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I Need You to Recombobulate the WIFI at the Starbucks

Wow - Ryan Estrada posted a clip from his "animate-a-movie-in-one-month-project" and it's pretty funny (is that Scott Kurtz doing the alien's voice?)!  Let me echo Fleen's congrats with best wishes for finishing it up Ryan!

THE IRONMAN COMETH... Again

Ryan Estrada returns with another inconceivable comic-endurance challenge -- this time he's announced he will complete an animated film in one month:

It's always been my dream to make an animated feature, but I've never been able to get the time and resources I need. Well, I'm sick of waiting. This December, I'm sitting down at my desk in the Costa Rican jungle to work. And on January 1st, I'm releasing the finished movie online, free to all. 

Comix Talk for Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Freak Angels by Warren Ellis and Paul Duffield

It's day 4 of Snowapalooza in Washington DC.  I consider this a trial run for if I ever decided to move to Canada and so far... I don't think I'd make it.  But being snow-bound has been great for catching up on comics.  I also wanted to flag a few features at ComixTalk -- the calendar of comic events is available here, but you can also add it a number of other calendar programs and I'm always interested in co-maintainers.  In fact I'd be very happy to see other blogs and sites join me in maintaining it and embedding it on their sites too. I also set up a hub page for the four webcomic titles that have run at ComixTalk over its 8 year history - click to discover work from Ryan Estrada, Kris Straub and Bryant Paul Johnson.

Awards:  The Webcomics List, a hybrid tracking, popularity and news site for webcomics had a forum-organized awards program this year.  It felt a lot like the old WCCAs. This Week in Webcomics covers the resultsGunnerkrigg Court won the nod for Best Comic and Moon Town won for Best New Comic.  Coyote has a review of Moon Town here.

iWebcomics: So I'm kind of already burnt out on the iPad hype.  I want to wait until the thing is available to think more about it.  Others are though: Erik Larsen has an essay about it and Gizmodo salivated over how comics will look on the tablet device.

Dead Trees: Tyler Page talks numbers, costs and quality for taking the Print-On-Demand route for volume 2 of his Nothing Better webcomic.  And starting this week, for a couple of months, Gordon McAlpin is working full time on Multiplex — and, the Multiplex: Book 1 print collection.  This is all due to the funding he raised for the book through a Kickstarter drive.

JUSTIFY MY HYPE

  • The recent rock concert contest storyline at Ornery Boy has been great - both funny and Michael Lalonde has done an awesome job with animating key panels.  If you're going to do a flash comic than use it!  Ornery Boy makes great use of Flash's capabilities.
  • It's a been awhile since I've linked to Freak AngelsThings are happening again in the storyline and although I'm a bit annoyed that after a few years we still don't really understand the full logic of the "package" of the freak angels and their world, it's a hell of a comic.  I'll also just flag again that what Avatar is doing here seems like a pretty good model for a publisher-creator relationship in the webcomic world.  I'm not sure I've seen anyone else quite match it yet.
  • The latest issue of Dark Horse Presents is out with webcomics from Graham Annable and others.

Comix Talk for Monday, February 8, 2010

Sci Fi Drive By by Ryan Estrada

Welcome to the new site design at ComixTalk.  We're on a new server so let me know if it feels a bit zippier (it seems to be faster all around to me).  Happy to hear about broken stuff -- I'm not done with tweaking things (never done!) and I can add it to the list.  One thing I can warn you about is that a lot of the older URLs are still broken, but I hope to clear most of that up this week.

REVIEWS:  I had the pleasure of sitting down with Copper in print this weekend and reading and re-reading it.  Here's my glowing, gushing review. I also forgot to mention that we liked Kazu even before he was a star; here's the cover art he did for ComixpediaTALK back in 2004.  Also, I'll have a review of Smile, the new graphic novel from Raina Telgemeier up this week.  I did get a chance to read it this past weekend and it is an entertaining, moving story.  Sure, the tale of the teeth and all of the work Raina had to go through are interesting, but she's done so much more with filling out the emotions and just the in-between-ness of those middle school years that it would have made a good story even without that hook.

MILESTONES: Last week marked the end of Anders Loves Maria, the breakout webcomic from Rene Engström.  I'll second Gary's thoughts on the tale.  Perhaps the ending felt a bit abrupt, even forced, but you can't deny it's impact.  It's also worth noting that Engström's art continually improved throughout the comic and that in re-reading the archives of this comic, I'm even more impressed with where she is now as a creator.  I hope the next comic comes soon.

CONTESTS: Ryan Estrada is competing in this month's Zudalympics and he needs your vote.  His comic is called Sci-Fi Drive-By and you can vote by visiting his website.  In non-Zuda voting, Comic Riffs, the Washington Post's blog about comic strips is having a Best Webcomic of the Decade Popularity Contest -- voting closes this Wednesday.  The seven contenders are: Girl Genius, Hark! A Vagrant, Least I Could Do, Penny Arcade, The Perry Bible Fellowship, Schlock Mercenary, and xkcd.

Webcomics

Webcomics @ ComixTALK

 

ARCHIVES

The Antecedent by Bryant Paul Johnson

Checkerboard Nightmare by Kris Straub

Welton Colbert Versus by Ryan Estrada

Modern Humor Authority by Kris Straub

Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day and um... Webcomics!

It's a holiday in the U.S. and the kind of day that I would hope the rest of the world can, if not celebrate, acknowledge happily.  (Which puts it in a different category than celebrating more nationalistic - George Washington - or controversial - Cristos Columbus - figures from history).  I wonder if India has a Mahatma Gandhi day?  Apparently they do - one for his birth and one for his death.

Haiti.  Wow, it's a good thing I don't play a pretend-actual-news journalist on the Internet because I don't think I could find the words to write adequately about the situation there.  It's an immense tragedy.  If you can afford to donate something Doctors Without Borders is a group that was one of the first in and does a tremendous amount of good.

Hosting and Coding Geekery.  If you're not just a webcomics geek but have educated opinions on webhosting, wordpress or drupal I would really like to talk to you.  My current hosting at media temple is not working for ComixTALK.  I have been trying to sort out plans for the new year for hosting and whether to switch CMSs but I feel overwhelmed.  I had some good conversations on twitter and im last night but what I really need is just more advice -- the Internet is CONFUSING when you ask what is best on these questions.  Email me at xerexes AT gmail DOT com or twitter to xerexes or gchat to xerexes or just add a comment to this post here.  Once I get all this squared away I have some ideas about redoing the theme here at ComixTALK.  

Webcomics.  Oh you probably came here this morning to read about comics presented in pixelated form, didn't you?  First things first - the switch to using RSS feeds in Google Reader for my daily webcomics "page" is a success.  It's much more convenient.  If you want me to check out YOUR webcomic send it to me (see above) somehow and I will!  I can't write about  it if I haven't read it :)

But this approach still leaves me thinking about how to find the "good" webcomics.  And let's be honest -- when I say "good" I mean good in terms of what I want to read.  Your "good" may be completely different.  Either way there's a LOT of comics now and 99% of them seem to be on the Internet in some form or another.  Over at Savage Critics, Abhay Khosla has a surprisingly good (surprising because I thought it was going to be just a snarkfest and it turned out to be quite thoughtful) essay on what it's like to live in a world of almost infinite comic choices.  I also loved his take on ComixTALK's 2009 Roundtable:

Comixtalk did a year-end roundtable in December 2009, in which they spoke to not less than eight people. Between the eight of them, roughly five billion webcomics are mentioned over the course of the round-table. So: be sure to check those out...

Joystiq's weekly webcomic roundup seems to be a bit of an institution now for gaming comics.  Is there anything like it for other subjects Movie comics? Celebrity comics? New and opinion sites?  I don't offer a practical plan for convincing a successful site in a subject area to add a webcomic roundup but I think it would be worth working on.  (If you're a smaller site linked to by Joystiq -- how much of a bump are you getting from the exposure?)

At the end of this month, Ryan North's Project Wonderful is going to add geotargeting to it's service - here Ryan explains more about the benefits of this feature. I used a mix of PW, Blog Ads and ComicSpace's Ad service Webcomics World over the last year and if I had to keep one I'd stick with PW right now.

El Santo reviews Dead Winter, a zombie webcomic.  4 Stars and he compares it favorably to Jenny Romanchuk’s Zombie Hunters and Bobby Crosby's Last Blood.

Delos writes about Sandra De Haan, a Netherlands artist, who has translated some of her journal webcomics into English.  I like the crispy cartoony artwork here. 

Also via Delos is a link to The Blueprint Database - a vast collection of blueprints from cars to the Millenium Falcon.

Has everyone seen The Fantastic Mr Fox?  I want to but haven't yet.  Did see a wonderful exhibit on it at the Cartoon Museum and spotted this acceptance speech at the National Board of Review ceremony (via Drawn!)

Speaking of movies the news that Ryan Estrada is making a movie version of his webcomic The Kind You Don't Take Home to Mother has bounced around the web.  All I can say is I am really looking forward to this and I hope Ryan succeeds in getting it done.

Last not least, ComixTALK friend for life Jon Morris has a funny essay up at Heavy.com on the Strange Life and Times of Richie Rich.

Bad Garfield Party!

Hide your Mondays and season your lasagnas, because it's time for a bad Garfield party! Submit yours in the comments, and I'll add them to the list!
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Katie Cook

What's Up With Webcomics Today

WOWIO
New Wowio owner Brian Altounian pledged to pay creators the money Wowio has owed for about a year now. (ht/ Tom Spurgeon)

BUSINESS
Karen Montagus-Reyes writes about her now-not-syndicated, formerly syndicated comic, Clear Blue Water.  She started off with around 30 papers and didn't add any for about four years until she was dropped by her syndicate.  No mention of a web strategy at all so I assume she is describing a pretty typical old-school syndication effort which not surprisingly is a really tough (read: impossible) road in the 21st century.  (Her strips appear to be posted at her website but without proper archives and navigation -- someone get her a copy of Comicpress stat!)

INTERVIEWS
Sequential Tart has two good interviews: one with Shaenon Garrity of Skin Horse, and one with Ethan Young of Tails.

JUSTIFY MY HYPE
New Ryan Estrada webcomic starting: Chillin' Like Villains.

Chillin' Like Villains

villainy.jpgMy first daily webcomic just launched! head on over to chillinlikevillains.com to check it out!

Webcomic Wire - 9/21/09

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