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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Open Post: Why do you make webcomics?

As proved by the “Shill Your Webcomic” post that I put up not too long ago, there are several readers who visit this site who also make webcomics. To you fine bunch of creators, I pose the following question:

Why do you make webcomics?

Is it the faint chance that it will one day become a cultural touchtone like Calvin & Hobbes? Is it a social exercise to meet new people? Is to enough just want to make people laugh? Or is drawing so encoded in your DNA that you just need an outlet for expression?

To you, I cede the floor.

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Digital Comic Overlook #3: Ame-comi Girls #1-6

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Jimmy Palmiotti has done many things. He is probably best known for his highly acclaimed run on the Jonah Hex title. He once formed a publishing company with Joe Quesada, the former Editor In Chief of Marvel Comics. He co-created Painkiller Jane, which became a show on the Sci-Fi Network.

He also writes DC’s Digital First comic,Ame-Comi Girls.

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Xbone rxns

So apparently the XBox One (which The Gameological Society dubbed the “xbone”) was announced last week, and gamers were frothingly rabid, as predicted. No backward compatibility! Kinect is mandatory! No way to share games! This is the end of gaaaaaaammmmiiinnnngggg!!!

So on and so forth.

Of course, it’s a field day for the gamer comics. Starting with Ctrl + Alt + Del:

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Jeez, Buckley, a porn joke? What is this, the 1990’s? How original. Moving on to Penny Arcade:

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….

Huh.

The Webcomic Overlook #227: It Will All Hurt

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When I reviewed Ant Comic, I figured — perhaps prematurely — that I’d run across this entry’s “weird” nominee. Predecessors include Dash Shaw’s Bodyworld and Cameron Stewart’s Sin Titulo. You know, the ones that seemed like they were written after the creator huffed a ton of paint?

It turns out that I was partially right. While Ant Comic is, in fact, realy weird, I could at least figure out was was going on for the most part. The same can’t be said of all the Eisner nominees. For instance, I have a hard time making heads or tails of Farel Dalrymple’s It Will All Hurt.

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The National Cartoonist Society gives Reuben Awards to two webcomics

So the Reuben Awards are still a thing! Raise the roof, y’all! I mean, where else can you see awards go to Red and Rover … and …. Rhymes With Orrraannngggggggggggg…..

Oh, crap, nodded off again.

Well, anyway, last year was supposed to be a banner year for webcomics, as it introduced the first ever Online Comic Strip category, which was won by Jon Rosenberg for Scenes From A Multiverse. Anyway, this year was controversial from a webcomic front.

The good news! There were now two categories: one for long-form comics and one for short-form comics.

The bad news! Three off the short-form nominees were from GoComics, which is as stuffy and old-school as you can get.

But… look at it this way. Those folks at GoComics? They’re pretty much the ones who’d be most stoked from winning an award that’s been given to Garfield, Zits, and Pearls Before Swine. I mean, I thought the current crop of webcomic creators were too cool for such buttoned down affairs.

Gary Tyrrell at Fleen, who judged last year’s awards, has this to say:

The thing is, if (as webcomics boosters have said, and we at Fleen are no exception to this) webcomics should be allowed to compete against whatever you can define (if anything, at the point) not-webcomics, without distinction to medium of distribution, then the three nominees in Short Form make sense — they were chosen for consideration by the NCS jury without consideration to where they came from, and may well be seen as representing a step towards not having “online” as a separate category of the NCS awards.

Would I prefer to see Girl Genius or The Abominable Charles Christopher up against, say, Fables, Johnny Wander or Girls With Slingshots up against Pearls Before Swine, and Becky Dreistadt dominating the Book Illustration category? Absolutely, and I’ll be certain to get right on that as soon as I’m in charge of the world. In the meantime, progress.

Not sure I agree, but whatever. It’s the Reubens. It’s like getting upset that Downy didn’t get the Better Homes & Gardens Fabric Softener Award this year.

Despite the lingering controversy, congratulations are in order for the winners. Winning the “On-Line Comics – Short Form” Award is Graham Harrop of Ten Cats.

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(See what I mean when I say the GoComics nominees are old-school?)

And taking home the “On-Line Comics: Long Form” is Vince Dorse of The Untold Tales of Bigfoot.

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The big award for “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year” went to Rick Kirkman of Baby Blues and Brian Crane of Pickles. Now, I’m not the biggest Baby Blues fan. I am just not a fan of the style.

But Pickles? That comic’s pretty friggin’ awesome. More old folks owning the hizzy, please.

Spotlight on: Webcomic review sites

It used to be that, to get webcomic reviews, there was just this site and a couple others. Not anymore. There seems to be a webcomic reviewing renaissance lately, though, which is a great thing! Need help finding perspective on a webcomic out there, and you can’t find my opinion on it in my dauntingly huge archives? Try your luck with some of these fine sites! I’m also listing the platforms they’re being blogged on, as that’s become increasingly important with they way writers and readers communicate with each other these days.

The Webcomic Police

The Webcomic Police: The site is designed with a cheeky law enforcement theme. Notably, ratings are given on a 5 doughnut scale. The site boasts several reviewers, each “arresting” their webcartoonists with a different style. Platform: Blogspot (also Tumblr)

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Your Webcomics!: A very clean, very bright and minimalist site with webcomic reviews, creator spotlights, and interviews. From the “About” page: “I wanted to create a modern, easy-to-use, user generated content site focused on webcomics.” Platform: WordPress.

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Wild Webcomic Review: The site updates Fridays, which is … kinda… wild! Author Eishtmo had been doing reviews on online forums. The reviews are direct and to the point; no screenshots, just opinions. Platform: Blogspot.

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Altertainment: Hey, remember ComixTalk? Well, Xaviar Xerexes is still blogging, only at an all new site. Lately he’s been following the Strip Search series, so if you’ve been longing for more coverage, head over to his site. Platform: WordPress.

Comic Spectrum

Comic Spectrum: Comic Spectrum covers print and digital comics. They also do reviews of webcomics. Lately, they’ve done a few from the contestants at Strip Search (Citation Needed got 1.5/5). That header banner’s pretty eye-searingly loud, though. Platform: WordPress.

Shitty Webcomics

Shitty Webcomics: Looking to feed your yen for hating on terrible webcomics? This site focuses on hating Minimum Security, Two Kinds, and Sinfest, among others. Platform: Tumblr.

Digital Comic Overlook #2: Bandette #1

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The tour of Eisner-nominated titles for Best Digital Comic continues with Bandette, by writer Paul Tobin and his wife, artist Colleen Coover. Best Digital Comic is not, incidentally, the only award associated with Bandette. Ms. Coover is also a nominee for the Best Inker/Penciller Award. Fantastic news, as I am — above all — easily swayed by pretty pictures. Talk about setting me up with ridiculously high expectations!

Bandette may also be the first nominee that isn’t a “webcomic”, per se. The comic falls on the “digital comic” side of things. Bandette is downloadable through Comixology, which means that you gotta shell out a dollar an issue. Being not made of money (or a measly $3, which I then turned around and reinvested in the latest issue of IDW’s Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye), I did this review based on the first issue (which is currently free) and on the three page previews of the subsequent issues.

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Random Quickies: So Your Life Is Meaningless

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Get ready to laugh and feel super depressed at the same time with Brad Jonas’ So Your Life Is Meaningless. Whether it’s dealing with rejection or looking into the mind of Tom Jones, SYLIM is a sordid and often funny look on how everyday life kinda sucks.

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