Here’s my attempt to catch up on news which I had meant to report but found myself too stunned by the cookie monster.
Last week Nick Anderson was awarded the 2005 Cartooning Pulitzer. As much as this was a shock to everyone because he wasn’t on the ‘leaked’ list from a few weeks ago it’s not that much of a surprise. He started his career with a bang getting the Charles M. Schulz Award for best college cartoonist in the United States, Canada and Mexico. What would have really been a surprise would be if a web comic artist won. There’s some outstanding work out there going unnoticed.
Another podcast! There may be thousands out there but have you ever come across one for a strip? Scott Stantis, creator of “Prickly City,” has begun a weekly podcast five to ten minutes long where:I’ll talk about either the strip that just appeared or what’s likely to come next and maybe get into why the characters said or reacted how they did.
The 24 Hour Comic Day is a competition that love and hate. Hate because there’s no way I could possibly compete, love because this a great promotion for comics. The whole idea is a result of Scott McCloud’s 24 hour comics challenge and it’s something I would love to see done by someone like the Daily Grind. I’ve looked for something like this but have not found such a competition for web comics. This should be a fairly simple concept to pull off considering the nature of the web. Maybe this could end up being the next method we use for awarding our prize? You can see clips of last year’s 24 hour competition at 24 hours later.
Actual real critical debate has occurred between critics in the web comic community. First we had William G‘s review of PA and PvP and then we had Websnark’s rebuttal. This is what the web comic community needs: intelligent and insightful comments about a medium we love.