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The ComixTalk 2009 Roundtable

It's the end of the year and what better time to talk webcomics with a great group of interesting creators and commentators.  For this year's roundtable we talked about favorite and new webcomics from 2009; iPhones and iTablets; developments in the business of comics; developments in the subject matter of comics; webcomic awards; and predictions for 2010!  I'm joined by Gary Tyrrell, Delos Woodruff, Shaenon Garrity, Fesworks, Derik Badman, Larry Cruz, Brigid Alverson and Johanna Draper Carlson.

The Comic Strip "Not Invented Here"

I have been a big fan of Paul Southworth's cartooning work for a long time and was disappointed to see his strip, Ugly Hill, come to an end earlier this year. But, his latest project, "Not Invented Here", just launched and is filling that empty space in my heart that Ugly Hill left behind.

Wakes Me When the Webcomic Is Over

I have a review of the graphic novel Ragbox up on the site.  If you've got a comic or comic-related thing on paper you'd like to see reviewed in ComixTalk, here's the information on how to get it to me.  And in self-interested plugging, I've restarted this year; largely also about comics, but also about ME and sometimes about ME as well.

After you check out the debut of Bad Machinery from John Allison don't forget to check out the debut of Not Invented Here from Paul Southworth and Bill Barnes.

Sean Kleefeld looks in on results of a survey Brad Guigar took of his Evil Inc readers.

Newspapers are dying and everyone is writing about it... on the web.  Paul Graham explains that newspapers were only ever in the business of selling paper and well, people are less in need of paper these days (it's actually a pretty insightful analysis).  A newspaper guy and a blogger argue about the fate of the newspaper biz on a blog from PBS.



Apologies to Bill Barnes, but the title felt appropriate for today’s comic. What’s in store for Bob and his new right-hand man, Apchuck? All I can say is: stay ‘tooned…

In other news…

Con Report: Massachusetts Library Association 2009 Graphic Novel Mini Conference

Last week, the Massachusetts Library Association held its annual professional conference, which is notable for comics fans in that the final day of the conference included a Graphic Novel Mini-Conference organized by Robin Brenner of No Flying, No Tights. This included a full day of panel discussions related to the comic book industry, as well as a handful of graphic novel exhibitors in the exhibition hall, and a couple of interesting events throughout the rest of the week. I wasn’t able to make it to all of the events, as I wasn’t a registered attendee.

Strip Features

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Friday Funtacular

Tomorrow's Free Comic Book Day and while digital comics are not officially invited to play, I've been seeing various webcomics making special offers anyway.  UCLICK (btw is UCLICK really "the #1 distributor of comics on the web and on mobile phones" as they claim?) is offering the first issues of several of titles for free on the App Store for iPhone and iPod touch, beginning Friday afternoon, May 1, until Saturday, May 2, at 11:59 p.m. (PST).

DIgital Strips reviews Frequently Asked Questions, the latest print collection from the comic Unshelved by writer Gene Ambaum and artist Bill Barnes.
Derik Badman reviews the print collection, Beanworld Book 1: Wahoolazuma.

Daily Cross Hatch has the first half of an interview with Gene Yang up (and another part of its multipart interview with Box Brown.)

Eric Trauttman, Brandon Jerwa, David Messina, and Mirco Pierfederici are launching a webcomic called Wide Awake - a horror/adventure tale that got its proof-of-concept in the second “Popgun” anthology.  They will have a six-page teaser available on Free Comic Book Day this Saturday.

Tom Spurgeon encourages you to "Vote Early, Vote Often, Vote Eisners"  - voting on the nominees for the 2009 Eisner Awards lasts until June 15th.  More information is here.

Around the World in Several Blogs
Comics Alliance notes the Penny Arcade comic on the recent "no gays in Star Wars" controversy...

In Search of the Best Web Comics

I've been trying to build up a list of the best web comics for my RSS aggregator.

So far, I'm subscribing to the following:



POLL: Unshelved guest strip

In case you missed it, I did a special Evil Inc-themed guest strip for my friends Bill and Gene at Unshelved. It's part of their series of "book report" comics. The book that I'm discussing is one that my father-in-law lent to me just before I left for San Diego. The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great American Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America was a tremendous read. It covers the birth of the comic-book industry and its demise at the hands of religious leaders, politicians, and other opinion-makers. Author David Hajdu offers an insightful look at a fascinating time in comic-book...

This Post Brought to you by the Letter X

Comics Worth Reading sums up the minor kerfuffle at Unshelved last week regarding a online tutorial company sponsoring an Unshelved storyline about online tutorial companies.

What do you think?  Can a webcomic incorporate such targeted sponsorship (it comes awfully close to straight forward product placement) without damaging itself in the process?