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Paul Southworth

The Comic Strip "Not Invented Here"

I have been a big fan of Paul Southworth's cartooning work for a long time and was disappointed to see his strip, Ugly Hill, come to an end earlier this year. But, his latest project, "Not Invented Here", just launched and is filling that empty space in my heart that Ugly Hill left behind.

Wakes Me When the Webcomic Is Over

I have a review of the graphic novel Ragbox up on the site.  If you've got a comic or comic-related thing on paper you'd like to see reviewed in ComixTalk, here's the information on how to get it to me.  And in self-interested plugging, I've restarted xaviarxerexes.com this year; largely also about comics, but also about ME and sometimes about ME as well.

JUSTIFY MY HYPE
After you check out the debut of Bad Machinery from John Allison don't forget to check out the debut of Not Invented Here from Paul Southworth and Bill Barnes.

DEMOGRAPHICS
Sean Kleefeld looks in on results of a survey Brad Guigar took of his Evil Inc readers.

BUSINESS
Newspapers are dying and everyone is writing about it... on the web.  Paul Graham explains that newspapers were only ever in the business of selling paper and well, people are less in need of paper these days (it's actually a pretty insightful analysis).  A newspaper guy and a blogger argue about the fate of the newspaper biz on a blog from PBS.

Webcomics Weekend ramblings and photos

Wow. What an incredible day.

I wish I had taken more photos of the event, but I spent most of my time networking and talking with other cartoonists, readers and attendees.

My day started at 2AM - my excitement overwhelmed any sense of rest. I did some last minute packing and left home at 3:30 in the morning. The lines at the airport were long, but I wended my way through the snake-like security lines to make it to the departure gate.

Friday Bits and Bytes

A few interesting news bytes this morning:

1) Webdesigner Depot spotlighted 40 comic strips for web designers, and PC Weenies is prominently featured. Woohoo! :)

2) Bob and Shari make their appearance over at Capes & Babes today, courtesy of cartoonist Chris Flick. Be sure to read the hilarious blog post after you read the comic.

Time To Make The Webcomics

Does anyone want to do some cover art for ComixTalk for January (like this month)?  Email me at xerexes AT gmail DOT com.

INTERVIEWS

Newsarama has an interview with Raina Telgemeier who is working on a graphic novel version of her webcomic-in-progress Smile.  Raina and her husband Dave Roman are two of the nicest (and talentest) folks in comics. (h/t Journalista!)

The Washington Post has an interview with Tom Rickard, the creator of the comic strip Brewster Rockit.  I didn't realize this started back in 2004, it is a better than average strip in terms of what's in the Post's comic pages.

Achewood creator Chris Onstad visits the Googleplex - click for a video of an interview with him there for Google's Authors At Lunch series.  (h/t Journalista!)

Following up on FLEEN's mention of the NPR story on Penny Arcade, a commenter lists several other webcomic stories NPR has covered: Achewood, Sluggy Freelance, Erfworld, Questionable Content, Megatokyo, Cyanide & Happiness.

TOOLS

Brian Fies, the creator of the web/comic Mom's Cancer has REALLY good advice on dpi requirements (72, 300, 600, 1200, etc) when scanning. (h/t Journalista!)

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS

In their weekly podcast, the Halfpixel crew talks about 2008 and looks ahead to 2009.

Scott Kurtz announced some changes to his other webcomic Ding! -- he took back the art chores from Paul Southworth and is now soliciting stories from players of the game World Of Warcraft to tell in the comic.  I think the format change is interesting, but I'll miss Southworth's take on the art.

Ugly Hill by Paul Southworth

Webcomic Plugs Ahoy!

It’s been a while since I’ve plugged my favorite webcomics, so here goes:
Ugly Hill - updated 5 times a week, Paul Southworth’s comic sets the bar high for both humor and art.
Pathetic Geek Stories - true stories from the frontline of real geeks, written and drawn by the very talented Maria Schneider.
Dog Eat Doug -  [...]
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NYCC: Four more weeks!

Good gosh, I just looked at the calendar and saw that we're about four weeks away from one of the biggest conventions of the year, New York Comic Con! This year, it's going to be an especially great convention because it will be my first opportunity to present How To Make Webcomics to the public. And if things go well, it will be the premiere of Evil Inc Annual Report Volume Three.

Click on the graphic to the right to see the entire floorplan of NYCC and how to find me! I'll be exhibiting alongside Pretty Paul Southworth.

The ComixTalk Interview with Blank Label Comics

We took the best of the readers' questions and mixed in some of our own to conduct this interview with the six current members of Blank Label Comics: Howard Tayler (Schlock Mercenary), Steve Troop (Melonpool), Paul Southworth (Ugly Hill), Paul Taylor (Wapsi Square), David Willis (Shortpacked) and Greg Dean (Real Life).

Call For Questions For Blank Label Comics

Back in February of this year, we hosted the results of a ComixTalk community interview with the members of the indepedent creators collective, Blank Label Comics. Given that this is an end-of-the-year kind of issue for ComixTalk, I thought it would be great to do another interview with the members of BLC so we could book-end the year between them.

Moreover, although there has been a good deal of press on Halfpixel, the new collective formed by Scott Kurtz and former BLC members Brad Guigar, Dave Kellett and Kris Straub, there is still plenty to catch up on with the six current members of BLC: Howard Tayler, David Willis, Paul Southworth, Paul Taylor, Steve Troop and Greg Dean. Please post your questions here -- I'll collect them on December 21st and send them out for answers with an eye to publishing the full story here in January 2008.