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Comix Talk for Friday, July 16, 2010

The Sisters Grimm webcomic

It's just one of those quiet news days (watch, right after I post, something HUGE will happen...).  Have a great weekend!

MC HYPE-Z:  The Sisters Grimm webcomic starts today with a schedule planned for weekly updates on Friday.  Writer Dave Pauwels describes it as "The comic is your average adventure-comedy-political thriller-space rock opera.  Set on Mars, in the year 2339, it follows a garage band and their exploits against a backdrop of Martian civil war."  The webcomic is drawn by Nicolas R. Giacondino, who lives in Argentina - his Deviant Art page is here

VIDEO GAMEZZZZ:  Cameron Stewart reveals that he and Karl Kerschl and writing and drawing a new comic miniseries for Ubisoft, based on their hugely popular Assassin's Creed videogames. 

PR0N: Erica Henderson explains in a short comic why 3D porn may not be such a good idea (SFW actually).


Comix Talk for Monday, June 7, 2010

Hey I heard that NING was phasing out their free social networky hosting in favor of $$$-only options.  I wonder how many webcomics used NING for something or other and are any of you willing to pay for it now? 

TOOLS: Jeph Jacques offers up some more advice to aspiring Creators O' Comics -- this time on the question of tablets.

AWARDS: Congrats to Karl Kerschl for The Abominable Charles Christopher winning best webcomic at this year's Joe Shuster Awards.

DE AWARDS:  The Netherlands-based Clickies Award ceremony took place this past weekend at a major comics convention: Stripdagen Haarlem 2010.  There are three categories - each with four nominees:

As soon as I see news of the winners I will update this post.

INTERVIEWS: The Drawn Blog has a great interview with Graham Annable, creator of the wonderful Grickle comics.

REVIEWS: Friend of ComixTalk Derik Badman's 20 Out of 30 Days minicomic gets a review on

HYPEY MCHYPEY: The Drawn Blog has a snapshot of the new Tigerbuttah book from Becky Dreistadt and Frank Gibson.


  • Madhura wrote to tell us about a new webcomic Bandra Girl which is a series of simple one panel comics.  Not really enough there to form an opinion, but I'm always happy to see someone new give comics a try.
  • Debbie Harrison wrote to tell us about a new webcomic-to-be called The Adjusted.  According to its website "The Adjusted is a science-fiction genre, Webcomic enhanced with a music score/soundtracks, produced specifically for the webcomic series. Trilogy Media’s focus and goal is to combine story, art, and a hip music soundtrack, in a multimedia presentation of the webcomic." Well I guess we'll see... when there's an actual webcomic to look at.  Sorry to pick on someone but you're not going to get much bang for your buck hyping something that doesn't exist yet.  At the very least wait until you have some kind of preview of the comic up to look at.

Joe Shuster Awards: Webcomic Nominees

Joe Shuster AwardsThe nominees for the 2010 Joe Shuster Award in the categoy of "Webcomics/Bandes Dessinées Web" are:

The 6th Annual Awards Ceremony is on Saturday, June 5th, 2010 at the Innis Town Hall (University of Toronto) with returning Master of Ceremonies Jonathan Llyr.  The awards ceremony is held on the same weekend as the Toronto ComiCON FAN APPRECIATION Event (June 5-6).

2010 Eisner Nominees Announced

The 2010 Eisner Nominations have been released (h/t El Santo) The nominees in the Best Digital Comic category are:

Comix Talk for Thursday, March 18, 2010

AWARDS: The Joe Shuster award nominees were announced.  The webcomic category nominees are: Attila Adorjany – Metaphysical Neuroma; Kate Beaton – Hark! A Vagrant ;Andy Belanger – Bottle of Awesome and Raising Hell; Rene Engström – Anders Loves Maria; Karl Kerschl – The Abominable Charles Christopher; Gisèle Lagacé and David Lumsdon – Eerie Cuties and Ménage à 3; Tara Tallan – Galaxion; and Steve Wolfhard – Cat Rackham.

REVIEW: El Santo reviews By Moon Alone.

WebcomicsPress: Comparing Webcomic Tools for WordPress

ComicPressSo a lot of you probably read about the hack attack on Karl Kerschl's site last week as reported by FLEEN.  Wordpress has come to take a fairly dominant position in webcomics publishing in recent years with good reason.  Wordpress is a fantastic blogging solution with an active development team and it's not a tremendous stretch to leverage it for comics.  So which comics-specific solution should you use for turning Wordpress into Webcomicpress? 

First let's see what is out there.  If there are other projects out there to include beyond what I list below, contact me.

1.  Comicpress.  Tyler Martin's Comicpress wasn't the first Wordpress effort. but it was the one that caught fire and is now in wide use in webcomics.  It's gone through several versions and now has a few add-on plug-ins for additional features.  Version 2.8 is stable and in wide use.

2.  stripShow.  I think Brad Hawkins' stripShow might have been the first working hack I can recall.  Currently, it looks like Hawkins is working on version 2.5, so it's probably a safe bet to wait until that next version is released to try it out.

3.  Manga+Press.  I know the least about this one, having not had a chance to try it out.  It also looks like the most recent version is in beta and the creator still working to finish a final release of what will be version 2.6.

4. Webcomic 2.1.  This project has been around for a bit, it seems to have been inspired in part by the creator's criticisms of Comicpress.

5. Comic Reef.  The very most recent effort I'm aware of seems to be a project born in the Webcomics Community forums.

What I think would be the most useful approach to comparing them is to create a list of features and see each package implements them.  Some obvious issues are how it handles comic images, navigation, themes... again, let me know if you have any suggestions for key criteria.  I'll be working on setting up each one of these packages in order to write up a comparison of them for later this month.

UPDATE: An email exchange with Tyler Martin clarifies that ComicPress was actually the first WordPress solution and that stripShow was a "fork" of ComicPress.

POLL: Five to Pull / One to Pass: Sept. 2

Batman: Gotham After Midnight (trade paperback)

Creative team: Story by Steve Niles; Art by Kelley Jones

Villain to Watch: Since this is a Halloween story, I think we can count on seeing a smattering Arkham's arches.

Check Back Later When This Post Is Finished -- Okay Done!

I've been posting some good stories Alexander Danner wrote for the prior version of  Another one today on whatever happenned to four (briefly) rock stars of webcomic.

Life Imitates Art Comics: James Kochalka wrote in a comic about a game in a dream he was having, somebody actually makes the game, now he makes a comic about it.  Hmmm... That's a tempting power over the universe he seems to have developed.

AWARDS: The Canadian Joe Shuster Award nominations are out - the webcomics category is outstanding: Kate Beaton, Michael Cho, Lar De Souza & Ryan Sohmer, Kathryn & Stuart Immonen, Karl Kerschl, Gisele Lagace, Ramón K. Pérez, and Cameron Stewart.

INTERVIEWS: Newsarama has an interview with Bellen! creator Brian Brown about his new book and winning a Xeric grant.

SMALL SCREENS: Sean Kleefeld had a good post on some of the inherent challenges of smaller screens as a way to read/display comics.

NOT WEBCOMICS: The browser-based ZORK! game is out.  Jim Zubkavich did gobs of great art for this.

JUSTIFY MY HYPE: Some comics I'm checking out: Rooby Moon and Schoolhouse Daze.

Who Watches The Webcomics?

Working on a few interviews - probably will have them set for Sunday night/Monday morning posting.  Here's what I found interesting reading this morning:

Mark Waid has an interesting column on talent, personality and deadlines
.  The key takeaway being don't sacrifice work for the sake of deadlines.  It's at least worth thinking about even if it's not always applicable to every situation.

Scott McCloud has a post on Microsoft's Infinite Canvas which is still in "alpha" but McCloud says "it’s definitely worth looking at and playing with."

Robot 6 has a review of Karl Kerschl's The Abominable Charles Christopher.

Lots of folks linked to this article on webcomics in IF: INTERFACE (also billed as THE JOURNAL OF EDUCATION, COMMUNITY, AND VALUES).

I love it that the Bad Astronomy blog is linking to webcomics with science!  A few recent posts include one on the webcomic The Pain - When Will It End? and one on a recent Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

Digital Strips catches the return of Spider Girl in the webcomics - Marvel will have a new series on its Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited, beginning April 15th!

The Webcomic Overlook #73: The Princess Planet

On a message board I frequent, one of the regulars mentioned how it was “stalking Neil Gaiman.” Not literally, I think. It was a phenomenon where he was convinced he’d never read or seen anything by Neil Gaiman before. After reading American Gods and some research afterwards, he then discovered that he was mistaken: Gaiman was also the man behind Coraline, Mirror Mask, and several short stories that he’d already read. Thus, his “stalking Neil Gaiman” moment.