"We need to make a comic so I can eat lunch."
You're in your office sitting at your desk. There's a hot mic in the room. It's 45 minutes 'till lunch, your tummy's grumbling and you still have to write a comic. Fortunately your best friend -- who is also the co-founder of your decade-old business empire -- is sitting at his desk a few feet away. You are "Gabe" or "Tycho" of Penny Arcade, and the next 45 minutes will be captured on tape and published for all the world to hear as a podcast. But only if it's good. "Downloadable Content, The Penny Arcade Podcast
" is practically a documentary on collaboratively authoring webcomics. The most recent episode is a particularly good example of that. [more inside]
posted by sdodd
on Mar 11, 2008 -
"Zuda takes the Web publishing aspect out of the creators' hands, freeing them up to focus on writing and drawing the story. But to get Zuda to publish your comic, you first have to win a competition...
" A major player enters into the fray of web comics publishing, previously populated mostly by independents
. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? [more inside]
posted by ZachsMind
on Dec 28, 2007 -
Online nerds have known for years that webcomics are often much more daring and interesting than newspaper tripe like Beetle Bailey and Hagar the Horrible. An unknown kid from Fresno by the name S. Sakurai has brightened many of our days with his frequently brilliant work. His ongoing strip Muertitos
is a Beetlejuice-esque afterlife gem, and Gorgeous Princess Creamy-Beamy
is mostly about skewering anime cliches, aliens, lesbians, and junk food.
I was hooked as soon as one of his alien characters described our land vehicles as being "powered by exploding dinosaurs." Highly recommended for any Bloom County/Calvin and Hobbes fans, particularly those who grew up playing 8-bit Nintendo and watching Sailor Moon.
posted by ELF Radio
on Nov 1, 2007 -
is a lovely and strange webcomic by Tom Siddell
. While its scenario bears a passing resemblance to Harry Potter (magic school, main character with a strange destiny, etc.), there's something quite different going on here. Chapter One
, for instance, deals with how to get an anthropomorphic shadow back to its forest home, using only a box of discarded robot parts and a young girl's initiative. And that's just the beginning. Need a more trustworthy endorsement than mine? Neil Gaiman likes it
posted by Lentrohamsanin
on Oct 12, 2007 -
A.D. (After The Deluge)
is a serialized webcomic about what it was like in the days leading up to, during & immediately after the Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans. The story is true, all dialogue taken from direct quotes. An ongoing project with updates monthly (scheduled to run from Dec 06 - Dec 07), the most recent chapter takes place right at the end of the storm, prior to the collapse of the levees, but to get the full effect, read from the very beginning
. For those who want to know more about the project, there's an FAQ
posted by jonson
on Sep 5, 2007 -
The Belfry WebComics Index
is a site that lists just about every webcomic in existence, and a few that no longer are. You can add
any that it's missing. Even better, if you tell it which ones you like, it'll compare that to other users' picks and make suggestions. The top ten
are Better Days
, Sabrina Online
, Faux Pas
, VG Cats
, Kevin & Kell
, Peter is the Wolf
(NSFW), Ozy & Millie
, and Dan & Mab's Furry Adventures
. If you dislike talking animals, you can set the furry-bit to off
, to highlight such webcomics as Penny Arcade
, Girl Genius
, Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire
, Sluggy Freelance
, Schlock Mercenary
, Something Positive
, The Wotch
and many more.
posted by DataPacRat
on Feb 6, 2007 -
, the subscription-only webcomics site, today makes most of its content available for free. Joey Manley explains why
. Any recommendations?
posted by barjo
on Jul 17, 2006 -
+ Harry Potter = Kill Harry
, featuring cameo appearances by Bender the robot, Bruce Campbell, and Zombie Rick James, bitch.
posted by Gator
on Feb 20, 2006 -
is a free, elegantly designed service that provides RSS feeds for just about every comic with a web presence, allowing you to track updates from the newsreader of your choice. And since it links directly to artists' webpages without copying their images, it neatly sidesteps any pesky copyright issues. Those who prefer a dedicated comic viewing application might want to check out Comictastic
, although some comic creators would prefer you didn't
posted by yankeefog
on Jun 14, 2005 -
The Dark Side Is The Best Sauce
I'm not sure if the cartoonist has their own personal LiveJournal, but the one for the comic is rather adorable and funny. It's just a handful of strips thus far, and they're terribly spoilery for Star Wars: Episode III. But still worth a quick look.
posted by FunkyHelix
on Jun 13, 2005 -
Return of Bee.
After several years Jason Little has started posting weekly Bee Comix
again. If you missed the original, make sure to check out the first 13 episodes.
There is something very Tintin
-ish about the animation that I find attractive.
posted by edgeways
on Feb 22, 2005 -
"11. Wilco — A Ghost is Born:
Wilco is a band for people who think they are intellectuals about music, the Wilco man is always unhappy so his songs start very quietly in order that people don't wake up with a start. It is all for nothing because halfway through someone will play a guitar solo with a chairleg." Shelley Winters
, of Scary-Go-Round
, reviews the Top 20 albums of the year as picked by John Allison (the creator of Scary-Go-Round). (Oh, and the rest of the archive is worth a gander too, as is John Allison's previous strip Bobbins.)
posted by Johnny Assay
on Dec 31, 2004 -
picks and chooses the webcomics it hosts like a newspaper comics syndicate would, their Keenspace
service is the Geocities of the webcomics world, providing hosting for whoever comes along. Or so I thought.
You must experience for yourself these samples of webcomics that haven't quite got Keenspace approval yet
posted by mendel
on Dec 19, 2004 -
The History of Online Comics,
by T Campbell
. A painstakingly annotated eight-part series [1
] ranging from the first webcomics
through the inception of the collectives
and on to the present day. A good read, even if he does seem to think that Boulder is in the Midwest. [via Websnark]
posted by Johnny Assay
on Dec 8, 2004 -
The return of Ralph Snart
...to the web
and to print
! This is Marc Hansen's outrageous story of a mild-mannered alcoholic accountant gone completely mental, featuring Dr. Goot
(evil scientist and nemesis), Mr. Lizard
(thanks to radioactive crickets) and Holly Hornswoggle
(evil lab assistant and love interest). It originally ran from 1986 to 1994 and of course there is always the obligatory unofficial site
posted by boost ventilator
on Jun 11, 2004 -
Tivo for Webcomics?
Found by way of Comixpedia
, this Sun-Times article
finds shareware that rips comic files off the web to be something of a God-send. As a web-comic creator, I have no problem with my readers writing personal scripts that pull the .pngs from my front page. But when the rippers begin asking for money
for their app that distributes someone else's content (without asking the creators' permission), it seems as though somewhere, there are some enormous balls just a'swingin' in the breeze.
posted by wigu
on Mar 16, 2004 -