Submitted by Tim Tylor on December 11, 2007 - 16:20
Two webcomics have made it into Time Magazine's 2007 Top Ten list of graphic novels. Selected by Time's Nerd-World blogger Lev Grossman, the list includes Chris Onstad's Achewood in first place and Rob Balder's Erfworld at 6th place.
In years past (2004, 2005) we undertook the monumental chore of picking out the biggest headlines of the year. This year, I took another swing at it. So without further adu, here's the biggest webcomic headlines of 2007.
If I missed a story you think was key to this year, please post it in the comments to this article.
There's an incredible wealth of articles in the ComixTalk archives: features and columns on craft, theory and business, insightful reviews and interviews with some of the most interesting folks in webcomics. We'll be taking a regular look back at past issues and catching up with creators we've previously covered.
Stephen Notley is the creator of Bob the Angry Flower which I'm sure is still the angriest angiosperm character in comics today. I caught up with Notley via email last month.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 15, 2007 - 08:17
- In a bit of a surprise (to me at least) Papercutter #6 edited by Alec Longstreth won Outstanding Debut in the Ignatz Awards (A surprise not because Longstreth's book didn't deserve to win but because very famous cartoonist Bill Griffith had a book nominated in this category: Zippy: Walk a Mile in My Mu-Mu). Chris Onstad won the Outstanding Online Comic for Achewood.Â The full list of awards are available here in simple text form, all on one page (please someone at the WCCAs use this format for releasing your list of winners next time).
- Joey Manley has a big post on questions and comments on tailoring stats for webcomic creators in the next generation of his hosting service WebcomicsNation. I still need to read it a bit more carefully but if you're interested in stats or WCN you should probably give it a look.
JUSTIFY MY HYPE
- Johanna Draper Carlson plugs Little White Mouse and flags that creator Paul Sizer is now posting it online with updates every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
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- A NYTimes article compares the "suffering" of Charles M. Schulz to the great artists of history. A lot of this coverage is coming on the heels of the new biography Schulz and Peanuts by David Michaelis.Â (The family of Schulz seems to hate the biography but I saw Alan Gardener's link to a favorable review from Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson.)
- I'm sure everyone has already seen this from Homestar Runner, but I just never got around to posting it. Check out Strongbad's take on starting a webcomic... DON'T!
- Jon "Goats" Rosenberg's "Republicans For Voldemart" bumper sticker gets a mention in this NYTimes article.
Submitted by Joe Zabel on October 14, 2007 - 18:16
This was by far the most memorable moment of the 2007 SPX -- Nicholas Gurewitch presenting the Ignatz award to (presumably) Chris Onstad for Achewood. After Nick announced the award, a character in an ape costume came to the front of the auditorium and pantomimed while Nick translated. The simean conveyed through Nick that he was thrilled from the top of his buttocks to be receiving the award.
Submitted by CulturePulp on September 24, 2007 - 23:50
The Oregonian's AENow blog just published an interview with "Achewood" artist Chris Onstad about the free "Achewood" tattoo promotion going on in Portland:
"Ximena's a fan of the strip, and she had the clever idea to drum up business with this promotion," says "Achewood" creator Chris Onstad via e-mail. "From what I understand, it's a repeat-driven business. She sends me new photos every other day or so. We haven't got a red rotary telephone or anything, but it's keeping her busy. We have a high number of readers in Portland due to the large amounts of drugs that are constantly being consumed there."
Much more at the link -- including an explanation of "Achewood" for the newbies and a drop-in (with photos) at a evening tattoo session with a fellow who wanted Roast Beef inked on his shoulder blade.
A tattoo artist obsesses about "Achewood" (The Oregonian, Sept. 24, 2007)
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 14, 2007 - 08:09
Tom Spurgeon has the full list of nominees for this year's Ignatz Awards. The nominees for Outstanding Online Comic are Achewood by Chris Onstad; Grace by Kris Dresen; Persimmon Cup by Nick Bertozzi; Thingpart by Joe Sayers; and Wondermark by David Malki.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 8, 2007 - 10:11
In this A.V. Club interview with Achewood creator Chris Onstad, there is mention of expanding on and putting into book form the very popular "Great Outdoor Fight" storyline. Onstad says:
Since then, I've got all this content I'm talking about with kind of a major publisher. You know the "Great Outdoor Fight" story arc? I'm putting togetherâ€¦ not quite a graphic novel, but I'm laying it all out as a linear story and adding new content and a ton of writing and background on what The Great Outdoor Fight is, and I'm hoping to publish that as some sort of perfect-bound, color-cover, proper edition. I'm just finishing the writing up for that. I think that will go over really well. Critically, I think, that was our finest hour. It really had a good response from people, which surprised me, because it was the first time I've really asked the audience to have patience, because they weren't one-offs every day or gag strips every day. It was a three-month narrative that really paid off, and I was really pleased, because I was afraid to do it at first.
This would be an exceptionally cool book - I hope it comes together.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 13, 2007 - 07:56
- Todd Allen revisits the DC Comics/Zuda Webcomics story to parse what we actually know about it so far.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- Somehow Ray Smuckles from Achewood wrote about his adventures in Australia for the Daily Telegraph.
- Matt Butcher takes over the reins of the comics review site Independent Propaganda.
- ToonZone.netâ€™s Cartoons Dammit! launches a new teen-horror webcomic, Shadowgirls, written by David A. Rodriguez and illustrated by Dave Reynolds.
- Platinum Studio-owned news site Broken Frontier has interviews with last year's Comic Book Challenge contest runners-up.
Cow & Buffalo by Mike Maihack has funny animals doing silly things. It's like the comics you loved when you were a kid. Wackiness prevails and it's fun.