Shaenon K. Garrity
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 2, 2010 - 08:14
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!
- It's the 10th anniversary of Narbonic. Congrats to Shaenon Garrity!
- The System reaches 400 comics. Congrats to Roscott Nover!
- Reality Amuck reaches 100 comics. Congrats to Ben McCormick!
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!)
- Sam Costello pens another edition of his column at iFanboy on independent comics.
- A talk by Gene Luen Yang on breaking into comics:
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.
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):
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 Xaviar Xerexes on May 26, 2010 - 07:18
So is this comix or what? Whatever it is, it's captions on photos and it's (sometimes) lol... (wait did I just type lol? I meant FUNNY)
INTERVIEW: The Daily Cross Hatch talks to Jon Rosenberg on wrapping up Goats, and making a career out of webcomics.
- PW Weekly covers Meredith Gran's latest Octopus Pie collection: There Are No Stars In Brooklyn which comes out June 22.
- Johanna Draper Carlson reviews the second collection of Erika Moen's DAR: A Super Girly Top Secret Comic Diary
- Johanna Draper Carlson reviews the first collection of Gunnerkrigg Court - I think the second volume of this is coming out this year.
KICK START MY ART
- Shaenon Garrity has a kickstarter funding drive for the second print collection of Skin Horse.
- Looks like Max Huffman's Kickstarter drive has met its goal. Good news for Mocktopus fans.
FROM THE MAILBAG
- Travis Hanson writes about his webcomic The Bean which is a pretty nicely drawn comic about a young kid working for (owned by?) an orge in a tavern. It has a pretty slow pace so far, but now that the kid has been kidnapped maybe it'll pick up some.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 18, 2010 - 05:17
So I am trying to find time to work on two longer stories -- one on the transition of comics to the Internet. Something with a larger perspective than a claustrophobic comics industry approach. Second on the kerfuffle last week about a webcomics iPad app. Lauren Davis wrote a legal analysis of RSS feeds and other aspects of the webcomics IPad that while not wrong, presented the issues as if they were settled. (Lauren's piece is worth reading - just read it as one possible answer to the issues.) They're not and it's actually something I know a lot about (and know enough experts to round it out) but it'll take time to do the research (legal analysis requires CITES, folks!). In the meantime...
- Meredith and Aaron are looking for a studio mate. If you're a working comics artist in Portland, OR that would be a great set-up to get in on.
- Wes Molebash of Max vs. Max asked his readers about how they create and it's a pretty interesting thread.
- Shaenon Garrity reviews Garfield: His 9 Lives. I had that book! At the time it was actually pretty interesting as I was (1) young and (2) hadn't read anything but newspaper comics yet.
- Randall Munroe f*cks with Wikipedia some more. Wikipedians kills each other off in a battle royal over the entry for malamanteau...
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 9, 2010 - 07:57
Still reporting live from the Far East on the other side of the International Date Line. It does havoc to your schedule to be 12 hours away from your home time zone. Anyhow I'm going to catch up on comics stuff you've probably already read about but if you've been preoccupied this week too or if you just can't bear not to miss my 60 cents (that's only 2 US cents though) than here we go!
Brigid Alverson has links to more people talking about the end of contests at Zuda. The contests were always a gimmick, the real question should be what's DC's plan for online publication of comics? Does it remain committed to it's indie experiment (i.e., Zuda) and when, if ever, does it leverage its existing titles? You know what was cool for me earlier this year? Watching the teevee show LOST online because there was a huge backlog of archives and I knew it was going to get finished. In that sense it was like finding a great multiyear webcomic that had an ending in sight. You know what doesn't have a satisfying beginning, online backlog and ending in sight? DC and Marvel "mainstream" comics titles...
BUSINESS: Lauren Tiffany has an article on webcomic artists making a living at AOL Business News. With some coverage of Chris Onstad and Brad Guigar, good sources for working la vida webcomica.
AWARDS: I got a press release from Comic-Con announcing that submissions are now being accepted for the 27th annual Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award. Started in 1982 as a joint presentation of Comic-Con International and the West Coast Comics Club, this award honors a comics artist who, early in his or her career, shows a superior knowledge and ability in the art of creating comics. More details after the jump...
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 24, 2010 - 12:33
WE INTERRUPT THIS BLOG POST TO REMIND YOU THAT THERE ARE ONLY 6 DAYS TO GO IN PATRICK FARLEY's KICKSTARTER DRIVE TO BRING BACK ELECTRIC SHEEP. As of Sunday night yesterday there were 354 backers putting up $5,371 in pledges -- less than $650 to go to make the magic number.
AWARDS: The Comics Reporter reports that Aaron Colter's webcomic Wondermark won Outstanding Webcomic at the Stumptown Comics Convention awards. Only thing is I'm pretty sure Aaron Colter is the marketing coordinator for Dark Horse and Wondermark is from a fellow named David Malki!.
BUSINESS: Webcomics.com inked a discount deal with a printer for its subscribers. Is that ironic? Well either way that sounds like a good deal and a nice benefit to subscribing to webcomics.com.
A GOOD USE OF SOME DEAD TREES: Not brand new news, but damn exciting - Hope Larson has been signed to do a graphic novel adaptation of Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. I love(d) that book -- it blew my grade school mind away.
NEVER MIND THE %@#*, HERE'S THE HYPE
- New Octopus Pie up... a little more bittersweet than usual and a spot-on Chuck E. Cheese homage.
- Shaenon Garrity drew chibi versions of her mad scientist characters. Mwhahahahaha!
- The Beat reports that Jon Lewis’s cult comic True Swamp is back as a webcomic.
- Haven't linked to Nathan Sorry in awhile. 9/11 is the starting date for this twisty mystery which is a good read -- just hope Rich Barrett keeps at it until it's finished.
- Sea Monster by Nathan Castle is a trip. I still kind of have to wrap my brain around it to say something intelligent about it. Definitely recommend you checking it out though.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 23, 2010 - 08:49
Wow - it's been one crazy
summer week. So the big story this week is the move of Reuben Bolling's Tom the Dancing Bug from Salon to Boing Boing. At least I think it's kind of a big deal as boingboing.net has a huge audience and as Reuben Bolling explains it was the first place he contacted after learning Salon was dropping his strip.
Digital Strips has a plug for Patrick Farley's Kickstarter drive to let him focus on his webcomics site, Electronic Sheep. For those who weren't reading webcomics 10 years ago you may not have the context for how mind-bending Farley's work was at that point. He pushed... hard on the web. He had comics with radically different art styles, different web environments, different everything. And it was all good. Having him freed up to work on comics would mean getting a lot of great new work. Consider pledging...
REVIEWS: Daily Cross Hatch has a review of the latest Snake Pit book - a compilation of the journal comic from 2009. I have the book, was struggling with a review -- I think this review is pretty useful -- this is journal comic at it's most basic. I did this, I saw that.
Also worth checking out is a look by the Storming the Tower blog at the quasi-Penny & Aggie-Something Positive cross-over via the character of Helen.
I SAY GOOD MAN, HERE'S THE HYPE
- Kate Beaton does The Great Gatsby... funny as balls folks...
- Scott McCloud links to a recent Slow Wave webcomic featuring a dream from Skin Horse webcomic creator Shaenon Garrity.
From the Mailbag: Thormod Skald writes about his webcomic Farnir The Dragon -- an action/comedy/political satire:
The dragon Fafnir awakens from a centuries-long slumber to find his treasure stolen and scattered across the world. Unfortunately for him, anyone who finds a piece can control Fafnir for nine days and as usual, the greatest power is often in the hands of the biggest idiots.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 13, 2010 - 08:24
Seth Kushnar's CulturePop debuted this week. The first one is about Alyssa Loveless talking about performing and her music. I really dig Kushnar's website Graphic NYC, and this comic project looks very promising. Different vibe but its somewhat similar to a great journalistic comic called CulturePulp by Mike Russell.
BUSINESS: Tom Tomorrow's current comic is a funny take on the Internet but a little bitter about the
changes waste the Internet is laying to existing business models. Tomorrow and Reuben Bolling are two extremely talented cartoonists that should be able to make it in the Internet world. Maybe they need their own Robert Khoo business guru but if nothing else they ought to talk to Jeff Rowland at Topataco and see what they can do with taking control of their merchandizing opportunities.
LEGAL: Linda Joy Kattwinkel, Esq., Intellectual Property and Arts Attorney at Owen, Wickersham & Erickson writes a post on what to do when your artwork is being ripped off. Good advice.
HYPE: BleedingCool.com has a bit more and pix on the upcoming book Kill Shakespeare. Plus a take from a Shakespeare scholar.
NOT WEBCOMICS: BleeedingCool.com has a round-up of the recent uncovering of work Jack King Kirby did for an animation house in the 80s. Neat to see even more ideas from the comics legend.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 17, 2010 - 09:41
DEAD TREES: Scott McCloud writes about a forthcoming project from Jason Shiga called Meanwhile. I've seen pictures of the original hand-crafted version of this "choose-your-own-adventure" style comic but not the actual artifact. Shiga is a dang good, inventive comic creator.
Interviews: WebcomicBuilder.com has an interview with Gianna Masetti, the creator of The Noob, a gamer comic set in an MMORPG.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- Seven Stories Press is serializing on the web, As The World Burns: 50 Simple Things You Can Do To Stay In Denial, a graphic novel by Derrick Jensen and Stephanie McMillan, originally printed in 2007.
- DailyCartoonist.com reported that Go Comics opened up its archives for free viewing for a couple of weeks (starting this past Sunday).
- BleedingCool.com shows us a recent Day By Day comic from Chris Muir with an.... interesting take on the reference to the American "Tea Party" protesters in a Captain America comic. I really can't wait for Shaenon Garrity's take on this one.
Submitted by Delos on December 18, 2009 - 09:00
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?
- Luprand reviewed Finder’s Keepers and mpd57 looked at One Hit Knockout, Jason and The Argonauts, Goop Jr., Subsuelo and Unseen Tribe. Pigs of the Industry praised Jason and the Argonauts and Webcomics Critique thought Bonejangles maybe has some potential. Paperless Comics pointed us toward reviews of Copper, Love and Capes and Pajama Forest.
- Madinkbeard questioned Tokyopop’s rating in his review of Aria Volume 5, covered A Drifting Life, Ooku: The Inner Chambers and one more for every day of December. Optical Sloth covered Rock That Never Sleeps and The Airy Tales and Ghost Jar along with various comics by Pat Aulisio and Kris Lachowski.
- Rosscott gives us a few good comic picks that he liked and Paperless Comics shared this (exciting to me) trend about Manga News and Commander X. Ben Towle continues his Cristo project and Precocious pointed us to CrebHeads and Sometime Alone.
- I was hoping this Webcomic List thread about reader pet theories would generate some further interesting comments but it seems to have stalled out. To make up for it, there is a very interesting discussion on how different artists script out their comics.