Comics Alternative, Webcomics: Reviews of the 2017 Eisner Award Nominees

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Time Codes:

  • 00:00:27 – Introduction
  • 00:02:55 – Webcomics news: The Library of Congress’ Web Comics Web Archive
  • 00:11:24 – Trying to make sense of the Eisner Awards’ “Best Web Comic” and “Best Digital Comic” categories
  • 00:30:37 – The Middle Age
  • 00:44:30 – On Beauty
  • 00:56:54 – Helm
  • 01:08:27 – On a Sunbeam
  • 01:32:41 – Wrap up
  • 01:34:14 – Contact us

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Definitionally Challenged

For the June webcomics episode, Sean and Derek take a close look at the webcomics nominees for the 2017 Eisner Awards. Before they do that, though, they have to determine exactly which titles are actually webcomics and which are not. If this sounds strange, that’s because this year the people behind the Eisner Awards have separated “Best Digital Comics” and “Best Webcomic” into two completely different categories — which is a good thing — but in doing so they have ill-defined the criteria to where there are digital comics mixed in the “Best Webcomic” category and webcomics in the “Best Digital Comic” category. In other words, there doesn’t seem to be any clear distinctions between the two…which was the problem in previous years when webcomics and digital comics were unfortunately clumped into the same category. Sean and Derek discuss in detail the problems underlying this year’s categorization, and they offer advice for next year’s judges and hope that in the future there will be a much more precise understanding of what a webcomic actually is.

After that, they begin discussing the real webcomics that are scattered between the “Best Webcomic” and “Best Digital Comic” categories. There are five in all, and in this episode they discuss Steve Conley’s The Middle Age and Christina Tran’s On Beauty (both nominated for “Best Webcomic”), as well as Jahanzeb Hasan and Mauricio Caballero’s Helm and Tillie Walden’s On a Sunbeam (inexplicably nominated under “Best Digital Comic”). Anne Szabla’s Bird Boy was also nominated as a webcomic, but since the guys discussed that title on a previous webcomics episode, they spend their time talking about the other nominees. And as the guys reveal, there is a reason why these four titles are nominated for an Eisner Award this year. They’re all well-written, keenly drawn, and ambitious in what each endeavors to accomplish. Both Sean and Derek wish this year’s webcomics creators, despite the appropriateness of the categories for which they’re nominated, the best of luck when the announcements are made at next month’s SDCC!

Deconstructing Comics #489: Tapastic’s Michael Son & The Rattler’s Jason McNamara

TapasticTapastic is one of the many places online that you could put your comic. Why put it there? This week, Tapastic Editor-in-chief Michael Son joins Tim to explain the advantages of the site, issues they’re working to solve, what kind of audience is reading the site (and how reader demands have changed), and what new features are in the pipeline.

The RattlerJason McNamara is back with us after two years, and now his book with Greg Hinkle, The Rattler, has just been published by Image! He joins us to talk about the disturbing inspiration for the book, how the 2014 Kickstarter project for the book helped it get published, and more.

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#481 Digital comics!

Comixology & WebtoonThe digital comics universe continues to expand. This week, Tim looks at two different platforms.

If you’re into American comics at all, you no doubt know of Comixology. Since we last talked to company co-founder John Roberts, Comixology has joined the Amazon family, and their integration is starting to become visible on both companies’ sites. John talks about this, the penetration of digital in the market, how to get your comics into Comixology, and more.

South Korean Web giant Naver started Webtoon in that country back in 2004, and since then its reach has grown in Asia and around the world — the English version is called Line Webtoon. We meet Webtoon content manager David Lee and New Mexico-based creator Stephen McCranie (whose Space Boy is available through Webtoon) to discuss the site’s reach and business model, the differences between making a comic for print and making one that the reader scrolls through, and how to get your comics into Webtoon.

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Deconstructing Comics #476: Ten Years, Eleven Guests

DCP 10th AnniversaryYes, somehow it’s been ten whole years since Tim, Brandon, and Mulele sat down together and recorded the first episode of Deconstructing Comics! Rather than get the gang back together again, this time we present eleven past DCP interviewees all answering the same question: “Name an important development you see happening in comics now, good or bad, and say why you think it’s important.” Tim gets answers to this question from Stephen Bissette, Shaenon Garrity, Dan Jurgens, Chris Bachalo, Natalie Nourigat, and many more! (see entire list below)

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Deconstructing Comics #470: Erotic comics, erratic censorship

erotic comicsAs long as there has been erotic reading material, there have been people trying to make it harder to find. We might have expected that the brave new world of the Internet was going to make everything accessible to everyone whenever they wanted it, but as it becomes more controlled by certain big corporations, the situation has become more complicated. Our friends John Roberson and Dale Lazarov have both found that they seem to have more trouble with digital versions of their erotic (or even just semi-erotic) work getting pulled from digital comics stores than they’ve had with the print versions of their work!

So this week we hear from both of them about the issues they’ve faced, and then for the big picture, we’ll consult British author Tim Pilcher, whose two-volume history of erotic comics includes the work of both John and Dale! Tim discusses the ongoing problems for erotic comics in digital distribution, including seemingly capricious and inconsistent removals of some erotic works; the limitations to what the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund can do; and what both creators AND fans of these works can do to keep them available!

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See below for Tim Pilcher’s BBC appearance discussing the child pornography law in Japan. Continue reading

Comic Book Savant Episode 210: Comics Talk

 

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This week I just want to sit down and talk comics nothing more nothing less just plain and simple. I have a few topics I like to cover since it has been a while since we talked about them. Enjoy!

Super Hero Speak – #44: H.E.R.B.I.E. Rides again!

Hey, we are the podcast of the month on Podcastland.com, thank you to everyone that voted for us!

This week Dave starts out by talking to Ben and John about his experience this past weekend at NY Comic Book Marketplace. While there he ran into Rich Buckler and they chatted about the use of his creation, Deathlok, on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Then the guys talk about the latest comic book, movie and TV news. Like the new cast of the Fantastic Four reboot and  Mark Millar now saying he was wrong about Digital Comics, all this and more! So sit back and enjoy!

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Deconstructing Comics #388: A Generous Helping of Udon

udonUdon Entertainment is a network of creators who produce original comics (much of it in Japanese style) as well as doing work in Hollywood, video games, and toys, and translated manga. This week Tim talks to Eric Ko and Matt Moylan at Udon headquarters in Toronto, about their history, their recent projects, and the future of digital comics.

Then, Udon member and Japan resident Steven Cummings talks about what he’s done for the group, how he feels about the inking on his pencils, and more.

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Comics Alternative Podcast Episode 68: A Review of Six Digital Comics

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Happy New Year, and welcome to another episode of The Comics Alternative! To start off 2014, Andy and Derek discuss six relatively recent digital comics: Tim Gibson’s Moth City, Chris Sheridan’s Motorcycle Samurai (Top Shelf), Joshua Hale Fialkov and Joe Infurnari’s The BunkerDigitalFred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey’s Action Presidents, Brian Winkeler and Robert Wilson IV’s Knuckleheads (Monkeybrain Comics), and Jeremy Holt and Chris Peterson’s Pulp.  They begin by focusing on the two titles that utilize the digital format the fullest, Moth City and Motorcycle Samurai, and how the authors use the technology to enhance their storytelling. Derek and Andy discuss the unique nature of these works and how much would be lost if these titles were offered in print form. From there they move on to The BunkerKnuckleheads, and Action Presidents, appreciating how the creators use digital technology yet noting that these titles could easily be adapted into physical format without losing much of anything (and as we will see soon, when The Bunker is released by Oni Press). Finally, the Two Guys with PhDs look at the one-shot, Pulp, admiring not only its complex narrative structure, but also the fact that Holt and Peterson chose to market their comic as a “pay what you will” title, much like Brian K. Vaughn and Marcos Martin have done with The Private Eye. Along the way, the guys discuss the general state of digital comics, issues of cost and distribution, the pros and cons of the technological layout, the marketing potential of the format, and how what we now call “digital comics” or “webcomics” is a hybrid form that is challenging our understanding, and our definitions, of “comics.”

Much thanks to the creators who contacted Andy and Derek about their digital works, as well as to the many listeners — and you know who you are — who recommended certain titles and lobbied for the Two Guys to finally do an episode devoted to digital comics.

This episode’s incidental music is brought to you by
both Bob Dylan and George Harrison. Ding dong, ding dong!

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Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program #22 – Myth of Eustro

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Listen to the Allegheny Teen Center Reading Program #21 right now:

Hosts:
Rebecca Cohen and Nick Marino

Related Posts:
Myth of Eustro Chapter 01 and Myth of Eustro Chapter 02

Show Notes:

We talk about Myth of Eustro, a fantastic digital comic by Solomon Mars. It’s a panel-to-panel fantasy story set in the world of Ephon, a land overtaken by a crystal wasteland called the Nightmare Forest.

The main character is Ramona, an Arkseologist who’s working to fight back the expansion of the crystals while seeking to eradicate them completely.


For years, Solomon Mars has created panel-to-panel comics that he shares online as Flash files. But he’s really stepped up the interactivity with Myth of Eustro, layering information about the story of Ramona and the world of Ephon into roll-overs and clickable icons.



The direction of Myth of Eustro is also decided by the fans. At the end of each chapter, Solomon asks readers to choose between two actions for Ramona. Once the votes are in, Solomon crafts a new chapter that takes Ramona and her Famylyr named Ephyx on another adventure.


Since this episode was recorded a couple of weeks early, we’ve got a special update after the end theme… a conversation between Nick and Hank 300 recorded on location in Walla Walla, WA!

Good news? Hank and Cecily are still alive. Bad news? Cecily is brainwashed and Hank is trapped the bottom of a grain mill that’s slowly being filled with flour.

Next Episode:
If Nick, Hank, and Cecily make it out alive, then we’ll have a new podcast for you on Tue Jan 7 wherein we’ll discuss Battle Angel Alita v5 chapters 1-3.

Super Hero Speak – #34: Comicbin Jason Goldsmith

This week Dave sits down with the founder and CEO of comicbin.net. Comic bin is like the Netflix of digital comics. Pay a monthy subscription and read an unlimited amount of digital comics. It’s really great site we are excited about and we believe this is the future of digital comics. So Jason and Dave talked about Comicbin and all things comic book. Jason was a great guest and we hope you enjoy.

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You can check out Comic Bin here: http://comicbin.net/

And on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ComicBin

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Comic Timing – Extra Point #5

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It’s a Comic Timing Extra Point! Ian is in Japan, Brent is back home, so you get a little something extra!

Brent joins Ian this time for a short segment on Marvel’s Netflix deal, comic book movies, the digital age, and Ian’s first impressions of Thor: The Dark World (no spoilers!).

As always – we are sponsored by DCBS! That’s right! Discount Comic Book Service! For those of you who have not used DCBS before you can save an additional 8% off your first order via the promo code: CT8. Plus, be sure to check out DCBS‘ new Comixology digital store!

You can e-mail the show at comictiming@gmail.com and be sure to Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ComicTiming. Thanks for listening and we’ll catch you next time!

Wayne’s Comics #105 With MIchael Jan Friedman

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This week, I have a great conversation with Michael Jan Friedman, an accomplished comics writer who has moved into creating prose books. He has a new Kickstarter project for his latest Young Adult novel called I Am The Salamander. We talk about the book as well as digital comics and the popular reboot trend. You can find out more and contribute to the creation of I Am The Salamander at this link. Also, you can find many of his other works at the Crazy8Press website.

Then everything wraps up with the latest  “News & Previews!” Don’t miss it!