Our second annual virtual round table on the year in webcomics features comments from Eric Millikin, Daku, Gilead Pellaeon, Mike Russell, Lewis Powell, Alexander Danner, Eric Burns, Michael Rouse-Deane, Johanna Draper Carlson and Gary Tyrrell.
Submitted by Joey Manley on November 19, 2006 - 11:58
Before getting too far into this, a clarification: open standards and Open Source are not synonymous. Both are objectively good things, and many, but not all, Open Source projects also conform to open standards. Here's the difference, as I understand it: Open Source projects allow programmers to share actual source code, the internal stuff that makes programs work, with one another, and improve upon one another's ideas; open standards, on the other hand, allow programmers to write programs that interact well with programs written by others -- without necessarily having to have an understanding of the internals of the other programs. HTTP, which defines the transport mechanism for web pages, for example, is an open standard. Internet Explorer, a non-Open Source program from Microsoft, can implement HTTP to talk to the talkaboutcomics.com web server, which runs Apache, an example of Open Source software -- and Apache, in turn, can talk back to Internet Explorer using the HTTP open standard. Both web browser and web server are key pieces of software in your experience of browsing the World Wide Web. Neither has to know how the other works, in order to be able to work together -- and you, of course, don't have to know anything about any of that, more than likely. Which is probably why there hasn't been a lot of action on open standards in the webcomics world. Comics creators, after all, are artists. Open standards aren't about artists communicating with people (which is what you do when you make your artistic choices -- choices which should always be left infinitely free) -- open standards are about computers communicating with other computers and computer programs.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 24, 2006 - 09:27
- Jen Sorensen's "Slowpokeâ€
- Rick Smith and Tania Menesse's â€œShuck Strippedâ€
- Spike's â€œTemplar, Arizonaâ€
- Eric Millikin's â€œFetus-Xâ€
- Tom Hart's â€œHutch Owenâ€
- Ryan North's â€œDinosaur Comicsâ€
Here is a full list of all the wonderful artists contributing to Serializer. It includes Patrick Farley with "Apocamon," Renee French with "micrographica," Sam Henderson with "The Magic Whistle," and Emily Horne and Joey Comeau with "A Softer World."
Publisherâ€™s Weekly refers to many of serializerâ€™s artists as â€œart comics favoritesâ€ and â€œcritical darlings.â€ Londonâ€™s Sunday Times has called serializer â€œhigh art,â€ and The New York Times thought some of our comics were â€œWell drawn and funny.â€ The Comics Journal found some Serializer comics to be â€œdaring, entertainingly perverseâ€ while The Guardian found artwork on serializer that â€œthreatens to seriously tamper with oneâ€™s smug equilibrium.â€
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 12, 2006 - 10:22
Finally, the impending return of Serializer - the art comic outpost in the Modern Tales kingdom - is near (Eric says end of October). This would be the last of the MT sites to return after server crash/upgrade issues. A partial list of the artists on the roster for the relaunch include:
- Nick Bertozzi, Drop Ceiling
- Patrick Farley, Apocamon: The Final Judgement
- Matt Feazell, Amazing Cynical Man!
- RenÃ©e French, micrographica
- Merlin Goodbrey & Douglas Noble, The Rule of Death
- Tom Hart, Hutch Owen
- Eric Millikin, Fetus-X
- Casey Sorrow, Feral Calf
- Joda Thayer, Few and Far Between
Joystiq, a popular videogame blog has a weekly poll on its readers favorite webcomics. Naturally these are all gamer webcomics but I was surprised to see in the most recent poll that Press Start To Play is essentially tied with Penny Arcade in popularity and another webcomic I hadn't read before, Fanboys In Love, was in third place.
Andy Bell (Creatures In My Head) is having a launch party for his Zliks toys on Friday 13th in New York City.
Good news at the Fortress of Dumbrellatude: R Stevens is looking for help with his t-shirt n' swag shipping empire.
Exciting tasks include folding t-shirts, filling orders, counting things, moderate computer use and discussing the paranormal at length. Perks include being away from the general public and occasional free goodies. Also, money.
We're closing in on NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and like others I am thinking about giving it a try this year...
Funny, but this was exactly like a lot of my sports practices as a kid. Only for baseball...
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 25, 2006 - 09:27
Platinum Studios bought Drunk Duck. Platinum Studios held the Comic Book Challenge contest at the San Diego Comicon this summer (which DJ Coffman won). (Both Talkaboutcomics and Journalista had notes on this story this morning.)
Journalista also points an interview between MIT Director of Comparative Media Studies Henry Jenkins and Chicago digital-media consultant Todd Allen on webcomics, micropayments and the migration of comics from print to the Web.
One more Dirk Deppey catch: Irresponsible Pictures comments on a paper by typography theorist Bill Hill on tranferring text from screen to Web, and its relavence to todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s digital-comics debate. (Have I mentioned how much I appreciate the return of Deppey to daily reporting/commentary? Of all of the "comic journalists" I've encountered, he was the first to "get" webcomics)
The BugPowder blog reports on a planned satire of the official 9/11 Commission Report. If you're interested you can check out the first few pages of The 9/11 Report : The Real Version.
Is it just me or does the "Little People" art project referenced in this Drawn post beg to be turned into a comic? Or has some webcomic already exploited this artistic angle?
Anyone heard anything from Patrick Farley lately? I wish he had more time/money to make webcomics...
Comic Foundry points to the trailer for the film adaptation of Frank Miller's 300.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 23, 2006 - 02:41
Patrick Farley drops in his blog that he is working on the graphic novel Mother Of All Bombs that he started work on in January 2005. The political comic features artworks from Justine Shaw (creator of Nowhere Girl).
Farley has posted a few panels from the work-in-progress.
Chances are you like comics and you like music, but do you want them fused together?
Tym Godek takes a look at music and comics and examines how they interact, what creators have come up with to date and where we might go in the future.
Submitted by Altercator on March 8, 2006 - 14:13
Thought we might continue this discussion since the forums have been renovated.
To recap: Webcomics is and should be a medium for creators to tell their stories, not unlike books, movies, theatre and video games. They are not a genre that has been defined by PvP, Penny Arcade, Keenspot and the like.
Submitted by Thatguy on February 28, 2006 - 23:55
I'm doing a formal paper on Webcomics for a senior Folk Art course and I need some opinions, concepts, quotes, examples from YOU, the expert on the subject. So, if you're feeling helpful, I've got a few specific questions - or if you're VERY interested, you can eMail me at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
1) Why make webcomics?
2) Do you feel connected to a webcomic community? (why/why not?)
3) Do webcomics reflect in some way upon this community?
4) In what ways do webcomics bring the community together?
5) What traditions do authors draw upon, and have webcomics developed any of their own, unique traditions?
6) Webcomics: "High" art or "Folk" art? Explain.
Feel free to add any tangents, examples, images, links, etc. THANKS!