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Pay you to use your comic?

I'm wondering if the business model that newspapers have been using forever could be transferred to the web. That is, if there was a website that would publish your comic, and you were paid for the rights to publish there, would you accept? Presumably the website would make its money from advertising.


Collegial Thursdays From Heck!!!

Good news! College Roomies from Hell!!! is back from hiatus. Creator Maritza Campos had one hellheck of a cute baby on July 7th and took some time off afterwards.

American Elf creator James Kochalka has a fan blog written by Alan David Doane that is Kochalkaholic! (thanks to bugpowder for the link).

John Allison ponders drawing versus computerin' webcomics art. As someone who has drawn and computered two of the more beloved webcomics, Allison knows what he's talking about.

Korsil reports that webcomics artists Kat Santoro (from Cat Legend) and Will Ritter (from That Guy) are going to be married on August 28th.

In sort of webcomics news, would it annoy folks if I pointed out that "That's Nothing Man" is the best idea Scott Adams has had in years? If Adams has to veer into the Adam Sandler school of humor to find the funny again, so be it.

And in not webcomics news, apparently Darth Vader has a posse (and Kit Fisto has meat dreadlocks).

The Monday Morning Xerexes Update

scarfman tipped us to the Daily Grind Ironman losing another competitor - Scott Kurtz announced he was dropping out as he began running guest strips from Chris Giarusso while Kurtz is at the San Diego Comicon. Kurtz is also on 3 panels this year - one for Image and two for webcomics (more details after the jump).

gordonmcalpin also caught that there is a new Stripped Books webcomic in the new edition of the online magazine Bookslut. The new strip, by guest illustrator Dan Henrick and Stripped Books creator Gordon McAlpin, adapts Sandman writer Neil Gaiman's keynote address from the 2005 Nebula Awards dinner, in which Gaiman muses about the state of science fiction today.

The Yirmumah boys are having a fundraiser week - if you're a fan of Coffman and McDeavitt's biting sense of humor (see today's installment!) then drop these guys a buck or two.

Gary Chaloner kicks off a new site hosting his ongoing series: Will Eisner's John Law. Chaloner is holding a July draw for a signed (by Will Eisner and myself) limited release hardcover of Will Eisner’s JOHN LAW: Dead Man Walking (from IDW). WEJL updates on Mondays at Modern Tales and the new stand-alone site.

Click READ MORE for a list of webcomics-related panels at the upcoming San Diego Comicon!

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.

Rosenberg Says Bitpass Experiment A Failure

After one week, Jon Rosenberg declares Goats' Bitpass experiment a failure.

Through the Looking Back Glass by Erik Melander

It is that time of year again. On May 8, the nomination round for the Web Cartoonist's Choice Awards, or WCCA, began and on June 5 the nominees for awards were announced. The WCCA is probably the closest you can come to a webcomic industry award; only people who create a webcomic may participate in the nominations and voting. But another thing that returns with the WCCA is criticism from some members of the webcomics community. Just like with pretty much all other awards, the procedures and rules of the WCCA are under scrutiny by participants and pundits alike.

Harvey Award Nominations Announced

The Comicsreporter has the full list of nominations for this years Harvey Awards. Notable nominations are James Kochalca's American Elf: Sketchbook Diaries, nominated in the category Best Graphic Album of Previously Published Work, and Roger Langridge's Fred the Clown, nominated in the category Special Award for Humor in Comics.

Fans Ends 6 Year Run

Fans officially ended yesterday, calling a close to over six years of comics stories about a science-fiction club that repeatedly saved the world. Fans was the most popular strip on Graphic Smash and the second most popular to require a subscription (the first remains American Elf).

T Campbell, the writer, has announced several new projects, including a series in development for Tokyopop (still in need of an artist), a Fans-related summer story called "The Iron Easel," and a book version of The History of Online Comics.

Jason Waltrip, the series' main artist, is now drawing a book for Tokyopop called Idiotz.

David Willis, artist pro tempore in the series' final days, continues his work on Roomies, Shortpacked and It's Walky.

Currently, what's the first comic you read each morning?

There are a bunch of comics I read in bunches but there are also comics I keep up with everyday. Of those everyday reads I always seem to gravitate to reading my current favorite first. What's the first comic you check each morning?

Right now, for me it's Questionable Content (with Wapsi Square a close second).

Reports from Arisia Con

Alexander Danner writes up the panel he moderated at Arisia this past weekend. Eric Burns was also on that panel and posted his thoughts on it as well.

Kelly J. Cooper (Executive Editor of Comixpedia) also led a second panel on webcomics and when she's fully recovered from the weekend, I'm hoping she'll update this entry with her own thoughts on the Arisia convention.