Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 7, 2011 - 09:56
Brainstorming a new title for the
daily spotty updates I've called "Comix Talk" the last couple of years.
To me, one of the most not-covered stories of last year was the "upgrade" of Comicspace.com to the wordpress platform and it's seeming abandonment to spam. Along with the total absence of any significant announcements of new products, services, etc from the corporation Comicspace last year (please correct me if I'm forgetting anything) I'm not surprised to see a blog post like this one from Reinder Dijkhuis on getting out of Comicspace.
HYPEY McHYPE: Get a look online at Justin Madson's eerie dystopian future comic series, Breathers at MTV Geek. I'm a big fan of this and have bought all of the books so far.
DEAD TREE WALKING: Tyler Page, creator of Nothing Better, has been posting about his (self) publishing experiences. At the end of last year he posted part 4 which covers dealing with Diamond (catch up on Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3).
- An interview with Todd Allen, writer of the webcomic Division & Rush and sometime analyst of webcomic economics.
- Laura Hudson interviews Emi Lenox on the release of the dead tree version of her journal webcomic EmiTown.
HOW LONG UNTIL AMULET 4: Kazu Kibuishi posts that he's in the final push on Amulet 4 (yay!) and he posted a photo of his studio set-up. These kind of photos can be pretty interesting -- especially when you're in despair over your own shambles of a workspace (like... me).
COME OVER TO THE WEBSIDE: One of my favorite cartoonists Alex Robinson has writer's block. He blogs about it from time to time - part three from December entails a plan to just write a story. He also asked about publishing it online and there's a good discussion in the comments there. Before that he linked to an idea of using "100 themes" to generate ideas and work. His newfound discovery of the board game Settlers of Catan is probably not going to help with his productivity this year :)
AROUND THE WEB IN 80 BLOGS OR SO
- Check out Jon Morris' drawing of the X-Men over at the Cornered blog. It has a fantastic marker style to it.
- Creepy horror comic preview trailers up for The Boy With Nails for Eyes -- chapter two is due out next week.
- Jake The Evil Hare debuts next week on Wowio and Indyplanet. The product of genetic experiments, Jake is an ornery jackrabbit with a past full of violence and bad behavior. Determined to turn over a new leaf, Jake sets out to become a superhero.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 19, 2010 - 10:21
I reviewed Justin Madson's Breathers series for you today. You're welcome. Also help out Reinder Dijkhuis with some guest art so he can get "swearing Kel off the front page" of his webcomic Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan.
INTERVIEW: This Week in Geek interviewed Jim Zubkavich.
HYPIN' THE CUBE
- Comics Worth Reading points out a great journal comic with a twist- each comic includes a recipe. I Think You're Sauceome by Sarah Becan is pretty awesome.
- John Troutman has a new webcomic out since April called Lit Brick where he riffs on the canons of literature. Seriously - he's gone from Bede's An Ecclesiastical History of the English People to Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales.
FROM THE MAILBAG: Creator Ted Sikora writes to tell us about Hero Tomorrow, an indy film about David, a guy who creates a comic book character called Apama. After his girlfriend makes him a costume of Apama for a Halloween party, David starts dressing up in it to fight crime. To help promote the film Sikora put together a comic book online of Apama The Undiscovered Animal.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 7, 2010 - 08:37
This is fun - Haplog is a website that pulls together a bunch of different publicly available data about a website and then estimates its "worth". Estimates in webcomicland range -- the top may be xkcd which gets a $1.7 million score followed by Penny Arcade at $669,725 and Questionable Content comes in at around $480,000.
iWebcomics: Brigid does a round up of all the recent "digital" news. While there is something to chew on in thinking over the disclosure of DC's plans for compensation for digital editions of its works, in general I'm fairly underwhelmed by the recent announcements. The true business-shifting pitch for DC or Marvel is something like rhapsody for comics. I'm also glad to read that Ron Peraza of DC mention that he will either bring Zuda creators into DC proper or work to let them out of their contracts with their rights back. The whole interview with Peraza at Robot6 is worth reading for more insight into the shutdown of Zuda.
As far as DC's compensation scheme goes, Bleeding Cool reports that DC offered "for every work published by DC in a digital format, writers and pencilers will each receive additional compensation equal to 5% of DC’s net receipts derived from the sale of that work. Inkers will receive 3% of DC’s net receipts. Those of you who have a creator-owned deal in place with us will receive a creator royalty of 3% of DC’s net receipts."
INTERVIEW: Tom Spurgeon presents an edited transcript of his panel with Richard Thompson, Cul De Sac, at Heroes Con. Thompson is the creator of one of the best new comics in the newpaper (or anywhere really).
FROM THE MAILBAG: Sam Costello is back with another comic in his Split Lip horror series – Make Westing adapts Jack London's classic tale of high-seas murder to comics. Written by Costello and drawn by Anthony Peruzzo, it follows a ship stuck for months trying to catch the wind to round Cape Horn and the lengths to which its captain will go to catch a westward gust.
AROUND THE BLOGS
- C'mon it's Shaenon Garrity time! A new column at TCJ about Norb a comic strip by Daniel Pinkwater and Tony Auth from the 80's, and Garrity's correspondence with Pinkwater (and Pinkwater replies with a comment!).
- Ping Teo talks about "the thin veneer between art and science in good storytelling."
NOT WEBCOMICS: Apparently the video below almost got Best Buy employee and webcomic creator Brian Maupin fired. It's $@^ing hilarious (but some of the language NSFW). Be sure to check out his webcomic Also Coin Operated.
Submitted by Reinder on August 19, 2008 - 12:31
After nearly six months during which Aggie Janicot of American Gothic Daily took over from me as artist on Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan, I am back at the drawing board. I'll be doing pencil-based art at first as my schedule won't immediately allow a return to full colour, but I expect to be fully back to normal in a month or so. New pages to appear every Monday.
Submitted by AmericanGothic on April 18, 2008 - 21:50
Actually, there's more to it than that. Reinder and I had both been in hiatus due to "real life" and one night in a chat room far, far away... one of us got the bright idea.. "hey.. why don't we switch comics?" So since Feburary, we've been writing up our own scripts and sending them to each other. We've been shooting for Monday deadlines, forcing ourselves to get back to a once a week update.
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.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 13, 2007 - 10:31
- Dirk Deppey links to Marvel Comics new webcomic effort -- Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited as well as a USA Today story on the new site. The bottom line -- the site will feature 2,500 comics (nothing more recent than 6 months old though) for $9.99 a month, or $4.99 a month if youâ€™re willing to commit for a year. Aren't these guys about 4 years late to the subscription model? Still it'll be interesting to see how it does and who becomes its audience (existing fans or newcomers to Marvel stories).
JUSTIFY MY HYPE
- Reinder Dijkhuis brings back from hiatus his comic Invasion which will resume on November 21, on his Chronicles of the Witch Queen site.
AROUND TEH WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- Randall Munroe entertains the masses at Carnegie Mellon.
- New dope track from KRiS-ONE at Halfpixel.com.
- Congratulations to Fred Gallagher of Megatokyo on becoming a dad.
- Neil Cohn writes about how using repurposed art for comics doesn't work well.
- The Moderate Voice blog names xkcd as it's top webcomic for 2007.Â Click here for their top 10 list. (h/t Tom Spurgeon)
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 11, 2007 - 11:13
- Comic Screw has an article called Digital Distribution that lays out how the comic book industry has helped fuel the rise of file-trading of illegal scans of comics. In the sense that currently there is no legal alternative currently available it's seems to be part of the same puzzle at issue in Joel Fagin's recent article for Comixpedia titled Reinventing Micropayments.
- Schlock Mercenary adds Project Wonderful ads. It sounds like the new features at Project Wonderful (like the ability to set a minimum bid price) helped convince Howard Tayler to give it a try. (The Weirdlings webcomic also recently added PW ads)
- Wizard talks to David Willis of Shortpacked.
- Pink Raygun interviews Paige Braddock of Jane's World.
- Daily Cross Hatch has a three part interview with Raina Telgemeier. (part 1, part 2, part 3)
- Gigcast talks to D.J. Coffman.
- Jack Carter interviews Renee Katz of The Nineteenth Century Industrialist.
- Mr. Myth reviewed Zap! and Abstract Gender.
- Zhi reviewed Zero Hunters.
- Aarin reviewed School Spirit and Bear and Kitten.
- Jack reviewed Annhilicious, Bug Report, and Bear and Kitten.
- Time Well Wasted reviewed Real Life.
- The Ferrett reviewed The Mansion of E. (review links from a Talkaboutcomics post)
- Pre-orders for the dead tree collection of David Willis' Shortpacked! end this coming Monday.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
T Campbell muses about the high-webcomics-profile of writer/actor
Wesley CrusherWil Wheaton (with copious linkage to webcomic cameos included).
- Reinder Dijkhuis incorporates the latest Intertubes meme into some nifty advertising buttons for his comic ROCR.
- Toon Brew reproduces what may well be the first episode of the first webcomic: David Farleyâ€™s Doctor Fun. (link from Journalista!)
- Shaenon Garrity observes that the Eisner's Digital Comics category "cruelly and unfairly overlooked this year... Templar, Dicebox, Family Man, [and] Grace...."
- FLEEN's Anne Thalheimer muses on webcomic references in random places in a short column.
- Famed videogame designer, Ron Gilbert, to help out with Penny Arcade's forthcoming videogame.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 9, 2007 - 08:52
- Broken Frontier has an audio interview with Narbonic creator and Modern Tales editor Shaenon Garrity.
- The Comics Reporter covers the Xeric grant winners for this year.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- Scott Kurtz points out the new revamped Image Comics website. Pretty cool and a good reminder that they do have online comics posted there.
- Bookslut has an interview with this year's Eisner awards judges.
- Journalista! notes that the 28th Yomiuri International Cartoon Contest is open for submissions.
- 9 Chickweed Lane creator Brooke McEldowney announced that Pibgorn (recently departed from Comics.com) will take up residence at Gocomics.com, beginning May 14. (Link from Journalista!)
- Reinder Dijkhuis writes a post called Reconceptualising Micropayments about Joel Fagin's Reinventing Micropayments article at Comixpedia.
- Broken Frontier has a nice write-up of the triple comics holiday that was May 5th: Cartoonists' Day, FCBD and
Webcomics AwarenessOnline Comics Day.
Submitted by Erik Melander on April 20, 2007 - 09:09
- Tyler Martin has released a new version of ComicPress, a webcomics-friendly theme for WordPress. ComicPress 2.0 BE adds features like the ability to post comic and news posts separately, thumbnails of comics in the archive, support for multiple comic file formats and more.
- The Pulse interviews DJ Coffman about his Hero by Night available now in comic stores.
- T Campbell promises to do a 100 podcasts for Broken Frontier and posts a list of those folks he's going to try and interview.
- Pink Raygun wants your comics.
Pink Raygun is now accepting webcomic submissions. We are looking for six female created webcomics to run on a weekly basis.
What exactly is Pink Raygun? Apparently "[...] a webzine for the modern fangirl" accoring to their faq.
- As noted yesterday by DJ Coffman, the nominations for the Eisner awards is out. Besides the Best Digital Comics category's strong lineup, there are a couple of familiar names sprinkled throughout the categories. Brian Fies, whose Mom's Cancer won the very first Best Digital Comics Eisner Award is nominated this year as well in the categories "Best Reality-based Work" and "Best Graphic Album - Reprint". Gene Yang's American Born Chinese is nominated in the "Best Graphic Album - New" category and Lark Pien's coloring in "Best Coloring". Svetlana Chmakova's Dramacon and Hope Larson's Gray Horses are nominated in the "Special Recognition" category.
- Reinder Dijkhuis finds that his revenues from Project Wonderful have increased after a recent dip. He also catches the appearance of a PW ad for Ron Paul for President on Clan of the Cats. Obscure third-party candidates for President are technically a new source of advertising for PW, I guess...
(Xaviar Xerexes contributed to this story)