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Onward Into the Webcomics Breach - UPDATED

It's Wednesday and that means it's July.  We'll have new art from Isabel Marks up top of the site there for July sometime this evening.  Also you all already read, right? Well one more reason to add it to your daily feed - that site just got a website design refresh, plus it now bills Brad Guigar as "editor-in-chief".  Good stuff!

AWARDS: There was a lot of hubbub yesterday about the nominees for the Harveys, including this story on how Gemstone publishing provided pre-filled in ballots for its employees in past years.  The Harveys, like the WCCAs, rely on counting up nominations for comics to determine the list of nominees for each category.  How many people participate is really important to the strength of the award.  I don't think the Harvey's released that information - but if anyone knows the number of votes for nominees please forward it on to me.  On this note Johanna Draper Carlson offers her tips for fixing the HarveysUPDATE: Tom Spurgeon pens an essay on why The Harvey awards should pack it in.

Also just in - Reuben Bolling just won just won the 2009 AAN Award for the Best Cartoon in Alternative Newsweeklies for his comic Tom the Dancing Bug.

INTERVIEWS: Newsarama has an interview with another Zuda cartoonist - this time it's Andy Belanger.  His comic strip Bottle of Awesome started this week.

JUSTIFY MY HYPE: James Duncan's adaptation of The Decemberists' "The Mariner's Revenge Song" is all kinds of creepy awesome.

Bye Bye Man Man

Got a note from James Duncan, the artist on Man Man this morning: 

Howdy XX,

Wasn't sure if this was news worthy or not for the site, but Man-Man comes to an end today... after 7 years, 2 versions, and lots of work, we've finally taken a rest.  Matt's still blogging, and working on his comics in print, and I'm going to doodle with my comic strip at, but for now we rest.  Anyways, I hope all is well, and thanks for supporting us when no one else did!


James and Matt are good peoples and Man Man was a good comic; a silly, but often quite witty spin on the superhero genre.  James' art was always solid and Matt is an inventive writer.  Be sure to check out their new projects -- I think their best stuff is still ahead of them.

James is 100% hero!

You may not have noticed the masthead, but James [Duncan] is currently handling 100% of the Man-Man duties while I sort of recharge. Hooray!

Crowded House?

Today’s strip features not only Crowded House lyrics, but a cameo by James Duncan and his friend Jeremy, frequently seen in Mine.

Looking Back Through 2007

In years past (2004, 2005) we undertook the monumental chore of picking out the biggest headlines of the year. This year, I took another swing at it. So without further adu, here's the biggest webcomic headlines of 2007.

If I missed a story you think was key to this year, please post it in the comments to this article.

Updates On Entries in the Ill-Fated Webcomic Directory Project?

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?

First And Last: Man Man

Matt Shepherd and James Duncan's Man Man might be the longest running superhero webcomic now that the Japanese Beatle is retired. Man Man has run so long it's even had its own reboot (pre-boot is version 1 and post-boot is version 2). Here's one of the very first one from version 1 (up top) and one of the latest from version 2 (on bottom):

Version 1

First (Version 1)

Version 2

Last (Version 2)

Three Years of Comixpedia

A little love letter to the magazine that could.It's the third anniversary of Comixpedia this issue.

2006 is the fourth year we've been writing about webcomics. We've put out 38 monthly issues of the magazine and published more than 600 reviews, interviews and other articles about webcomics. We've posted more than 2500 news posts (that's not counting the magazine).

May 2005 Issue

Cover Art by Bill Duncan and James Duncan.

Two Reviews in One: Man-Man and Sarah Zero

It's short attention span review theater this week with two short reviews - Justin tackles Man Man by Matt Shepherd and James Duncan and George tackles Sarah Zero by Ace Plughead.

It's a Man's Man's Man's World

Man-Man, created by James Duncan and Matthew Shepard is a…different kind of superhero webcomic. It is a parody of the typical superhero genre, and of itself as well. Man-Man does not take itself seriously, which is one of its greatest strengths.