After a well-deserved, battery-recharging vacation, TTotD is back! And what better way to get back into it than to talk about the death of webcomics! …Wait, what? Seems Joey Manley (as well as others around Twitter who have since escaped my Following gaze) is curious about the current state of webcomics, even going as far as to ask whether or not the medium (or genre, not sure what classification we’re using this week) has run its course.
We chatted about this on the podcast we recorded last night (which will be in your ears next Monday) so I figured it was well worth a post, especially since the thread is a contribution from Scott Kurtz.
As a fan of webcomics, as a webcomics creator, as a collector of comic books, whatever your comic inclination, you need to be familiar with the works of Harvey Pekar, who passed away recently. His body of work represents a slice of Americana that will go down as one of the touchstones of the American comic book art form. Here, Jeff Green, formerly of the school of gaming journalism, now at EA, shares a link to some of Pekar’s last work. Not for nothin’, Green is also worth following on Twitter, as he offers insight on all facets of life that comes highly recommended.
Conversations by big names in the business, especially ones about other, big name comics, are always worth listening in on, and this one featuring Spike, Kate Beaton, and Scott McCloud (yes, that Scott McCloud) is another for the record books. It all starts when Kate mentioned a recent XKCD update (and what class, she even includes the comic link):
Two great stories ended over the weekend, so it is now decided that two more must take their place! And preferably by the same creators, as both Evan Dahm and KC Green are more than welcome on my RSS feed any day.
Being nearly the last comic publisher to jump on the digital bandwagon (unless you count Zuda, which only gets a half-pass from me considering they still use Flash for their viewing model), DC Comics quietly released their app for the iPhone and iTouch this morning. Twitter followers quickly leached onto this and retweeted the news into oblivion:
It was a busy Monday in Twitterville, so let’s get started! Kicking things off, it looks like Kate Beaton has another comic in the New Yorker. It features “tiny fat ponies” and is thus the most important thing you will read today.
Up next, Kris Straub and Scott Kurtz have decided to start another podcast series, with this go ’round being a simple morning show wherein they discuss… well, pretty much anything and everything. Tune in live and your question/topic could be next!
Another fine find comes to us courtesy of Paul Southworth, this time in the form of the next great something from Jon Rosenberg, formerly of Goats. You’ll recall that Jon recently stepped away from that comic in favor of something more commercially accessible. This is that comic.
When you tweet a lot, you’re more likely to be our Tweet Thread of the Day. When you actually tweet quality topics, such as lunch choices and beard updates, you’re nearly guaranteed this honor. So it goes with Paul Southworth, who now adds another comic to his catalog with Isaac Splode. I’ll let the thread do the rest of the ‘splainin.
Nothing to plug that I saw on Wednesday (but of course, if you have something to talk about, leave your Twitter feed in the comments and I’ll add it to my list) but there was something nice to ponder from Evan Dahm late that night:
The tweet below is pretty self-explanatory and to answer your question, Evan, I got you the first Google image search result for “happy birthday”. Enjoy and to the rest of you, go check out Pajama Forest, the most expressive, adorably zany semi-journal comic on the Web!