Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 11/18/13: RIP Doris Lessing


§ Tim Gibson’s Moth City is a fine looking webcomic—it’a now running on Thrillbent— and Gibson talks some about the web/print paradigm shift here.

It doesn’t sound sexy, but distribution is everything now. The ability to disperse comics to waiting readers all over the world for effectively no cost has the power to change the way we tell stories. I’m not talking about our fancy Thrillbent swipes and doo-dads, I’m talking about risk-taking.

Moth City has just started a new season so it’s a JUMPING ON POINT! If the above graphic doesn’t make you want to check it out, you have my sympathies.


§ This weekend some webcomickers including Ryan Estrada, Danielle Corsetto, Spike Trotman and Aaron Diaz held held a virtual con called ComfyCon because you could do it all at home. It’s a fab idea that I actually explored doing with some pals a few years ago, but these guys actually did it. Come of the sessions are up on YouTube for those who had to leave the house.

§ RIP Doris Lessing, the Nobel Prize winning author. It is sad that she died but she was 94 so she had a good run. Lessing is best known for being a great novelist whose work was also squarely in the SF camp, but she also wrote a graphic novel called Playing the Game illustrated by The Walking Dead’s Charlie Adlard. I never read it so I don’t know if it’s any good, but it does seem to be not much spoken of — the book is out of print.

§ Speaking of webcomics, Cameron Stewart just wrapped up his US signing tour for Sin Titulo, originally serialized online now in print from Dark Horse, and he spoke with CBR about that web/print things again.

Yeah. I never really think about it as a webcomic. I never pitch it as a webcomic, I never try to sell people on it for being a webcomic. That’s how it began, but I don’t really consider it just a webcomic. Working on the web has its own set of challenges that I think made the print edition kind of interesting. One of the challenges I had with it because of my day job doing print comics, I didn’t really have a lot of time to work on it, so I was only doing a page a week, and sometimes even less than that because of lack of time. When I was working on it, I wanted to make sure every page ended on a particularly strong note so that the reader would remember it and want to come back the following week. Week to week it acted kind of like a cliffhanger, or a movie serial or television series, but when you read it as a print book in a single sitting, it kind of has this momentum that pulls the reader through. Everyone I know that’s read it for the first time in printed form has said that they just can’t stop reading it. I think that’s kind of a benefit of working week to week and knowing about how to best tell the story week to week ended up working very interestingly in print form.

Stewart also mentions SEAGUY, the third part of his book with Grant Morrison that seems to be in limbo now. THE WORLD NEEDS MORE SEA GUY. Pretty simple.

§ Area man writes graphic novel, or as they say Cartoonist branches out with graphic novel. Alaskan cartooner Chad Carpenter, best known for Tundra has crowdfunded Moose, a longer work:

This being set in small-town Alaska (and a Chad Carpenter story), “Moose” is populated by a quirky cast of townspeople, including a pretty young coroner’s assistant who is also the town librarian, a narcoleptic dispatcher, a herd of hippies and several puppets — and, of course, the moose-ataur. Carpenter expects the graphic novel to be in bookstores by early May. Proceeds from the book will help fund the movie, and Carpenter is also running a Kickstarter campaign to help with start-up costs. He met his fundraising goal of $50,000.

§ HEADLINE OF THE DAY: Comic book convention brings out fans. This time it was in Rock Island, IA.

§ J. Caleb Mozzocco notes some quick of SC’s GN publishing program where crossovers are concerned.

§ I got a kick out of Valerie D’Orazio’s toughts on “Dads”

§ As for the matter of the week…more links in case you missed them, and a round-up of discussions on other industries and their sexism problems.

Harris O Malley on Nerds and Male Privilege.
5 Responses to Sexism That Just Make Everything Worse
Adria Richards: Her firing, online harassment show how sexual harassment endures in tech community.

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