Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Submitted by Delos on August 30, 2009 - 09:00
Will Write For Chocolate by Debbie Ohi is a comic by a writer. Specifically, it is about the passions of Eliza Street, a magazine article writer and her friend Mimi the bookstore poet. This isn’t your usual young professional sort of comic.
It’s mixed with freelance writing tips and thoughts, so you could consider the comic an extension of the writer’s work or another aspect of them, perhaps. Most comics are hosted on websites devoted to just the comic (and for good reasons) but I think Will Write For Chocolate is a good counter example. I suspect that some (kinds of) comics can only shine when they have other content material to bolster them.
And I won’t let you distract me into talking about the ramifications of these comic & content relationships and whether they should be symbiotic, parasitic or commensual because Will Write For Chocolate could stand on its own.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 5, 2007 - 15:55
COMIXTALK MAGAZINE UPDATES
- Lots of articles up this morning to kick off the November issue of Comixtalk: interviews with Howard Tayler, the new Halfpixel crew, comics creator and writer Debbie Ridpath Ohi and comics artist Ramon Perez; Doctor Haus reviews the webcomic Slackerz, and two feature articles: one from Patric Lewandowski examining the definition of comics, and one from Tim Broderick with advice on writing a query letter to publishers.
- Todd Allen has an interview with Joey Manley and one of the investors in the new ComicSpace venture.
ZUDA, ZUDA, ZUDA!
- David Gallagher writes about writing for Zuda.
Brian HibbsAbhay Khosla writes about the Zuda interface (and something about why webcomics should aim to be more disreputable than the print comics he sells.)
- Paul O'Brien gives Zuda a grade of a C+. Seems early for report cards?
- Highway 62 focuses on the actual webcomics up on Zuda.
- Newsarama has an interview with many of the Zuda creators.
- The Beat has a round-up of posts on Zuda here.
- The SpinZone webcomics collective picks up its first conservatively-tilted webcomic, Geeks on Caffeine.
JUSTIFY MY HYPE
- What happens on the pirate ship, STAYS on the pirate ship
- Debbie Ridpath Ohi updates her My Life in a Nutshell comic with a bit on her ComixTalk interview.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- Monkey Law goes silent in support of the Writers Guild strike.
- Panels and Pixels has an extended interview with Monte Schulz on the recent biography on his dad Charles Schulz, the creator of Peanuts.
- Nightwish, heavymetal umlauters from Europe, rock out at Onezumi Studios.
- Seven Camels blog has scans of the "Comic Strip Artist's Kit" created by Carson Van Osten, a famous Disney artist who did many of the Disney comic books.
I don't quite remember how I first discovered Debbie Ridpath Ohi's webcomic Will Write For Chocolate but as a procrastinating writer of several novels-to-be, I instantly "got" this funny comic about writers and their lives. And then I learned that Ridpath Ohi not only creates comics but writes all the time.
Ridpath Ohi is a freelance writer and illustrator living in Toronto with her husband, Jeff. In addition to creating several webcomics, she blogs online at Inkygirl: Daily Diversions For Writers and has written a nonfiction book (The Writer's Online Marketplace, published by Writer's Digest Books), magazine articles (print and online), poetry, and short stories. She's also a part of the band Urban Tapestry. As you'll see from the interview, she is prodigiously productive!
Submitted by Ninja-bot on November 2, 2007 - 11:22
a huge Yippee for me! Debbie Ohi drew me up just for the eff of it, in relation to another project we both contribute to. She's le awesome!
The illustration I'm talking about is over here, with a full description of "why".
And Shuriken Diaries itself, of course, can be found here. New strip went up yesterday!
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 1, 2007 - 15:00
Welcome to November. We have a cover this month from Debbie Ridpath Ohi who creates a great webcomic on writing called Will Write For Chocolate. No particular theme this month but a lot of good interesting articles are on tap. In December, we will venture into "wrapping up the year that was" territory - stay tuned for more details on that later this month.
- Halfpixel increases by two and changes name to Quarterpixel.. wait I mean Bipixel -- actually just read the interview with Scott, Kris, Brad and Dave here to find out about their new working partnership under the Halfpixel banner.
- Slashdot picks up on Wikinews' story on Webcomics and Wikipedia. I know this is old news to most readers of ComixTalk but it's in the news again for at least a portion of the intertubes-reading public.
- Steven Grant tries to apply lessons of the music industry to the comics biz. It's a good think piece and points out the way comics creators can bypass the "labels" like musicisians are doing, but annoyingly Grant knows more about examples of this "new entrepreneurship" in the music industry then he does in his own industry. Grant should at least be aware of the comics equivalents of unsigned new bands - webcomics - and how they use merchandise and other ancilliary activities (sketches, guest shots, downloads) to make money while giving away the comic for free. He could have also pointed to some established professionals ditching their labels to go indy - like Phil and Kaja Foglio or Michael Jantze.
- The U. of Alberta paper has an interview with Faith Erin Hicks on her soon-to-be-released graphic novel Zombies Calling.
- Congrats to Thomas K Dye who is celebrating the tenth anniversary of his comic tale of canine journalism: Newshounds.
- An early look from a blog at the comics on Zuda and what's attracting the most votes from the readers. A different blog has a bit more of a focus on the user interface.
- Looks like the Amazon e-reader isn't coming out anytime soon despite earlier announcements to the contrary.
- I need to start handing these Karas the Revelation DVDs out faster! Gimme (in the comments) the phrase that pays to be the next winner.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 24, 2007 - 14:31
I built a "library" of webcomics and creators back in the fall of 2005 which I put into beta before realizing it was too much editorial work to deal with and the same information could be better provided through the community edited webcomic wiki - COMIXPEDIA.
Nevertheless looking back on the assortment of names collected (some from me, some sent in from you) I wonder if anyone has any significant updates on these creators 18 months later. Maybe we should interview some of them?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 19, 2007 - 10:13
- Terrence Marks did a five part series on married creators this month - be sure to check out all of the interviews: Tod and Corey Marie Parkhill, Andrew Farago and Shaenon Garrity, Scott Kellogg and Kathryn Garrison Kellogg, Mason and Amber Williams, and Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier.
- We also have a new feature from Sebastian Parsons that speculates about the motivations for creating webcomics. And in our regular columns, Derik Badman examines of a page of Jaime Hernandez's Flies on the Ceiling for Panels & Pictures and Neil Cohn (along with illustrations from Tym Godek) compares speech/thought bubbles and panels for Comics Theory 101.
- Reinder Dijkhuis has an interesting essay on Project Wonderful. My take on Project Wonderful is that it's a wonderful platform for a web-based advertising system but what remains to be seen is whether it turns into an advertising service. A service needs some entity interacting with traditional media buyers (usually advertising agencies) to sell them ad space on the platform. Whether that's PW creator Ryan North who takes that on or some other arrangement, it's a piece of the puzzle necessary to the long-term success of PW. Don't get me wrong though - I'm a big fan of PW right now and I'm optimistic about it.
- Digital Strips has an interview with Chad Diez, the former artist on The Pet Professional and now working on the relaunched (NSFW) The Sophisticated Pig.
- Earlier this month Digital Strips also had an interview with Wes Molebash on the release of his new book, Youâ€™ll Have That, Vol. 2 (DS also reviewed it here).
- Broken Frontiers has an interview (audio) with Chris Hastings, writer and penciler of Dr. McNinja.
JUSTIFY MY HYPE
- You guys all read the Websnark already, but be sure to check out his post about the great sci-fi strip Crimson Dark. I've been reading this since literally Day 3 and it's very good.
- Another Websnark post about which I can agree is this one that says nice things about Bobby Crosby's +EV. Comixpedia reviewed +EV back in October 2006.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- Debbie Ridpath Ohi (the creator of Will Write For Chocolate) lists 5 reasons why she blogs. Following up on Sebastian Parson's article can you list 5 reasons why you webcomic?
- Check out Webcomics-In-Print for coverage of this year's Blooker Award nominees and the recent U.K. Web & Mini Comix Thing.
- Colonel Joey Manley links to a post at the website Your Mom's Basement (what a great name for a website...) called The Tricks of Turning Pro. Parody or not!?! We link, you deride...
- T Campbell has an interview (audio) with B. Shur, the creator of I Am A Rocket Builder. Coincidently, Shur has seriously revamped the IAARB website and it has a note stating "Coming Soon: New Comics!"
- Pink Raygun posts "Top Ten Signs You Might Be A Fangirl".
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 12, 2006 - 10:20
Debbie Ridpath Ohi has another great post, this one about useful online tools for freelance writers who work from home many of which will be useful to webcomic creators as well. She also has another update to her webcomic Will Write For Chocolate.
Joe Zabel has a review of the fantasy webcomic Gunnerkrigg Court.
This blog is solely devoted to examining how "each and every day a comic strip abuses the use of the silent second-to-last panel. If you like snarky commentary on newspaper strips - this should go on your reading list.
Ryan North reports that he is taking pre-orders for a Dinosaur Comics book. The book entitled Your Whole Family Is Made Out Of Meat has a clever cover. The pre-orders are at Quack Media which I've never heard of but is apparently coming soon!
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 5, 2006 - 10:06
Actually there's a lot of book-related news today:
- Over at Blank Label Comics, Howard Tayler is taking pre-orders for the first Schlock Mercenary book, "Under New Management". There is a four page PDF preview here.
- AP Furtado has new books for sale: a two volume collection filled with 48 pages of Tween called "Tween: The Collected Bad Mojo." Also available is "The Underground Pop Anthology" which features 32 pages of different Furtado stories. (There are more details and cover art in Furtado's blog post on this here.)
- Chris Baldwin announced that a book collecting his Little Dee series should be out sometime this month.
- Butternutsquash has a new update. These guys got hit by the Speakeasy shutdown and are now working on how to publish and sell the comic book series version of Butternutsquash. Artist Ramon Perez is also part of a new group blog on comics called Transmission X.
I may have posted this before, but you may be interested in Debbie Ridpath Ohi's tax tips for freelancers. We're almost on top of the 2005 year tax filing deadline so if you're not already done with your paperwork get to it already!
Peter Hayward writes a bit about Alexander Danner's Panel One series on the Weekly Webcomics Review blog. Speaking of Alexander Danner, he wrote a short review of Hope Larson's Salamander Dreams for this week's Webcomics Examiner.
And, have I mentioned Chopping Block is back? Lee Adam Herold's creepy-funny webcomic about a serial killer named Butch is back.