Strip News

I’m still cleaning out the list of pages I wanted to share with you. Some are from quite a long time ago but new to me. Others have required some (gasp) thought on my part before I could post them.

  • This one is from a long, long time ago but it’s relevant for those who review webcomics. Should you or should you not order a code red! alert the creator of the webcomic you’ve chosen to review?
  • And just who is qualified to review webcomics? Some would say only very successful webcomic artists or art professors. Some say that since anyone can create a blog, artists shouldn’t listen to anyone unless they’ve pre-approved them. I agree with Ms. Teo’s logical conclusion.
  • Another older post from the same place, but this one is good for webcomic artists. Have you let the cat out of the bag too soon?
  • I’ve digested this enough for my own practical uses. If you’re interested in a subjective way to break down webcomics good and bad points, you might be inspired by MPD57’s “Patented Hat and Cat System.” I was inspired and am still in the middle of my own research further into the idea. I have my own list of about twenty items (almost) every comic needs and I think it can be distilled down further into broader categories like Mike’s are. (It’s in the middle of his post, in the same paragraph where it says Hats and Cats.)
  • Chasing The Sunset is due to hit 600 500 strips…today. That’s a pretty hefty milestone. This is also the subject of this weekend’s What Did I Learn? review, so check back Sunday.
  • Something I forgot to mention last week was El Santo’s review of Silly Daddy. Likely, he’ll have another review up by the time you read this, too.
  • If you are looking to improve your webcomic or the presentation of said comic, you might head over to the Floating Lightbulb for some ideas.
  • Neil Cohn has some good insights into comic panels, comparing them to mental spotlights. He references an article on how stage magicians use the power of our brains against us. Our brains can only focus on a very small area at a time and use other remembered clues to fill in the blanks. (Like that old trick where you ask two questions which must be answered yes and then quickly ask a third. Most people will want to answer yes to the last question because their brain has been conditioned to do so.) This mental spotlight and back-filling goes a good part of the way in explaining why we can look at comic panels and intuitively fill in the rest of story in the gaps. I have this urge to study this phenomenon and make the most practical use of it possible.
  • Finally, Comic Fencing should have posted the reviews of “Here There Be Robots.” Remember: this is Talk Like A Pirate Day, so heave to.

I have one more link yet to examine, but that takes care of the backlog. Enjoy the weekend, mates.

8 Comments

  1. Nice to see you joining in Chase the Sunset’s 500 strip anniversary. They asked me to review it, but I just couldn’t fit it in, and we did an interview instead. I knew nothing about this couple and what they had to say was really fresh and interesting, so anyone who is interested, see http://floatinglightbulb.blogspot.com/2008/09/chasing-sunset-interview.html

    I apologize for the apparent self-plug, but it’s really about Mithandir and Alien, not me. A very interesting duo. Talented, too.

    Thanks for indulging this comment, Delos.

  2. Bengo, I have no problem sharing whatever audience wealth ArtPatient has, especially with someone else interested in comics. As long as it is related in some way to the post it’s under, feel free to plug links as often as you like.

    That goes for anyone else (who isn’t a spammer) as well.

  3. That’s good because I forgot to answer about announcing reviews. I have done a mix. Sometimes I send the URL with FYI, and sometimes I do nothing.

    Doesn’t seem to make much difference. It gets found.

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