Strip News

Here we go with some things I found provoking:

  • I asked and it was provided! Casey & Scotty animated. At long last. That’s great stuff for just taking an hour to put it together.
  • Courtesy of Comixtalk, we also know Marvelous Patric has a new comic titled Picture Imperfect.
  • It’s got a web-ma self rating notice, but there’s another webcomic review blog on Tally Road. It seems to have been borne out of a desire for more critique in webcomic reviews on the TWCL forums. There’s actually a thread reviewing webcomic review sites I’ll link directly to if/when the author updates it a bit more.
  • The Rampage Network has a caption contest this October. See the picture and create a funny caption.
  • If you are an artist that might be interested in working with a writer on a comic project, then the tricky thing is finding the writer. If you’re a writer, then finding a decent artist might be the problem. You could Google search but wouldn’t it be easier to know a forum where you could advertise specifically for a creative partner?
  • You probably know that ComicSpace is absorbing Webcomics Nation and related sites, right? Here’s the update on the progress so far from Josh (along with a link to Joey’s announcement which has a but more information.) I couldn’t get comics to post on Webcomics Nation, so I’m eager to see the new megasite they are working on.
  • Kleefeld has an interesting article on what extra features should be included in your comic’s printed book.
  • I perused the Problogger site and (apart from advice to talk meaningfully to your peers and readers) the only thing I found of use was this. Many comics/sites have trouble finding their audience and the trick is to CHOOSE who you’d like your readers to be. I used to ask myself who my audience was so I could go find them but I first had to choose who I was writing for. It’s that simple. Now I can apply that concept to the Frog Pond comic to help focus it.
  • Newsarama has a follow up post to Comic Reporter’s article about what changes should be made in the comic industry. All of it focuses on the comic book market, but here Newsarama and the comments focus on how comfort and mediocrity rewards certain creators while excluding others. These folks all describe it better than I can summarize easily, but I was transfixed on how most readers (especially internet users) like to skim read their desired comic. I think this is something that established comics have – readers know who Garfield or Batman is. There’s no “work” in reading their comics. New comics require that the reader get to know the setting, this character and what usually happens and then answer the question “Are you comfortable with this?” This is probably why some readers look to reviewers to distill the comic (movie/book/etc) down so they don’t have to do all the work. I’m still considering the consequences of this, should my speculation be at all accurate, but I welcome your ideas and discussion.
  • ComicMix has an article about the same sort of idea with supply and demand thrown in.
  • Just to confuse things further, I liked Floating Lightbulb’s examination and the discussion about the qualities of the most successful webcomics. You’ll have to read it to make sense of this (and I happen to use the word ‘hook’ instead of ‘distinctive’) but I think I’ve underestimated how important it is. I can’t think of the exception that breaks the rule.
  • Project Fanboy has a post on how to pace your comic. Following that bit of how-to, there was also mention of a new version of GIMP – for those of us that can’t justify using Photoshop or other pricey graphics software. Another good how-to resource is found at Skitzo…though I don’t know too much about numbers six through nine, so I can’t vouch for them.
  • This might be a good technique (with a little flair and a large amount of practice) to create a comic with. After a while, you could ‘scribble out’ a lot of interesting looking comics very quickly.
  • This isn’t comics but it’s cool, so I’m adding it here. I’m also adding this about Doctor Who merely out of my enjoyment of the old show.
  • Finally, we have new reviews up at Comic Fencing but if you want more comic related content, you can check out something else Skitzo found.

Okay, that’s a lot of theory and heavy stuff. Go out and enjoy your weekend.

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