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2/15/2007

Outspoken with Leia Weathington

Filed under: — Lynn Lau @ 6:07 am

Hot off the presses! Girlamatic introduces a new section called Outspoken! Interviews with Girlamatic Creators. Here, readers get exclusive insight into their favorite GAM creators through Creator Spotlight interviews, as well as special announcements and news releases as they come. Interviews are conducted by Lynn Lau.

In this debut edition of Outspoken, we turn the spotlight on Leia Weathington, creator of the popular Bold Riley series. Leia’s luscious lines and brushwork show off curves in their best fighting form, namely the Princess Rilavashna SanParite herself, Bold Riley. This isn’t your average once-upon-a-time.

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1/8/2007

Narbonic Retrospective Commentary Podcast # 1

Filed under: — Joey Manley @ 4:06 pm

This is it! Narbonic has ended, but, as promised, you can look forward to six more years’ worth of Narbonic: The Director’s Cut, with commentary and other DVD-like extras. This podcast is one of them — a weekly conversation between Narbonic creator Shaenon K. Garrity and myself, hopefully with some special guests along the way.

In this week’s edition, Shaenon talks about how she feels about finishing Narbonic; remembers things she forgot to put in the text-based commentary for the first week’s worth of expanded strips, and attempts to pursue and intensify her pathetic little feud with myself. Also, we discuss my fatness.

Download the MP3 or subscribe to the iTunes-compatible feed!


11/1/2006

Cornstalker webcomic collective - interview

Filed under: — achim @ 10:35 pm

“Cornstalker,” webcomic collective, grown out of webcomic forum, has recently launched with new official home page and developing strategy. For that occasion, I’m interviewing Matt Johnson, founder and editor in chief of “Cornstalker” and author of “Cortland”, Daniel “Teammayhem” Orta, associate editor of “Cornstalker” and webcomic reviewer, and R. L. Peterson, second “Cornstalker’s” associate editor and author of “Go for it”.

Matt Johnson: Hello!
Me: Hi!
R.L.Peterson: ‘lo
Daniel “Teammayhem” Orta: Oh yeah. Thankfully, I walked by the computer. I was just gonna watch “The Office”.
Matt: I must leave in about half an hour or so.
Me: Ok, it won’t take long… that is if Team doesn’t mind skipping Office…
Matt: Record it, Team!
Daniel: It’s on DVD.

Me: Ok then. The story of Cornstalker’s becoming is a lengthy one, it’s not something that happened over night, so can you sum up its history?
Matt: Well, I came up with the name Cornstalker back when I was in college and needed a site to put my design portfolio, some of my cartoons, and other things. This was back in 2001. I needed a name, and I wanted something to do with Nebraska, so Cornstalker came to mind.
I started playing around with the site, added some forums, including one for my comic, “Cortland”, when I put it on Comic Genesis. Those of us who first started doing things on Cornstalker knew each other long before it became any kind of forum for web comics.

Me: How did it come to be more than a forum for webcomics?
Matt: It started with the Cornbox. It’s a 150×300 randomly rotating ad banner, similar to the Comic Genesis newsbox. The Comic Genesis newsbox had been down for a while. I got so bored waiting for it to go back online, I decided to make my own. I added a couple comics for anybody who wanted to be in the rotation.
Then something crazy happened–everybody in the group experienced an increase in web traffic. Everyone–even the more popular comics like Darken and Legostar Galactica–got extra readers because we were all pooling our traffic together.
That’s when I started thinking that working together to promote our comics might work much better than trying to promote ourselves individually. I started making plans to launch a whole new collective. At first, I imagined something along the lines of a Keenspot, but since some of our own members actually *are* on Keenspot, I turned back more to a model of collaborative webcomics promotion rather than a site to host our comics.
Daniel: Yeah, early plans for the collective were pretty slow to come, I remember.
Matt: We had a lot of plans but not a whole lot of coordination. I wanted to host the site somewhere, but nobody seemed to have the software capable of managing a whole comic collective. Part of this search for web comic software involved Sam Charette at Comic Dish. He was originally in the collective, but he preferred to launch a comic site on his own.

Me: Now we’re a bit out of chronological order.
Daniel: Well, maybe I should take it from here and explain the launch a bit.
Matt: They’re (Daniel and R.L. - Ed.comment) the ones who really got me off my butt. ^_^
R.L.Peterson: We sort of guided the project, I think. I think the big push when I came in was not just to work on streamlining the rollovers, which involved getting artwork from all the artists, but to also get a clear definition of what Cornstalker was going to be.
Daniel: Yeah, I think we spoke about it seriously right at comic con, didn’t we, Ryan?
Matt: You guys were there with KrisX (M.Neils of “Pocket Kitten” - ed.comment) and went to a couple panels on this very thing, if I recall.
R.L.Peterson: Well, I skipped quite a few of the webcomics-specific panels, because I had known from previous experiences that much of the advice on those panels is not always the most helpful. Usually on panels such as “gaining an audience” the advice is somewhere around “don’t suck” and “we’re not quite sure how we got popular”.
Daniel: I think it was seeing the Blank Label Press guys that had me thinking more about Cornstalker, and I think I roped Ryan in after bringing in the idea of him getting his own forums at CS.
R.L.Peterson: Well, talking with quite a few webcomic authors gave me the idea to get a little more involved with the webcomics community as well as to think critically about the webcomics field.

Me: What happened then?
R.L.Peterson: I started taking an active role when I started to design the website and try to really define the foundation. It’s great to have a lot of ambitions, but the important thing is to get a strong foundation set first. It’s like defining the terms and conditions. There were questions as to how the comics promote each other, what “being a Cornstalker” really meant in terms of quality and community presence.
Matt: That’s what started the Cornstalker Manifesto, I think. It’s a little document I wrote when presenting the group to everyone in the forums. It outlines our philosophy, goals of the group, and what we expected of everybody who joins.
Daniel: Basically, come to a group to work together and grow together.
R.L.Peterson: Getting people organized and mobilized right before the launch was a trying experience. I had to collect art and information from multiple people who have different schedules and varying degrees of time on their hands.
Daniel: Oh god, that was utterly crazy for me, as I was just starting school the week before the site launched. I was basically taking Ryan’s site design and making it become a reality, as he basically handed off art to me to implement.
Matt: That’s been the biggest challenge–getting things coordinated and working together. Artists are notoriously independent people.

Me: So then the launch came?
Daniel: It was September 1st. 10:23 pm Pacific time.
R.L.Peterson: It was timed around the CN Expo, if I recall correctly.
Matt: Yep. A bunch of us went to the Expo with matching t-shirts and everything. ^_^ We had an interview with a puppet. One guy roaming the floor stopped us for an interview about the collective.
Daniel: “So Matt, what was your highlight visiting Canada?” “I got interviewed by a puppet! a real Canadian puppet!”
Matt: I’m not sure if it ever got online.
That was the official launch, though. We kept it quiet for the most part, since we were just getting up and running.

Me: What are the benefits that one has by being a member of CS? How tight the community actually is?
R.L.Peterson: I think the benefits as far as promotion go are pretty strong. But you also get a forum out of the deal and involvement with a lot of other artists.
Daniel: Well, I really do think the community is a gathering of friends.
Matt: That’s really just it. We’re a bunch of friends who decided to do something together with our comics. Probably the best part about the group so far is how many cool little things seem to sprout up organically from the group, such as Net Poet’s (Matt Summers of “Tales of the Traveling Gnome”, although he whimpers about being called a “poet” – ed.comment) enormous amount of “forum fiction” he’s written. His “Stalking Evil” story is big enough to fill a novel. And “Knights of the Corn” has been turned into a webcomic that’s now part of the collective itself.
Daniel: He has also written comics for some of the other members as well. Knights of Vesteria and Tales of Pylea.
R.L.Peterson: I think the inherent philosophy of CS was to promote a lot more dialogue and collaboration, instead of just being about site traffic.

Me: If I’m not mistaking, you aren’t taking in new members right now, right?
Matt: Oh, I wouldn’t say that… but if someone pops in and says, “Hey, can I join!” the answer is probably “no.” Every member of our group has basically been a friend and forum regular since before we were a collective.
Daniel: Yeah, I guess we have to know them a little better before we invite them.
Me: What would one, hypothetically, have to do to be accepted? (Because I think that’s the question many artists would ask first.)
R.L.Peterson: I think it really depends on who you ask. I myself have a very cut-and-dry approach to things. I tend to look a lot at the quality of the work and the potential of the author.
Matt: Some people just fit in with the group, and others just don’t. If your goal for your comic is to be popular, make money, make a name for yourself, you don’t belong here. If your goal is to have fun drawing, learn from others, and hang out with us while doing it, you’re a Cornstalker. I’d say anybody who enjoys doing a comic and is willing to learn from others will inevitably HAVE a quality comic in the end.
Daniel: There were some trepidation with some of the members joining, but I think we have a damn good pick of comics so far. Some of the comics do need to improve, but honestly, I think they can do it.

Me: For a long time, we’ve been witnessing forming of many smaller communities unlike early years when web was dominated by “giants”. Some say that this has it’s downsides in webcomic world being separated into small groups that don’t communicate among each others very well. That, maybe, webcomic community as whole will become a bunch of islands. What do you think about that?
R.L.Peterson: I think there is that tendency, as well as a sense of rivalry and competition. It often seems that the webcomics community is competing to get the viewership of a limited set of eyes. I think a lot of the separations have a lot to do with awareness. Whether or not someone is aware of a comic’s existence or the presence of other communities can really determine how much crossover there is.
Matt: It happens in just about any group when it gets large enough. People break apart and join those with whom they have more common interests, but I would like to think that we’re above things like petty rivalries with other groups. Even if we are better than everyone else. XD (kidding)
Daniel: Well, I still think we’re probably the land of the giants, but there’s been better opportunities for smaller comics to stand out as we progress on the popularity of webcomics. I think collectives were only reasonable step along that path, as there’s a reasonable step to growth. However, trying to get to the point where it becomes profitable is still rather fuzzy.

Me: So, what would be your advice to offspring authors who try to form their own community?
R.L.Peterson: I think that having defined ideas an intentions at the onset really helps you get towards you goal faster than if you have to go back and constantly revise or debate your goals. “What are you trying to accomplish? What is the end product I’m looking for?” are all questions people should ask themselves. If you’re along the path and have to stop and ask “what are we doing here?”, then you’ve stopped the machine.
Daniel: The power OF FRIENDSHIP! … No really, simply finding people you’re comfortable with, and trying to see what the people bring to the table. As Ryan said, it’s about the intentions you bring to it all.

Me: How about if I ask you a few questions about your personal plans for the end?
Matt: I have to leave in just a minute.
Me: Tell me then, Matt, how’s the comic going?
Matt: Moving steadily. The reason I took a hiatus and started doing the comic three days a week was specifically to help out with projects like the collective.
Daniel: And Matt’s also taking care of the CG sampler, which is pretty cool.
Me: Yet, it was hard to drop out of Daily Grind?
Matt: Oh yeah, that was one of the hardest decisions I ever had to make. I heard from a number of people that my comic had gained as much from that experience as I could expect, and it’s true. To keep going five days a week perpetually would have been futile. Mostly, though, I’ve learned a whole lot from other members of the group.
Me: Ryan, Your comic is on hiatus again, after a long hiatus last year due to circumstances, specifically broken leg.
R.L.Peterson: Actually that was a damaged knee. This time around, my computer died right before a paper deadline. Currently I’m studying abroad in London, so such a crisis really became exacerbated since I’m not in familiar territory. The courses here are also much more fast-paced, being a trimester system, and daily-life things such as meals don’t come as easily as when you’re living on a tight campus such as Vassar.
Me: Instead of returning with less confidence, you returned with a different, more realistic style.
R.L.Peterson: Well, whenever I encounter these setbacks, I often reach creative impasses. They allow me to step back and look at my work, something I really can’t do when I’m constantly facing deadlines and worrying about getting the content out by the next one. It also gives me time to doodle and build up an archive of ideas.
Me: Daniel, you left Korsil.net a while ago. What are you working on now?
Daniel: Well, I am working on my own review site, trying to build a buffer of reviews so I can have a weekly update schedule for people to check the site and find new reviews. I’m also working on some more creative stuff through Team Mayhem Productions, which we hope to have our own webcomic and a couple of short films out by 2007.
Me: Launch expected soon?
Daniel: December, hopefully.

Me: For the end, I’d like to ask you some wacky question that will make us all seem funny and relaxed…
Daniel: … funny?
Me: …so what is your favourite beverage at winter, when you come inside freezing, and are craving for something warm?
Daniel: Mexican hot chocolate. the best, frothiest stuff hot chocolate ever.
R.L.Peterson: Depends on the holiday for me. Around Christmas, I love getting hot apple cider.
Daniel: You celebrate holidays, Ryan?
Me: Perhaps only by drinking cider?
R.L.Peterson: Because it’s a reminder of the time. We all get to have these little sentimentalities.
Daniel: As his heart gets colder and colder, like the Grinch.
Me: Well then that’s about all for this interview.
Daniel: Joy. My first interview.


9/27/2006

WINTERVIEW #1: Featuring Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman

Filed under: — Eric Millikin @ 1:00 pm

Video at Comic Book Resouces:

Join Winter McCloud (age 11) as she visits Queens, New York to interview cartoonist couple extraordinaire Raina Telgemeier (of “Smile” and “Babysitters Club” fame) and Dave Roman (associate editor at Nickelodeon and creator of “Astronaut Elementary” and “Agnes Quill”). The Winterview’s are produced and edited by Winter’s big sister Sky (age 13). An all-kid production!


8/27/2006

Will Eisner: A Spirited Life Interview Series: Gary Chaloner podcast

http://www.aspiritedlife.com/blog/2006/08/gary-chaloner-interview-podcast.html

Bob Andelman, the author of Will Eisner, A Spirited Life gave me a call via Skype and taped the results.


11/21/2005

Cat Garza interview on Digital Strips podcast this week

Filed under: — catgarza @ 12:38 pm

listen to me ramble incessantly about webcomics and listen to a new SQUAREPEGZ song



well, what do you know… i’ve got more than 5 readers after all!. be sure to add yourself to the magic inkwell readers frappr map!

7/14/2005

Those Were the Salad Days

new inkwell image
Just wanted to post a little notice that I’ve started posting new MAGIC INKWELL strips over at WEBCOMICSNATION. The lastest installment can be seen here.

The current story arc, entitled THOSE WERE THE SALAD DAYS, follows the adventures of Dingbat the Cat and his friends, whose trip hop band SQUAREPEGZ is practicing diligently to participate in a “battle of the bands” style competition.

The story will be completed in a little over a year’s time and will include over 160+ pages of full color comics and 16 original songs which will then be opted for publication as a print graphic novel and cd.

Installments to the web version includes animated sequences with music as well as regular webcomics. Be sure to tune in next week for 2 new song debuts.


5/5/2005

NPR : A ‘Handbook’ to Robert Crumb

Filed under: — navarro @ 9:51 am

NPR : A ‘Handbook’ to Robert Crumb
This is pretty interesting. Eventhough we’ve heard it all on Crumb I think, I can’t get enough of the ingenious loser.


3/17/2005

Darryl Hughes Interviewed by Park Cooper

Darryl Hughes, the mind behind the concept and story of GAAK, has been interviewed by Park Cooper for Silver Bullet Comics’ series on web publishing. Since I draw GAAK, I get a mention in there too. This is the first half of a two-part article. Find out about all the trials and tribulations of bringing GAAK to the web and to print.


3/13/2005

New Issue of The Webcomics Examiner

Webcomics Examiner focuses on Conceptual Webcomics

March 14, 2005– James Kochalka, Alexander Danner, Bob Stevenson, Steven Withrow, and Neal Von Flue join moderator Joe Zabel to consider the strange properties of a peculiar group of webcomics, in the latest issue of The Webcomics Examiner.

The Webcomics Examiner is a monthly forum of reviews, interviews, and critical articles evaluating webcomics as a fine art. The free-access website is at http://webcomicsreview.com.

Zabel describes Conceptual Webcomics as ” a difficult and elusive subject,” but the roundtable of commentators set out to explain what makes a webcomic conceptual, and why so many artists are taking this approach.

Also this issue:

* A spellbinding interview with Teaching Baby Paranoia creator Bryant Paul Johnson, conducted by Alexander Danner. Johnson and Danner discuss the five year run of the popular series.

* Using Hutch Owen creator Tom Hart as a model, Shaenon Garrity describes the best approach to developing an art style.

* Alexander Danner and William G. debate the merits and demerits of artist/writer collaborations.

* Wednesday White describes her experience viewing the DVD version of the celebrated Broken Saints.

* Joe Zabel contemplates the characters and themes of Drew Weing’s Pup.

* Eric Burns reminisces about Slugs, a forgotten precursor to the modern webcomic.

* The Perry Bible Fellowship reviewed by Alexander Danner; Flick reviewed by Shaenon Garrity; Beaver and Steve reviewed by Michael Whitney; and capsule reviews by Steven Withrow and Joe Zabel of Flora, Stone Cold Fish, Atland, Lamp-lighter, 319 Dark Street and Motel Art Improvement Service

Press contact: Joe Zabel, joezabel@yahoo.com


2/20/2005

Webcomics: A Happy Alternative

Kathryn Lancashire wrote an excellentarticle on webcomics.

And much delight was to be had!

-glych


2/17/2005

Various Glych Randomness

First off, No Stereotypes has returned from it’s brief hiatus so that I could finish some other anthology work (warning: may not be a work-safe link due to content). I met my deadline, no problem.
Also, Glych’s Experiment is updating again. ^_^ Just some doodles at first, but i do have a few actual story comics for the future planned out.
Also, I’ve been coloring Gun Street Girl, written by Barb Lien Cooper and Illustrated by Ryan Howe. I’ll be finishing up the colors on this storyline, before attacking the archives with color and catching back up to Ryan (da’ artist wid’ da’ mad skills!)

Just thought I’d let you know. ^_^

-glych


2/12/2005

Tom Hart on Majority Report Radio

Filed under: — Tom Hart @ 12:47 am

Hi all-

I’ll be on Air America Radio’s “Majority Report” with Janeane Garafolo and Sam Seder, this coming Monday the 14th in the 9:00 hour.

Majority Report has also hosted David Rees (Get Your War On) and Aaron McGruder (Boondocks) in the past.

I’ll be discussing Hutch Owen, natch.

http://www.newhatstories.com/hutchowen
http://www.majorityreportradio.com

Tom Hart





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