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6/30/2005

Odd Find: Antique White House

Filed under: — Joey Manley @ 2:27 pm

I haven’t read much of this, just a few pages. But I like it. It seems to chronicle the pulp adventures of a pansexual John F. Kennedy from an alternate universe. How can you go wrong with a premise like that?

Kennedy-Tales.com

Found this in the .sig file of a post in the Donna Barr forum — so you know the creator has taste, too!


6/29/2005

Tycho and Kurtz — “best writers”

Filed under: — Joey Manley @ 10:28 am

This roundup of the best critical writers and reviewers in the videogame field gives a prominent nod to two of webcomics’ own: Jerry “Tycho” Holkins and Scott Kurtz.

One of the strengths of webcomics is its ability to bypass people’s resistance to the comics form. In print, people read comic books because they like comic books. They like the form. On the web, more often than not, people read an individual comic because they like the subject matter; the form is secondary. Granted, the field of videogames is a geeky brother to the comic book field, so maybe I’m reading too much into this — but wouldn’t it be nice if this was a sign that webcomics can (and will) become as prominent in all kinds of other communities? Artists like Dorothy Gambrell and Mitch Clem have begun getting press in the underground music scene, for example (granted, that’s another esoteric not-quite-mom-and-pop walk of life), and the work of Derek Kirk Kim has been covered in plenty of Asian-American and/or specifically Korean-American contexts.


6/28/2005

Vigil: Sight Unseen

Filed under: — navarro @ 5:11 pm

June-July Press Release:

Juan Navarro’s VIGIL keeps rolling, no matter the obstacles. As we finish reading the short “Pizza Run” we’ll lead into “Sight Unseen” a collection of pin-up artwork based on characters from VIGIL.
Artwork By Serge
Starting on July 2nd, Vigil will be featuring artist like Jon Morris, Jason Martin, Ramon Sierra, Jaime Herrera, Serge and Tim Kelly.
After “Sight Unseen”, we will lead into “Jackie and the Beanstalk,”

As the team heads toward an inevitable showdown with their one-time mightiest member…

Get ready for more great stories of life, death and invulnerability.
Stories of powers on the mean, sweaty streets.
Stories of the endless VIGIL.


6/26/2005

Argon Zark celebrates 10th anniversary!

Filed under: — joezabel @ 7:38 pm

Got this announcement from webcomics legend Charley Parker:

10 years ago this month, I launched my webcomic, Argon Zark!
http://www.zark.com

As far as I have been able to establish in the subsequent 10 years,
Argon Zark! is still the first true webcomic, i.e. the first comic
created specifically for distribution on the Web.

By extension, that makes webcomics as we know them 10 years old this
month.

Some history:

Although it was preceded on the Internet by Where the Buffalo Roam By
Hans Bjordahl, a college newspaper strip that was made available for
distribution through Usenet downloads prior to the advent of the Web,
and Dr. Fun, a single panel gag cartoon that was originally created
for print distribution and later migrated to the Web, Argon Zark! was
the first comic created exclusively to be published on the Web, and
represents the beginning of webcomics as we know them today.

The Philadelphia Inquirer ran an article on Argon Zark! in the
tech.life section in 1997. It was picked up by the Knight-Ridder wire
service and later archived here.

You can read more about Argon Zark! here.

More about the 10 year anniversary here.


6/24/2005

HB Comics & Stories

Filed under: — Bob Stevenson @ 7:12 am

The first issue of HB Comics & Stories is now on sale at Journeyintohistory.com. It can be ordered through the site but will be available at a couple of the summer conventions (San Diego - Modern Tales table and Chicago - Artist’s Alley).

In addition to the HB strips and reviews, a bunch of great artist/creators contributed to this first issue including: Chris Cantrell (Asylumantics), Eric Theriault (Veena), David Rigley (24 1/2 Water Street), Tom Karlsson (Stolle Bengsston), and Chris Jones/Ron Cadieux (Whisky Sours). There’s also Red Riley, a never-printed strip from the 1920’s-30’s by Kent Straat. A second issue with even more contributors is planned for release in the fall.

Comic creators: It’s not too late to get your work reviewed for a future issue. Some of the best will be invited to contribute to future issues of HB. Visit the reviews page to submit your strip.


6/22/2005

clickandbuy.com / webpay

Filed under: — Joey Manley @ 11:28 am

Does anybody have any negative and/or positive experiences to report with using clickandbuy.com for sales transactions, also known as WebPay? I am considering adding them to our sites as a secondary option (after PayPal). Any feedback appreciated.


6/20/2005

Something… Changes day and other news

Filed under: — danhernandez @ 11:14 pm

I just wanted to drop a line to let everyone know that Something…Whatever will be changing the day it updates from Wedensday to Thursday starting this week. I’m just getting acclimated to my summer hours at work, so I’ts really not too big a deal.

There is big deal is however, I have just opened up for pre-orders on my new book Dreadful Days. Collecting comics from September 21, 2003 thru December 31, 2004. This is the first time that these comics from Pennydreadfull.net have been printed in one collection and is availible for just$12.00

heres an image of the finished copy
Finished book

Later
Dan Hernandez


Picture Story Theatre Prints Now Available

Filed under: — Alexander Danner @ 10:48 pm

For the first time ever, you can now buy Picture Story Theatre merchandise! Available now is a series of prints — four mini-prints from The Coastal Giraffe, as well as a full-page print of the first page of Together Again. See them all here at the Small Press Swapmeet.


6/19/2005

The return of The Ice Queen!

Filed under: — joezabel @ 9:17 pm

The Ice Queen!After a one-week absense, The Ice Queen returns on Monday with new daily Monday-thru-Friday episodes. This is the final stretch of the story, so hopefully I’ll be able to keep on the ball and not shamefully skip another week!


Hey gang, let’s argue about Bitpass!

Filed under: — joezabel @ 7:26 pm

I had a few thoughts on my mind about Bitpass, and I also wanted to do my part to revitalize the Comicon.com online comics forum. So please stop on by and tell me why I’m wrong.


6/18/2005

SUPER REAL reviewed on the4thRail!

Filed under: — jasinmartin @ 1:07 am

Just in today, thefourthrail.com has a review up for the advance copy of SUPER REAL number 1, from renowned online comic book critic Randy Lander!

Randy gives a very favorable review that can be found HERE

We’ve still got some review copies out without reviews turned in, so stay tuned, but it’s very exciting to see the favorable response back so far!

For links to more reviews, just check the NEWS page of the website!


6/17/2005

Feed the obsession

Filed under: — joezabel @ 9:08 pm

Guess Which Movie is really more than it seems. It’s not just a trivia game, it’s a way of ramping up your sensitivity to cinematic images. When you get to the point where you can accurately guess the answer for movies you’ve never seen, that’s when it gets freaky.

Also freaky is how a lot of time Sergio picks clips from movies you have seen, but the clips are almost completely forgotten; really striking images that come and go so quickly on the screen that they seem to have come from a dream.

The webmaster here is the son of a co-worker, by the way. She’s as much of a movie fanatic as her kid!


More WCCA-related Freeness

Filed under: — Joey Manley @ 3:35 pm

The archives of Digger by Ursula Vernon, Magellan by Stephen Crowley, and Pishio the Cat by Zack Giollongo have all been freed temporarily, through the end of WCCA voting. If you’re a WCCA voter — or, heck, even if you’re not — stop by, enjoy, and then subscribe!


6/16/2005

Cat’s out of the bag!

Filed under: — Zack @ 2:01 pm

Hey everyone. The free comics just keep on comin’! “The Tenth Life of Pishio the Cat” is also free because of the WCCA nominations! His tale’s not as long as The Stiff or narbonic yet - hence the whole “Newcomer” title. Enjoy!


Narbonic is Free For Now

Filed under: — Joey Manley @ 12:16 pm

Narbonic is free for now, so that WCCA voters will have a chance to check it out. So have a look. And then subscribe!


About that Washington Post article

Filed under: — Joey Manley @ 10:46 am

I was interviewed briefly for an article in today’s Washington Post about the business of webcomics. As often happens in the mainstream media, the things I thought I said to the reporter aren’t the things she heard.

Anyway, here’s the article.

For the record, I never said, and I do not believe, that “advertising is the future” of webcomics. Also, WebcomicsNation is not, and never was planned to be, an advertising revenue generator for my business. These misquotes probably come from a misunderstanding of the significantly more complex thing I was trying to say. I suppose I just wasn’t clear enough.

The more complex thing I was trying to say goes something like this:

The Modern Tales business model was designed to succeed during a time when advertising was in the toilet, and bandwidth prices were sky-high. Under those conditions, we did succeed, wildly. Those conditions no longer hold true, and I am rethinking our business model — to do otherwise would be a disservice to the business, and to our cartoonists and readers.

But please understand that does not mean that the subscription model is to be abandoned. Subscriptions, merchandise, and advertising can all work together for any webcomics business — when one begins to lag, the others are likely to grow, and vice versa. Reconfiguring Modern Tales so that we can take advantage of more revenue opportunities should not be considered a repudiation of the business model that got us where we are in the first place: it will always be the first, and most important, leg of our business, and our subscribers mean more to us than gold. We know that if advertising does tank again, or if bandwidth prices do go sky-high again, these individuals will carry us through those difficult times.

I figure it’ll work like this: we’ll add a number of new series to Modern Tales, which will be all free. Possibly there will be as many all-free series as there are premium subscribers-only series. Modern Tales, in other words, will double in size. The subscription service will offer exactly the same material that it would have offered if there were no free side to the site; the free side of the site will help us grow our audience (and take advantage of new revenue models), generally increasing the Modern Tales opportunity for everybody. The free series will be non-exclusive to MT (meaning that if you’ve already got your comic elsewhere, you can still have it on Modern Tales Free as well), and payment will not come directly from Modern Tales. Instead, cartoonists whose work is on MT Free will post their own Google AdSense code on their pages, and earn whatever they earn that way, directly. (I, too, will have ads on those pages, in a less-prominent position, whose revenues will go toward defraying the costs, time, and effort of running Modern Tales Free).

That’s how I figure it will work.

I didn’t expect to reveal all of this at this time, but the article kind of forced my hand.

No, I am not yet taking submissions for Modern Tales Free.

As for WebcomicsNation, it is designed to put those same three business models — advertising, subscriptions, and merchandising — in play for individual webcartoonists, on their own terms. I won’t be deriving any advertising revenue from WCN itself, though (hopefully) individual cartoonists will.

I hope that that makes it all clear.


6/15/2005

Kids

Filed under: — Hervé Largeaud @ 2:27 pm

The eleventh chapter of Little Monster starts this thursday.

It’s called Dirty Kids and it has been translated to English by Michael David Sims.


TANGO: The Creator’s Commentary

Filed under: — L_Jonte @ 9:02 am

The “commentary track” of Arcana Jayne: Tango is up and available to subscribers at GirlAMatic. It will be available for free to the general public (for a week) just as soon as I can figure out what I’m doing wrong at the control panel.

EDIT: The settings have been corrected, and both Tango and the Tango Commentary track are free for one and all through June 24th.


6/14/2005

What’s Up With Joeymanley.com?

Filed under: — Joey Manley @ 12:27 pm

I’ve entered into a lease agreement for a new box, which will eventually become the dedicated database server for WebcomicsNation.com. When I bought the server, I had to have a domain attached to it before my provider would turn it out — and I chose joeymanley.com, thinking that that wasn’t a particularly important domain of mine, and thinking that the transfer would only take a day or two, tops. The box turned out to have problems — without my doing anything to it, it kept crashing, even before I moved any websites over or anything — so the folks at my rack provider are working on it (or possibly moving my account to a new box, not sure) — thus the delay. I’m just glad I didn’t actually start using the box for important work before these problems were uncovered. So. That’s where it all stands. I’m waiting for those guys to do some more testing & stuff & to hand me a stable and secure box before I can a). get the blog back up (which is relatively unimportant), and b). move the WCN database over there and get the direct server-to-server network set up. So there you go. Thanks.


Webcomics history returns: The Stone of Contention comes back to the Web after 10 years

Filed under: — Reinder Dijkhuis @ 10:34 am

The best thing about writing press releases is that I get to talk about myself in the third person:

The next storyline in the long-running webcomic Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan is a piece of webcomics history: the early story "The Stone of Contention"was one of the first story-based comics to be published online. Lost to online readers for many years, it is now coming back in a remastered, retranslated, relettered version.

Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan is a fantasy comic that started in print in 1992, came to the web for the first time in 1994 and found its permanent home on the web in 2000. The comic tells of the adventures of Kel, Tamlin, Ragna, Jodoque, Jake and Atra, who live in the woods of the kingdom of Clwyd-Rhan around the year 1000 AD. They don’t do saving the world, much. Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan has run on schedules ranging from 3 a week to daily, with few interruptions. It has been part of the Modern Tales lineup since 2002.

The original version of "The Stone of Contention" ran, in Dutch, on a university website run by one of artist Reinder Dijkhuis’ friends. Online publication started in November, 1994 and was completed in August, 1996. It was poorly scanned, incompetently processed and used Reinder’s hand lettering which was nearly unreadable even in print. Nevertheless, it managed to attract a couple of hundred readers.

Between the end of the run in 1996 and the return of Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan to the Web in 2000, Reinder’s’ online publishing efforts fell by the wayside, and eventually the site disappeared from the server. An archived copy, based on a snapshot from 1996, can still be found at The Internet Archive.

If the scan quality was dodgy, the art itself was surprisingly good in most of the comic, Reinder found while working on the new version. "It’s like watching classic cult TV, really. There’s some wobbliness in the sets and the special effects are dated, but the characters come across very well, as does the actual story", says Reinder. "The art needs to be shown at a large size to work, because it was made for print, but I’m enjoying the way the pages turn out at that large size."

In "The Stone of Contention", several of the Rogues are getting jittery in the run-up to a solar eclipse. Jake the Gnome starts building a Gnomian Transport Machine and gibbering in what looks suspiciously like mangled internet address naming schemes, while the witch Atra prepares to go to a large Witches’ Sabbath. During the eclipse, the entire gang is transported to Jake’s native country, the Land of the Gnomes, whose leaders have got it in their heads that the Rogues are the only ones who can save the country from impending civil war.

The remastered, widescreen edition of "The Stone of Contention" will run on weekdays starting June 20. The series will take 4 months to complete.

For more information please email reinder@despammed.com
Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan





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