Are the Wikipedia webcomics wars over? T Campbell takes a lot of time to figure out that he really doesn’t know, but his analysis is still pretty interesting. There’s more at the Webcomics.com forum. Meanwhile Nicholson Baker has written a more general article on fighting “extremist deletion” on Wikipedia that includes a discussion of the webcomics controversy.
Gary Tyrrell muses on webcomics startup financing, which begs the question of what would constitute an investment-grade webcomic.
Here’s another link-worthy post on the business of webcomics: Von Allan takes a hard look at site stats and dollars. it’s interesting reading as a case study of a new cartoonist; he compares his popularity to that of Warren Ellis, looks at how his readership changes with time, and analyzes how he is using Project Wonderful to bring in readers.
The latest issue of Dark Horse Presents is up at MySpace.com; DH does a good job of not being too MySpace-y, with a relatively simple landing page and easily navigable archives. Plus the comics are pretty good.
The second chapter of the Cloverfield web manga is up, and Tagruato posts a translated version.
I believe Doraemon is the number-one selling manga of all time; everyone I have ever known who was a kid in Asia has read it, yet it has never been (officially) translated into English. It still hasn’t, but the publisher has put up 45 chapters for free to celebrate the opening of a Doraemon movie. There are two problems: It’s Windows/IE only (the Japanese are strangely backward in this regard) and it’s all in Japanese. If you want to take a look anyway, start on this page at Anime News Network, which explains how to navigate the site.
And for those who just can’t get enough global manga, Tokyopop has posted 21 short stories, all vying for the People’s Choice Award in their Rising Stars of Manga competition.
At Read About Comics, Greg McElhatton is the latest critic to turn in a rave review of the print version of Lewis Trondheim’s Little Nothings.