Tag Archive | webcomics

Fun and thoughtful fandom links for your quarantine reading

Made my last outside-the-home trip for the foreseeable future, to Walgreens for meds and a couple other supplies. The shelves were out of thermometers…but on my way to the checkout I passed a couple of clerks discovering 4 of them from a box they just unearthed in the back. So I finally landed one.

(Didn’t feel feverish, but it was nice to have the numbers to back it up. Also, clocked in at a slightly lower temperature than what the Red Cross got last Tuesday, suggesting I was already ramping up to the obvious fever I had Wednesday. But, yeah, all good now.)

Day Job is closed until further notice. Fortunately, part of their emergency-closure protocol is that we all still get paid. Every employee in every job should have the right to that. And those of you staffing pharmacies and grocery stores deserve higher wages and hazard pay.


All links from weeks/months ago, with no current events whatsoever:

Jenny Nicholson really nails a lot of what I thought was weird about Frozen 2. (It’s pretty enjoyable anyway, but still.) Plus a pitch for an alternate version that would be a lot of fun.

“Hence the Fansplaining Shipping Survey, which we launched on April 2, 2019, and discussed in Episode #97, “The Shipping Question.” It ran until April 16th and ultimately attracted 17,391 respondents. […] You can read the questions, download the raw data under a CC BY 4.0 license, and explore the cleaned-up data through an interactive visualization. This is the first of several pieces we’ll write analyzing the results.”

“The Language that Gets People to Give: Phrases that Predict Success on Kickstarter.” (One of the lessons is, that title should say “buy”, not “give”. It’s not a donation, it’s a preorder!)

“The point of me recounting all of this is to try and illustrate how much of the current hostility over fan content probably stems from that loss of content control. The toxicity of the purity discourse has made it hard for some of us to look for the root cause.”

The survey asked for participants to indicate what [online social-media fandom] platforms they use/used from a given list, and also to indicate a date range (e.g., Tumblr 2006-2018). I parsed those date ranges in order to determine for a given platform how many of our participants were active in a given year. ”

This document is made with the intention of keeping track of the issues the community has with [SmackJeeves] as it stands, be it from what functions the site has (or lacks), to issues with loading the site. Anyone is free to add issues they’re aware of that aren’t listed already.”

Meet the genderqueer asexual who has cataloged over a thousand mostly-queer webcomics.”

I happened to go over and check, and reader, it must have been the Sale Charts Gods looking over me, because what did I find except Raina Telgemeier’s new book Guts at the very top of the chart. Not the graphic novel bestseller list, not the kids bestseller list. THE REGULAR OLD BOOK/BOOK BESTSELLER CHARTS, with 76,216 copies sold that week. Looks like that 1 million copy first printing was a good idea.”

Monday Works Roundup, 2/10 (Utena, BICP, Leif & Thorn)

But I’m A Cat Person
Stronger, Together (cover art | ensemble | worksafe)
Here We Are In The BICP Future (art | ensemble | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Snowy Hug (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
Fancy Dexippus (art | Agent D10 | worksafe)
Tiny Kitty Petting (art | Tiernan, Kallie | worksafe)
Mothers’ Day (sketch | Plum/Clover, Tansy, Thorn | worksafe)
Fashion Goth Girls (sketch | Hyacinth/Hazel | worksafe)

Revolutionary Girl Utena
Heartswords – Touga and Nanami (art | Touga, Nanami | worksafe)
Heartswords – Juri and Shiori (art | Juri/Shiori | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Your Genderswap Fix (comic, G)
Figure drawings (life drawing, NSFW-ish)
Happy Tiefling (sketch, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
The last page of But I’m A Cat Person. (Thank you, you’ve been a great audience, don’t forget to tip your servers.)

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Kale finishes his story, and he and Thorn go their separate ways (or do they??)

All the webcomic fandoms in #Yuletide 2019

Signups are open for this year’s Yuletide, the small-fandom fic exchange, until November 4!

Here’s the full schedule, and here are the instructions for signing up. (If you don’t already have an AO3 account, you’ll need to get one of those first. Some invite links: one, two, three, four.)

The list of eligible fandoms for Yuletide 2019 is absolutely massive, so I pulled out a list of “just the webcomics that are free to read online.” Plus the links for where to read them…

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It’s a good time to be in comics

Lore Olympus, one of the biggest hits on Webtoon, has been picked up by the Jim Henson Company for development as an animated series.

Webtoon is also teaming up with Crunchyroll to co-produce animated content from the site’s other original webcomics.

From an earlier generation of self-published comics, Jeff Smith’s BONE has been picked up for publication by Netflix. (The series was originally self-published, with Smith driving around the country delivering them to comic shops out of the back of his car, before it got picked up by Scholastic.)

And speaking of Scholastic, their latest graphic novel release by Raina Telgemeier debuted as the #1 book in the US last month. Not the #1 comic — the #1 BOOK.

Sometimes, nice things happen.

Tuesday Works Roundup, 8/13/19 (Jem and the Holograms, Wolf Park, art requests, and more)

But I’m A Cat Person
Ensemble Attack (wallpaper | Cybele, Blake, Reseda, Patrick, Ilsa, Kara Lynn, Poe | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Dramatic Rowan (sketch | Rowan | G)
Let’s Have A Drink (art | Stanczia | worksafe)
Magical Holly and Ivy, Unite (art | Holly, Ivy | worksafe)
Sea You Tonight (art | Hyacinth/Hazel | worksafe)

Jem and the Holograms
Blaze It (art | Blaze | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Wind-up bird (reward sketch, worksafe)
Dharma (reward sketch, worksafe)
“Help, I want to make a new webcomic, how do I start?” (helpful blog post)
Ina (exchange art, worksafe)
Cerise (and a spider) (reward art, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
The extra-long favorite-character poll!

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Hyacinth, Hazel, and Vine have heart-to-heart conversations while buying some skulls.

Comics & webcomics, throwbacks & updates

Can you maybe contextualize the Homestuck epilogue for someone who has never read Homestuck but is curious what all the hullabaloo is about? ”

Prototype Calvin and Hobbes strips, from the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum. (He used to be called Marvin!)

Marvin and Hobbes

“Comics and graphic novels bounced back from 2017’s sales slump to have their best year ever in 2018. […] For the first time, however, [comic shops] represent less than half the comcis market, when digital and crowdfunding are factored in.”

The Webcomic Reader Poll Data is here! Find out what your readers actually want to see from your webcomic! And which is better, webtoon or tapas?”

When a series you follow has a scheduled update, but the page isn’t finished yet, would you prefer the artist post a (readable) draft on-schedule and replace it when the finished strip is ready? Or forget the schedule and only post after it’s done?”

A reminder that you can install products from Adobe CS2 for free.

A solemn reminder of how dangerous artistic burnout can be, even when congoers are wonderful: “So many people, who’d never met my brother and didn’t even know his name, tried to save him, acting so quickly and earnestly. The staff and other attendees even formed a barricade to keep the walkways clear so that the paramedics could get to him, and transport him to the ambulance, as quickly as possible.”

Tuesday Works Roundup, 4/16 (Doctor Who, The Muppets, Glee, Sailor Moon, Warrior Cats, more)

But I’m A Cat Person
Forget regret, or life is yours to miss (cover art | Bianca/Emma, Bennett/Cohen, Sparrow, Miranda, Timothy, Jany | worksafe)
Sweater pets (sketch | Kara Lynn, Patrick, Reseda | worksafe)
Revolutionary Being Patrick (cover art | Patrick, Ilsa, Blake | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Laurel with her hair down (art | Laurel | worksafe)
Magical Lineup (draft | all the mages | worksafe)
Fancy waltzing (sketch | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)

Culture Shock
Comfortable Sunny (art | Sunny | worksafe)

Doctor Who/The Muppets
The Muppet Solitract (art | Robin | worksafe)

Glee
The Blaine-Sebastian Wedding (art | Blaine/Sebastian | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Mars and Eureka (art | Rei, Baba Nanako | worksafe)

Warrior Cats
FireSpotted (art | Firestar/Spottedleaf | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Webcomic Woes 28 – Canon responsibilities (comic, G)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Henriette’s part of the Great Being Rescue may be a little harder than anticipated.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Surprisingly tender frenemy bonding with the Agents D.