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Comix Talk for Monday, August 2, 2010

You know what -- a big thanks to Journalista!, The Comics Reporter and Comics Worth Reading for all of the great reporting they do.  Almost every dang morning I find something interesting to read at those sites.  Speaking of which, Tom Spurgeon posted a note this morning from Ted Rall -- Rall is beginning his latest expedition to Afghanistan with fellow cartoonists Matt Bors and Steven L Cloud along for the ride.  Safe Travels!

MILESTONES

HYPE: I'm looking forward to MK Reed's Americus (scheduled for publication by First Second  in Fall of 2011) and excited to hear that it will be serialized online along the way.  The comic is drawn by Jonathan Hill. (h/t CWR!)

MAKING IT

COPYFIGHT:  I'm no expert on the Neil Gaiman-Todd McFarlane litigation but Maggie Thompson's write-up of the latest phase is an interesting practical example of the notion of derivate work.

REVIEW:  Tom Spurgeon reviews Mike Dawson's Troop 142 which Dawson is serializing online here.

INTERVIEW:  Good Comics For Kids blog has an interview with James Kochalka from SDCC (there's a whole bunch of videos from the GCFK blog there too):

Webcomics Auction for the Gulf Coast

Webcomics Auction for the Gulf Coast

I want to point folks to the Webcomics Auction for the Gulf Coast organized by Carly Monardo.  The actual auction will launch in early July but webcomic artists can look into donating work for the auction now.

Strip News 12-18-9

It’s finally gotten bitterly cold here in the northeast, which is seemingly just as good as a sunny summer afternoon for reading comics. Who knew?

Strip News 7-24-9

I’m sure you’re all awash in ComicCon and Moon Landing anniversary news which all the cool sites are covering nicely. Here, we’ll stick to a week and a half’s worth of comic meat and potatoes…

Our Last Gasp

November 14th DRAFT version of 100 Greatest Webcomics List

This is an update to a previous post here, thanks for the cumulative suggestions on that thread.  JUST so we're clear - this is open-sourced to everyone research for a possible article to appear next month at ComixTalk.  I don't endorse the list or the order at all; at this point I've tried to include all of the suggestions I've gotten and I also went through all of the comics ComixTalk has ever reviewed and pulled quite a few titles.

We're at the point where it'll be most helpful if you tell me comics you think should go on the list, where (what number approximately) and which comic should get bumped.  If you just want to change the order you can do that to but there'll be another post before the month's through asking for help with that.  

Someday, All Comics will be Webcomics

CONVENTIONS
Rick Marshall writes up his Comic Con experiences for ComicMix.

TOOLS
Newsarama interviews Clickwheel Editor In Chief Tim Demter about the new Clickwheel Comics Reader.  The reader is available for free from the Apple App Store for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

DEAD TREES
Garfield WIthout Garfield gets a book deal with Ballantine.  I'm actually shocked that Garfield creator Jim Davis is letting this go forward (and wondering if he is getting a cut of anything) but he's already on record as being a big fan of the comic so it's pretty cool that he seems to have signed off on this as well.

BUSINESS
Ted Rall offers some thoughts on saving the newspaper business.  I don't always agree with Rall but I've always been a fan of his uncompromising viewpoint he offers in his comics.  But I don't know what he's thinking about with advice to newspapers like: don't be on the web; and charge more for the web than for the print version.  Doesn't he remember that young people don't buy the print version of newspapers?  Does he want to accelerate the implosion of the current newspaper business?

Here's a thought.  Before the web, it made sense to combine everything a city newspaper did into one business.  But today, why aren't people more seriously questioning the validity of combining (1) an ad agency; (2) content creation; and (3) a printer as a single business?  Maybe that just doesn't make sense anymore?

JUSTIFY MY HYPE
FLEEN approvingly points to The System, an unusual comic using a limited set of icons (like the men's room symbol!) for imagery.  It is definitely worth a read.

I had no idea that Rich Stevens sells Diesel Sweeties socks.