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What I Did Last Summer, umm, at Comic-Con 2004

Kelly J Cooper's Most Excellent Comic-Con Adventures
Part 2: Saturday and Sunday

Saturday, 24 July 2004

WCCA 2004 Finalists Posted

The finalists for the 2004 Web Cartoonists' Choice Awards have been posted. With this milestone, the polls are now open for all registered web cartoonists (registration information can be found here) to determine this year's winners. The fight for Outstanding Newcomer looks very interesting with Count Your Sheep, Questionable Content, Skirting Danger, and Sore Thumbs all vying for the title.

(Full List of Nominees Below)

Josh Lesnick Interviewed by the Readers

You asked and Josh Lesnick answered. Lesnick's current project is Girly – a sequel of sorts to Wendy and Cute Wendy, yet not a sequel at all. Part of the Keenspot line-up, but also a webcomics entrepreneur in his own right, Lesnick talks about webcomics business, art and INTERWEB drama.

"Teen Boat" Debuts at Modern Tales Longplay

Teen Boat by John Green and Dave Roman debuts on Modern Tales Longplay today.

Here's what Shaenon K. Garrity, the editor of Longplay, has to say:

This month's Longplay feature is one of my personal mini-press favorites: Dave Roman's and John Green's Teen Boat. It's the story of a normal teenage boy... normal except for one thing... his ability to transform into a BOAT! A small yacht, in fact. Imagine all the nail-biting, hair-raising adventures available to a boy who can live the dream of being a boat! Go ahead, imagine!

Okay, there really aren't that many. But if you click below, you'll be transported, through the power of the Internet, to at least one such adventure. And there are pirates in it. Yarr!

What Damonk is Reading

Frank "Damonk" Cormier is the Editor-in-Chief of Comixpedia and possibly the creator of (Naught-)Framed!!!, depending on who you ask.

"In no particular order, here are my most recent faves -- I read FAR too many comics as is, so it was very tough to whittle it down to 8, let alone 5:

1. MNEMESIS: Sylvan Midgal has done nothing but get better and better with each new webcomics project he's ever undertaken. Mnemesis is a perfect case in point. This imaginative story of life after death has proven to be remarkably enthralling – great character development, solid story pacing, and of course, trademark Midgal writing skills add up to an appealing afterlife... Who knew being dead could be so darn cool?

2. SPARKLING GENERATION VALKYRIE YUUKI: Blame Scott McCloud for getting me hooked on this one. I was always a fan of Kittyhawk's work (The Jar rocked), and when I first lay eyes on this, I simply fell in love. Hilarity pummels you nonstop in this wonderful manga-esque spoof of Magical Girl stories. I DARE you to not think this comic GOLD. DARE YOU.

3. LABGOATS, INC.: This month, Petie Shumate is REALLY outdoing himself. His Edward Gorey tribute just can’t be explained properly in words – you have to go SEE IT to believe it. He's really stepped up his art and writing skills for this marvelously macabre month-long Hallowee'en special feature. I've never been so excited in my life about watching people bite the dust, one after the other! The tribute starts here.

4. VIGILANTE, HO!: Yeah, I know, my wife draws and dialogues it all up, but trust me – this ain't bias talking here, seriously. Art-wise, this is easily her best work, ever... and she was damn good to begin with, so figure it out. A cowboy western with plenty of wacky spoofiness to come (an advantage of sleeping with the creator is that you get sneak peeks!). The story's just begun, so it's a great time to hop on board. The art alone will keep you coming back.

5. IT'S WALKY: Always a fave of mine, Dave Willis' sci-fi action comedy drama romance horror school webcomic (did I miss any?) is ALWAYS consistently quality stuff. Whether he makes me laugh or cry or sigh or get angry at whomever in any particular daily installment, I ALWAYS want the next strip to be delivered to me posthaste. One of the best webcomics out there, bar none. It's got a giant robot monkey, for crying out loud! And sweet, SWEET, delectable Joyce... *drools*

6. FILTHY LIES: This one appeals to the crude little mouthy sarcastic fellah in me that usually never gets a say. Filthy Lies goes beyond the boundaries of taste and decorum again and again, yet I can’t stop laughing. It's like I secretly want to say all the things that Damian and Joel say. Raunchily funny and surprisingly intelligent, too, which makes for a scary one-two punch to the groin. The groin of Laughter. (Make sure you start from the beginning, tho!)

7. KILLROY AND TINA: I have to confess, when this first came out, I wasn't all that impressed. I read maybe a dozen strips, and gave up. Boy, do I ever feel like the fool now, though. I reread the entire archives just a few weeks ago when I was given a gift subscription to Graphic Smash, and damn. I couldn’t stop reading, and when I reached the end of the archives, I wanted more. Killroy is a MASTER of deadpan humor, and the story just keeps getting more and more interesting which each new episode. A crazed warmongering alien despot bonded to a normal teenage Earth girl as punishment? Apparently, this spells "E-N-T-E-R-T-A-I-N-M-E-N-T". (Really! I looked it up!)

8. SKIRTING DANGER: Superheroes. Wanting to go to fashion school in New York. Really. Need I say more?


And again, I could EASILY add another few DOZEN to this list. There's some really solid stuff coming out right now in Webcomics World, and we're lucky to have so much quality hitting us from all sides."

Graduation Day: College Comics Cum Webcomics by Sean Barrett

Every online comics reader encounters college webcomics sooner or later. They're so common you might start to feel like every third comic you encounter is college-based. But, despite the history and nature of college comics in print, it seems the most popular "college" strips are scarcely about college life at all, building instead on elements not found in the real world at all, much less college.

Turning Japanese by T Campbell

Japanese culture has so thoroughly melted into American culture that we can't always tell where one ends and the other begins. Speed Racer, Godzilla, Voltron, and Tranzor Z are nostalgic for millions of Americans, almost a part of "Americana." Weightlifters train by eating sushi. The Matrix seamlessly blends Japanese martial arts and Eastern philosophy into Western cyberpunk and American car chases. Japan makes our cars, our computer parts.

Nowhere does the Japanese voice speak more clearly than in the true avant-garde, the avant-garde of comics, the Web, and especially of webcomics.

Webcomics' Own Breath of the Dragon: An Interview with Merlin

Daniel "Merlin" Goodbrey has been skulking around the webcomics scene for years now, shamelessly exposing small gaggles of readers and creators alike to the wanton nakedness of his raw Imagination. While not a 'mainstream biggie' (yet), holds its own in any measuring contest when it comes to quality of writing and entertainment value, and leaves the pack behind when it comes to breaking new ground in our burgeoning digital field.