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‘Homestuck’: A world without word balloons

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You’ve seen them, I’ve seen them.

The last time was at Pacific Place during Emerald City Comicon, where I spotted someone with a handmade plushie of a puppet. In Portland, I saw them at a place that sold  fried elephant ears. For the most part, they wear what look to be orange-striped carrots on their heads, and they’re responsible for the upswing in sales of light-gray makeup.

If you ever wondered who they were, they’re the Homestuck fans, followers of a webcomic of such sheer immensity that it has, without irony, been compared to Ulysses by none other than PBS. There’s a difference, however: I have actually read all of Homestuck. With Ulysses, I pretty much stalled 63 pages in to Chapter 1. It’s hard to relate to bored white dudes lamenting about Ireland and whatnot. On the other hand, it’s pretty easy to relate to video-game gags.

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Boneville.com redesign lets us better enjoy Jeff Smith’s ‘Tüki’

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The November launch of Jeff Smith’s webcomic Tüki Save the Humans was met with excitement, followed almost immediately by grumbling that the interface seemed as ancient as the adventure’s prehistoric setting. But now Smith’s Boneville.com has unveiled a redesign that allows readers to enjoy the Reuben Award-nominated comic in an easily navigated widescreen format that better showcases the work of the cartoonist and colorist Tom Gaadt.

“When Tüki began, we redesigned the site for the occasion. Unfortunately, our rollout made Healthcare.gov look good,” Smith said in a statement. “Still, like Rasl, our motto is: It’s never too late to fix it! We listened to our readers and came up with what we hope is a better experience for reading Bone, RASL and Tüki.”

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Gallaher, Ellis take ‘The Only Living Boy’ to the web

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David Gallaher and Steve Ellis, who worked together on Zuda’s High Moon, comiXology’s Box 13 and Marvel’s The Winter Guard, are taking their self-published creation The Only Living Boy to the web.

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Business picks up with ‘The Adventures of Business Cat’

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Are you a cat person? Are you a comics person? Well then, we’ve found your catnip.

U.K. cartoonist Tom Fonder has announced a spinoff webcomic from his popular Happy Jar series focused on the adventures of a cat in a business suit titled, appropriately enough, The Adventures of Business Cat. The dapper cat was born in a one-off Happy Jar strip in January by Fonder and his partner Rachael Robins, and became a hit with fans, leading to this spinoff.

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Namco Bandai pulling plug on ShiftyLook

wonder momoShiftyLook, the Namco Bandai webcomic platform designed to revive dormant vide0-game characters, is closing, about two years after its debut.

“The idea was to take the unused, ‘sleeping’ video game characters of our past and bring them back first with webcomics, and then – once they had gotten enough traction – expand into other media like web animation, games, and merchandise,” Cory Casoni, ShiftyLook’s head of marketing, explained today on the website. “I’m happy to say that we’ve done this with Wonder Momo, Bravoman, and some other very cool characters [...] That said, now that we have successfully revived so many franchises, the heavy lifting is completed – and so is our work. We battled the video games abyss and won, which means it’s time for us to move on and let the hit-makers play with some new toys.”

Launched in March 2012, ShiftyLook featured such creators as Ryan North, Jim Zubkavich, Christopher Hastings, Ben McCool, Dean Haspiel and Hitoshi Ariga working on classic properties like Wonder Momo, Dig Dug, Galaga and Bravoman.

Wonder Momo, which Casoni characterized as ShiftyLook’s “star franchise,” is being developed as a game by WayForward Technologies.

Casoni details all of the dates for the closing at ShiftyLook.com; the website will no longer be updated as of March 20, and the servers will shut down on Sept. 30.

Life (and life and life) after death in Jason Shiga’s ‘Demon’

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Jason Shiga, the creator of the innovative Meanwhile …, the creepy Fleep and the super-cool Bookhunter, has kicked off another webcomic called Demon. The story thus far revolves around a man trying to kill himself, but with each attempt he ends up waking up afterwards without any explanation as to why it didn’t work.

Shiga, who recently served as a judge for the Ignatz Awards, explained that the submissions for the webcomics category overwhelmed him.

“It felt like being hit by a tidal wave of comics and subsequently drowning to death,” he wrote. “To read every page of every webcomic that was sent to me would literally be a life’s work. It was a truly humbling experience to learn that what I thought of as comics was in fact just a small crumb in the vast expanse of the comics universe. I hadn’t really felt that way about the comics medium since walking into a shojo manga store in Japan 10 years ago.”

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This weekend, it’s ‘Making a Living With Your Webcomics’

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Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, California, most recently featured on ROBOT 6 for its “Little Golden Tales” exhibit, is playing host on Saturday to “Making a Living With Your Webcomics,” a four-hour event featuring Jason Brubaker, Travis Hanson and Ethan Nicolle.

Brubaker, who works for DreamWorks Animation, raised more than $125,000 through Kickstarter to publish his two-volume reMind; Hanson, creator of The Bean, raised more than $12,000 in the first 36 hours of his Kickstarter campaign for Tanner Jones and the Quest for the Monkey Stone; and Nicolle is the co-creator of Axe Cop, the hit webcomic turned animated series.

The seminar costs $80 for the 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. workshop and 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Q&A seminar. Admission to the 4 p.m. signing session is free.


Old-school apocalypse is back in “The Outrunners”

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As much as people pine for better living and a brighter future, in fiction we’re continually drawn to a darker horizon with deadlier stakes, more violent endings and more corrupt influences. It’s that kind of thing that brought us movies like Blade Runner and Mad Max, comics like Judge Dredd and roleplaying games like Shadowrun. And now, there’s another dark future you’d fear in real life but delight in fictional form.

The Outrunners is a recently launched webcomic by writer Jonathan Gelatt and artist Andrew Krahnke that shows us a gas-drained future like Mad Max but set in the dark spires of a neolithic urban metropolis of Blade Runner, where the ultimate rebels are those that cling to the grimy, gas-fed, oil-fueled mechanics of old as a way to keep their independence. Mixing a futuristic dystopia with an old-school biker gang mentality, The Outrunners is an enterprising urban fable of youth rebellion focused on the titular biker gang going up against the persistent forces the Metropolitan Police and rival groups.

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Creators switch up in second Webcomic Artist Swap Project

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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.

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New webcomic alert: Drew Weing’s Creepy Casefiles of Margo Maloo

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I have been a huge fan of Drew Weing ever since I read his Set to Sea, a graphic novel told entirely in full-page panels, so it’s great news that he is launching a new webcomic, The Creepy Casefiles of Margo Maloo. With just four pages up so far, he has already set up an interesting story: The lead character, a kid named Charles, is objecting crankily as his hippie parents move into a decrepit former hotel in a new city. Weing’s detailed art is perfect for the story he is telling, and this comic looks like it will be kid-friendly but fun for adults as well. Jump on now so you won’t have to click through the archives later!

Tapastic’s CEO talks new partnership, launch of ‘Like a Wolf’

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The web is the most decentralized comics platform: There’s no comiXology or Diamond Comic Distributors for the web, and a lot of webcomics, such as xkcd and Homestuck, have huge followings that don’t necessarily cross over into the rest of the comics world. At the same time, the question of how to make money by giving away a comic is one that creators answer over and over again, often in very different ways.

That’s why Tapastic is worthy of notice. It aims to be the central location, sort of a YouTube of webcomics, and the big news this week is that the company has signed a deal with the Korean Internet portal Daum Communications for $2 million of Series A funding. One immediate result of the partnership is that Tapastic has begun carrying an English-language version of the Like a Wolf, one of the most popular webcomics in Korea.

We talked to Tapastic CEO Chang Kim about his plans for Tapastic and how the Korean webcomics market differs from the U.S. market. Plus we also have an exclusive look at art from Like a Wolf.

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Penny Arcade to close video network and gaming news site

penny arcadeOn the heels of Penny Arcade‘s 15th anniversary, creators Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik have announced they’re scaling back by closing the Penny Arcade News Report video-game news site and ending Penny Arcade TV as an outlet for third-party content. Instead, they’ll focus on projects a little closer to the core webcomic.

“… I don’t think I want to ‘grow my business’ anymore; I sort of want to do the opposite,” Holkins wrote on Friday. “And I’m tired, sick to death, of saying ‘Maybe Someday’ when it comes to the things we really want to make.  So, we’re not going to do that anymore. The next year is going to be a pretty big one, one of the biggest yet; it’s the year the previous fifteen have been leading up to in the literal sense but also in other ways. I think they’re going to be ‘big years’ from now on, frankly. And it hurts pretty bad, but I don’t know where PATV as a ‘channel’ for third party shows and The Penny Arcade Report fit into that. We’ll be shutting those things down at the end of this year.”

Their Child’s Play charity and Penny Arcade Expo will continue — “We will do everything in our power to ensure that these things outlast us by a wide margin,” Holkins assured — as will the fourth season of the documentary Penny Arcade: The Series. However, there was no mention of Strip Search, the online reality show for webcomics creators.

The Avengers do Black Friday in webcomic by Sairobee

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Black Friday has come and gone, and whether you were one of those who waited in line or simply scoffed at those who did, you’ll surely get a kick out of this great one-off comic strip by a storyboard artist known online as Sairobee. In this one-page strip, titlted “Happy Belated Black Friday, Y’All!”, the Los Angeles-based artist depicts an engaging and imaginative scenario: What if the Avengers went to Black Friday?

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Oni Press to release a second volume of ‘Bad Machinery’

bad machinery-v2Oni Press has announced it will publish a second collection of John Allison’s acclaimed webcomic Bad Machinery in March.

Launching in September 2009 in the wake of Allison’s previous comic Scary Go Round, the mystery/comedy centers on two groups of schoolchildren in fictional Tackleford, England, who compete to solve mysteries in their West Yorkshire town.

Released in April, Bad Machinery, Vol. 1: The Case of the Team Spirit, was named by Publishers Weekly as one of the best children’s books of 2013. The webcomic also won the British Comics Award last year for Best Comic.

Bad Machinery, Vol. 2: The Case of the Good Boy collects the 2010 story involving a curious pet “dog.”

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Modern Tales founder Joey Manley passes away

joey manley2Joey Manley, founder of the pioneering webcomics site Modern Tales, passed away last night in a Louisville, Kentucky, hospital due to complications from pneumonia. According to his longtime partner Joe Botts, he was surrounded by family and friends. Manley was 48.

A publisher, editor, podcaster and author, Manley launched Modern Tales in March 2002, establishing one of the first workable (and profitable) subscription models for webcomics. He soon spun off Serializer, an alternative-comics site originally edited by Tom Hart; Girlamatic, a female targeted site initially edited by Lea Hernandez; Graphic Smash, the action comics site; and Webcomics Nation, a webcomics-hosting service.

The collective “Modern Tales family,” which closed in April, had published work by such creators as Gene Luen Yang, James Kochalka, Howard Cruse, Chris Onstad, Shaenon Garrity and Dylan Meconis, among many others.

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