Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 3, 2011 - 10:50
There's a lot to catch up on this morning so let's get to it:
- The Joe Shuster Awards have announced their nominations for this year's edition and the nominees for Outstanding Webcomic creators include ATTILA ADORJANY – Metaphysical Neuroma; KATE BEATON – Hark! A Vagrant; EMILY CARROLL – His Face All Red, Dream Journals, The Death of José Arcadio, Out the Door, The Hare’s Bride; KARL KERSCHL – The Abominable Charles Christopher; DRAZEN KOZJAN – The Happy Undertaker, Friday’s Fables; SIMON ROY – Dead Lands and SIMON ROY & ED BRISSON – Skimming the Till, Catching Up; SALGOOD SAM (aka Max Douglas) – Dream Life; and CONNOR WILLUMSEN – Everett, Hot Brunette, Batman Comic, Explanation for Sator Stuff. The Joe Shuster Awards will be presented June 18th in conjunction with the 2011 Calgary Comics Expo.
- The Webcomiclist site has announced its webcomic award winners for 2010. Best Comic went to Red's Planet by Eddie Pittman as selected by a panel of judges including Dr. Stuart Ashen, John Allison, David Bishop, Wendy Wood, Kurt Hathaway, Tom Truszkowski, and Ed Power.
- The webcomic anthology site ACT-I-VATE celebrates it's 5th anniversary.
- Erika Moen has a new webcomic - Bucko, a mystery. Robot 6 has a brief preview. Moen is artin' and Jeff Parker is handling writing on it.
- Newsarama interviews Ryan "Walking The" North of Dinosaur Comics.
- Newsarama interviews Daniel Lieske, creator of the new webcomic The Wormworld Saga.
- Robot6 profiles Matt Petz who was one of the last Zuda contest winners with War of the Woods. Apparently Petz has been able to reclaim ownership rights in the comic and is now distributing it through Comixology.
Rigby, by Lee Leslie, may have already ventured into the world of high fantasy, but now the heroine and her eponymous webcomic are venturing into the world of print comics. Pre-orders are currently open and will run until February 11. This is RiGBY’s first official print appearance, and the 20 page, full color comic will only be available at conventions and signings after the pre-sale. Those fans pre-ordering the comic will also be treated to a high resolution digital version.
IN MAPS & LEGENDS, illustrated by Niki Smith and written by Michael Jasper, continues with its fourth issue on February 2, 2011. With Bartamus' world falling apart around them, LaVonne, Jeremy, and Antawn venture deeper into unknown territory, while Kait travels into the darkness between worlds -- and she's no longer alone. Smith and Jasper were named "Digital Creators of the Year" (along with Alex de Campi) for their work on IN MAPS & LEGENDS in 2010. Artist Niki Smith is an artist and writer who is currently working on a handful of creator-owned comic projects such Some Did Rest. Her work has also appeared in several English language and German comic anthologies. Writer Michael Jasper has published three novels, a story collection, and over four dozen short stories in Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, Polyphony, Writers of the Future, and the Raleigh News & Observer, and other fine venues. His most recent novel is A Gathering of Doorways (Wildside Press, 2009).
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 24, 2010 - 10:01
The week is slipping away... I'll probably update this post later today but here's the AM version:
- Warren Ellis ponders the digital-only future, throws in some data on Freak Angels record and compares it The Walking Dead (which for most of its run has followed a more traditional direct market singles-in-print strategy).
- The Walking Dead -- which I totally got into this summer -- released same day in print and digital (iPad/Pod) with issue #77. Both were the same price at $2.99.
- Deb Aoki has a story with the publisher of a new manga anthology series, ComicLoud, available on the Kindle.
DEAD TREES WALKING This story on the future fate of DC Comics is pretty plausible -- I'm not sure how likely it is, but doesn't it seem like something a big conglomerate like Warner Bros would easily consider.
WHERE SHOULD I BE? Erika Moen explains the pros and cons of Portland.
Submitted by Ben McCormick on August 13, 2010 - 13:00
When Cathy Guisewite started her comics career in 1976 there weren't many women making comics. 'Cathy' was one of the first mainstream comics written by and about a woman. When she announced she would be ending the long-running comic strip October 3rd it made me think about some of the webcomics I read that happen to be made by women.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 27, 2010 - 08:40
Open Book Toronto produced this great video from TCAF with lots of interview footage with Ryan North, Ramon Perez and Erika Moen talking about the diversity of the webcomic medium and the possibilities it opened up for independent artists. Extremely well done!
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 26, 2010 - 08:18
So is this comix or what? Whatever it is, it's captions on photos and it's (sometimes) lol... (wait did I just type lol? I meant FUNNY)
INTERVIEW: The Daily Cross Hatch talks to Jon Rosenberg on wrapping up Goats, and making a career out of webcomics.
- PW Weekly covers Meredith Gran's latest Octopus Pie collection: There Are No Stars In Brooklyn which comes out June 22.
- Johanna Draper Carlson reviews the second collection of Erika Moen's DAR: A Super Girly Top Secret Comic Diary
- Johanna Draper Carlson reviews the first collection of Gunnerkrigg Court - I think the second volume of this is coming out this year.
KICK START MY ART
- Shaenon Garrity has a kickstarter funding drive for the second print collection of Skin Horse.
- Looks like Max Huffman's Kickstarter drive has met its goal. Good news for Mocktopus fans.
FROM THE MAILBAG
- Travis Hanson writes about his webcomic The Bean which is a pretty nicely drawn comic about a young kid working for (owned by?) an orge in a tavern. It has a pretty slow pace so far, but now that the kid has been kidnapped maybe it'll pick up some.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 10, 2010 - 08:34
Just got a bunch of books in from Microcosm Publishing that I will be taking a look at this week (thanks Jessie Duke!). If you've got a book or other webcomic-related object you're interested in having reviewed send it to "Robert Tanner, P.O. Box 3362, Arlington VA 22203" -- I can't promise every book will get a full-blown review from someone (most do though) but they all get a mention on the site.
MILESTONES: It's Odori Park's first year anniversary on the web his upcoming Saturday. Creator Chris Watkins is soliciting guest strips to help celebrate - send them to him by March 15th.
TOOLS: At Webcomic Planet, Bryon Wilkins reviews the Comic Life software -- it's primarily marketed as a photo to but Wilkins talks about its comic-making usefulness.
JUSTIFY MY HYPE: It's Shark Week at Hockey Zombie! It's also Hockey Zombie's fifth year anniversary.
NOT WEBCOMICS: Ted Rall time - first, Scott Kurtz throws him into a recent comic -- unless you've followed the online Kurtz-Rall verbal fragfests I'm not sure that's a 4th panel-worthy cameo there. Second, I saw this story on TechDirt where they reported that Rall recently argued "that Italy got it right in finding three Google execs criminally liable for a video some kids posted to Google Video." Rall is now officially in the running with Wiley for the all-time webcomic-luddite title.
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.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 24, 2009 - 14:21
Kean Soo has a cool retrospective post on what the creators involved with the first volume of the Flight comics anthology have done since it's release and where they are now. Interestingly, only three still have regularly updated webcomics: Erika Moen, DAR!; Dylan Meconis, Family Man; and Derek Kirk Kim, TUNE.
Submitted by Shaenon Garrity on October 14, 2009 - 10:23
As mentioned previously, I'm going to be at the Alternative Press Expo, where Skin Horse Volume One will be making its convention debut. (Want to buy it online now? Here!
Also, I'll be at this thing:
CAM Alternative Press Expo Party:
Monsters and Mayhem
Cartoon Art Museum Event: Saturday, October 17, 2009, 8:00-11:00 pm
Sliding Scale: $5 - $20
Submitted by El Santo on September 28, 2009 - 14:20
First off, some observations from Johanna Draper Carlson: