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The Gigcast to Interview Dylan of

The Gigcast will be interviewing Dylan Squires of DrunkDuck about Platinum Studios, and we are looking for questions. There are so many to ask, we need your help to par em down to fit in one show.

 So head on over to This NightGig Thread and let em rip.



More Platinum Duck, Interviews, Etc.

I'm going to try breaking these longer posts up into categories - tell me if it's helpful or not...


Drunk DuckI started a thread to discuss the Platinum-Drunk Duck deal here - I added links to other discussions in the comments if you're interested in reading more about it.

Aaron MacGruder AWOL from Boondocks return. Or so the Washington Post reports. The Comics Reporter notes that the Dallas Morning News also has a good story on this subject.

The Comic Reporter also points to a deal between McClatchy-Tribune and to carry stories on McClatchy's MCT Campus wire service for college and highschool newspapers. was founded in 1999 by Sarah Zupko and also carries several webcomics on its site.


Jon RosenbergWizard interviewed Jon Rosenberg (creator of Goats) yesterday. I just want to highlight this part because I think Jon's answer makes a lot of sense:

What professional title do you prefer: webcomicker, webcomics artist, creator or what's the standard these days? Or is there one?

ROSENBERG: When people ask me what I do, I tell them I draw comics. Titles are a pretty silly thing, I don't know if there is a standard but I'm sure it is a topic of heated debate on some message board somewhere.

The people who concern themselves with those sorts of things, I find, would do better to focus on their comics.

Random Interviews has one with Fred Grisolm, creator of Hate Song.

Plugs and Reviews

I missed it but Mitch Clem is updating NN2S again. Huh-zah!

Over at CBR, Meaghan Quinn plugs the new webcomic from Petie Shumate, Girl/Robot. G/R is kind of a one-note affair (girl says/does something, robot takes it literally, hijinks/disaster ensues) but so far Shumate is consistently cracking me up with it. I'd give it a try if you haven't already.

Everything ElseI'm Just Drinking

Gilead's got a post on Phil Kahn's I'm Just Drinking vidcast - webcomics and alcohol... who'd thunk it? I watched part of it last night - not bad and Phil does a decent job of actually demonstrating how to make the drinks which is good since that's probably the key part of the show. :)

Fleen links to Scott Marshall's post about the Halifax edition of the Word on the Street festival where he met Hope Larson, Joey Comeau, and Ryan North.

Checkerboard Nightmare: Jack Ace, Star Reporter At Large!

Chex is baaaack...

Champagne (Platinum + Drunk) Duck - What's It Mean?

It's been reported that Platinum Studios has bought Drunk Duck. So - comic book publisher plus webcomics host equals ???

What does everyone think? I'll probably post more tonight when I've had a chance to sit down and sort through the news on it.Â

Drunk Duck Bought!; Blog Roundup and Other News

Drunk DuckPlatinum Studios bought Drunk Duck. Platinum Studios held the Comic Book Challenge contest at the San Diego Comicon this summer (which DJ Coffman won). (Both Talkaboutcomics and Journalista had notes on this story this morning.)

Journalista also points an interview between MIT Director of Comparative Media Studies Henry Jenkins and Chicago digital-media consultant Todd Allen on webcomics, micropayments and the migration of comics from print to the Web.

One more Dirk Deppey catch: Irresponsible Pictures comments on a paper by typography theorist Bill Hill on tranferring text from screen to Web, and its relavence to today’s digital-comics debate. (Have I mentioned how much I appreciate the return of Deppey to daily reporting/commentary? Of all of the "comic journalists" I've encountered, he was the first to "get" webcomics)

The BugPowder blog reports on a planned satire of the official 9/11 Commission Report. If you're interested you can check out the first few pages of The 9/11 Report : The Real Version.

We're closing in on 24 Hour Comics Day - there'll be an edition of it at Comica in London, U.K. (full list of locations here).

Is it just me or does the "Little People" art project referenced in this Drawn post beg to be turned into a comic? Or has some webcomic already exploited this artistic angle?

Anyone heard anything from Patrick Farley lately? I wish he had more time/money to make webcomics...

Comic Foundry points to the trailer for the film adaptation of Frank Miller's 300.

Webcomics In Print has a nice roundup of recent webcomic-related books here. Over at the Webcomicker, Gilead Pellaeon notes Scott Kurtz's potential second career at naming menu items. And another webcomics blog calls it quits: this time it's the Kea's Nest.

Video of Comic Book Challenge 2006

Broken Frontier has a 15 minute webcast coverage of the 2006 Comic Book Challenge put on by Platinum and NBC. You can see parts of all the pitches, pre and post interviews, etc. Also me being a generally big comic book dork, but I'm proud!

Comic Book Challenge Contest At Comicon - Final Round

Cool news - longtime webcomics creator and Comixpedia regular, D.J. Coffman is one of three finalists in Platinum Studios Comic Book Challenge contest. Voting is going on right now so go check it out!

(It looks like you need to give them an email address in order to vote - here's the site's privacy policy - but I didn't have to go through any kind of check with the email address I gave them before voting).

Guess Who Is A Comic Book Challenge Semi-Finalist?

D.J. Coffman received news from Platinum Studios that he's a semi-finalist in the Comic Book Challenge contest going on next week at the San Diego Comicon. (Here's an earlier posting on the contest.)

Unfortunately for DJ, he wasn't going to Comicon until he heard the news and there isn't a hotel room to be found in San Diego... So he's looking for a floor to crash on (and he's willing to pay for that floor!) if anyone has some space they can spare.

Manley and Kurtz interview Scott Rosenberg of Platinum Studios

In the latest 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.

More On The Comic Book Challenge

There was a long (civil!) discussion in the comments to this first post on Platinum Studio's Comic Book Challenge. Scott Rosenberg, the Chairman of Platinum emailed me to tell me they had read the discussion here and were making efforts to provide further information on the contest. If you're interested in that there's now a FAQ at The Comic Book Challenge site and an interview with Scott Rosenberg at the comic book news site Broken Frontier. (And full disclosure, The Comic Book Challenge is now running banner ads at Comixpedia)

Also in the interview, Rosenberg notes the somewhat similar Comic Book Resources' Comic Book Idol competition which seems to have been a one-shot deal in 2004 (or does it take place every year?). Maybe we need one of these contests for webcomics?...