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The comic strip/webcomic documentary Stripped opens with an idyllic scene straight out of the Hallmark Channel. A little girl runs into the kitchen and sits on her father’s lap; he opens a newspaper, and together, they flip to the Sunday funnies, a well-remembered moment of childhood made possible by the magic of comic strips. It’s a scene that rings true, because many viewers have had similar experiences. Maybe you weren’t sitting on your father’s lap; maybe you just ripped through the paper, trying to separate the cartoons from the classifieds. Anything to get at those comic strips.
It’s a scene that may accidentally have put a chink into the “webcomics are the future of the newspaper comic strip” argument.
Conventions | Complaints about comics conventions are apparently the same the world over, as a writer who attended the third annual Mumbai Film and Comic Convention (simply Mumbai Comic Con in its first year) this weekend notes, “Not to seem hypocritical, since we all tend to buy curios and the occasional t-shirt at Comicon every year, but when merchandising stalls (read: t-shirt shops) start outnumbering those which have an actual reason for being at a convention in the first place, we’ve got a problem.” According to DNA India, this year’s event saw the debut of the convention’s mascot, Wonder Bai (at right). [Think Digit]
Digital comics | Microsoft and the Indian publisher Amar Chitra Katha launched a comics app for Windows 8 at Mumbai Film and Comic Convention. “Children these days are drifting away from their Indian mythologies and stories, so this was our attempt to bring these value building stories on a platform familiar to them,” said Vineet Durani of Microsoft’s Windows Phone Business Group. [DNA India]
Thursday’s installment of the webcomic Sheldon is a neat little behind-the-scenes sequence in which we get to see the characters backstage, before they go on. If you’re a regular reader of the strip (as I am), the biggest shock may be seeing the main character, Sheldon, without his glasses. It’s also cool that when they step into the strip, the characters change from color to black and white, although they don’t slip into character right away. Plus they get in a few digs about the comics life. It’s well worth the click.
In the blog, creator Dave Kellett notes that this is the end of Season 13 for Sheldon, but there is a bit of uncertainty as to how old the comic actually is. Apparently Kellett didn’t date the early strips, so he’s not entirely sure when they went online for the first time. That’s an interesting problem; you’d think everything would be date-stamped automatically, but I guess back then that wasn’t always the case. It does make one wonder how many other webcomics are of an uncertain age.
Kellett also reassures readers that the strip will continue (whew!) but adds that his priorities will be changing in the next year when his documentary Stripped: The End of the Funny Pages will be released.
Hello and welcome to another edition of What Are You Reading? Our special guest today is Emily Stackhouse, creator of the award-winning minicomic Brazilianoir and her latest, Miner’s Mutiny.
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