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A Decade of Niftiness: Comixpedia Talks to Pete Abrams

Pete Abrams, the creator of Sluggy Freelance, one of the more celebrated and long-running (longest-running?) serialized webcomics ever not only is coming up on 10 years of Sluggy, but recently welcomed a new addition to the Abrams family: Sarah Emily Abrams, born May 12th, 2007. (Ed: Congratulations!) We managed to catch up with Pete before Sarah Emily's birth and talked to him about his favorite Sluggy moments, balancing running a webcomic with family life and how he makes his living from Sluggy.com.

The March of the Collectives

A collective, loosely defined, is any sustained grouping of webcomic creators. What they do together varies greatly from group to group. Some are largely a peer group offering each other critical feedback and encouraging support. Others throw in cross-promotion for each others' work. Some build a collective brand with logos, advertising and a central website. Some share business experience and expertise in areas as varied as merchandise, books, conventions, hosting and website creation.

And what did I find from my research? There's a tremendous number of collectives out there (and that I never want to attempt another "survey" article again). And, oh yeah, checking out collectives can be a great way to find excellent new comics.

Biggie Panda: Old Skool Webcomics

One way to think of the history of webcomics is as the big bang of comics. At the beginning there were far fewer webcomic creators and they were (virtually) clustered together much more tightly (hence all the wistful talk of "webcomic community") and then, if the inflationary webcomicology theory is correct, those early webcomic exploded into the universe of comics online we have today.

Bruno Makes 5 Interviews This Month

We've posted one more interview for the February issue with long-time creator Ian McDonald, whose webcomic Bruno The Barbarian is one of the original Big Panda 8 (those webcomics hosted by Big Panda during its brief existence).

This Bruno Is A Barbarian

More horrible than Hagar, greedier than the King of Id, Ian McDonald's Bruno the Barbarian has been storming the gates of webcomicdom for more than seven years now.Blending high Robert E. Howard style fantasy with cartoonish comedy, Ian McDonald began his long-running webcomic Bruno the Bandit in 1998.

An Incomplete List of Webcomics in Print, Collated by Kelly J. Cooper

Many MANY of our webcomicking friends have published print versions of their work. I've tried to find, track down, and remember as many as possible. But given the thousands (tens of thousands?) of webcomics out there, this was a daunting task. If I missed your comic, I apologize profusely and profoundly. Please add it via a comment.

Give us links to Webcomics in Print!

Hi,

We're putting together an article for June on what webcomics are in print.

If you know of any webcomics that have gone to print, post them here.

1. Name of Comic & URL
2. Creators (authors and artists)
3. Links to the books
4. Titles if you know them
5. Publisher if you know it

Thanks!
Kelly J. Cooper
Comixpedia Features Editor

Last Installment of Meanwhile in the Dimension of...

Ian McDonald's Saturday-only series "Meanwhile In The Dimension Of..." at Sluggy Freelance wrapped up yesterday after a two year run with its big finale. McDonald writes a bit about his experience on "Meanwhile" here.

McDonald will continue to work on his ongoing webcomic, Bruno The Bandit.

Looking for International Contributors

If you are a non-U.S. resident and familar with webcomics in your country or area and interested in writing something for Comixpedia next year I'd like to talk to you - please message me on the site or drop me an email at xerexes AT comixpedia DOT com.

Thanks! :)

Recommended Romances: A Quickie Poll

"What's your favorite webcomics romance?"

T Campbell asked this question of many webcartoonists. The answers were revealing.