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  • I thought David McGuire's Webcomics Are Awesome is pretty funny as a parody of webcomics community (not sure if he's going to update it further) on the level of "lots of this absurd stuff happens and it's always healthy to make fun of yourself" since McGuire is a comic creator himself and as part of the now defunct Bag of Chips collective has certainly been "in" the webcomics community as much as anyone. On the otherhand I don't really know David (met him once at SPX) so I'm not sure how he views this comic.
  • Everyone's making comics about the latest videogame Portal. This one's from Hijinks Ensue (whose creator Joel Watson also makes comics that appear on the website Apple Insider)
  • Tough Guys is a pretty good concept for a comic (or probably more likely an Adult Swim animated series) but the execution of this webcomic by Zac Marshall and Nuno Teixeira is all wrong. The art is strange and largely looks cut and pasted. Maybe a chibi style would have worked better here. It's also largely not funny nor interesting yet. You're aiming at a huge chunk of American pop culture over the last 30 to 40 years (the "action movie") -- that's a big fat softball across the plate, if you're doing jokes you ought to be hitting multiple base hits everytime out.
  • The Tower by Saki Miyamoto and Brendon Bennets is a textless comic about a princess who escapes her intended role in search of adventure.
  • David Wright (creator of Todd and Penguin) has a new webcomic out called The Best Kids Show Ever - sort of if Fox News decided to get into the children's television business.
  • Butternut Squash versus Mahna mahna. (Original muppet song here!)

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End of the Summer Edition of What's On My Monitor

I had a good summer - hope you all did too. I tend to leave open a lot of windows in Firefox thinking I'll get to writing a snappy comment about them and often never do. Let's see what I can come up with while I close out my summer readings....

THE LOWDOWN ON DOWNLOADS 

  • WOWIO is a site that offers a lot of comics (and ebooks too) for download, some of them free.  There's a good post by T Campbell here on his experience working with the site to offer his comics and over here is some skepticism from FLEEN.  Campbell reveals that he gets 50 cents per unique download of his comic.  I signed up myself earlier this year with a "non-anonymous" email (I think I used a comixpedia.com one) and don't remember being bothered by the information requested.  If the information requested did bother me well here's a tip.  For a lot of sites I use a set of information I've created to give to sites I think anonyingly ask for too much information.  That way they know nothing about me and yet I can remember the "information" if I need it later for some reason (like recovering a password).  I don't think of it as all that different than giving physical stores made up zip codes when they ask for one (which I do all the time too).  (There's some regional group of newspapers websites - including this one - that asks everytime you read a story for your birthdate, gender and zip code.  That is damn annoying!)

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2007 2Pi-Con

This weekend is 2Pi-Con, the biggest science fiction, gaming, and lifestyle convention in the Pioneer Valley.

WHEN: This weekend - August 10-12

WHERE: Clarion Sovereign Hotel, West Springfield, MA

This sounds heck-o-fun - I kind of wish I lived close enough to go. Jeph Jacques of Questionable Content is one of the guests of honor and also attending will be Randall Munroe of XKCD and The Ferrett of Home on the Strange. Small crowd, cool guests.

XKCD Is a Phenomenon

xkcd creator Randall Munroe speaks at MIT and the rocket scientists-in-training go wild!

Talking xkcd With Randall Munroe

Randall Munroe, writer of minimalist computer/romance humor comic strip xkcd, was kind enough to grant Comixpedia an email interview, where he discusses how to pronounce the title of his comic, some thoughts on producing the strip, and which raptor style dinosaur he would prefer to be attacked by. Enjoy!

Updating the Feed Lists

When we switched to Drupal one of the nice things I was able to set up was pulling in the RSS feeds of other sites to Comixpedia. That way we do less "link" blogging here but you can still get a sense of what's going on in webcomicland from the syndicated headlines.

Comixpedia's People Of Webcomics List For 2006

It's the third annual Comixpedia People Of Webcomics List. This was the hardest one yet to compile. There's a lot of webcomics and a lot of people doing interesting things in and around webcomics. This list, as in past years, is an odd effort to compare apples and oranges: artistic achievement, audience popularity, technical achievement, business savvy, news-making impact all go into the mix.

The Comixpedia End of 2006 Roundtable

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.

The Webcomic Clause 3: The Totally Decent Clause

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