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Working on ComixTALK: Old Content Disappearing

Working on ComixTALK: Old Content Disappearing

Remember Comixtalk? Totally dormant for a couple of years (some might argue dormant for close to a decade! hey now..) as I turned to this site for the sporadic writing I still do.  But after a couple of years away I started getting notions (for reasons!) about remodeling the old site and focusing on the aspects of it that right now seem like they would be interesting to me.

So I have set up a test site with the current site imported and begun to work on it.  First thing (and here I wish I had a bigger megaphone to let people know) is I’m stripping out a lot of the content.  Forums, blog posts, and other random things that got created there are not going to be on the new version of the site. I’m planning on keeping an archive of my posts (basically a lot of the site was me blogging about comics) and the old features and columns.  The new site will still feature the reviews and interviews in the archives.  I’m pretty sure the comments are going away too.  While a lot of this stuff has some value as a record of webcomics in the early part of the turn of the century, there’s a lot of it and most of it isn’t anything anyone is going to re-read. And the site desperately needs to be streamlined both visibly and under the hood.

But I did get catch a bit of nostalgia working on it and I recognized a ton of people who had posted, commented, written and in some cases syndicated material to ComixTALK (cross-posted their own blogs?): Terrence Marks, Neal VonFlue, Spike, Burke, Kris Straub, Gary Chaloner, Sam Costello, Tyler Martin, Donna Barr, Greg “ZWOL” Stephens, Eric and Wednesday, Neil Cohn, Tim Demeter, James Turner, Joe Zabel, Dave Roman, Alexander D, Raina Telgemeier, Chris Watkins, Faith Erin Hicks, Merlin, Cat, John Troutman, Nate Piekos, Tom Brazelton, Shannon Garrity, T Campbell, Ben Tweep, Derik Badman, Jennie Breeden, Rob Balder, Scott Kurtz, Andrew Farago, AP Furtado, August J Pollack, DJ Coffman, Mark Mekkes, Jamie Robertson, Justin P, Steve Bryant, Jerzy Drozd, Ryan Estrada, Tracy White, Dave Wright, Adrian Ramos, Rick Box, Krishna Sadasivim, Grant Thomas, Josh L., Steve Troop, Eric Millikin, Joey Manley, Jon Rosenberg, Chris Crosby…

Totally random list from mucking around in the database.  If I tried to start remembering every interesting person I met from the site the list would be a lot lot longer.

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David Rees New TeeVee Show: Going Deep

David Rees New TeeVee Show: Going Deep

David Rees of GYWO and MNFTIU and legendary guru of sharpening pencils — now on the teevee with a new show called Going Deep with David Rees. Check a bunch of them out on Hulu.

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Bookmark: Tune

Bookmark: Tune

I was a big fan of the webcomic Tune by Derek Kirk Kim. I just grabbed the print books – Vanishing Point (book 1) and Still Life (book 2) to re-read. The artist on book 2 was Les McClaine who does a faithful job with the template created by Derek.  It’s a great premise and I enjoyed re-reading it.

I searched around to see if there was any talk about further updates — I recall the webcomic went kaput because Derek was focused on the print versions but really haven’t found anything that would clarify whether book 2 was enough of a success that First Second Books would be publishing a third volume.

I totally missed the existence of the video adaptation, Mythomania, which has a couple of seasons posted on youtube.  I hope it’s well done — it would be nice to see the further adventures of Andy Go while waiting for Book 3 to arrive.  UPDATE: And now I know why I missed it — it’s not really at all the same as Tune.  Instead it’s a story about a cartoonist named Andy Go who (at least after 5 episodes) is living a pretty ordinary life for a cartoonist in LA with some standard sitcom complications.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoying it (and cartoonist Jason Shiga was surprisingly good in his cameo) but it’s best not to think of it as having anything to do with Tune.

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Hey I’ve Been There

Hey I’ve Been There

I don’t think Joel knows what he wants to do with Hijinks Ensue.  It feels like 3 different comics stuffed into one box.  I like the ones where it’s (semi?) autobiographical.

Also I’ve been to the Schlitterbahn.  And this ride is steeper than it looks.  But none of it is as insane as this giant dome covered water park in Germany (h/t Kottke):

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One Way

One Way

A few quick thoughts on Christopher Baldwin’s One Way, his newest webcomic project and another story with a large group of characters in a science fiction setting.  His last webcomic Spacetrawler had a similar mix of elements and quickly became one of my favorites (and a whole lot of other people too).  For me, the biggest difference at the outset between these two comics is the unlikeability of the characters in One Way.  Initially I really hated each and every one of them, which does make it hard to identify with the story.  However, by now Baldwin has earned a lot of trust from his readers and for me, I stuck with it.  I think this story is a much larger gamble than the construct behind Spacetrawler but now that I’ve seen a few of the twists and plot points (and we can’t be any more than halfway into the story) in One Way, I’m starting to to care about this dysfunctional crew and wonder what fate has in store for them.

 

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