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User Friendly and MetaFilter

I saw this on TechDirt recently - the denizens of MetaFilter caught several swipes of comments at MetaFilter turned into the punchlines of User Friendly comics.  The actual MeFi thread is pretty long, and checking out some of the cited examples -- it appears that creator J.D. "Illiad" Frasier has deleted several of the comics in his archives as a result (he admits to some of the plagerism in the MeFi thread).

I have no doubt that people accidentally regurgitate punchlines all the time but it's a pretty bad idea to copy nearly verbatim from others without permission -- putting aside any copyright issues, as TechDirt points out it's going to hurt your reputation.

DRAFT List of 100 Greatest Webcomics: Comedy and Drama

Last year I posted a couple times (Previous posts on this "research" project were here and here) about a possible article on "ComixTALK's 100 Greatest Webcomics" which would be something like the American Film Institute's list of the greatest movies of the last 100 years.

A recurring comment to the previous two posts was what is the criteria for this.  I'm always a little hesitant to give too much guidance when part of the point of asking this kind of thing out loud is to listen to the resulting discussion of what everyone else thinks the criteria should be.  For the AFI list judges picked films based on criteria such as Critical Recognition, Major Award Winner, Popularity Over Time, Historical Significance, and Cultural Impact.

That sounds about right to me.  We've got a round decade plus a year or two of webcomics to look at it.  Critical reception (both from peers and critics), and popularity are both relevant to thinking about the impact of a webcomic.  WCCA awards are somewhat indicative of what peers were impressed with in a given year and more recently awards like the Eisners and Ignatzs have recoginized webcomics.  Historical significance and cultural impact are a little harder to pin down but various "firsts" in webcomics are important and comics like Penny Arcade have had a much wider impact on popular culture than most comics do these days (put aside the legacy superheros of comics -- what other "new" comic, let alone webcomic, in the last decade has had a wide cultural impact?)

Another thing AFI did that might be useful here to help sort through the vast numbers of webcomics one could talk about is to also think about categories or genres of work.  Just as a simple matter of numbers if a webcomic isn't one of the best of a larger type of story -- or frankly, so startlingly unique it's hard to categorize -- then it's hard to imagine it's one of the 100 Greatest...

So to move things along I'm listing another "draft" of titles submitted by the crowds but this time I've tried to break them up into drama and comedy so as to help avoid complete apples to oranges comparisons.  In doing that I've realized (1) it's hard in many cases to decide; and (2) there are probably more comedic than drama on the list so far.  I think it would make sense to whittle down the two lists to 75 each so as the final list is no more than 3/4 of one type or the other.  Of course we could further do genre type lists but for now this was enough work on my part.

So -- your assignment (if you choose to play):

  1. Name the comic you're talking about (you're also welcome to nominate ones not on the list -- I KNOW there are many I haven't even thought about yet -- it takes time to review all of the corners of the web)
  2. Tell me where on one the two lists (comedy and drama) it should be (you could give a range of slots if you're not sure). (If you think I've got a drama on the comedy list or vice-versa let me know!  I'm not "done" - this is fairly dashed off still at this point)
  3. Tell me why!  Referencing awards, critics, historical achievements, strengths and weaknesses of the works are all really helpful!

November 14th DRAFT version of 100 Greatest Webcomics List

This is an update to a previous post here, thanks for the cumulative suggestions on that thread.  JUST so we're clear - this is open-sourced to everyone research for a possible article to appear next month at ComixTalk.  I don't endorse the list or the order at all; at this point I've tried to include all of the suggestions I've gotten and I also went through all of the comics ComixTalk has ever reviewed and pulled quite a few titles.

We're at the point where it'll be most helpful if you tell me comics you think should go on the list, where (what number approximately) and which comic should get bumped.  If you just want to change the order you can do that to but there'll be another post before the month's through asking for help with that.  

100 Greatest Webcomics Thread

NOTE:  An updated version of this list is here - please go there to offer your suggestions and comments.  Thanks!

Stupid and Insane Defenders Against Chaos: New Site, New Style

The webcomic Stupid and Insane Defenders Against Chaos (located at Onezumi.com) has relaunched with a brand new design and focus. The new site is based on WordPress and is designed to be more user friendly while also showing off the new Storyline focus of the comic. The site is currently being updated 7 days a week in order to rebuild the comic archive while also reimagining some of the older comics to fit into the new direction of the comic.

It's a great time to stop by and pick up the comic from the beginning.

New splashscreen

It seems that about 75% of people who saw the splash screen left without doing anything else. Maybe some were downloading SVG viewing software but I rather felt that this was an unacceptable level. Therefore I've redesigned this page so it's hopefully cooler and more user friendly. Let me know what you think!

I've also been putting a lot of links to the forums on the site, in the hope of actually getting people to post something other than viagra adverts there. I think I've done this with all the HTML pages so now I'll start of the SVG files.

New splashscreen

It seems that about 75% of people who saw the splash screen left without doing anything else. Maybe some were downloading SVG viewing software but I rather felt that this was an unacceptable level. Therefore I've redesigned this page so it's hopefully cooler and more user friendly. Let me know what you think!

I've also been putting a lot of links to the forums on the site, in the hope of actually getting people to post something other than viagra adverts there. I think I've done this with all the HTML pages so now I'll start of the SVG files.

iWebcomic: Talking with PC Weenies Creator Krishna Sadasivam

Krishna Sadasivam is the creator of the long-running tech-focused humor comic, PC Weenies. Sadasivam has been publishing his comic to the web for almost nine years and I caught up with him recently via email to talk about PC Weenies and his new comic Uncubed.

MoCCA Has Big Exhibit on Webcomics

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 Webcomics” 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 C’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, Mom’s Cancer, Finder, Supernatural Law, Something Positive, Scary Go Round, Young Bottoms in Love, Narbonic, Goats, and “My Obsession with Chess” by Scott McCloud, among many others.