Creators switch up in second Webcomic Artist Swap Project
They may be dived by thousands of miles, but it doesn’t mean webcomic creators aren’t a community. And this week 20 them are trading off duties in the second annual Webcomic Artist Swap Project (or WASP), which runs through this weekend.
Headed up by Lucy the Octopus creator Richy K. Chandler, this year’s event boasts artists from the United States and the United Kingdom. The complete list of participants can be found below.
Paula Albaneze HMS Crock Doctor
Matt Boyer Running
Alex Brenchley Overground
Rebecca Burgess Strangers and Friends
Rebecca Burgess and Holly Caddick Headcase
Holly Caddick The Inbetween
Richy K. Chandler Lucy the Octopus
Francesca Dare Penny Blackfeather
Reed Hawker Culture Shock
Evelyn Hewett Fruit Machine
Zarina Liew Le Mime
Jenny McKeon & Alex Chaunyan Eerie PD
David O’Connell Tozo The Public Servant
Jade Sarson Cafe Suada
Rachael Smith One Good Thing
Nicola Streeten A Year at 50
Sarah Turner Folklore
Louise Wei & Dave Hodgkinson Panda & Polar Bear
Paul Shinn will also be contributing art paulshinndraws.com
To keep these installments from differing too much from the regular strip, each webcomic’s creator wrote the guest spot and worked with the artist.
This idea of musical chairs between comic series is far from new: In the early 1990s, the Image Comics founders rotated books for a special one-month event, and print cartoonists have been known to do the same from time to time (for instance, Dilbert‘s Scott Adams and Pearls Before Swine‘s Stephen Pastis passed around their strips a few years ago). That being, this type of cross-promotion and mixture of creative energy seems especially fitting for webcomics.