Strip News 8-28-9

backpackIt’s been a busy couple of weeks for all of us, so here’s a double sized issue to catch up…

  • This Week in Webcomics gives us the ten best Nobody Scores!, Pigs of The Industry reviewed Bow & Arrow Detective Agency, Darrell gives us a glimpse of Melody and Smash and Webcomics Critique looked over Bottoms Up! and Pigs and Such. Tangents reviewed Saijiki Stories and Comixup shared a Gunnerkrigg Court review from i09. Lonely Panel did an anti-review of Reporterz, too. Webcomic Overlook opined on Dreamless and Legend of Bill. MPD57 reviewed Arctic, If You See The Hills, Rogue Royal and Simply Sarah. Peiz covered the multidimensional Fred Peterson: The Mighty Warlord.
  • Fictions covered Pohadky, Talkin Bout Comics discussed Potential, Down The Tubes reviewed Omnivistascope and The Rainbow Orchid while Madinkbeard analyzed Le Voyage. Forbidden Planet looked at The Path and High-Low peered into The Deformitory – it’s the last review on that page.
  • You know you’re big when you’re big in Pheonix, right? We also find out via ComixTalk that Voles Of The Dusk is now printed in a three story volume. Optical Sloth tells us about a bunch of small press comics by Rob Jackson, another batch by Mark Bennett, one by Jerell McFalls and one by Matt Feazell. The Floating Lightbulb highlighted Scrap Paper Comics and Hard Graft while ComicsGirl covered Chiggers and MPD57 reported that Dual is getting another season.
  • Tweeterview interviewed Lonnie Easterling of Spud Comics and A Nickel’s Worth gave Dan Piraro twenty questions. I always dig question five… “Many of the best comics are Internet only.Six Chix interviewed Stephanie Piro – I’m amazed that Stephanie doesn’t have a studio and instead depends on a lap and wheeled assistance. Not what I expected. And I’m not sure what I expected from MPD57’s interview with Sheldon Vella of Supertron but there’s more there than I would have asked for. Bob Scott’s interview (via Drawn!) was nice to read AND we got a look into his process, too.
  • There was weighty discussion on Madinkbeard about a comic analysis article from 1986 which you may enjoy but it made me wonder if that’s how non-fans determine what a comic is or isn’t. If the words are small and almost touching the images then it’s probably a comic. If the text is larger and/or offset from the images then it must be an illustrated story. This is, in my opinion, a very arbitrary line in the sand. What if DC started publishing Superman comics composed mainly of larger story text partially overlapping splash page type images? Would that be a coffee table book instead of a comic? Pshaw.
  • And Jason Thibault twittered about this interview with Tony DiGerolamo on Newsarama. It’s a pretty scathing take on the overall comic scene but it makes me wonder how things would change if all the big boys published comics online instead of in monthly print booklets… many things would become corporately standardized and general audience expectations would likely be harder to work around, for instance. It also seems likely that the Marvel and DC would truly begin to see the internet as a candy store of new intellectual property to mine. But enough of my paranoid delusions…
  • The Last Panel had some thoughts on the loneliness you may feel when working on your comic while Rocket Bomber points us to Project Rooftop’s Wolverine: Look Sharp contest winners. Mindless Ones put some thought into how the Batcave has been treated in the Batcomics and I agree it deserves more.
  • We also got to see D Bethel’s artistic process here but then we also saw the new, new methods he uses and the penciling techniques of Charles Yoakum on Ink Destroyed My Brush. Via Hero Spy, we also get Nick Edward’s process and you may want to check out all the good stuff in this Digital Strips Link post – especially Kyle Latino’s constructive visual critique and I agree that Kushner needs to read more graphic novels. Tom Richmond weighed in with speech bubble advice and Scott McCloud talks about the merits of editors.
  • Webcomic Overlook is conformingly contrarian, if I read this right. Really, I’m not keen on critics – whose whole gig is about tearing creative works apart as opposed to reviewers who mainly tell you about them. Often, these two groups are lumped together though you are free to disagree with me if you like. (Reminder: El Santo is on another wedding vacation.)
  • Have you seen DrawerGeek’s take on Spiderman? Superhero Nation talks about effective superhero costume design – it reminded me of the heroine’s design in Kukuburi. Harvey Pekar launched a webcomic (and Superheroine liked this) and the hubbub over motion comics is over but Comics Worth Reading covered it if you missed it.
  • Do you track visitors or readers to your site? The Floating Lightbulb helps us find out how ComicRank can help. And here are eight things to not do if you want more Twitter followers. PW Beat had some very interesting links about comic site design and comic journalism.
  • Addanac City crossed the one year line, so congrats to you George.
  • Finally, I happened across this SiteAdvisor from McAffee which tests your site for spammy problems and links. ArtPatient is green, baby, green but you may want to check out your site, too.


  1. Bengo

    You wrote:

    “Really, I’m not keen on critics – whose whole gig is about tearing creative works apart as opposed to reviewers who mainly tell you about them. ”

    If there is any arena on the web more defensive about criticism than webcomics, I have not encountered it. I am surprised you would insulate them from comment that calls them on their claims and checks their honesty or subjects them to critical analysis. How else can they improve from their current state?

    You have confused criticism with critical analysis, in which a work is subjected to scrutiny and comparisons to understand its merits and deficits. Most webcomics people are in serious denial of their medicority. Yes, I have seen tear-down blogs that simply attack for no reason too, but the average person can perceive them for what they are without tossing critical standards out the window, as if all of Western Civilization was simply a matter of opinion and popular taste. This is not choosing to disagree with you, this is about human history and our aspiration towards standards, morals and aesthetics.

    Unfortunately, great comics criticism is even rarer than great comics.

    Otherwise, keep up the great work. I always enjoy your blog.

  2. I suppose that criticism comment does require some clarification. I am, indeed, all for critical analysis as a means of improvement but I see little need for tear down criticism.

    Interestingly, I have seen more calls for reviewers to do critical analysis lately. This, though, is mainly of interest to comic creators and less meaningful for general readers.

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