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Comix Talk for Monday, April 26, 2010

Chibi Narbonic by Shaenon K Garrity

Another week and whadya know the Wikipedia entry for ComixTalk was deleted.  Meh?  What I really need to be working on is getting a cameo in Evil IncGary gets all the cool webcomic cameos...

WE INTERRUPT THIS BLOG POST TO REMIND YOU THAT THERE ARE ONLY 6 DAYS TO GO IN PATRICK FARLEY's KICKSTARTER DRIVE TO BRING BACK ELECTRIC SHEEP.  As of Sunday night yesterday there were 354 backers putting up $5,371 in pledges -- less than $650 to go to make the magic number.

AWARDS:  The Comics Reporter reports that Aaron Colter's webcomic Wondermark won Outstanding Webcomic at the Stumptown Comics Convention awards.  Only thing is I'm pretty sure Aaron Colter is the marketing coordinator for Dark Horse and Wondermark is from a fellow named David Malki!.

BUSINESS: Webcomics.com inked a discount deal with a printer for its subscribers.  Is that ironic?  Well either way that sounds like a good deal and a nice benefit to subscribing to webcomics.com.

CRAFT: David King, creator of Danny Dutch, has a set of lettering dos and don'ts. (h/t Robot6)

A GOOD USE OF SOME DEAD TREES: Not brand new news, but damn exciting - Hope Larson has been signed to do a graphic novel adaptation of Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time.  I love(d) that book -- it blew my grade school mind away.

NEVER MIND THE %@#*, HERE'S THE HYPE

More Comix Talk

 Dapper Caps and Pedal Copters by David Malki!

A few more stories worth checking out today:

JUSTIFY SOME HYPE: Comics Alliance has a preview of David Malki!'s new Wondermark book -- Dapper Caps and Pedal Copters.  It's been great to see Malki!'s success with the Wondermark books from Dark Horse Publishing.

INTERVIEWS: An interview with Mike Russell of the alway funny webcomic Culture PulpCulture Pulp is non-fiction, usually taking on a movie or an event in the Northwest.  And Von Allan gets interviewed -- his graphic novel (which used to be serialized on the web at Girlamatic but I don't see it there now) is The Road to God Knows.

BUSINESS: An article on epublisher WOWIO's excitement about the iPad.  I'm excited about the iPad too, but given WOWIO's history I am going to wait and see what they bring to the world in terms of product and contracts before spending too much time reporting on their revival.

ALWAYS BE PREPARED: Webcomic Marketing has a list of items to put in a convention travel kit.  It's a really  good idea to have a check list before leaving for a convention.

Quick news item: webcomic domination of the Harveys

Xaviar Xerexes of ComixTalk reports on an interesting development in the Harvey Awards: a lot more webcomics are getting the nod this year.

There are a lot of webcomic angles to the list of nominees this year, including the seven nominations for Jeff Kinney’s Diary of A Wimpy Kid (a comic with a webcomic origin) and 10 noninations for John Gallagher’s Buzzboy which also has it origins in an online version.

2009 Harvey Awards Nominees

The nominees for the 2009 Harvey Awards are out -- all comics creators (those who write, draw, ink, letter, color, design, edit or are otherwise involved in a creative capacity in the comics field) are eligible to vote for the award winners from now through August 8th.  Ballots for voting are available online here.  There are a lot of webcomic angles to the list of nominees this year, including the seven nominations for Jeff Kinney's Diary of A Wimpy Kid (a comic with a webcomic origin) and 10 noninations for John Gallagher's Buzzboy which also has it origins in an online version.

In the online category, the nominees include three comics on DC's Zuda website: BLACK CHERRY BOMBSHELLS, HIGH MOON, NIGHT OWLS, plus PVP, and LEAST I COULD DO.  Interestingly enough three webcomics from Zuda also received nominations for Best New Series: HIGH MOON, NIGHT OWLS, and SUPERTRON.  (Check out CBR's recent interview with High Moon artist Steve Ellis)

Least I Could Do artist Lar deSouza also snagged nominations for Best Cartoonist and in the Special Award for Humor in Comics.  David Malki! of Wondermark also got a nod in the Special Award for Humor category and another one in the SPECIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRESENTATION category for his book WONDERMARK, VOL. 1: BEARDS OF OUR FOREFATHERS (which I own a copy of and agree is absolutely deserving of this recognition).

In the BEST BIOGRAPHICAL, HISTORICAL OR JOURNALISTIC PRESENTATION category HOW TO MAKE WEBCOMICS, by Brad Guigar, Dave Kellett, Scott Kurtz, and Kris Straub received a nomination.  In the Best Anthology category, FLIGHT VOLUME 5, edited by Kazu Kibuishi received a nomination.

Hark! It's Brunel and Stovie

Ah Tuesday!  One day after Monday; too many days before Friday.  Our top story today -- aAfter much public demand, James Turner reveals his new comic: Brunel and Stovie.  Hip Hip Hurrah!

CRAFT
Joey Weiser shows you the process from scripts to finished pages
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MILESTONES
Heroes of a Lesser Earth hits 500 strips
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JUSTIFY MY HYPE
Checking out Heroes Inc - art looks good.  (Which reminds me we once did a list of superhero comics on the web; feel free to update it!)

BUSINESS
Kickstarter looks like another vehicle for pre-funding projects that conceivably could be of use to web/comic creators.

NOT COMICS
Kris Straub and David Malki! are doing a talk show
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And as always, be sure to read Journalista!, Webcomics.com and Fleen for more links and stories.  I tend not to link as much to those sites anymore simply because it's easier for you to go read them yourself.

Strip Features

Tangents reviews Starship Moonhawk and the Newark Webcomics Examiner looks at Traitor. Webcomics Finds reviews Rice Boy and Seek and Destroy. (And El Santo is taking spring break. Enjoy yourself, masked one. The internet will be here when you get back.)

Courtesy of Comixtalk, Comic Book Resources and Newsarama, we have a plethora of interviews; Planet Saturday, Soul Chaser Betty, Wondermark, Anders Loves Maria and Joe Loves Crappy Movies. Let’s add the Joe Kubert interview to the list, too.

The best part of this article on ComixTalk about some of the more tired webcomic ideas is not the actual rebuttals. Those make some sense, though I have less of a problem with the ideas than others seem to. The best thing is the very contents of the very last comment (at this time) by Scarfman. He said that “webcomics, like internet fanfiction, doesn’t have a higher rate of crap than other creative endeavors; it has a higher rate of exposure.”

A Post about Webcomics Weekend

John and I are back from Webcomics Weekend! I’ll try to give as complete a synopsis as possible without boring you with too many details.

But first, a bit of bad news: I know I said that we “are ded­i­cated to fin­ish­ing the cur­rent arc in an unin­ter­rupted fashion”. I know it! So it is with a heavy heart I report that a frustrating last-minute computer issue has forced us to resort to a filler strip for tomorrow.

Your Post-Webcomicstock Weekend News Update

Monday morning - two new interviews for you to check out: Monty Kane of Planet Saturday and Brian Babendererde of Soul Chaser Betty.  Also check out our current sponsor, the webcomic Null Knowledge.

AWARDS
Dude! Howard Tayler received a HUGO nomination for a storyline of Schlock Mercenary titled "The Body Politic".  Dude.  Congrats Howard!  UPDATE: Hey, overlooked that Phil and Kaja Foglio also get a nomination - for Girl Genius, Volume 8 and the storyline "Agatha Heterodyne and the Chapel of Bones".  Dude and Dudette!!  Congrats are in order to all of the nominees.

Also, Kate Beaton received a nod in the "Best Emerging Talent" category of the Doug Wright Awards for her otherwise untitled History Comics.  Congrats Kate!

INTERVIEWS
CBR has an interview with Rene Engström of Anders Loves Maria.

Newsarama interviews Joe Dunn of Joe Loves Crappy Movies.

Here It Is! Blog interviews David Malki! of Wondermark. (h/t Journalista!)

BUSINESS
Surprisingly -- to me -- a relatively new strip that originally started on Comics Sherpa, The Argyle Sweater, hit 200 newspapers.

NEWW

I'm back from Webcomics Weekend.  The trip was a great time, nice and relaxed, with plenty of time for just chatting with friends.  Shared a couple of meals with old friends, like Bryant Johnson, Christ Shadoian, Dirk Tiede, T Campbell, and Cat Garza.  Got to chat briefly with Steven Withrow, Spike, David Malki !, Ryan North, Romantic, Chris Yates, Gary Tyrell, and Dorothy Gambrell, among a bunch of others that I'm probably forgetting (sorry!).