New projects popping up all over

Anything Warren Ellis does is news, pretty much by definition, so it’s big news that his webcomic FreakAngels will launch tomorrow. Warren writes it, Paul Duffield draws it, and it updates once a week with a five-page installment. I’m not sure what I think about that format, actually, but I guess we’ll see.

Katsucon is this weekend, and they’re climbing on the webcomics bandwagon big time this year. Phil and Kaja Foglio, Chris Hastings, and the Applegeeks creators will be there, there’s an Epic Webcomic Win contest, and unlike San Diego, you can still get a hotel room. Plus, it’s named for a breaded pork cutlet. What’s not to like?

Artists wanted: Manga publisher Go!Comi is looking for an artist to create both a webcomic and a print manga aimed at teenagers. They are already publishing Wendy Pini’s Masque of the Red Death, which has a really unusual presentation, and their other non-Japanese property is Japan Ai: A Tall Girl’s Adventures in Japan. The rest of their line is translated manga from Japan, most of it of high quality and well produced. According to the post, they are looking for an experienced artist for a property that is already in development.

The Japanese manga magazine Comic Seed is now available online. And it’s free. Of course, it’s also in Japanese, but there are still plenty of interesting visuals there. (Via Okazu.)

Webcomics for smart people: Ad Reinhart did comics? Who knew? At quick glance these look like yet another comic done by pasting old engravings randomly together, but read the text—it has bite. For those not familiar with Reinhart, his paintings are of the minimalist variety—a black canvas with a band of a slightly different black in the middle. That makes the pictorial quality of these collage comics all the more surprising. (Via Derik Badman.)

Quitting Time celebrates its second anniversary with a where-are-they-now feature starring their old bosses. Here’s my 30-second review of the strip: Pros: Often funny, art is cute. Cons: Storytelling is a bit disjointed at times, and the archives are hard to navigate. It’s definitely worth a look.

Also, Norm Townsend writes in to pimp his gag comic Cleary Brothers Irish Pub. For some reason the art in this reminds me of Andy Capp, but without the blatant misogyny (although still a touch sexist). Some of the gags are funny, but the art is uneven—the woman in today’s strip looks like she was pasted in from another comic. It’s mostly bar humor, and he’s developing a motley menagerie of characters, so it will be interesting to see how it develops.

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