Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 24, 2008 - 11:16
It's snapshot of the ComixTalk archives time again. Here's a look back at what we were writing about on January 24th in years past.
- krysilis was seeking an artist for a comics project. Did s/he find one? Only the Intertubes know...
- Crying Macho Man plugged his latest comic "FOXY".
- DAJB plugged the latest developments in his comic Shades.
- Oren launched a new webcomic (still going!) called Mini Cactuses Starring Ned the Chainsaw Guy.
- Jason Salsbury was looking for a new artist for his webcomic Pet Professional. This wasn't the first or the last artist on the comic. Eventually Salsbury turned to Chad Diez to do the art on the comic - but Diez eventually dropped out in early 2007 (for the scoop on that check out the DS interview with Diez here). It looks like Pet Professional is on hiatus now.
- Julia Wertz launched her journal webcomic The Fart Party.
- Dave Wright, and several webcomic creators banded together to create The Biggest Loser website which chronicled their attempt to lose weight and raise some money for UNICEF in the process. It looks like this project is dead, dead, dead as the website URL has expired.
- Ping Teo looked at the "essence of" the webcomic GPF.
- Eric Burns reviewed the webcomic Goats.
- Al Schroeder interviewed Kris Straub during his Checkerboard Nightmare days.
- absolutely nothing!
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 4, 2008 - 12:49
Back in town with a rolling update for Friday (and the weekend). Should be new cover art and articles up on Sunday.
If you missed it check out Comics Worth Reading's interview with Chris Crosby over Diamond's rejection of Keenspot's participation in this year's Free Comic Book Day. Crosby's various comics entities have participated in FCBD for several years now so it is surprising that they will not be allowed to participate in this year's event. If the given explanation are true, however, it's just more evidence of how insular the thinking of the monthly comic
bookpamphlet industry is by restricting their promotional event to existing direct market titles.
- Satstu.com has an article on the state of the not-growing newspaper comic strip business. It also has a link to Chicken Wings which is a webcomic aimed at the aviation industry. In 2008 I'm going to predict that if there's enough public interest in something there will be at least one successful webcomic about it. How much public interest in a subject is enough? That's something I hope we can all get a better handle on this year - maybe with actual numbers and demographics.
- Congrats to Jeph and Christi on their engagement. And hope everyone caught Jeph's pretty cool little reader-participation holiday comic. My gift to the happy couple is that something happens in Questionable Content this year. I keed, I keed...
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- New Years Day, Goats wrapped up its multi-verse saga with Jon in charge of hell? The first comic in the next storyline is up now... Don't let anyone kid you - combining consistently funny updates with a (somewhat) coherent storyline is hard. Throw in some actual character development - that's ISO 9000 there, baby! Last year, Goats began to hit a stride of humor and unpredictablilty in a just-plain-fun story - let's hope Rosenberg can do it again in 2008.
- A long way off but a firm date in May for the wedding of Brent and Jade should shake things up at PvP. PvP is more sitcom than storyline but every now and then Scott Kurtz successfully mixes up the elements of this long-running strip.
- SMBC is brillant. I love the punchline picture / set-up text jokes (kind of a reverse humor-fu) - here's one of my recent favorites with the added wha! of mixing D&D and sex. Probably too PG-13 to ever fit comfortably in newspapers but somehow it'd be great to sneak this into mid-America's breakfast reading.
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And now... the fourth annual People Of Webcomics list! I'll be the first to admit that this list gets harder and harder to compile as the lines between "webcomics" and just plain "comics" blurs harder than a greasy windshield in the middle of a West Texas downpour. Plus as publishing comics on the web and other digital formats becomes more commonplace it gets harder and harder to find those "firsts" that take comics in new directions whether artistic, technical or businesss-oriented.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 15, 2007 - 09:17
- 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.
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- 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 Xaviar Xerexes on September 7, 2007 - 09:13
The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) is proud to announce its upcoming exhibit: Infinite Canvas: The Art of Webcomics, set to open on Sept. 13.
"Infinite Canvas: The Art of Webcomicsâ€ brings comics from the web page to the MoCCA stage. The exhibit explores three aspects of online comics: the unique format and design of webcomics, their appeal to niche audiences, and the transitions between web and print comics.
Curator Jennifer Babcock, who also draws the syndicated webcomic Câ€™est La Vie, explains that webcomics are free of the space constraints and editorial censorship to which printed comics are often subjected. Webcomics also provide an outlet for a greater diversity of creators and audiences, she says, resulting in numerous niche-specific features.
This exhibit incorporates original artwork, prints of finished art, and digital displays. Featured in the exhibit will be the immensely popular Penny Arcade, PhD, Sluggy Freelance, User Friendly, Diesel Sweeties, Momâ€™s Cancer, Finder, Supernatural Law, Something Positive, Scary Go Round, Young Bottoms in Love, Narbonic, Goats, and â€œMy Obsession with Chessâ€ by Scott McCloud, among many others.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 13, 2007 - 12:22
This week's guest blogger is Tim Demeter who does way too many cool things for me to list 'em. Needless to say I'm grateful for him to take sometime out of his busy schedule to guest blog for the site again (he helped out last summer as well).
- Gary Tyrell at FLEEN has a good post on DC Comics Zudacomics project. Zudacomics is DC's webcomic portal for new stuff from creators - not it's "putting DC comic books on the web" site, which oddly enough DC hasn't gotten around to creating yet. Apparently DC must think that the music industry's Internet strategy is awesome as it and Marvel appear to be following large parts of it - although not yet suing large numbers of their customers so good on them for that bit of common sense. Is it just me or is the huge rise in scanlation trading online (scanlation is the direct equivalent of ripping CDs into mp3s) at least somewhat the fault of DC and Marvel for failing to put their immense catalog of material online in any meaningful way for consumers? Sort of related here is Joey Manley's recent post spelling out his view that Modern Tales as a subscription site was a success, but one limited by the subscription site model. Manley links to a post about Zudacomics and cracks wise that:
Itâ€™s interesting and illuminating to see the â€œmainstreamâ€ comics community try to get a grip on how the digital distribution of comics can be monetized. Sometimes, it literally feels like theyâ€™re repeating every business idea that took the webcomics community by storm over the past ten years, and in exactly the same order, only to discard each in turn (as did we, for the most part) and move on to the next.
I'm interested of course in any comics publishers' projects involving digital distribution of comics. It's the future of all media, not just comics and the sooner comics sorts out how to survive the intertubes the better for comics. Anyhow back to Gary's post and zudamania. I think DC's insistence on a 4:3 format for comics isn't going to be a problem for people willing to get into bed with Zudacomics in the first place. The 4:3 ratio is probably equally useful to Zuda to make their site slicker and more consistent for readers as it is to any print spin-offs Zuda pursues. But I definitely think Gary's point that a successful Zuda might benefit some non-Zuda creators more than anyone actually on Zuda to be pretty insightful and likely correct.
- Journalista! points to this Publisher Weekly post on Amazon's new self-publishing program:
Through Project Vine, readers with a history of posting accurate and helpful book reviews are being invited to receive advance copies for review purposes. And, through CreateSpace, a division of the company that already provides CD- and DVD-on-demand services, Amazon has added book publishing options.
- Broken Frontier has a review of the first book collecting the Surreal Adventures of Edgar Allen Poo webcomics.Â It's an interesting comic although unless the title proves to be central to the plot (really hope not!) the choice of the title is a silly bit of word-play that wore out its welcome ages ago.
- Mr. Myth at Damn Good Comics has a good review/commentary blog post up on too many webcomics to list here.
- Newsarama is reporting that Mike Wieringo passed away this Sunday of a sudden heart attack. Wieringo wasn't that much older than me (he was 44) and he's also one of the few names in comic book land I was familar with before I got into all this webcomics. By all accounts not only was he very talented but a tremendously nice guy. He had a blog and I imagine there will be some info on memorials there.
- Jon Rosenberg (creator of Goats) blogs about rock star Moby blogging about the "Republicans For Voldemart" t-shirt that Jon created and Moby wears in public sometimes.
- Sometimes superhero movies are cool, sometimes they are ridiculous. Sometimes they're just a muddled mess where the director/writer/whatever can't figure out what kind of movie they're making. Time Nerd World blogger Lev Grossman posts about the planned Thor movie and I have to agree with his doubts about the direction Marvel supposedly is taking with it. The main reason I'm linking to this NerdWorld post though is to harp on the planned The Incredible Hulk movie which is being touted as a "re-do" of the Ang Lee movie (and not a sequel). I'm not sure how I'd script it because I don't think you'd want to make a movie too crowded with Marvel Universe characters but wouldn't you rather see a new Hulk movie along the lines of this "World War Hulk" comic book mini-series Grossman blogs about than another origin story? The Hulk is a big scary ambiguous bad guy (sort of like the Terminator character in T2) that blows stuff up. Make that movie without any pretense to being something else and you'd probably have the summer hit Marvel wants.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 24, 2007 - 14:31
I built a "library" of webcomics and creators back in the fall of 2005 which I put into beta before realizing it was too much editorial work to deal with and the same information could be better provided through the community edited webcomic wiki - COMIXPEDIA.
Nevertheless looking back on the assortment of names collected (some from me, some sent in from you) I wonder if anyone has any significant updates on these creators 18 months later. Maybe we should interview some of them?
Just as Bitpass bit the dust and Scott McCloud decided the right number for The Right Number was free, Joel Fagin offers another look at how to make micropayments work for webcomics -- by examining iTunes, the most successful micropayments system in history.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 19, 2007 - 09:20
- The St. Louis Post-Dispatch profiles webcomics, shining the spotlight on PvP, Penny Arcade and Sope on a Rope.
- Webcomics writer Bobby Crosby (+EV, Marry Me, Last Blood) is looking for artists for new projects. Pay and profit-sharing seems to be involved.
- PopMatters has a review of Scott Kurtz's other comic book project, Truth, Justin & The American Way. I can't find it, but I remember Kurtz writing that more episodes of this series would be coming at some point later this year.
- Last month, PopMatters reviewed Brendan Douglas Jones' brilliant post-Watchmen superhero parody Breakfast of the Gods. Oddly enough, their reviewer completely missed the comic's riff on the ultra-serious tone of the most recent work in superhero comic books, but did seem to like the nostalgia of revisiting breakfast cereal mascots.
- A short and sweet review of Marry Me, written by Bobby Crosby and art'd by Remy Mokhtar. I didn't think I would like this one, but I was wrong. It's a pretty funny spin on pop star life so far.
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- Ali Graham's new webcomic Afterstrife (love that name) has finished its first chapter and is in the midst of a week of guest comics before the next chapter begins. The comic features the adventures of two young recently-dead characters in their afterlife, but for such a potentially ominous setting, it's been surprisingly funny so far. Afterstrife is a nice evolution of Graham's writing and art chops from his previous work and well worth checking out.
- Turtle Vs. Bunny by Joe Dunn (with the help of the votes of millions!). Have y'all already seen this? A very cool, interactive spin on the classic fable of the tortoise and the hare, Dunn's TVB lets readers decide whether Turtle or Bunny will come out on top that week.
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- Kris Straub is now in Texas; Scott Kurtz posts photos of Halfpixel's new office space (Halfpixel is the new label Straub and Kurtz created for their joint projects). And Kurtz and Straub have relaunched their weekly Internet-radio show as the Kris & Scott Power Hour (Every Thursday from 6pm to 7pm Central).
- Goats' creator Jon Rosenberg posts about a benefit at Cornell University for a scholarship fund established in the name of one of his classmates who died in an auto accident. If you're in the area it sounds like a good show for a good cause.
- Diesel Sweeties tops Sally Forth in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 11, 2007 - 10:33
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- The Todd Goldman/Dave Kelly copying story was well covered this week appearing on several webcomics, blogs, CBR, the art journal Juxtapoz, and even Wikipedia. The extreme similarities of the two works makes it hard to imagine a set of circumstances such that Goldman did not copy from Kelly. The blog FLEEN has been all over this story and really deserves praise for pulling so much of it together. Yesterday FLEEN posted an absolutely spiteful email it received purportedly from Todd Goldman (although FLEEN caveats that it can't confirm this) and also wrote about another similarity between a Goldman work and Stuff Sucks webcomic creator Liz Greenfield. Copying can be a difficult issue - ideas are not protected, only expression - but again, in the specific Goldman/Kelly case it's very hard to see how this was anything other than copying. (Comixpedia interviewed Dave Kelly back in his Living in Greytown days.)
- Johnny Hart dead. Now the question is what happens to B.C. (and possibly The Wizard of Id)? Will it lumber on as a comic strip zombie or will newspapers retire it in favor of fresh material? ANSWER: Kris Straub catches a note at the Creators Syndicate website that say Undead B.C. and Wizard of Id will definitely lumber on. ALSO: Mark Evanier has an interesting post on Hart's career (link from SPPW).
- Mitch Clem taking a break from webcomics? The creator of webcomics such as Nothing Nice to Say; Coffee Achievers and San Antonio Rock City writes about his five years making webcomics.
- Good luck and good thoughts to creator Carla Speed McNeil, who is undergoing surgery later this month to alleviate a moderate-to-severe case of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. (Swiped from Journalista! which caught it from Elayne Riggs.)
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- Time's Nerd World Blog praises Rob Balder's and Jamie Noguchi's webcomic Erfworld.
- Maakies creator Tony Millionaire wrote us to tell us that the pilot for the animated Drinky Crow Show is coming to Adult Swim in May. There's a preview video here and you can read others' comments on it here.
- Comics Reporter links to Doom: the webcomic.
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- FLEEN notes that Lauren Oâ€™Neal turned in a webcomic as a final project for a class at Stanford. Hip and environmentally-friendly!
- Websnark praises Goats. Eric's main point seems to be that even though most of Goats' episodes don't involve actual "action" the comic is nevertheless working well. Goats has never really been about action though, like a good Kevin Smith movie it's about the dialogue.
- CBR notes the 10th anniversary of comics publisher Top Shelf.
- JOURNALISTA! points to the I Read Comics podcast that features a recording of the â€œWomen in Comicsâ€ panel from the recent New York Comic-Con, with moderator Heidi MacDonald with Colleen Doran, Amanda Conner, Svetlana Chmakova and Rivkah.