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Steve Harrison

Dates The Word

Webcomics in Print is gathering together to get a collection of webcomic artists and writers birthdays in some secret project that should be unveiled later on. If you're interested email moovok(at)yahoo(dot)com or comment on this post below with your name, webcomic and your date of birth. Thank you for your time and remember dates the word!

UPDATE: You don't have to have your webcomic in print to send me the info, just as long as you have a webcomic (or used to)

Cooking With Anne Is Done

My post-apocalyptic cooking comic Cooking with Anne has finished. You can see the whole (not very long) thing starting here (by chapter) or here (by single update). I plan on doing more with that setting and character in the future, but such stories will probably take place as part of my next project.

Being Unique... Part #1

Although each webcomic tries to put their own stamp across the world of the web, there's some that do exactly what the other does and some that are different. People that actually stop and think "I quite like that idea" usually set themselves apart from the rest, here are just a few:

When you think Webcomics the first idea that comes into your head isn't of having a theme tune. Why should it? It's just a strip on the web, it wouldn't need a theme tune, but to be quite honest with you, I enjoy listening to the extra content, the theme tunes as it were. Two such examples are Boy on a Stick and Slither (BOASAS) and Multiplex.

One Page per day or Ten pages per week?

The common problem with webcomics right now, is that they're mostly one page per day. Long from, story based comics such as Megatokyo seems to have no end in sight.

Why not have them delivered in at least six or ten pages per week? Or how about in the usual Mon/Wed/Fri schedule, have at least three to five pages of comics posted online?

Also, why not complete an episode of a webcomic ahead of time before posting them bit by bit according to schedule?

So why aren't webcomics in the news?

Hey, did anyone notice how typing "webcomic" into news.google.com only gets you joystiq.com ? And the result is a webcomic poll.

One would have to wonder what, if any, official news the webcomic community has, or even a real community. You have comixpedia.com (which you are reading.) You have the comicgenesis.com, drunkduck.com, and smackjeeves.com forums. Then there are buzzcomix forums, topwebcomics forums and probably dozens if not thousands of splinter groups that comprise of a handful of webcomic authors and artists. Yet not one of these is something that "everyone who does a webcomic" reads.

Manley and Kurtz interview Scott Rosenberg of Platinum Studios

In the latest TalkAboutComics.com podcast, Scott Rosenberg of Platinum Studios, Scott Kurtz of PvP, and Joey Manley (that's me) talk for almost an hour and a half about Hollywood and webcomics.

There is just a teensy bit of yelling. But mostly it's civil, and very (I think) informative.

Midbrow neglect

My primary observation on webcomic communities and the webcomic "press" over the years: Nobody cares about midbrows.

People will talk about the successful mass-appeal comics about games or anime. They'll also talk about the highly pretentious comics out to show the world the deep meaning they're capable of or whatever.

Start a comic meant only to have nice art and be fun to read, and odds are, you won't be seeing many news articles about you.

Tired of the same?

Tired of reading the same tired story with the same tired character types? Maybe it's time to look at webcomic community collaborations.

Out in the wild wild web, there was a webcomic war that was created... by accident. There are also, dares, comic exercise,and jams. Crossovers have also been done successfully before. Also a quick note that webcomics are being deleted from wikipedia.org

New Online Gallery, with a Twist

A new online art gallery, Square One, open to all web cartoonists, has officially openned.

It's been said over and over that one of the major advantages of webcomics, as opposed to those in print, is that with webcomics, it's much easier to look back through the archives, both to review the content, and see changes/improvements in the artwork. With the click of the mouse, in most cases, you can see both the first and last strip or page of the comic.

So, why not take it a step further back. Okay, a few steps. Or, more correctly, ridiculously far back.

The idea behind Square One is to display childhood drawings by webcomics artists right next to a recently redrawn version of the same scene/person/subject (in some cases, however, the drawing is simply displayed next to their most recent drawing/comic).

New Poker Webcomic: Life's a Bluff

LIFE'S A BLUFF, a webcomic about all things poker launches today. It's written by poker enthusiast Frank Frisina and drawn by some other guy.Â