Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 14, 2010 - 08:44
The Small Press Idol competition is underway. I got an email from Carolyn Watson-Dubisch about her webcomic (along with collaborator Mike Dubisch) project in the competition -- The People that Melt in the Rain. Check it out - sounds interesting.
HYPE: Contropussy is a webcomic by Emma Caulfield, Camilla Rantsen, Christian Meesey, and Thomas Mauer. Caulfield was an actress on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Contropussy has been playing off of that in its PR which made me skeptical of the project but it ain't bad. Kinda funny and some strong artwork. I think they've already maxed out on their fair share of pussy jokes though.
MAILBAG: Tom Pappalardo sent me an email about his graphic novel in progress -- Broken Lines, "a story about a spaceman and a cowboy driving around in a stolen rental van. They are on a secretive mission, and are being pursued by what I like to call "bad guys". En route, they meet a very nice waitress named Maggie." It's a mashup of pure text and comics and Pappalardo has posted the first chapter online. It looks like his focus is on a print version of this project (i.e., it ain't a webcomic... yet) and the first chapter online is a preview.
It's the end of the year and what better time to talk webcomics with a great group of interesting creators and commentators. For this year's roundtable we talked about favorite and new webcomics from 2009; iPhones and iTablets; developments in the business of comics; developments in the subject matter of comics; webcomic awards; and predictions for 2010! I'm joined by Gary Tyrrell, Delos Woodruff, Shaenon Garrity, Fesworks, Derik Badman, Larry Cruz, Brigid Alverson and Johanna Draper Carlson.
Submitted by Delos on December 11, 2009 - 09:00
Submitted by Brad Guigar on November 4, 2009 - 00:00
Batman Widening Gyre
Creative team: Story by Kevin Smith; Art by Walter Flanagan and Art Thibert
Villain to Watch: Deathstroke
They say: As The Dark Knight stalks the night preying upon Gotham City's criminals, Bruce Wayne spends his days getting reacquainted with former girlfriend Silver St. Cloud. Plus, Batman learns the name of his mysterious masked ally. From superstar creator Kevin Smith and guest-starring Aquaman, the New Teen Titans and Deathstroke the Terminator!
I say: Hey! Silver St. Cloud is back! How bad could this possibly go?
Submitted by Brad Guigar on September 1, 2009 - 23:00
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.
Submitted by Shaenon Garrity on January 27, 2009 - 13:07
Hey, I've got a two-pager in I Saw You, a collection of comics based on Craigslist missed-connections ads. Julia Wertz of The Fart Party put the whole thing together, and the contributors include Keith Knight, Peter Bagge, Tom Hart, Sam Henderson, Gabrielle Bell, Emily Flake (one of my major girl-crushes), and a bunch of my friends. So, yeah, that's all good.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 12, 2007 - 11:30
- New feature articles up including interviews with Stephen Notley and Brad Hawkins as well as a new column on self-imposed "constraints" in the creative process from Derik Badman.
- I still need names and addresses from two of the Karas winners - if you're not Wes, JT; Joe; Lou; Charles; Elizabeth; Dave; or Frank email me your contact information! Thanks.
- New York Magazine has a good interview with Nick Gurewitch of Perry Bible Fellowship.
- Wizard talks to Cameron Stewart, the creator of the new webcomic Sin Titulo.
- Jennifer Contino talks to the creators of The Mighty Motor Sapiens, a webcomic that runs on the NASCAR website.
- The FLOG! has some video excerpts from Gary Groth's interview with Charles Schulz biographer David Michaelis. (h/t Journalista!)
- Blog@Newsarama has an interview with Wesley Green, who runs Ambrosia Publishing which hosts serialized webcomics.
- Richard Pachter has an article about the history of work-for-hire in the comic book industry. (h/t Journalista!)
- Paul Gravett has an article about graphic novels in bookstores. (h/t Journalista!)
AROUND TEH WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- I predict all webcomics will be required to feature a Cory Doctorow costumed blogger reference next year in comics during Halloween. This year, Jack of All Blades picked up on the joke that started with xkcd.
- Anyone else reading the comic adaptation of 1984? Besides not being able to figure out who the creator is from the site (anyone know?) I also noticed that it was licensed under the Free Art license from artlibre.org. It seems to be a bit like Creative Commons although I didn't read the license carefully enough to be completely sure.
- Peter Bagge has a comic on partying with Dick Cheney. No shotguns were involved.
- Dirk Deppey picks up on the Wikipedia thread on deleting the new ComixTalk entry over there (and no I've had nothing to do with any of it). In honor of all-things-wiki here's a link to "the 8 most needlessly detailed Wikipedia entries".
The Stumptown Comics Fest will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 - 30, from 10 AM - 6 PM, at the Lloyd Center Doubletree in Portland, Oregon. Admission is $5 at the door.
Special guests include Matt Wagner, Carol Lay, Peter Bagge, Shaenon Garrity, Mike & Laura Allred, Sarah Oleksyk, and Ted Rall. More details at the website: stumptowncomics.com.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 24, 2007 - 13:31
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?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 15, 2007 - 23:21
More articles uploaded to the January issue of Comixpedia Magazine: an interview with Tyler Martin, creator of Wally & Osborne and another installment of Full Story Highlights which features completed webcomics. Don't forget to check out last week's articles: an interview with Foxy Lollop creator Mike Lacroix, Jon Morris' Plea for Hand-Lettering comic and 24 Hour Pixel People interviews King Arthur.
And now on to the news & views!
- Two new collectives launched today. The first one being Lunchbox Funnies which is billed as an all-ages comics collective. There's a blog post from co-founder Tyler Martin here and a bit in our interview with him (also posted today). The other one is called Sugarskull and features "an eclectic group of webcomics that have banded together to bring their collective Rock to the world â€“ no two are alike, but they play together nicely all the same. The list of comics there includes Vampirates, The Awakened, Small Noises and The Reader.
- Diesel Sweeties newspaper-style is showing up now on comics.com. To me at least, Rich's sensibility is pretty different then the bulk of what's on the newspaper page so it was interesting to see the comics United Media chose to recommend to readers of DS: Monty, Opus, and The Grizzwells. (Also of Clango-related interest: FLEEN has a short write-up of Rich Stevens's recent webcomic creator-strewn surprise 30th birthday party.)
- Scott Kurtz is using Project Wonderful to offer some ads on his PvP website. He's trying to limit them to use by other webcomics.
JUSTIFY MY HYPE
- Peter Bagge does his best imitation of John Stossel as channeled by Rob Corddry. Gimme a break!
- Howard Tayler gives a well-deserved plug to Rob Balder's and Jamie Noguchi's Erfworld.
- Words & Pictures is always funny but today's hits that father of under 6 year old demo perfectly...
- As if xkcd needs a plug from Comixpedia, but today's (Monday) flowchart kept me laughing for much longer then you'd think. Must be all the engineers in my family tree.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- Superhero theme songs - I think all of these are real...
- Another Narbonic retrospective podcast as Narbonic: Director's Cut continues.
- The Comics Reporter links to an issue of Foreword that focuses on comics. I haven't read this magazine before but a quick skim looked interesting.
- Johanna Draper Carlson writes an interesting blog on comics. This post on why webcomics don't show up in many best of year lists for comics (really comic books) is interesting.
- World Freehand Circle Drawing Champion. This is oddly impressive... (link from Boing BOINg)