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Steve Harrison

Lazy Summer Bloggin'

 Cover by Krishna M. Sadasivam, creator of PC Weenies.Cover by Krishna M. Sadasivam.

Hey all I'm bloggin a bit today - mostly to say thanks to Logan DeAngelis for guest-blogging this week, but also to all of our guest bloggers so far. I also wanted to thank Krishna M. Sadasivam, creator of PC Weenies for doing this month's super cover art. (Be sure to check out the posters from his webcomic that he's selling!) Next week's scheduled guest blogger is Corey Marie, creator of the webcomic Scene Language and part of the Young American Comics group.

Also I've been loopy most of the week due to getting my wisdom teeth extracted (drilled and yanked is probably more accurate) on Wednesday morning. So I missed promoting tons of cool reader blog posts this week including: this bit about the webcomic Asylumantics getting a reboot - I've read Chris' comics off and on for years now so I'm excited for him to take everything he's learned and try to take his work to another level.

Multiplex creator Gordin McAlpin got interviewed in BOXOFFICE magazine which is pretty great press for a webcomic about a movie theater.

And I'm always a sucker for new webcomic website codin' - here's a simple archive script from Fabricari creator Steve Harrison.

And of course lots more interesting blogs here as well as elsewhere. I missed Comicon this year but I saw FLEEN did a great job of covering the webcomic side of that immense event.

Updates On Entries in the Ill-Fated Webcomic Directory Project?

I built a "library" of webcomics and creators back in the fall of 2005 which I put into beta before realizing it was too much editorial work to deal with and the same information could be better provided through the community edited webcomic wiki - COMIXPEDIA.

Nevertheless looking back on the assortment of names collected (some from me, some sent in from you) I wonder if anyone has any significant updates on these creators 18 months later. Maybe we should interview some of them?

A New Story by Alexander Danner and Steve Harrison

After a much too long hiatus from the creative side of comics, I’m very happy to return with the short story Lending Can Openers, illustrated by Steve Harrison (Fabricari).

The Aging Artist

Most people seem to agree that we live in a youth-driven culture, and this perception spills over into nearly every aspect of it, including comics, and by default, webcomics. But since I don't honestly know what the demographic age is for today's webcartoonist, I'll resort to writing about the aging artist in general.

Writing Better User Blog Posts to Hype Your Own Projects - UPDATED

I've noticed a lot of hype blog posts are not that informative. I don't have much (any?) time to edit user blog posts to get them up to front page-worthy status, but I can hand out some advice on how to write successful front page-worthy hype about your projects from the get go. Follow the advice below and I think you'll find many more of your posts hitting the front page:

THERE ARE VERY FEW TIMES YOU NEED TO POST MORE THAN ONE BLOG POST A DAY HYPING YOUR PROJECTS (Non-hype news posts don't fall under this rule). EITHER SPREAD YOUR HYPE OUT OVER A NUMBER OF DAYS OR COMBINE IT INTO A JUMBO-POST. Make sure your lead para.touches on all of the things you want to hype. COMIXPEDIA is EXTREMELY UNLIKELY TO PROMOTE MORE THAN ONE HYPE POST PER USER PER DAY (MORE REALISTICALLY - PER WEEK).

Making Comics "Legitimate": Is That What The Community Actually Wants?

Joey Manley, over here, is talking about a post he made over here, about this book here. And having read all three of these things, I have come to an important realization about comics and why they are not in the "mainstream" even though people are working so hard to legitimize them.

Project Wonderful is NOT Webcomic Welfare

 Project WonderfulI've been seeing posts like this one lately -- griping about Project Wonderful in a way that really isn't constructive criticism or even very realistic.

Everyone's A Critic.

Everyone's A Critic.

In Search of a Correlation: Webcomics, Posting Schedules and Readership

What is it about Monday, Wednesday and Friday that make them the seemingly optimum publishing dates for webcomics?

Updating the Feed Lists

When we switched to Drupal one of the nice things I was able to set up was pulling in the RSS feeds of other sites to Comixpedia. That way we do less "link" blogging here but you can still get a sense of what's going on in webcomicland from the syndicated headlines.