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Comix Talk for January 29, 2010

Whew, made it to Friday.  Sometime next week a new version of ComixTalk at the new server will emerge -- it won't be perfect but mostly what I need this year.  And it should mean the end of me starting posts writing about Drupal and CSS...

I got a fever, and the only prescription... is more AXE COP! You've all read Axe Cop, haven't you?  If I didn't know it was for real I might have thought Kris Straub was behind it...  Coupling really funny and well-done art with scripts from his 5 year old brother Malachai, artist Ethan Nicolle has created something that is a gimmick but I swear I laughed the whole time I was reading it. 

iWEBCOMICS: Paperless Comics has a nice round up of webcomic commenting on the iPad announcement.  I'm not going to think too hard about it until the damn thing is actually in the store, but even though it's not perfect I'm kind of leaning towards getting an iPad right now.  (I wonder if I can write it off as a business expense for this site?)

INTERVIEW: A really nice interview with Kean Soo, creator of the all ages comic Jellaby (and before that his journal comic at keaner.net)

REVIEWS: Tom Spurgeon has a glowing review of Kazu Kibuishi's book, Copper.  Copper has long been one of my favorite comics and I really do want to get a copy of the paper version at some point.  Missed it but earlier this month, Sean Kleefeld reviewed another all ages title -- the prose/comics hybrid book Malice.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS

Seth Godin read Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics and thought it was... about marketing?

Over at Panel & Pixel forums, there's some information and discussion of how intellectual property rights in the U.S. work when a writer and artist collaborate. And another Panel & Pixel post covers creating model sheets for characters for your comic.

Flight Volume I: Where Are They Now?

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.

Word on the Street

Weekend Webcomics Wrapup

I hope everyone had a good week - I was mostly offline, enjoying the beach.  I got back to discover a new Jellaby comic from Kean Soo.  One of the best kid-friendly comics out there and always a pleasure to see a new one online.

It was also fun to see ComixTalk included in Ataraxi Theater's "webcomic merit badges" it posted this week -- one of them is the "Eye of Xerexes" -- awarded for drawing a cover to ComixTalk.  And there were a lot of other good links you might want to catch up on:

INTERVIEWS
CBR had a good interview with Jon Rosenberg of Goats.
An interview with Brian McFadden of the topical webcomic Big Fat Whale
.
The Daily Cross Hatch has the first part of its interview with Jordan Crane
.

MILESTONES
Andrew Farago finishes the first huge arc of his webcomic William Bazillion
.

BUSINESS
Former syndicated newspaper comic creator Michael Jantze announced he was starting up a new webcomic titled Rave On
.  Why is this interesting in an era of many former print comic folks launching webcomics?  One, Jantze was an early defector from print, taking his comic The Norm to a pay-to-read model online.  I have not kept up with how that has gone for Jantze after some initial reporting, but perhaps it has gone well enough because he is using another pay-to-read model for this new webcomic Rave On.  Should be worth following up on.

DEAD TREES
A preview of the upcoming Act-I-Vate print collection
.

JUSTIFY MY HYPE
Webcomic -- Sixteen Miles to Merricks by Barnaby Ward
.
Art -- Robbi Rodriguez.

DESIGN
Brigid Alverson offers her thoughts on webcomic website design.

TOOLS
Comicrank looks like it might be an interesting twist on the comic ranking site model
.

MeCAF 2009 Con Report

This past weekend I attended the first annual Maine Comics Arts Festival, organized by Rick Lowell of Casablanca Comics, and what can I say? It was possibly the most fun I’ve ever had at a comics convention! First off, it was located right in downtown Portland, which is one of my favorite places to spend a short weekend vacation.

Baby's First Internet

Baby's First Internet is a comic/illustrated story by Kean Soo and Kevin Fanning that is solid gold baby!  It's very funny: a laundry list of 'net bad behaviors told through rhyme.

Gotta any plans for next week?

I will be all over the San Diego Comic Con! Here's where to look:

Base of Operations: The Comics Bakery
P2, in the Small Press section. That lines up with aisle 1900, at the very edge of Small Press, so we should be pretty easy to find! Look for the Comics Bakery banner! Also tabling there are fan-favorites like Raina Telgemeier, John Green and Marion Vitus.

Webcomics And The City

MoCCa MoCCa MoCCA!!
The Beat lists a lot webcomickers in attendence at this weekend's MoCCA fest in New York:  Jeffrey Rowland, Raina Telgemeier, Josh NeufeldLark Pien, David Malki, Cat Garza, Jen Wang, Ben Rosen, Dave Roman, Lunchbox Funnies, The Flight crew, Kean Soo...

HAMMER TIME!
ComicMix redesigns its webcomic reader for comics published on its site. ComicMix contributor Rick Marshall praises the new reader and hints at new developments to come at ComicMix.

GUEST ART
Today's the last day to submit a guest strip for Alma Mater's Summer O' Fun run.

DEAD TREES
The Pulse has an interview with some members of the Chemistry Set collective on their print anthology, No Formula.

Wet Ink has an interview with Lee Salem the head of the Universal Press Syndicate.

NOT WEBCOMICS
Warren Ellis points out that Svetlana Chmakova of Tokyopop’s Dramacon is one of the creators of the new animated series, My Life Me, which is in production for a fall 2009 release.

The A.V. Club has an interview with animator Robert Smigel.

Webcomic Jones and the Cintiq Skull

LEGAL
If you haven't read enough about how bad the new Tokyo Pop contest contract is read Tom Spurgeon's straightforward breakdown of the various flavors of crap contained within it.  (Lea Hernandez also has links to most of the posts on the subject here.)

JUSTIFY MY HYPE
Will Wheaton and Greg Williams have a webcomic up about nostalgia -- Star Wars action figures to be specific.

Joe Infurnari who does the Eisner-nominated webcomic, The Process, announced he will also be posting a new webcomic titled The Transmigration of Ultra-Lad on the ACT-I-VATE site.

DEAD TREES
Comics Worth Reading has a short review of the print collection of the webcomic America Jr.

Word Balloons has a review of Kean Soo's Jellaby book.

The Chemistry Set webcomics collective is set to publish an anthology of their comics called No Formula.

SWAGALICIOUS
I really like this t-shirt from Dorothy Gambrell (Cat and Girl).

NOT WEBCOMICS
NerdWorld has a post up about the freshly released Penny Arcade game and the almost here Homestar Runner game.

NYCC: Third Time's the Charm!