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ComiCon San Diego

Comicon is almost here. Gilead and Darlene will be guest blogging for Comixpedia. Lots of panel info after the jump.

T Campbell Splits with Clickwheel

T Campbell no longer editor for Clickwheel, effective immediately. I don't know anything more then what T posted on his blog today.

So I read T. Campbell's History of Webcomics ...

So I finally carved out a couple of hours last week to sit down and read T. Campbell's History of Webcomics. I knew the book had been the subject of some controversy. Some had postulated that writing the history of something that was less than a decade old seemed a bit superfluous and that perhaps one should wait until a bit more history has occurred before the history is written.

I might have been inclined to agree with that supposition had I not written an article for Sketch magazine a year or so back detailing my quest to uncover the indentity of the first Photoshop colored comic book. It turned out to be a surprisingly difficult task even though it was certainly a comic published sometime in the early 1990s. It's undeniable that Adobe Photoshop has ushered in a new era in both comics production and comics aesthetics, yet no one (at least no one I was able to find) had bothered to document when exactly this phenomenon began.

Yesterdays News Today

The Pulse has an interview with T Campbell on the History of Webcomics book from Antarctic Press.

Editor and Publisher notes that "Van Von Hunter" has been picked up for syndication by Universal. This as a result of what appears to be a collaboration between Tokyopop and Universal aimed at bringing EOL manga into newspapers.

Not only is Drunk Duck back and providing hosting, they have an E-zine entitled "The Quack" as well.

When Speakeasy Publishing closed their doors earlier this year, there were webcomics that were caught up in it. "Athena Voltair" has been able to find a new publisher in Ape Comics according to Newsarama . The boys at "Butternutsquash" have not been so lucky and have put the comic on hiatus until September. [XEREXES: The Webcomics Examiner just posted an essay about the art of BNS that is worth checking out.]

Some News And Notes About Me, Cuz It's Important... To Me

Hey, thanks to those of you who contacted me about Shawn Matthews. We weren't close though we were friendly. It was heartening to see some of my peers saddened by the death of a total stranger. A lot of you are good folks.

In other news, despite the recent discovery of my sucking, I have recently joined up to Modern Tales. Graphic Smash specifically. Mostly due to T Campbell's southern charm. And also because you need to be part of a gang to have any sort of web cred these days. That this gang is dedicated to making money for their members can only increase my standing, I figure. As the saying goes: Money is the only argument allowed.

Diversifiwebcomication: Maximize Your Business Potential

The first in a series of articles, Sebastian Parsons explores the industry of Webcomics from the eyes of a businessman. A financial analyst for nearly ten years, Parsons shares his insight on an industry he curiously observes (rather than participates in).

Mega-News Dump

Two notable bits of book news this week:

John Allison reports that his fourth print collection of Scary Go Round is headed off to the printers. He'll also be crossing the pond for New York's MoCCA this June.

Howard Tayler reports that he's started working on the NEXT Schlock Mercenary collection. This one will collect episodes published online from August 2003 to March 2004. Fleen has a review of the current SM collection - "Under New Management" which I'm still waiting to get in my shiny maibox! Laughing

Some convention appearances to note:

Blank Label dude Brad Guigar is at his hometown convention, Wizard World Cheesesteak Philapdelphia. I don't have the details here on the WizWorldCon but I hear it's in Philly!

Plus several reviews and blurbs for webcomics:

Joe Zabel writes about Derek Kirk Kim's new comic work online entitled Healing Hands. Joe's blog post on his review has already generated a lively discussion.

The Webcomicker has a review of Banished and in it argues that the web has been key to the success of a number of science fiction comedy titles. I don't know if I agree with the assertion, but regardless, Gilead links to many of the best sci-fi ha-ha webcomics I'm aware of.

T Campbell drops that he's bringing back Search Engine Funnies on September 1st. No word on the new artist(s) though.

Here's a business bit of news:

Gary Tyrrell has an interview with Chris Baldwin who recently signed a "web syndication" deal with United Media for his other comic Little Dee.

Some other interesting webcomic-related stories include:

The Penny Arcade duo taught a class on comics to grade schoolers. They've done this before and it's good to see them at it again. Gabe mused aloud about creating some resources for school teachers to download - he should do that. (He might also talk to Brad Guigar who did a similar project with comics in schools a few years ago.)

The blog Filth Hole (which is sometimes NSFW) got linked to by Warren Ellis for a funny sketch (which is probably NSFW).

The Writer Response Theory blog has a post on the history of fiction on the Internet which of course includes webcomics. A project along these lines would probably be able to use T Campbell's book as a jumping off point for a chapter on webcomics - I'm not sure what has been written about other fiction forms on the Internet. More interestingly would be to take a look at any interplay between different forms (and their associated communties of creators and readers) in their development on the internets.

Webcomics In Print blog is having a competition - send in a picture of yourself wearing a webcomic t-shirt before June 10th. Winners will win fabulous prizes no doubt!

We're also happy to report:

Bob Stevenson appears to have updated his blog/comic site Journey Into History. Bob does both webcomics and webcomic reviews well - he's kind of the ultimate anti-FLEEN.

Zoinks reports that it's latest issue is going to press and will be available later this month.

And in Not-Webcomics news:

Lore links to this video of "superhero war re-enactors" which is both a spoof of civil war re-enactors and a total geek-out on Marvel's Secret Wars comic books.

Combining our last two month issues (Superheroes and Movies) in one long post, Phil Kahn geeks out on X-Men 3: The Last Stand. Geeks out in a good way of course! Cool

Clickwheel On iTunes

Clickwheel, the iPod comics company, has set up shop on iTunes.

"This is an important move for Clickwheel and our artists," says Will Simons, Clickwheel’s founder.  "It holds enormous possibilities and could, we believe, prove a defining moment in the history of this company."

Clickwheel’s first features on iTunes are the movie-themed gag strip Joe Loves Crappy Movies by Joseph Dunn, the punning gag strip Silent Kimbly by Ryan Sias, the fantasy sitcom Sebo by Jamie Robertson, Colin White’s autobiographical, politically charged Colin White Comix and Joe Alterio’s youth-and-quest story Fading Fast.

Thursday News

Over at comixpedia dot net the top list has a new number one today: Multiplex by Gordon McAlpin. (btw one of my favorite recurring characters in McAlpin's webcomic is blogger critic guy - last seen here.)

New BLC podcast wherein Dave and Kris ramble about webcomic book collections.  Listen up!

Penny and Aggie Co-creator T Campbell announced that there will be a  book: The Best of Enemies: A Penny and Aggie Collection. Campbell and co-creator Gisele Lagace are holding a "Fanstuff" contest and will award a signed copy of the book and sketch to the creator of the best Penny and Aggie-derived "games, icons, fanart, Photoshoppery, fanficiton, novelization, poems, filks, essays, mp3s, audio performance, video performance, animation, sculpture, cosplay, clubs, conventions, humor, MiSTing, origami..."

The DC Conspiracy is another group of DC-based cartoonists.  It's members are more print-oriented, but they have set up shop with a webcomics nation account. The most recent update there - to Ataxia Overdrive, a webcomic by Evan Keeling - looks good.

Tuesday Round Up of Webcomic News

Tym Godek has a review of the journal webcomic Surely Functional by Greg Kornbluh & Ramsey Ford.

T Campbell needs you to take the Clickwheel Users Survey.  Clickwheel is the iPod comics service. 

Paul Gadzikowski used to do a journal comic - who knew?

Jon Rosenberg notes that the horrible murder-cannibal guy that just got arrested .  Nobody tell Jack Thompson, okay?

A little late but the Flight blog has some photos from the recent APE convention in SF, CA. 

Computer Arts has a nice tutorial on using Adobe Illustrator CS2 to ink and color a traditional comic-style drawing.  (They've actually got a lot of tutorials on the site.)

Just indulge me for a minute here: a new Jeremy t-shirt! I've always loved Jon Morris' little Frankenstein-like character.

Chris Ware's comic work for the New York Times magazine is over - check it all out here