Greetings, DS loyalists! The entirety of my week has been spent working my way through T Campbell’s A History of Webcomics, which I just finished last night. While I’m still gathering my thoughts for the impending review, I can tell you that my main focus will be this: the book is unnecessary.
A history, huh? Of something that, by Campbell’s own definition and admission, is no older than a decade, if THAT. And someone thought it necessary for us to look back and see where we’ve come from ALREADY? It’s a self-servicing idea that does nothing to advance the medium that is still too young to HAVE a history. I’ll save any more lambasting for the review, which will be coming sometime early next week!
But the news in Webcomicylvania is not all bad!
- Feast your eyes on the new site redesigns of Paul Southworth’s Ugly Hill and the finalized (?) and live revamp of PvP! While many have already gazed upon the office-themed PvP site, Southworth’s more recently revealed retooling is being seen for the first time, with a layout akin to that of a small town’s official website. You know the kind; bland, probably done by someone using Yahoo! Sitebuilder, with maybe a summer’s worth of programming classes. I think Southworth would be glad to know that he’s done a pretty good job capturing the banality and likewise for Kurtz’s Office Space-esque hotness.
- Speaking of Kurtz, the man who must shake hundreds of thousands of hands every day due to his insane popularity has incurred another illness due to too much germ-swapping with eager fanboys (could have worded that sentence less erotically but there it is). A condition which he admits is common amongst creators and affectionately refers to as “con-rot”, Kurtz is finally taking a stand against this unnecessary affliction and hopes to help other creators do the same. His answer? A move he calls the Convention Reverse Nod (CRN).
Executing the CRN is simple. When you approach your favorite comic book creator, keep your hands safely at your sides. Make eye contact and slowly lower your chin 2 to 3 inches towards your chest. Quickly snap your head back up to its original position and offer a verbal confirmation or greeting. A quick 'Sup' will suffice. Or, if you're attending Dragon-Con, a more elaborate 'Hail, and well met' is acceptable.
- Will his efforts go unrewarded? Considering how loyal his fans are and how this could actually help solve an industry-wide problem, I’m willing to bet this thing catches on like WILDFIRE. That’s right. It’s an untamed, uncontrollable inferno.
- And chugging right along with the revamp-your-site train, even Bill Charbonneau, editor-in-chief of Zoinks! and creator of Voices In My Hand and Weird Theorem, has something in mind for his webcomics. A visit to either site shows only the WT logo and this message:
Where is VoicesInMyHand.com? Where is Weird Theorem? All will be revealed soon. – Bill
- Mystery? Or something far bigger at work here? Only time will tell…
- And finally, a kudos to the Digital Strips podcast for finding another diamond in the rough! Episode 86 has unearthed the strip, Dan and Pete, which follows the daily lives of Dan, a super-uber-hero with nearly every super-power ever conceived and his roommate, Pete, who is as normal as can be. The interactions between the two are the draw with this strip, especially when Dan gets together with one of his superfriends to play some sort of prank on Pete. Though only updating weekly (yeah, like I have any room to talk), it’s worth the RSS feed to keep up with Dan’s sophomoric hijinx and the fallout they cause for his hapless, defenseless roomie.