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Appreciation and Analysis of Webcomic Artists

One of the types of features I'd like to run more of are the sort of appreciation and analysis of an artist/writer that Shaenon Garrity gave to Jason Shiga back in our February 2003 issue. Besides giving me an excuse to link to an article that is still a good read, I'd like to ask folks to suggest the names of creators who you'd like to see Comixpedia write up in this kind of a profile.

Monday Morning News

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HEADLINES

Continuing rumbles over how to turn the CBR/CBZ file format into the mp3 of comics, this time from Modern Tales publisher and WebcomicsNation owner Joey Manley:

All I need is RSS-with-enclosure subscribability — a CBR reader that acts just like a podcast catcher, in short, only snagging .CBR or .CBZ files, instead of .MP3’s.

I can’t take credit for this idea. take a look at this thread started by the well-known comics writer Warren Ellis almost two years ago. “TIVO for comics,” he calls the idea. That pretty much sums it up.

INTERVIEWS

DIGITAL FORMATS

SPRITE: The UnComic

JUSTIFY MY HYPE

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS

Teeny-Weeny News Roundup

  • Sequential Tart interviews Rich Burlew of Order of the Stick.
  • Tod Allen, author of The Economy of Webcomics, has a short essay on why last weeks Captain America media event would have benefited from digital distribution.
  • Derek Kirk Kim is working on two new books, one with Jesse Hamm and one with Gene Yang. The information is rather limited at this time, but one is slated for release this August and the other at the end of 2008 (if I read the entry correctly).
  • Preparations for the Penny Arcade Expo 2007 is well under way. If you want to save some money, there is an early-bird registration rate for those who register before March 31st.
  • Finally, from the "not-webcomics at all" department. Shaennon Garrity makes a note of a "Get Your Girl Into Comics" thread on the Johm Byrne forum.
    The thread currently running on the Byrne board is notable only because it's such a perfect, Platonic example of the genre. It's like a template for all Get Your Girl Into Comics threads on all comic-book forums for all eternity. It's got every one of the essential elements

Awards Awards Awards! or Why More Awards May Mean Less Drama.

Given that it is that special time of year when half the webcomics community's heart is aflutter with the prospect of winning the respect and accolades of their peers and the other half is telling the aforementioned to commit an act that the porn industry is working furiously to make possible, I thought I might toss in one reader's opinion.

News for Tuesday, January 23, 2007

MAGAZINE

INTERVIEWS

Gene YangAWARDS

  • Journalista! catches the news at website ICv2 that Gene Yang won the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature for young adults for his graphic novel, American Born Chinese. The Printz Award is given out by the American Library Association.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS

Short Wednesday News Break

INTERVIEWS

AWARDS

Comixpedia's People Of Webcomics List For 2006

It's the third annual Comixpedia People Of Webcomics List. This was the hardest one yet to compile. There's a lot of webcomics and a lot of people doing interesting things in and around webcomics. This list, as in past years, is an odd effort to compare apples and oranges: artistic achievement, audience popularity, technical achievement, business savvy, news-making impact all go into the mix.

Damn, I Wish I Was Your Webcomic

DEAD TREES

INTERVIEWS

CONSERVATIVE COMICS

  • Ted Rall defends the recently arrested creator of Mallard Fillmore, Bruce Tinsley.
  • Dirk Deppey wonders aloud (look under "digital comics" section) if the recent nearly nude shot of a character in Chris Muir’s webcomic Day by Day would offend readers of conservative blogs where the strip is syndicated.
  • I missed that Line Item Veto went on hiatus.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS

NOT WEBCOMICS

And The One Horse Open Sleigh I Rode In On...

AWARDS

The Eisner judges have been announced and the Comics Reporter has the press release on how to submit (nudge, nudge) your comics for consideration. The panel of judges for the 2007 awards consists of:

  • Robin Brenner, teen librarian;
  • Whitney Matheson, blogger;
  • Christopher P. Reilly, comics writer;
  • James Sime, comics book retailer; and
  • Jeff VanderMeer, writer

PENNIES FROM HEAVEN

DEAD TREES

INTERVIEWS

DON'T MOVE! I SEEMED TO HAVE LOST MY MONACLE...

  • The New York Times loves Roz Chast. Does a cartoonist like Chast exist without the New Yorker? Not intended as 100% snark but a reflection on how a certain species of cartoon has flourished (relatively) because of that magazine's patronage.

Webcomics: A United Front Against Wikipedia

Given all the recent fuss over Wikipedia’s history of blatant dismissal of the webcomics medium, I feel the need to express the following, and I think all webcomic creators, both superstar and little guys, should take this to heart.

"Why do we even care about this?"

We do not need Wikipedia.