- First of all, I’ve been looking for two more reviewers for Comic Fencing. Most would like to participate but don’t have the time to add a weekly review into their schedule. Those that visit this site have some interest in reviews, so if you think you’d like to give it a whirl send me an email.
- Relatedly, the newest reviews are up at Comic Fencing, so head over there and see what kind of brouhaha we are getting ourselves into. This week’s subject is Muddle Creek. (And we also have a new reviewer.)
- This might spark your interest. What do “Mad Magazine” and “Tales From the Crypt” have in common?
- El Santo already pointed this out on Webcomic Overlook, but I think you should see what he wrote. The “How To Make Webcomics” guys have a podcast and they discussed the recent scuffle over the ignore-reviewers part in the book. I won’t get a chance to listen for a couple more days, but let me know if there’s anything else interesting there. Also, I read about five more reaction articles to Kurtz’s comments – it’s interesting to note that he doesn’t even consider reviewing a craft. I’ve said what I thought needed to be said about critics and reviewers, so I’ll leave it at that.
- Tim Demeter had an article at Comixtalk that discusses business strategy for long-form comics.
- If you haven’t heard about this, Tom Brazelton of the “Theater Hopper” webcomic has had some recent troubles. His hard drive broke. It contained five years of Theater Hopper strips plus personal family stuff and that sort of thing. To get as much of that back as possible, he had to send it to a professional restoring service which costs several hundred dollars. He has a donation page to help cover the cost, but he’s not just looking for a handout. He plans to work to earn that donation. He’s almost three quarters of the way there, so help him out if you can.
- We’re heading toward the end of the month, so stop by Zuda and vote for your favorite comic.
- Via The Daily Cartoonist, there is a request for commentary on an interview with “Cul De Sac’s” Richard Thompson who responds to a question about how similar his comic is to Calvin & Hobbes. It’s interesting. How can you not be influenced by Calvin?
- Also, The Daily Cartoonist points to an article discussing the Modern American Comic Strip. That’s a very concise description of the newspaper comic industry. Adding to that is the fact that newspapers are in decline. That doesn’t leave much room for all our favorite Sunday comics. Times are changing.
That’s what struck me as pertinent this week (along with some overlooked gems from last week.) Care to suggest anything else?