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December 2006 Cover Art


Cover Art by Tom Siddell

Perhaps Amanda Should Think About Wearing More Office-Appropriate Clothing

EVENTS
Alternative Press Expo (APE) is this weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area!
The Daily Cross Hatch is having an "Indie Costume Contest."  Cool idea! Also make sure Daily Cross Hatch is on your reading list -- it's my new favorite blog for 2009.
WEBSITES
Jeff Eaton has a short post up about his firm's work behind the scenes on Zuda's website.  Drupal is a CMS (ComixTALK has used it since 2006) that I love but as of yet it doesn't have the plug n' play type installs available to support webcomics like Wordpress does.
Comicbook.com reports that Marvel is on the 3.0 version of its online reader - this is for its subscription service to part of its comic book library.
JUSTIFY MY HYPE
Mike Dawson has put his comedy comic book series Gabagool online.  Looks a little Pete Bagge-influenced from the artwork -- looking forward to checking it out.
INTERVIEW
CBR has an interview with Tom Siddell on the release of the second print collection of his webcomic Gunnerkrigg Court.

Special Post: Yes, Virginia, there are webcomics

A Post about Gunnerkrigg Court

Greg had been bugging me to read up on Tom Siddell’s Gunnerkrigg Court for some time before I finally decided to sit down and dip into a chapter or two. Fellows, I am decidedly better for having dipped and subsequently immersed, though to what degree I am better for having done so I’m not going to tell you. A decided degree, at any rate.

Tuesday Mean Random Stories About Webcomics... Doesn't It?

INTERVIEWS
Wizard is doing webcomic stuff again - an interview with Tom Siddell of Gunnerkrigg Court, John Allison of Scary Go Round, a roundtable with a pretty cool cast of creators (from ComicCon).

Laura Hudson who works for the magazine Comic Foundry has a blog with some good webcomic-related posts.  Most recently she interviewed Leigh Walton of Top Shelf 2.0, and Rantz Hosely of the Long Box Project.

CONVENTIONS

Ted the Robot asks how many books he should bring to this year's SPX.  Good question -- surely there's some collective common sense advice out there on this?

STRETCHING COMICS?
Michael Jantze of the webcomic The Norm tries creating an "audio comic".  I guess it's for people too lazy to read the words themselves?

GREATER F-WAD THEORY OF THE INTERNET
So the Daily Cartoonists hits a civility crisis.  I can relate having had it rip through Comixpedia/ComixTalk in earlier years.  It's hard to come up with "rules" for conversation but you can kind of tell when a place is working and when it's starting to deteriorate.  The sad thing is it really always seems to be a small number of people who either like to pretend to be or probably really are borderline psychotic that cause the most damage to a site.  </soapbox>

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
Rob Balder's Partially Clips gets a shout out from blogger and biologist PZ Myers.

This Week in Webcomics is a pretty cool new blog you might want to bookmark.

Brandon J. Carr has a new project with David These Stories Are True - check it out.

I love John Allison's take on Batman.

Penny Arcade Adventures

The Penny Arcade video game -- Penny Arcade Adventures Epsiode One: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness -- was released this week and I felt it was my duty to purchase said game.  Until I hear otherwise I'm going to assume this is the first videogame to be based on a webcomic (as opposed to a webcomic based on a videogame, a la Sam & Max).

I played it for a couple of hours last night and really enjoyed it.  If you like Jerry's writing and Mike's art then you'll more than likely get a huge kick out of experiencing them in this new interactive environment.  The game itself is a retro-but-updated version of those older point and click adventure games that used to dominate the PC.  And while I have no idea if the game is a good value for $20 it is chock full of content with very funny bits tucked into all kinds of objects in the environment.  The game has two modes - the 3d interactive environment part and then the 2d choose your words mode where you interact with characters (which cleverly invokes the comic origins of Penny Arcade).

I've read that the "fighting" system emulates Final Fantasy but since I've skipped the whole FF thing I wouldn't know.  The fighting is okay and for someone who isn't at all into twitch-anything like myself I liked that it wasn't incredibly difficult to master.  I also appreciated the ridiculousness of the "fighting moves" you see from various characters.

For other reviews check out metacritic and joystiqJoystiq also has an interview with Jerry Holkins.

2008 WCCA Winners Announced

The 2008 WCCAs were announced today -- Phil and Kaja Foglio won Outstanding Comic for Girl Genius while webcomics veteran Meredith Gran won Outstanding Newcomer for her new webcomic Octopus Pie.  The Foglios took three total WCCAs this year, but Tracy Butler was a big winner too taking home 4 WCCAs for her work on Lackadaisy.  Click read more for the full list of winners:

How To Eat Fried Webcomics

COMIXTALK

INTERVIEWS

EVENTS

  • Like Brigadoon, every four years on February 29th, the University of South Dakota rises from the mists of the Scottish Highlands to hold its mystical 24 hour comics event!

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS

WCCA 2008 Nominees Are Out

The nominees for this year's WCCAs were released this past Sunday (sadly without any fanfare, or press release... again). But lots of interesting choices (and good links to comics!):

OUTSTANDING COMIC FINALISTS:
Achewood by Chris Onstaad
Girl Genius by Phil and Kaja Foglio
Gunnerkrigg Court by Tom Siddell
Perry Bible Fellowship by Nicholas Gurewitch
The Phoenix Requiem by Sarah Ellerton

New Comics at Graphic Smash!

I’m proud to announce some great new action comics joining the Graphic Smash team, specifically Gunnerkrigg Court, Soul Driver, and Gun Street Girl Presents. All of our new comics are currently available and all three are have completely free archives and new episodes.

  • Soul Driver, by Jim Giar is blood-soaked black and white noir at it’s finest, featuring a cast of no-good-nicks sure to sure to please any fan of crime drama. Giar brings the intensity hot and heavy so try not to wear out the edge of your seat too quickly!
  • Gunnerkrigg Court, by Tom Siddell is a story set in a boarding school full of the strange, the weird, and the just plain creepy. Gunnerkrig mixes elements of fantasy and steampunk into world full of monsters, robots, and mystery all rendered in Siddell’s beautifully minimalist approach.
  • Last and certainly not least, Graphic Smash is elated to welcome back Barbara Lien-Cooper and Ryan Howe’s Gun Street Girl, one of GS’ original classics. This time however, we have a twist. Not only will Barb and Ryan be bringing GS readers Liz and Eddie’s continuing adventures in Gun Street Girl, but they will also be starting up several new projects at Graphic Smash under the Gun Street Girl Presents banner and you know with these two doing the comicing, they’re going to be awesome.

So come on over and check them out along with Graphic Smash’s current roster of amazing talent. There’s more fantastic work popping up online everyday and Graphic Smash is going to keep bringing it to you!