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December 24th

Happy Last Week of December!

Whatever your holiday -- hope it's a good one.  Posting will be up to you (blogs and the forums) until January. 

December 18th

Platinum Launches SPLASTIK Cartoon Network - Affiliation with Keenspot?

Saw a press release from Platinum Studios this morning (parent company of webcomic site DrunkDuck) announcing launch of SPASTIK (flattering name, that one) which looks to be basically a webtoon site.  Interestingly it lists a number of other webcomic-related sites as "affiliates" on its front page, one of which is rival webcomic site Keenspot's Keentoons site. 

December 17th

Rolling Into Tuesday Morning Update

I'm back from India! Happy holidays to all of you (including all of you Pastafarians too!)

COMIXTALK

DEAD TREES AHOY!

AWARDS

  • Instructions on submissions for nominations for the Eisners are here - the deadline is March 14, 2008. For webcomics there is a separate set of instructions:

    Entries are also being accepted for the category of best webcomic. This category is open to any new, professionally produced long-form original comics work posted online in 2007. Webcomics must have a unique domain name or be part of a larger comics community to be considered. The work must be online-exclusive for a significant period prior to being collected in print form. The URL and any necessary access information should be emailed to jackiee@mindspring.com.

JUSTIFY MY HYPE

INTERVIEWS

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS

Call For Questions For Blank Label Comics

Back in February of this year, we hosted the results of a ComixTalk community interview with the members of the indepedent creators collective, Blank Label Comics. Given that this is an end-of-the-year kind of issue for ComixTalk, I thought it would be great to do another interview with the members of BLC so we could book-end the year between them.

Moreover, although there has been a good deal of press on Halfpixel, the new collective formed by Scott Kurtz and former BLC members Brad Guigar, Dave Kellett and Kris Straub, there is still plenty to catch up on with the six current members of BLC: Howard Tayler, David Willis, Paul Southworth, Paul Taylor, Steve Troop and Greg Dean. Please post your questions here -- I'll collect them on December 21st and send them out for answers with an eye to publishing the full story here in January 2008.

December 7th

Next Week You're On Your Own!

Just a heads up that I won't be posting all next week as I'll be off in India.  Be sure to check out the reader blog posts and the forums for news and discussion.

December 5th

New Daily Webcomic Coming From Shaenon K. Garrity

New webcomic from Shaenon K. Garrity! I have no details to add to this excerpt from an interview with Shaenon Garrity and her husband Andrew Farago:

I’m writing a couple of weekly webcomics, Smithson.com and Li’l Mell, and rerunning my daily strip, Narbonic, with commentary. The fifth print volume of Narbonic will be available very soon, and may even be available by the time you read this interview. Oh, and I’ll be launching a new daily webcomic at the end of the month. I’m drawing the first strips now, so I’m pretty busy. If you want to check out my various projects, I’ve got a lot of links at my website, www.shaenon.com. (That’s right, none of the other Shaenons jumped in and grabbed that sweet URL.)

December 3rd

It's December Already? UPDATED

COMIXTALK

BUSINESS

MILESTONES

AWARDS

INTERVIEWS

  • Scott Kurtz interviews Tyler Martin - not a bad start to what Kurtz says will be a regular podcast called Webcomic Confidential.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS

November 29th

Webcomics' Delight by the Webcomichill Gang

I'm working on updating the 2007 News Stories story when I can find time today (January through March is largely done at this point) so I doubt I'll get around to a news post. Be sure to check out the lastest reader blog posts though!

One of the stories I want to dig into more (but obviously haven't yet) is ongoing web versus comic book publisher saga, most recently visible in Marvel's decision to put some of its comics on the web. Here's a round-up of recent stories on Marvel DCU:

November 27th

Another Webcomic Rides The Bus

AWARDS

  • The judges for next year's Eisner awards have been named. They are Bookazine Company pop-culture category director John Davis; comics and prose writer Paul Di Filippo; California retailer Atom! Freeman; Entertainment Weekly writer Jeff Jensen; and California librarian Eva Volin. (h/t Journalista!)

INTERVIEWS

WARREN ELLIS

  • Does anyone know when Warren Ellis' upcoming Freak Angels is going to debut? UPDATE: Wow - that was almost psychic - Warren Ellis in a post to his email list this morning said the webcomic would launch in February 2008.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS

November 26th

In A Big Webcomic, Dreams Stay With You

Rolling Monday news update...

HEADLINES

BSC Webcomic Idol 2.0

JUSTIFY MY HYPE

DEAD TREES

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS

  • Neil Cohn writes about recent research on eye movement across the comic page. The research shows that for an average of 8.5 panels per page, there are an average of 20.3 fixations. Most of their study focused on panels that were skipped over for one reason or another. Two types of changes to the page showed significant effects in decreasing the rates that they were skipped: balloon position and panel layout.