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The Great Outdoor Fight Wiki
Thanks to the public-spirited Plutor, the Great Outdoor Fight of Achewood now has a website worthy of its terrible beauty.

Tom Spurgeon's Top Comics of 2005

I really appreciate The Comics Reporter - it's an invaluable resource for what's going on in the comics world as a whole and it's a great service to webcomics that Tom Spurgeon tries to treat them on an equal footing with the rest of comic-dom.

Spurgeon has posted his top 50 comics of 2005 and he has included a few webcomics in the mix.  Read on for a list of those webcomics:

Chris Onstad a New Radical

The Comics Reporter catches that Chris Onstad (Achewood) makes Nerve Magazine's list of New Radicals..

A Conversation With Joe Zabel

Joe Zabel is both a webcomics creator (most recently he finished The Ice Queen: A Trespassers Mystery) and the founder of The Webcomics Examiner. I really enjoyed our conversation - the topics ran all over -- from Joe's webcomic work to Harvey Pekar and journal webcomics to the future for webcomics in general.

Scary Go Round by John Allison

John Allison's Scary Go Round is an odd strip, full of bafflement at the world of Tackleford. It is a strip that makes you go "Huh."

The Comixpedia End of 2005 Roundtable

A freewheeling discussion about the wide world of webcomics with Eric Burns, Wednesday White, Phil Kahn, Giland Pellaeon, Bob Stevenson, Ping Teo, Daku, Karl Kuras, Doctor Setebos and William G, moderated by Xaviar Xerexes.

You may have noticed that in 2005, the "webcomics blogosphere" took off like never before. There were almost as many people writing about webcomics as making them (okay not really, but there were a whole lot more blog posts about webcomics this year.) We gathered together several popular bloggers for an online roundtable discussion on webcomics here at the tail end of 2005.

We talked about webcomics and creators, art and commerce and of course, webcomics drama. Plus some predictions for the year ahead.

Mini-Wednesday News Post

Over at Goats, Jon Rosenberg explains how important the current storyline "Infinite Typewriters" is to him and the evolution of his webcomic.

NY2123 is one of the first original graphic novels I've seen created especially for the PSP. (You can read it on the web but the size of the images is definitely a better fit for the smaller PSP screen.) Two chapters are posted so far. It's set in a post-disaster New York and sprinkled liberally with a number of standard cyberpunk cliches, but the art is very clean and effective and in chapter 2 when the story focuses on Julius, the pacing of the tale becomes much more effective. interviews Nate Piekos.

Random Thought Dept: I've been reading Winnie-the-Pooh stories to my kids recently (the original ones) and it strikes me - does anyone else think of Achewood as a twisted version of that?

Webcomics: A Medium not A Genre....

And this rant comes from this very reader who only has ideas & theories about what's up with webcomics. I'm only young and naive, so if I'm wrong, please correct me for my sake.

So here goes:

Webcomics should be a Medium for comickers (artists, writers, creators) to tell stories; not a Genre as defined by what's currently telling the stories like Penny Arcade, Pvp, Keenspotters, BlankLabelheads and so on. Webcomics shouldn't be just about typical circle of friends stories that's happening in a lot of online comics out there. Webcomics should be an avenue for creators to bring out their ideas, tell stories they wish to share, explore themes that deserved to be mentioned and so forth.

What do you think?

An Incomplete List of Webcomics in Print, Collated by Kelly J. Cooper

Many MANY of our webcomicking friends have published print versions of their work. I've tried to find, track down, and remember as many as possible. But given the thousands (tens of thousands?) of webcomics out there, this was a daunting task. If I missed your comic, I apologize profusely and profoundly. Please add it via a comment.

If your comic isn't popular in one year, it won't ever be

Just something I've been thinking about lately. It seems like all of the giants of the webcomic world reached a decent size (10,000+ readers) within their first year.

So instead of telling newbies to be persistant, should we be telling them to give it a year, then try something else?

Any examples to the contrary?