporter notes that the Dallas Morning News also has a good story on this subject.

The Comic Reporter also points to a deal between McClatchy-Tribune and PopMatters.com to carry PopMatters.com stories on McClatchy's MCT Campus wire service for college and highschool newspapers. PopMatters.com was founded in 1999 by Sarah Zupko and also carries several webcomics on its site.

Interviews

Jon RosenbergWizard interviewed Jon Rosenberg (creator of Goats) yesterday. I just want to highlight this part because I think Jon's answer makes a lot of sense:

What professional title do you prefer: webcomicker, webcomics artist, creator or what's the standard these days? Or is there one?

ROSENBERG: When people ask me what I do, I tell them I draw comics. Titles are a pretty silly thing, I don't know if there is a standard but I'm sure it is a topic of heated debate on some message board somewhere.

The people who concern themselves with those sorts of things, I find, would do better to focus on their comics.

Random Interviews has one with Fred Grisolm, creator of Hate Song.

Plugs and Reviews

I missed it but Mitch Clem is updating NN2S again. Huh-zah!

Over at CBR, Meaghan Quinn plugs the new webcomic from Petie Shumate, Girl/Robot. G/R is kind of a one-note affair (girl says/does something, robot takes it literally, hijinks/disaster ensues) but so far Shumate is consistently cracking me up with it. I'd give it a try if you haven't already.

Everything ElseI'm Just Drinking

Gilead's got a post on Phil Kahn's I'm Just Drinking vidcast - webcomics and alcohol... who'd thunk it? I watched part of it last night - not bad and Phil does a decent job of actually demonstrating how to make the drinks which is good since that's probably the key part of the show. :)

Fleen links to Scott Marshall's post about the Halifax edition of the Word on the Street festival where he met Hope Larson, Joey Comeau, and Ryan North.

September 25th

Drunk Duck Bought!; Blog Roundup and Other News

Drunk DuckPlatinum Studios bought Drunk Duck. Platinum Studios held the Comic Book Challenge contest at the San Diego Comicon this summer (which DJ Coffman won). (Both Talkaboutcomics and Journalista had notes on this story this morning.)

Journalista also points an interview between MIT Director of Comparative Media Studies Henry Jenkins and Chicago digital-media consultant Todd Allen on webcomics, micropayments and the migration of comics from print to the Web.

One more Dirk Deppey catch: Irresponsible Pictures comments on a paper by typography theorist Bill Hill on tranferring text from screen to Web, and its relavence to today’s digital-comics debate. (Have I mentioned how much I appreciate the return of Deppey to daily reporting/commentary? Of all of the "comic journalists" I've encountered, he was the first to "get" webcomics)

The BugPowder blog reports on a planned satire of the official 9/11 Commission Report. If you're interested you can check out the first few pages of The 9/11 Report : The Real Version.

We're closing in on 24 Hour Comics Day - there'll be an edition of it at Comica in London, U.K. (full list of locations here).

Is it just me or does the "Little People" art project referenced in this Drawn post beg to be turned into a comic? Or has some webcomic already exploited this artistic angle?

Anyone heard anything from Patrick Farley lately? I wish he had more time/money to make webcomics...

Comic Foundry points to the trailer for the film adaptation of Frank Miller's 300.

Webcomics In Print has a nice roundup of recent webcomic-related books here. Over at the Webcomicker, Gilead Pellaeon notes Scott Kurtz's potential second career at naming menu items. And another webcomics blog calls it quits: this time it's the Kea's Nest.

September 24th

Any Media Wiki Hackers Available?

I've got a few ideas I'd like to add to comixpedia.org but mediawiki is a tough piece of code to crack from scratch. If anyone is an expert at (1) skins; and/or (2) extensions (I'd like to include files from the other comixpedia sites at comixpedia.org) I'd like to talk to you. Please email me at xerexes AT comixpedia DOT com. Thanks!

September 23rd

Drive Thru Comics

DriveThruComics looks like a download-comic book-type service to me - Comics Worth Reading says it "aim[s] to be the 'iTunes of comics'."

Most comics are available in PDF for $1.99 an issue, including titles from About Comics, AK, Archaia Studios Press, NBM, Heroic Publishing, Kenzer & Company, Marvel Comics’ Dabel Brothers (DBPro) imprint, and many smaller studios and publishers.

Community Vs Expertise: What's Wrong/Right With Wikipedia

Webcomics has its complaints with Wikipedia, but the debate over Wikipedia is far broader. For those interested in that debate there's a recent spate of good links to check out.

The Atlantic magazine has put online a very recent article about Wikipedia call "The Hive". It covers much of the birth and birthpains of the project.

Recently, Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger started Citizendium which is a fork of Wikipedia where contributions will be limited to "experts". Writer Clay Shirky penned a piece stating his arguments for why Citizendium will fail and Sanger wrote a reply. It's an interesting discussion of the merits and flaws of Wikipedia.

September 22nd

Holy Test Tubes Batman!

Boing Boing linked to this video of a talk from Professor Jim Kakalios entitled Spiderman and Conservation of Motion... Or What Killed Gwen Stacey. (Kakalios is the author of the book The Physics of Superheroes).