So the sheer amount of comic news that I point you to could grow to be overwhelming as I continue to add more resources to my lists. I could easily create more than three screens of links and other points of interest every week.
Truth is, though, that it must be difficult to scan read such a large block of text for the things that personally interest you. The presentation should probably change. I want to continue to provide value so I thought to take a look at how the other comic news, reviews and commentary sites handle their reporting.
- Art in Sequence
- The Beat
- Comic Book Resources
- Comic News
- Comic Vine
- Comics 212
- Comics Reporter
- Comics Worth Reading
- Daily Cartoonist
- The Daily Crosshatch
- Digital Strips
- The Floating Lightbulb
- Forbidden Planet
- Indy Comic News
- Mixing Art With Business
- Occassional Superheroine
- Precocious Curmudgeon
- Rain of Gods
- Talk About Comics
- Webcomic Asylum
- Webcomic Blog List
- Webcomic Finds
- Webcomic Overlook
- Webcomic Week
I’m sure I’ve overlooked a few sites that should be listed. While some sites feature reviews or mainly do commentary, others have a slightly different approach. For example:
MPD57 not only covers webcomics in general but also focuses on the entries in Zuda contests besides covering a number of other creative endeavors. That provides for both choice perspective and multifaceted angles of consideration.
Art in Sequence self describes as “a weblog that seeks to analyze comic books, both print and online, from a visual and literary perspective.” That’s a little more rigorous than most and it’s not really my turf.
ComixTalk gives us a webcomic magazine with all kinds of interesting things going on.
The Daily Cartoonist offers up news on comic strips, editorial, magazine cartoons, movies, animation, webcomics and more. Often enough, news stories are broken on this site as well.
Then, of course, there’s the Floating Lightbulb which sometimes breaks behind the scenes stories and always serves up well researched information.
Webcomic Finds has an interesting approach, too. There are individual posts for full webcomic reviews, discussion points, plugs, commentary and quick feedback reviews.
And then there is Journalista which has news posts broekn into the following fairly thorough sections:
- 1. Above the Fold – Business watch – layoffs and company news
- 2. Literary comics and reviews
- 3. Pop Comics has discussions about specific popular comics and creators, plus discussions in general
- 4. manga analysis, reviews and interviews
- 5. newspaper comic strips
- 6. digital comic news
- 7. small press and mini comics
- 8. cartooning
- 9. culture and events
I appreciate the hard work that goes into those sites and I have no desire to step on their turf. While there will always be some overlap I think I see at least one way to contribute something useful.
I’ll be breaking the news bits down into more manageable chunks by category; Business, Tips and Features. Each will get one dedicated post a week and you’ll be able to browse which ones specifically interest you and without having to wade through multiple screens.