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Steve Harrison

Cheap Advertising Available on Fabricari.Com

Going into our second year, Adam and I have desided to start offering cheap advertising to supplement our hosting and marketing costs. Advertising has been proven to be the most effective method of finding an audiance for our comic, and we'd like to pay that notion forward with cheap advertising that would appeal to webcomic creators.

Our rates: $5/month (roughly 200,000 page views and counting) via PayPal

The Fourth Wall and New Webcomics

By now everyone probably knows about the fourth wall, but for those who don't, the fourth wall is the line that seperates the fantasy world of the comic and the real world. When characters interact with the audience in any way, the comic breaks the fourth wall. Often, the fourth wall gets broken on an off day, when the cartoonist just doesn't have any other ideas. However, lately I've noticed a trend that I just can't stand.

Longform Comics On The Web: That Which Should Not Be

As some of you may know, I make a longform webcomic (thanks for clicking). And I'm using the term "longfom" as to mean serialized story comics.

I've been thinking about webcomics, as I always do, and though I'm lacking access to Rob Balder's holy grail of data, I have managed to notice a few things. First off, gag-strips dominate the webcomics. And second off, longform comics don't.


Now, this isn't meant to be a debate over Art vs. Entertainment, nor Quality vs. Quantity. We all know those topics have been done to death, and have no value save their acting as a platform to launch pissing contests.

This is meant to air a thought/ reinvention of the wheel, I had that I think may be discussion-worthy.

Longform comics have no place in what we now know as webcomics.

Fabricari's One Year Anniversary

Thursday, May 4th, is Fabricari's one year anniversary. As a webcomic, anyway. It started out as a daily, stream-of-conscious exercise, and eventually evolved into one of the most focused long-term comic projects I've ever worked on. It also became one of the most rewarding. This is largely owed to Adam White joining up to take over the writing after the first chapter.

Joey + Joe Podcast

I finally got a chance to listen to the podcast of Joey Manley and Joe Zabel chatting about webcomics.  A little bit about Zabel's Introvert/Extrovert article, serialization, pacing and different genres of stories.  Interesting stuff (about 30 minutes long) from two knowledgeable, opinionated guys.

List of Animated Films for Adults

This Onion AV piece was interesting but I'm not sure I agree that these are the 15 "MUST SEE" animated films for grown-ups. 

I'll have to think about it but does anyone want to throw out something that should be on this list or that is and shouldn't be? 

Save the Internet from privatization

Congress is going to be voting on whether to hand over the Internet to corporations like AT&T: "If the public doesn't speak up now, Congress will cave to a multi-million dollar lobbying campaign by telephone and cable companies that want to decide what you do, where you go, and what you watch online." Now is the time to act...

Wired: Marvel should venture to digital distribution

This month's Wired Magazine features an article arguing that Marvel and DC should sell digitized versions of old issues online. While venturing into new material online has yet to show how it would be financially advantageous given their manufacturing model, back issues could provide the ideal stepping stone to digital distribution. Of course, that's if they can overcome their corporate-phobia of the Internet.

Self Checkout

I was at the store tonight, doing my grocery shopping for the week, and the time came for me to check out. Today, I tried the self checkout. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

There are some serious bugs that need to be worked out of the system. The biggest is the human/machine interface. Currently, it assumes you've never seen someone scan UPC codes before and you might just forget your own name if you didn't carry around ID. Must we all suffer so that the lowest common denominator can use this thing?

First and Last: Gaming Guardians

I forgot to post this last Friday - another look at evolution in webcomics art, this time in the series Gaming Guardians. The changes here are dramatic and due to a change in artist on writer/co-creator Graveyard Greg's superhero series. The early series was drawn by co-creator Andrew Babb and while the "'last" example below is drawn by current artist "Webtroll".