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Just throwing it out there...

In a recent article, Lynn Johnston said she would be open to letting For Better or For Worse continue if the right person came along.

She’s open to letting another artist write and draw the strip, continuing the cycle with Michael and Deanna’s story, but “only if it were the right person. It really has to come from the heart.”

year end list

Even though I often enjoy year-end Best Of lists…I wish more people would replace the word “BEST” with” FAVORITE” since it really is about specific tastes of the critic.
Seems impossible to compare completely different creative works on the same scale.
Even amongst close friends, it seems the word "best" is all a matter of perspective.

At any rate, here are some things I really enjoyed from this past year.
(Completely biased since some are from my favorite artists and/or friends!)

Favorite comics I read in 2007

The ComixTalk End of 2007 Roundtable

Our third annual virtual round table on the year in webcomics features comments from Gary Tyrrell, Dirk Deppey, Tom Spurgeon, Heidi MacDonald, Brigid Alverson, Derik A Badman, Reinder Dijkhuis, and JT Shea and Scott Gallatin.

Insert X pun here

I hope to write up a con report for the NY Anime Fest tonight...but for now I'll just quote from the the big project announcement:

Marvel Entertainment and Del Rey Manga, an imprint of Ballantine Books at the Random House Publishing Group, announced today plans to publish two new manga series based on Marvel Entertainment's highly popular X-Men series.

SPX

SPX in Bethesda, MD. SPX 2007 will be held at the Marriott Bethesda North Hotel & Conference Center. Click here for directions.

Details on the scheduled programming here. Speakers include: London-based cartoonist Nick Abadzis; Israeli cartoonist Rutu Modan; Gilbert Hernandez; Chris Staros and Brett Warnock (Top Shelf Productions); and a panel on comics and animated cartoons with Kim Deitch, Roger Langridge, Tom Neely and Jeff Smith. Lots more actually including a panel on "comics criticism" on Saturday.

FLEEN notes that webcomickers will include Box Brown, Nick Gurewitch, Bernie Hou, Jeph Jacques, James Kochalka, Carla Speed McNeil, Dave Roman, Joe Sayers, Raina Telgemeier, Colleen Venable, Chris Yates, David Malki!, and Blank Labellers Guigar, Kellett, Straub, Tayler, and Willis.

Flight Volume 4 Is Out

I saw via the Flight blog that Flight Volume 4 is now available: pick up a copy from your local comic store or bookstore, or order it online via Amazon.

There is also an interview at Newsarama with contributors to Flight 4, including Kazu Kibuishi, JP Ahonen, Raina Telgemeier, Graham Annable, Joey Weiser, Amy Kim Ganter, Azad Injejikian, Andrea Offermann, Sarah Mensinga and Ryan Estrada.

A World of Fantasy

Fantasy webcomics this month, is it? A large topic.

And we can make it even bigger. I mean, depending on how technical you wanna get, all fiction is fantasy. It's stuff that never happened, at any rate, and that's as basic a definition of fantasy as I can think of.

MoCCA

The MoCCA Art Festival in New York is this weekend.

Guests include Matt Forsythe, Dave Roman, Raina Telgemeier, Hope Larson, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Becky Cloonan, Vasilis Lolos, Andy Runton, the Dumbrella and Out of Picture
gangs… and many more!

Tuesday News & Blues

COMIXMEDIA UPDATE:  I'm still working on the site(s) upgrade. Current plan is to have this site rebranded as COMIXTALK by the beginning of July. I'll have another site called COMIXMEDIA as an umbrella site for comics-related projects I'm working on. The upgrade here went well except the current "theme" for the site is creating some problems so I need to get the site moved to a new theme pronto (current plan is to simply update the current theme to Drupal 5.1 specs)

Guest Bloggers Wanted: Interested in blogging about (web)comics on ComixTalk in July or August? Drop me a note at xerexes AT comixpedia DOT com

BUSINESS
Todd Allen breaks another piece of the story about DC Comics plans for the web. DC Comics' new online editor is Kwanza Johnson (who according to Allen had a similar job with Marvel back in 2000?!) Allen predicts a "big" 4th quarter roll-out of webcomics from DC.

Mike Strang posted about his unhappy experience working for Platinum on a work-for-hire contract and others (T Campbell) chimed in with comments. Joey Manley compared work-for-hire to sticking your hand in a meat grinder. My own personal opinion is that authors should keep their copyrights and that creativity and business are both better off under those circumstances. But in movies, television, music and especially comic books, work-for-hire arrangements have been used forever and are still being used. So long as you know what you're getting into I don't see anything inherently evil about it. Just be clear on the concept - work-for-hire means all of your creative work becomes someone else's property. (REMINDER: if you comment at ComixTalk please try to be civil and respectful of others.)

INTERVIEWS
T Campbell interviews Aaron Williams, creator of Nodwick, PS238, Full Frontal Nerdity, co-writer on Truth, Justin, and the American Way.

Jane Irwin interviewed Templar, AZ creator Spike about webcomics and "effectively whoring your way to higher pageviews." You can read the interview here.

Shaenon Garrity interviewed Rob Vollmar who writes the comic Inanna’s Tears (drawn by mpMann).

Lynn Lau interviewed Katie Shanahan creator of the off-the-wall journal comic Shrub Monkeys.

Finding Wonderland talks to American Born Chinese author Gene Yang. (link from Journalista!)

DEAD TREES: Life Meter Vol. 2 will debut at MOCCA. Life Meter is an anthology of video game- inspired comics, featuring stories and art by Bannister, Joel Carroll, Raina Telgemeier, Steve Hamaker, Jake Parker, Jeffrey Rowland, Queenie Chan, and many, many more.

JUSTIFY MY HYPE: I saw some plugs for Boxcar Astronaut and it is indeed a cute comic (it reminds me a bit of the syndicated Red Rover comic strip).

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
FLEEN speculates on whether Elfquest creators Wendy and Richard Pini will follow the path of Phil and Kaja Foglio to the web.

At the Webcomicker blog, Gilead writes about Dominic Deegan:

If there’s one thing I like about Dominic Deegan, it’s that the storylines move forward progressively. The comic tends to have storylines which are fairly self-contained, with a specific villian or villians wreaking havoc with a specific set of goals and a specific set of heroes undergoing a specific set of actions in order to thwart said villians. But instead of each storyline coming around the full circle and leaving the heroes in basically the same place as they were when they started in classic comic book “and so the world was saved once again, and John D and Suzy Q were able to return to their normal lives” fashion, the characters in Dominic Deegan mature and grow from their experiences, and with each storyline move progressively closer to the “happily ever after.”

Joystiq readers pick their favorite comic.

Odd factoid of the day - according to this blog post, VG Cats creator Scott Ramsoomair used to babysit this guy.

Full Story Highlights: All Ages Webcomics

While there is certainly a wealth of all-ages material out there, remarkably little of it is in the form of short stories or completed series.

It seems all-ages webcomics tend even more toward the infinitely-ongoing format than webcomics in general do.