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Comix Talk for Monday, July 12, 2010

Your post-World Cup comics report (start your planning for Brasil 2014 now!).

iWEBCOMICS: Comics Worth Reading has a round-up of some of the digital comics reader programs out there now.  She picks Comixology as the industry leader to date, based largely on its embrace of handhelds and wider selection of comics.

INTERVIEW: Sequential Tart has an interview with A. David Lewis, creator of the webcomic Braveplay.

DEAD TREE:  Brian Fies, creator of the comics Mom's Cancer and Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow? writes some advice about what to do when getting published.

ALL THE HYPE THAT FITS

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 2 BLOGS

2010 Harvey Award Nominees Announced

The 2010 Harvey Awards Nominees have been announced.  Here's the webcomic category:

The full list of nominees after the jump:

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.

This Day In ComixTalk: May 15th

A look back at some of the stories we covered from the world of webcomics:

2008
I mused on the future of comics and links to all of the other news I found worth linking to that day - including the conclusion of Evan Dham's Rice Boy.

2007
We had a review of the Paranormals and in award news: Brian Fies won the Blooker Award for Mom's Cancer and Krahulik and Holkins won the UK's Eagle Award for Penny Arcade.

2006
Artist Onezumi commented on the then-in-the-news Brownstein/Soma story, ByrobotDotNet started up, we updated the list of surviving contestants to the Daily Grind contest (as of 2009 there are still 8 surviving contestants listed - I wonder if anyone is still tracking this?) and links to all of the other news I found worth linking to that day.

2005
David "Shortpacked" Willis announced he was leaving Keenspot.
The 2nd week of our May magazine update went up: a review of Spamusement, an interview with J. Grant and Mel Hynes of Two Lumps, Alexander Danner's guide to collaboration, a new column from Eric Burns, and a new Welton Colbert comic from Ryan Estrada.

2004
The 2nd week of our May magazine update went up: with a review of Spark Needle and an interview with Gilda Rimessi of The Sinner Dragon as well as columns from Frank "Damonk" Cormier and Jim Zubkavish.  We also had a look at the history of comics syndication.

2003
Eat the Roses by Meaghan Quinn turned 3 years old (I think the last time this was updated was in 2006).
Nominations for the 3rd edition of the WCCAs were almost due.

Time To Make The Webcomics

Does anyone want to do some cover art for ComixTalk for January (like this month)?  Email me at xerexes AT gmail DOT com.

INTERVIEWS

Newsarama has an interview with Raina Telgemeier who is working on a graphic novel version of her webcomic-in-progress Smile.  Raina and her husband Dave Roman are two of the nicest (and talentest) folks in comics. (h/t Journalista!)

The Washington Post has an interview with Tom Rickard, the creator of the comic strip Brewster Rockit.  I didn't realize this started back in 2004, it is a better than average strip in terms of what's in the Post's comic pages.

Achewood creator Chris Onstad visits the Googleplex - click for a video of an interview with him there for Google's Authors At Lunch series.  (h/t Journalista!)

Following up on FLEEN's mention of the NPR story on Penny Arcade, a commenter lists several other webcomic stories NPR has covered: Achewood, Sluggy Freelance, Erfworld, Questionable Content, Megatokyo, Cyanide & Happiness.

TOOLS

Brian Fies, the creator of the web/comic Mom's Cancer has REALLY good advice on dpi requirements (72, 300, 600, 1200, etc) when scanning. (h/t Journalista!)

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS

In their weekly podcast, the Halfpixel crew talks about 2008 and looks ahead to 2009.

Scott Kurtz announced some changes to his other webcomic Ding! -- he took back the art chores from Paul Southworth and is now soliciting stories from players of the game World Of Warcraft to tell in the comic.  I think the format change is interesting, but I'll miss Southworth's take on the art.

SMILE Guest Theatre: Brian Fies!

Bah, I've been so caught up in working on SMILE the book, that I forgot to mention I'm still putting up guest strips on the SMILE website!

Here's a great new guest strip from my friend Brian Fies, who always makes time for a friendly chat when we see each other at cons, and has been a good ally in discussing the twilight space between webcomics and their print cousins. Go read about his dental drama, why don't you?

Looking Back Through 2007

In years past (2004, 2005) we undertook the monumental chore of picking out the biggest headlines of the year. This year, I took another swing at it. So without further adu, here's the biggest webcomic headlines of 2007.

If I missed a story you think was key to this year, please post it in the comments to this article.

2007 Harvey Award Winners Announced

Newsarama has the list of Harvey Award winners. The winner for Best Online Comics Work was Nicholas Gurewitch for his webcomic Perry Bible Fellowship. The list of awards after the break:

Harvey Award Nominees Out

The Harvey Awards have released their nominations for this year's edition. Up for BEST ONLINE COMICS WORK are:

This is the second time the Harveys will recognize webcomics. James Kochalka's American Elf won last year.

Brian Fies, the creator of Mom's Cancer, is also up for several awards this year.

Blooker Awards Announced

The winner of this year's Lulu Blooker Award in the Comics category is Mom's Cancer by Brian Fies. Mom's Cancer originally appeared online as a webcomic and won the Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic in 2005. (CBR also recently included Mom's Cancer amongst its 365 Reasons to Love Comics series)

OTHER AWARD NEWS: Penny Arcade won the U.K. Eagle award for "Favourite Web-Based Comic". Pip, pip, cheerio!