Strip News

Again, this week there is a landslide of things I want to share with you…

  • This isn’t comics, but I’m a big fan. Don’t prevaricate about the bushes.
  • And this is something that expands comics a little bit. I like.
  • Kleefeld had that great post about being biased toward webcomics whose art he enjoys and dismissing others. Most people would never bother to do more than glance at a comic beneath their artistic expectation. The thing that we need to remember (especially we artists) is that we all have different creative strengths and make progress at different rates. Like Mr. Kleefeld goes on to say, let’s not be superficial and give every comic we see a chance to impress us with its’ strengths. And just in case you missed it, he also had an informative post about digital file formats.
  • Digital Strips directs us to a set of digital comic demands. Screen comics really do need some sort of agreed to standard, although I suspect standards will initially be dictated mostly by the devices that fans use to read them and then later by the fans as they become more discerning. We are also pointed toward some ideas about how to get our writing out to the public. There are some good things to try in there. And here’s something else to maybe get started with.
  • Ever try to come up with a tagline or summary of your comic but it just makes you feel like a deer in the headlights? What do I write? How do I capture the essence of my comic in two or three sentences? Via ComixTalk, we have access to a blog that dissects the process nicely in a common sense way. I no longer feel like a deer in the headlights but I do feel like an idiot for making things harder than they need to be. And is it really so simple to come up with a truly creative concept? Or does it just seem simple? Something more for me to read and absorb, I guess. Courtesy of Comic Book Resources, we also see those principles applied to comics. My quick assessment is to take a proven concept and give it a twist, but that’s not very original or clever.
  • I always like to hear thoughts on whether one should color their comic or not. The Webcomic Wire shows us a post which talks about the two kinds of webcomics, color or not and how often to update. And here’s some more commentary about what webcomics are by artists.
  • As you probably know, Comic Foundry and Write Now! magazines are shutting down. That’s unfortunate.
  • Is your comic funny? Enter it here and we’ll see what other readers think. (Actually, I’ll be watching this to see how big of a hit this becomes. It has interesting potential.) Speaking of seeing what others think of your comic, here’s an interesting discussion about feedback.
  • I was cleaning out my hard drive and I came across Chuck Dixon’s Ten Commandments of Comic Book Scriptwriting. I searched for the original and voila!
  • Interestingly, the Webcomic Beacon was reviewed and Rachel Keslensky of Last Resort was interviewed. I checked out the Palace in the Sky‘s join requirements and it’ll be awhile before any of my sites qualify but maybe yours will.
  • And here is some good information about networking. Some of it you may know, but you just might learn something new anyway.
  • Let’s end on a comic I just found. It fits.
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#1 Alex on 12.07.08 at 1:44 am

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#2 delos on 12.07.08 at 10:37 am

Thanks! I’m glad you find the post and the site useful. Be sure to check out the links page for more resources.