John Campbell is a genius. A genius, I tell you!
- The 94% opium-free Wondermark marks (ha, ha) its departure from Modern Tales today; if you were to follow the links, you get a placeholder that promises the afootness of a thing. The Wondermark homepage similarly heralds this mysterious thing, which is revealed (at last) as a rather spiffy new web design, once again using Tyler Martin‘s ComicPress theme. Really, this is all just an excuse to point the five of you that don’t use ComicPress for your webcomic over to it, and the make sure the rest of you knew about Martin’s new advice regarding WordPress caching.
- Speaking of design and redesign, I want to point you to some nifty Design Things. We at Fleen have been enjoying The System since it launched over the summer, and more recently, have been digging into the Rosscott, Inc blog. It’s heavily focused on a) graphic design and b) Mad Men; I don’t watch the latter, but the former has some really nifty stuff highlighted. Go check out fake movie posters, typeface porn, cool error pages, brilliant infographics, and more.
- As long as we’re off of webcomics for a moment, have you seen this? One day only showing of classic MAD magazine covers at MoCCA, serving as a preview to an auction of same (including the first appearance of Alfred E. Neuman). It’s next Wednesday, 29 October, from 10 am to 5 pm at 594 Broadway #401 in New York ($5.00 donation at the door). I’ll be in Boston, dammit, so somebody go see this for me.
- Finally, people have been emailing with news of the 2008 Webcomic Readers Choice Awards at Frumph. Quick thoughts:
- Another set of webcomics awards? Really?
- A manageable number of categories — that’s good
- Winner plus three runners-up, plus honorable mention per category — that’s less good
- Some high-quality judges, including Steve Hamaker — that’s good
- A somewhat complicated nomination/voting process — that’s less good
- Sixth-place finishes in both Best Protagonist and Best Antagonist for xkcd despite the fact that pretty much none of the characters has a name? Really?
- Much like some earlier iterations of the Webcartoonists Choice Awards, there seems to be a domination by one or two comics, and a somewhat narrow field to the winners — neither good nor bad, but possibly reflective of too few people involved
We’ll see if there’s a 2009 WCRCA or not, and in all these awards deals, probably the only one you really need to pay attention to is “Best New Comic”. In any event, Fleen congratulates all the winners and their parents, who worked so hard to make the costumes.