This is my first post on my first attempt at writing a web log, or “blog”. This blog has a purpose, a theme. I’m interested in and a fan of web comics and here I will write reviews and opinions and links to interesting comics that I find on the web.
The current state of the classically printed comic strip is in a sad state. Newspapers have traditionally been the the main source of such pop art, but space is extremley limited and in most cases shrinking fast. While only a handful of artists ever really get printed in the coveted space of newspapers the content of their work is still subjected to editors’ whims of what is appropriate or funny.
Faced with the grim reality of the current state of the business behind comic strip publishing thousands of young and new artists are turning to the internet to get their work in front of a wide array of eyeballs, unfiltered and uncensured. Some are good, some are brilliant, most are unrefined and amateurish. But, unlike in the world of publishing, a great deal of experimentation with the medium is being done, risks are being taken, creativity is flourishing, all online.
So, I thought it would be appropriate to kick off my first post about web comics a mention of the man who is credited with launching this new art form into legitimacy. Scott McCloud is the author of Understanding Comics, a graphic novel exploration of the comics form. In 2000 Scott also wrote and drew the follow up book Reinventing Comics. He wrote about the potential of the web for displaying comic art in new and interesting ways the printed page simply couldn’t facilitate. His site currently has some of his latest web comic experiments available