Le Webcomic Potpourri
Ah, monsieur! Please sample le following webcomic stories, oui?
- Best part about the post-Starslip Starslip: necks! Huzzah! Incidentally, Cutter looks a lot more like Sawyer from Lost … which is a good thing! Mr. Straub, you need to have a little talk with Joe Quesada on how to remake long-running comics.
- Incidentally the 2008 Weblog Awards are over. To no one’s surprise, the winner for Best Comic Strips is xkcd. Yay. Hey, does it matter, really? Everyone had fun, the popular guys won, Comics Curmudgeon defied the haters in the Humor Category, and the always affable Wil Wheaton of Star Trek: Next Generation got to feel good about himself, winning the Best Celebrity Blog and all. (Eventhough I did publically endorse Kanye West….) Besides, it’s not like it’s a real award… unlike the Xeric Awards, whose winners were also announced this week (hat tip from the Comics Reporter).
- And now, to tie the first two items together…
- In case you missed it, Jackson Ferrell of This Week in Webcomics posted his two–part interview with Tony Piro, creator of Calamities of Nature (a Weblog Award finalist). The negative reviews from my old stomping grounds at Comic Fencing get brought up — of which I was not a part of, by the way. Mr. Piro seems to be quite an engaging fellow, so be sure to check it out!
- Drew from Toothpaste For Dinner relives the early days of the internet with Andrew Zimmern Ate My Balls. I laughed at it more than I should have. Also, I came to the realization that I am now pretty frikkin’ old. According to Wikipedia, the whole Ate My Balls thing started in 1996.
- Webster’s Dictionary defines a “neck” as: “1 a (1): the part of an animal that connects the head with the body (2): the siphon of a bivalve mollusk (as a clam) b: the part of a garment that covers or is next to the neck.” Every single one of those sounds awesome, doesn’t it? Especially the clam one (which somehow warrants a higher definition usage than the one pertaining to clothes).
- I got this press release from Neil Kleid via e-mail:
As comic book fans around the world usher in a brand new year, the creators of Image Comics/Shadowline’s offbeat webcomic, ACTION, OHIO, invites you to spend time in a little town hiding a very big secret;
Action, Ohio – written by Xeric Award winning author Neil Kleid and illustrated by Paul Salvi – asks what might happen if the Silver Age of comic book was created to hide the existence of real-life superhumans living in the heart of Ohio?
Running one page per week at Image Comics/Shadowline’s webcomics hub, the story explores detective Andrea Bruce’s private dilemma and the sacrifices she must make in order to save an isolated community struggling to contain its secrets. Choosing between solving a murder and opening a Pandora’s Box of evil or putting aside her vendetta to help a group of heroes contain their existence and freedoms, Andrea unfolds the mysteries of a sleepy little town that inspired the Silver Age of comic books and races to find a killer before he forces its inhabitants to reveal themselves and destroy the world.
And I was, like, “Holy crap! Image has a webcomic front now?” Anyway, I gave Action, Ohio, a fairly good review at Comics Fencing back when it was competing for a Zuda contract in May, so I may just have to revisit it to see where the story ended up going.
- Bengo, don’t you know what kind of incredible power you have? Don’t abuse it. Use it … for good.
- Do you hate Pokemon? Not as much as Atticus from Mokepon, I’ll wager. Yeah… it’s basically a Pokemon fanfiction. But the art is pretty solid, and the story had me hooked for the 19 pages published. If you want to see a fella get pissed off about Charmander, this is your comic.