On June 3rd, a week after AOL's announcement of the closure of Comics Alliance [previously
], Townsquare Media Group opted to acquire
the IP, in addition to three music sites focused on country, hip-hop and metal.
In response to the turnaround, Comics Alliance opted to recount
their change of fortune in sequential format.
posted by Smart Dalek
on Jun 3, 2013 -
DC Blacklists the Outhouse.
DC has been upset at the comics news site for running satirical articles about them (as well as other publishers), and has informed them that they are revoking access to their creators for interviews, according to Christian "Bluestreak" Hoffer. [more inside]
posted by Rev. Syung Myung Me
on May 6, 2013 -
"By the time Cathy
began, the sexual revolution had ended, so the strip stands as a perfect artifact of a moment when the cultural understanding of coercion changed completely—a moment when, one could argue, second-wave feminism basically died. With its baby-boomer characters, Cathy
dramatizes the aftermath: the ’60s ended when it became clear that a revolutionary movement toward a just society wasn’t happening; the ’70s ended up being about trying to navigate the wreckage of the ’60s. The ’80s were largely about looking for strategies to accept injustice and inequality, and to construe that acceptance itself as a positive value.
"Cathy takes its place in this cultural progression by drilling in the notion that it doesn’t matter what the law says: you are being coerced not by the state but by your desire to be valued.
posted by Rory Marinich
on May 5, 2013 -
This St. George's Day sees news of the next attempt
to redress Britain's superhero shortage: Englishman
, who looks like Iron Man crossed with a mediaeval crusader.
The series promises “brand new, quintessentially English characters, including Greenbelt and Dry Stone Wall”. [more inside]
posted by acb
on Apr 23, 2013 -
The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards
, commonly shortened to the Eisner Awards
, are prizes given for creative achievement in American comic books since 1988. The digital comic category was added in 2005. Some say the category could be expanded
, given the abundance of digital creations. Regardless, there are 42 different titles nominated in the past 8 years. The 2013 nominations have been made
: Ant Comic
, by Michael DeForge (previously
) | Bandette
, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover | It Will All Hurt
, by Farel Dalrymple (previously
) | Our Bloodstained Roof
, by Ryan Andrews (previously
) | Oyster War
, by Ben Towle. Nominations and winners from prior years inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Apr 21, 2013 -
"It wasn’t just Modern Tales. Keenspot, already established as the big name in webcomics sites, had members out in full force at that Comic-Con. A little group called Pants Press, consisting of a half-dozen Disney-loving teenage girls and one grown man, met in person for the first time after finding each other online, and the Pants Press girls wove in and out of the Comic-Con crowds in a blur of watercolors and cosplay fabric. Every member of that group is now a major talent in comics or animation or both. That summer, it was certain for the first time that webcomics were going to be a thing. A good thing. " -- As pioneering webcomics host Modern Tales has shut down, Narbonic
creator Shaenon Garrity reminisces about how Joey Manley got it all started, back in 2001-2002
posted by MartinWisse
on Apr 19, 2013 -
is a collaborative effort of several cartoonists to adapt the manga Akira in to the world of The Simpsons. Here
are a few panels from artist Cameron Stewart.
posted by codacorolla
on Apr 4, 2013 -
The adventures of Wonderdick
, Toronto's beloved urbanist blogger
as he explores the miracles of North America's most exciting and largest metropolitian landscape (outside the USA or Mexico), now available at Cartoon Machine
. Also available, the hilarious hijinks of Pair Bond
, a twentysomething couple caught in the grip of a dying relationship, and the Time Professor
, sending his young assistant on a murder spree through history to save the future, or so he says. All from the febrile brain of Mike Winters, who occassionally also does more serious comics
about the grim struggle in in 1942 between von Paulus 6th Army and the courageous Russian defenders of his beloved hometown, Edmonton.
posted by MartinWisse
on Apr 4, 2013 -
25 YEAR OLD RECENTLY OUT ARTIST CHRONICLING HIS ADVENTURES INTO THE WORLD OF GAY. Just a regular guy who happens to like other guys. Currently living in NYC. Work in animation, write and draw for a living. Hopeless romantic. Things I like: cartoons, writing, drawing, uke, piano, basketball, pokemon.
He's dorky, awkward, and struggling with a bit of the ol' internalized homophobia, but I think he's going to be OK
posted by Nomyte
on Mar 24, 2013 -
Suffice it to say, Persepolis is quite a work. It’s a testament to the power of the graphic novel. The art’s simple linework helps the story feel unpretentious and direct. Persepolis was adapted as a 2007 French animated film, written and directed by Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud. Among other honors, it was nominated for an Academy Award. Why would someone want to ban such a book?
posted by Artw
on Mar 16, 2013 -
For generations both societies lived apart from humanity, united in their common experience as outcasts. But as so often happens when downcast but fanatical groups find themselves in the ascendancy, today their factionalism is exposed
and the rivalry has erupted into open conflict
. [more inside]
posted by GhostintheMachine
on Feb 28, 2013 -
Canadian cartoonist and animator Michael Deforge
has been furiously productive over the past few years, producing a seemingly endless series of minicomics, four issues of his increasingly influential one-man anthology series Lose
, short pieces for magazines, concert posters, and dozens of one-off illustrations, blog posts and anthology contributions. His comics are a queasy mix of body horror (reminiscent of his countryman David Cronenberg), creeping anxiety, and surprisingly sharp humor. [more inside]
posted by Merzbau
on Feb 27, 2013 -