Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 21, 2007 - 21:51
- Derek Badman is back with another installment of Panels & Pictures -- this month Badman shares some examples of color use in a variety of comics, with an emphasis on the use of shifting color palettes within the same work.
- Xaviar Xerexes interviews this month's cover artist -- Spike. Spike is the talented creator behind the well-received webcomic (and book) Templar, Arizona. The comic is a story about a town that may or may not completely conform to the regular laws of reality and features a growing assortment of interesting characters who both intrigue and intimidate the protagonist, a young man named Ben. Spike has also created other webcomics, including Sparkneedle, Lucas and Odessa and Playing With Dolls.
- And don't forget to check out all of the feature articles from October: Tim Broderick's article on taking your comic to a traditional book publisher; and interviews with creators Jon Morris; Jamie Robertson; Bill Roundy; Thomas K. Dye; and Lee Adam Herold.
- Jeff Rowland got a nasty-gram supposed from the copyright owner of the O'RLY owl photo that's infested the intertubes for awhile now. Apparently one of Rowland's designs incorporates the image from the photo. FLEEN offers some thoughts on the matter. Damn Good Comics blog offers its two cents too.
- Wizard Online interviews Kris Straub about the Alterverse War miniseries and his ongoing sci-fi webcomic Starslip Crisis.
- Comic Book Resources talks to Unshelved co-creator Bill Barnes about his library-themed strip. (h/t Journalista!)'
- Lynn Lau interviews Tara Tallan, the creator of Galaxion.
- Boston Globe interviews Randall Monroe, creator of xkcd.
- Meg Heald has a review of Looking For Group.
- Mr Myth lambasts Chris Crosby for creating an infinite loop of repeats without a proper ending for the webcomic Wicked Powered.
JUSTIFY MY HYPE
- 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!)
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- A fairly good discussion has emerged from Joey Manley's post asking about how popular a webcomic needs to be to be able to successfully sell t-shirts.
- I can't decide if this videocast called ComiXtrips was fun or just annoyed me but I will say this - it was short, the guy clearly planned out what he was saying before he shot it and he had an opinion. If someone did this about webcomics I might watch it.
- Tastefully Done 2008 is out. It's a fundraiser for Cancer Research and features sketches of your favorite webcomic artists sans fabric.
- The Tonight Show with Tycho! It certainly would suck less than Jay Leno seems to do.
- The Beat has video of Chris Onstad's (Onstad or someone in a gorilla suit at least) Ignatz award acceptance "speech". (h/t Journalista!)
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 3, 2007 - 08:36
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 DOWNLOADSÂ
- WOWIO is a site that offers a lot of comics (and ebooks too) for download, some of them free.Â 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.Â Campbell reveals that he gets 50 cents per unique download of his comic.Â 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.Â If the information requested did bother me well here's a tip.Â 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.Â 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).Â 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).Â (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.Â That is damn annoying!)
JUSTIFY MY HIP HYPE YOU DON'T STOP
- xkcd on commitment and... well why commitments can unravel? Randall Munroe (to me at least) gets better and better. It's early success I chalk up as much to individual comics (like the maps) that caught the web-o-sphere's attention but I think he's gotten more consistently funny and insightful. xkcd also got a nice plug recently on Drawn!
- Big Fat Whale is one of my favorite comics... this is a great example of when Brian McFadden really nails something well. (Speaking of good opinion comics T Campbell notes that August J. Pollak's Some Guy With A Website is now featured on the Huffington Post. Wow congrats to August! (August guest blogged here earlier this summer if you want to catch some of his comic-related thoughts.)
- The Ferrett highlights the long-running Full Frontal Nerdity and links to some classic good stuff from it.
- Wired Magazine had a great feature on the Penny Arcade boys - online here (and MSNBC.com had one with them here). These guys haven't reached the end of their success yet - they're going to start getting into the mainstream pop culture in even more prominent ways in the next 2-3 years. PC World has a writeup of a new website home for their forthcoming PA videogame.
- Slice of Sci-Fi interviews Bobby Crosby and Owen Gieni. Crosby is the brother of Keenspot co-CEO Chris Crosby and the creator of Last Blood. Gieni is the artist on Blood as well as Chris Crosby's Sore Thumbs.
- Daily Crosshatch has a review of the new Perry Bible Fellowship book. Titled The Trial of Colonel Sweeto, it's published by Dark Horse and collects published comics as well as some unpublished ones.
- If you missed it - a great set of pictures of the recent Toronto convension (TCAF) and another set from the massive Penny Arcade gamers convention (PAX).
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- A funny post on the over-use of the speech bubble in Web 2.0 company logos.
- Hey Oscar Wilde! is a blog that posts sketches of literary authors and characters. Fun lit-nerd stuff!
- Galaxiki is billed as a "fictional galaxy anyone can edit!" I haven't really checked it out much but it sounds like it could be an interesting idea. All depends on the details I think...
- Harknell takes a look at a webcomic using Wordpress to run it site. The comic is Dead of Summer and they're using the the ComicPress 2.0 theme for Wordpress.
- I can't remember where I stole this link from but damn I am down for The Comic Curmudgeon's Dogma 95 manifesto for "editorial" comics. I hate most traditional one-panel "editorial" comics and it's rare that I get anything out of them. For a long time it's been the weekly strips like This Modern World that have taken the gauntlet of insightful sequential art opinion and moved it far far down field.
- Jorge Vega won the 2nd Platinum Studios Comic Book Challenge with his Gunplay comic. (T Campbell links to the pitch and some early fragments).
- T Campbell links to image optimization tips for search engines. Seems like a good page to check out - the better Google et al can find your images the better people can find your comic.
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.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 17, 2007 - 09:15
xkcd creator Randall Munroe speaks at MIT and the rocket scientists-in-training go wild!
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!
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 22, 2007 - 10:03
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.
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.
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 Xaviar Xerexes on December 8, 2006 - 10:32
- Reinder has a good post on two recent webcomic-big-deals: ComicSpace and Project Wonderful. ComicSpace does the basics of social networking around comics right (you can put up a profile and links to other accounts as "friends") but it's longer-term future will likely depend on what new features it rolls out.
JUSTIFY MY HYPE
- At the most recent Washington Webtoonists meetup there was much discussion of the popular new science-nonfiction webcomic xkcd by Randall Munroe. Here's a good interview with Munroe at Redhat Magazine.
- Speaking of washington-based webtoonists, check out the new webcomic Erfworld: The Battle for Gobwin Knob, from Rob Balder and Jamie Noguchi. It's being published at The Giant In The Playground, which is Rich Burlew's (creator of The Order of the Stick) website.
- Webcomics In Print looks at The End webcomic.
- Derik reviews two recent anthologies of comics: An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, & True Stories edited by Ivan Brunetti; and Big Fat Little Lit edited by Francoise Mouly and Art Spiegelman.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- Tom Spurgeon comments on the growing interest in the "who will Liz Patterson end up with" in the last year of the long running comic For Better Or For Worse.
- Shaenon Garrity and Andrew
GarrityFarago have a story in the new Marvel Holiday Special with art by Ron Lim.
- The videogame website, Joystiq, debates whether or not to keep Penny Arcade in its weekly gamer webcomics poll.
- A documentary on Tin Tin is now available online.