Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 24, 2007 - 11:27
- Wizard interviews Scott Sava, creator of The Dreamland Chronicles. Sava put out an ambiguous press release recently stating that he had reached the one million reader mark. This interview touches on that and although the answer is still slightly ambiguous it appears that Sava has about 6000-8000 daily readers of his webcomic.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- Another Time.com blogger notes Chris Onstad's Achewood, this time using it a as hook to talk about how webcomics may do to newspaper comics the same thing Craig's List is doing to newspaper classified ads. (hint: destroying them...)
- FLEEN rounds up news from Owen Dunn's YDK, Andy Bell's The Creatures in my Head and Ryan Smith's Funny Farm.
- Creator Lea Hernandez offers tip on how she structures her working day.
- Endurance cartoonist and world traveler Ryan Estrada posts the first video update from his current expedition.
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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 November 28, 2006 - 08:02
A recurring comment that popped up in discussions about the announcement of the new animated PvP series was whether or not Scott Kurtz was being hypocritical for embracing almost in total a project and business plan that he had criticized previously when rival videogame webcomic creator Tim Buckley had launched Ctrl-Alt-Del: The Animated Series.
Ok. Not to rag on Scott Kurtz or anything, but someone's got to say it. We've seen lots of announcement posts, some discussion, and a somewhat tangential piece by Eric Burns on voice acting, and people have been dancing around the topic, so I'm just going to come right out and say it:
Scott Kurtz is a hypocritical man and he's ripping Tim Buckley off.
It's a gross oversimplification of actual events, completely one-sided, and a half-truth at best, but someone had to say it.
Is Kurtz being hypocritical? Arguably yeah. Should anyone care? Probably not so much. People can change their minds, people can be inconsistent over time. Would it be better to acknowledge a change in opinion or if possible explain the differences between this PvP project and the CAD project that inspired so much criticism? Probably, but it's understandable why talking about CAD wouldn't be the first thing on Kurtz's mind yesterday.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- Joey Manley is migrating WebcomicNation to a new server set up. Creators will have a brief window where they can't update although there should be no downtime for readers.
- FLEEN has an interview with Spike, creator of Templar, Arizona.
- Comics Worth Reading comments on a post from GisÃ¨le LagacÃ©, artist of the terrific webcomic Penny and Aggie, about trying out for Archie. They're still publishing Archie?
- Eric Burns on the animated PvP The Series and appreciation for voice acting. Well one voice actor in particular but a theme of his post (I do recall some of my English schoolin') is how our oh-so-rational society often overvalues celebrity versus actual talent.
- Gabe and Tycho review the new videogame platforms at Wired. Gabe art abounds.
- Lost in the hubbub yesterday: Kris Straub has a new site featuring comics and blogging: Halfpixel.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 27, 2006 - 12:16
This is what I get for waking up early to write the news this morning. About 8:00 AM today Scott Kurtz announced that he's launching an animated version of PvP in conjunction with Blind Ferret Entertainment, the company that is already producing the animated Ctrl-Alt-Del series. Kris Straub will also have a big hand in the series as co-producer and co-writer. (hat tip to Fleen for the quick write-up of this story.)
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 24, 2006 - 09:27
- Jen Sorensen's "Slowpokeâ€
- Rick Smith and Tania Menesse's â€œShuck Strippedâ€
- Spike's â€œTemplar, Arizonaâ€
- Eric Millikin's â€œFetus-Xâ€
- Tom Hart's â€œHutch Owenâ€
- Ryan North's â€œDinosaur Comicsâ€
Here is a full list of all the wonderful artists contributing to Serializer. It includes Patrick Farley with "Apocamon," Renee French with "micrographica," Sam Henderson with "The Magic Whistle," and Emily Horne and Joey Comeau with "A Softer World."
Publisherâ€™s Weekly refers to many of serializerâ€™s artists as â€œart comics favoritesâ€ and â€œcritical darlings.â€ Londonâ€™s Sunday Times has called serializer â€œhigh art,â€ and The New York Times thought some of our comics were â€œWell drawn and funny.â€ The Comics Journal found some Serializer comics to be â€œdaring, entertainingly perverseâ€ while The Guardian found artwork on serializer that â€œthreatens to seriously tamper with oneâ€™s smug equilibrium.â€
Submitted by justingibbs on October 3, 2006 - 20:47
Great article on first steps to promote your webcomic and get some viral marketing going - Viral Marketing for Webcomics - First Steps.
Submitted by Joey Manley on August 14, 2006 - 01:16
In this podcast, Spike and I talk about the huge response to her WCN series Templar, Arizona and other stuff. I nag her about Sparkneedle. And Lucas and Odessa. That sort of thing.