Interview-a-rama: I talk to Diana McQueen about the relaunch of Girlamatic at Robot 6, and Christoher Irving interviews Josh Neufeld, creator of A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge, at the NYC Graphic Novelists blog.
Calvin Reid of Publishers Weekly rounded up the digital comics news from San Diego Comic-Con, and Ellie Connelly creator Indigo Kelleigh muses on lessons learned at SDCC. It’s an entertaining post with solid advice for creators who are new to the con scene.
CBR has coverage of the Digital Comics: The Future Is Now panel, which was mainly a discussion of the different platforms, including a couple of newly announced ones, Longbox and comiXology’s iPhone app.
The Archie Digital Comics Store is up and running. Like the Marvel Digital Comics Universe, it offers a good chunk of the archives for unlimited reading; passes are $9.95 for a month or $49.95 per year. There are more details at the Archie blog.
One of the stories that has been bubbling around the internets over the past week is that of David Rees (creator of Get Your War On) vs. Jamba Juice (creator of smoothies). Some PR firm hired by Jamba Juice decided they would hop on the cool bandwagon by making some clip-art comics about guys sitting in an office discussing pointless topics and shilling for Jamba Juice. The PR guys may have thought they were on safe ground because Rees used copyright-free clip art to create his comic in the first place, but he obviously created something with a unique look and feel, which they blatantly copied. If you’re new to the party, here’s a good interview that sums up what happened and Rees’s reaction, but you really should go read his blog, starting here, because his reaction to the whole thing is an entertaining piece of blog theater in and of itself.