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Comics A.M. | The re-poster dilemma; a look at digital-first initiatives

BearFood

Creators | In the wake of the FunnyJunk/The Oatmeal legal dispute, Ian Pike talks to San Diego-based webcomics creators David King and Phil McAndrew about the problem of having their work re-posted without credit. “If I were to sit there and try to hunt down all the websites that re-post my comics without my name on them,” McAndrew says, “I wouldn’t have any time to draw new stuff. So most of the time I just shrug my shoulders and keep on drawing.” One interesting sidelight is that Matthew Inman, the creator of The Oatmeal, has set up a site called BearFood where users can share their favorite webcomics with the appropriate links. [San Diego Reader]

Digital comics | Matt White surveys the digital-first landscape with a look at the strategies (or the lack thereof) from publishers ranging from DC Comics to Viz Media: “While the majority of digital comics are just digitized versions of print comics, available simultaneously (known as ‘day-and-date’) or after the physical version hits shelves, current digital-first offerings seem to represent an alternative, more specific market as publishers begin to treat digital more as a complement to print rather than a replacement.” [Publishers Weekly]

The Voyeurs

Creators | Gabrielle Bell talks about her training, her technique and her upcoming book The Voyeurs in a Q&A with James Romberger. [Publishers Weekly]

Creators | Chris Arrant talks to writer Nathan Edmondson about The Activity, a thriller about a Special Ops group, which was recently released in trade. Like Tom Clancy, Edmondson and artist Mitch Gerads mix a lot of fact into their ficton. “‘We don’t shy from anything in this book,’ Edmondson points out. ‘We use conflict zones and military issues that are real and we hope that doing so sparks the reader into research and discussion. Also, it’s great intrigue for the reader when the stories in the book seem to echo what is between the lines in many TV and internet news reports.’” [Publishers Weekly]

Creators | Larry Cruz talks to Ricardo Porven, the creator of the webcomic Donnie Goth, which was the first webcomic to be marketed entirely through Facebook. This turned out to be a mixed blessing: The comic did indeed go viral, in a modest way, picking up 10,000 fans, but as Porven explains, the medium also limited its growth: “The weakness in my Facebook model, was the delivery of the strips through an app. It forced users (Facebook requires this) to give up personal access to their profiles in order to read the book and ultimately, I felt this was a hindrance for long-term growth. In comparison to the fan page that had over 10,000 fans, only 3,000 were actually using the app to read the strips.” So now the comic is available on the web as well. [The Webcomic Overlook]

Graphic novels | Oliver Sava counts down five must-have graphic novels of summer, all by single creators. [NPR]

Digital comics | Operation Ajax, the digital comic about the CIA’s part in ousting the Iranian government in 1953, is now available for iPhone/iPod Touch as well as iPad, and creator David Burwen talks about the challenges of adapting the complex comic for the small screen. [Publishers Weekly]

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