Strip News 11-20-9

drawergeeks-incredibleLet me apologize in advance. This news post is all over the place…

Spwug wrote a steamy review of Girl Genius and Webcomics Critique looked at Ted The Terrible Superhero, Last Resort and One Swoop Fell. Mpd57 reviewed Big Ups and Children of the Sewer. Webcomic Overlook hit its 100th (plus) review by looking over xkcd and then reviewed The Prisoner while Digital Strips reviewed Road Crew.
High Low covered Like A Dog and Optical Sloth reviewed Jumbly Junkery, comics by Jeffrey Brown and Chris Wright and some comics by Rusty Jordan.
♦ You’ve probably seen this in one million other places, but Wes Molebash’s new comic has started up. And Webcomic Overlook picked out the ten best webcomics of the decade. The WCRCA People’s Choices were the following… and Pointe East rated Looking For Calvin and Hobbes as “Recommended But.”
A Nickel’s Worth interviewed Alex Hallatt which has an interesting observation in question six. Alex talked about judging the quality of work, editors and eyeballs. New Gen talked with Tom Brazelton and Daryl Cagle checked up on Gary Brookins as Thought Bubble interviewed Ben Templesmith.
♦ Congratulations to Spud Comics as it hits the one year mark and we can look forward to the start of Strewth! soon. Eben 07 has a November giveaway contest that you may want to comment on.
♦ Given a choice, I side with option B as a reader and an artist. The rule of thumb is update often but I’m pretty sure a specific schedule is not required anymore.
♦ Interestingly, ComicBitsOnline is resolutely not accepting pdf’s for review. I can understand that, given their focus on the printed page and having the print copy (potentially) look wildly different than the pdf or not being printed at all. I can understand that being frustrating but the paper and digital worlds continue to merge. You can’t ignore pdfs for much longer.
ICV2 had an article talking about some comic retailer’s concerns that there is a lack of all ages comic material for fan of all ages. There is already a comics code but how difficult would it be to produce a line of comics actually aimed at children? Call the line of them “-Tales” or something (Spiderman-Tales) and market them accordingly. Maybe use more Golden Age tropes and a cartoonier, humorous style to make them stand out as different. Parents and children would then have some easy access to age appropriate comics. And (before publishers start wigging out about the number of extra comics needed) you wouldn’t need a kids’ version of each comic – just the big ones like Spiderman.
monte-cristo♦ I have some of the single issues of Alien Legion that I’ve just been rereading. I’m happy to share with you that there is now an Alien Legion Omnibus up for preorder, with more Legion on the way. You can also preorder a the new book from Marooned with its huge number of contributors. Now, if only we could create comics that elicit the must-buy sort of reaction that The Intern has for poetry. (Particularly number five.)
♦ It seems the manga industry could be heading towards the play-to-the-hardcore-fans strategy which is where American comics are stagnating in. It’s too bad. On the other hand, IDW is embracing digital comics.
♦ Maybe you’d like to know how to create a space station for your sci fi comic in seven steps or less – well, seven steps depending on how you count them. =) Plus, Bob Ross knew the value of free.
WebComic Planet is under new ownership and maybe you can apply for a webcomic scholarship if you want to attend the CCS.
♦ Did you see this? New Scientist had an article about perception. Do we see with our eyes or our brains? Also, you can find some interesting discussions on Getting Women to Read Comics and Men T Read Manga.
♦ Tell it like it is, Rocket Bomber. Tell ‘em how it used to be before printing and how (for most of history) no creative was paid a dime for their work. But profit came to them eventually, given some time.
♦ The Ephemerist shared Lucy Knisley’s digital opportunity and now I’m passing it on to you. In a larger measure, Koltreg felt that The Webcomic List is also prime for opportunity. What would it hurt to add a comic to a non-comic website, anyway?
♦ If you want some Joe Kubert original art, now’s the time to get it. And how can I not end on this

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