Guest Comics are as much a part of Webcomic Culture as missed deadlines and hiatuses (but often intended to prevent the other two)*. But occasionally there's a special reason to drag other creators into your webspace. Semi-infamous Penny Arcade artist Mike Krahulik has been featuring his young son (actually named Gabriel after his comic alter-ego) as a plot device, but when the real Little Gabe started asking about "where babies come from", he did what any successful media creator would do: "have a carousel of strangers explain 'the penis' to you while I hide in the basement"
. And it's an All-Star Carousel of Strangers (by webcomic standards), obviously kinda NSFW, but with NO rapewolves, thankyouverymuch. [more inside]
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]
So The Avengers is a very successful movie
. This has lead many comics fans to express their concern over the treatment of original creators in the industry, specifically of Jack Kirby
. Creators' Rights controversy is nothing new, and there remains to this day ample reason to question the business dealings of The Big Two when it comes to how they compensate the men and women who work for/with them. Alan Moore has been and continues to be the victim of numerous shady deals at the hands of DC comics
. But no one, with the possible exception of Seigel and Shuster, has suffered more than Jack "King" Kirby. [more inside]
Scott Kurtz draws and writes one of the Internet's oldest webcomics, PvP
. He launched it in 1998 and, since then, has won two Eisner Awards and a Harvey Award for his work. Scott has been a trendsetter for webcomics before, infamously (and frequently controversially) brash in defense of its business model, especially in the face of criticism from old media. Today, he announced that he will be selling product placement
in his strips, starting with an arc focused on Magic: The Gathering
. This is a webcomics first. Will it prove a boon to the financial success of artists, or a burden on the freedoms they've won? Or will it catch on at all beyond PvP?
Webcomics Weekly #29
features a 2 hour (at times raucous) round table between Scott Kurtz
, Ted Rall
, Brad Guigar
, Matt Bors
and others on how to make money from webcomics.
"And by magic, I mean me drinking a lot of coffee and not bathing for days while sitting in my PJ's and drawing comics until the wee hours of the morning."
Gasp at comics creator Mike Allred's
lovely home! Admire artist Stuart Immonen's
tastfully furnished work area! And marvel at writer Mark Waid's
piles and piles of comic crap! Click the [more inside] for more studio tours guided by your favorite funnybook creators! And Mark Millar
, too! [more inside]
My parents are dead!
Scott Kurtz of PvP
brings us "a sprawling epic that examines the deep inner psyche of Batman." In six pages. No apologies to Frank Miller.
Non-Sequitur takes another jab at webcomics.
With Garfield now dropped
from the LA Times, once again Wiley Miller has renewed his ongoing battle
against Scott Kurtz of Player Vs. Player
and his challenge to syndicated strips; offering his own for free.
As usual, the best comments are from the boys @ Penny-Arcade
Scott Kurtz throws down the gauntlet.
The mighty creator of PvP
offers any newspaper the opportunity to include his fine and funny comic strip on their comics pages absolutely FREE OF CHARGE,
, thus totally destroying the aging and now ineffective syndicated cartoon business model. Check out his theory on why the syndicates are goin' down, soon, and the background behind his decision to challenge them on their home turf.
I'm impressed with Scott Kurtz' latest rant.
I've never really found User Friendly all that funny, and I think Scott's point is part of the reason why. Something that I find much funnier is Silicon Alley
, because it pokes fun at the industry itself, from the inside. Although I wish they'd give the user control of the panel flipping on Silicon Alley...