§ Matt Groening — creator of what is slated to be the longest running television show in history, talks about the LA Weekly dropping his comic strip after 22 years:

CNN: Have you considered just doing it online?

Groening: Yes! Yes, I’m toying with that. But it’s very strange. I’ve been doing the weekly comic strip for 29 years, “The Simpsons” weekly for 20 years, the “Futurama” weekly for five years and then a little break and then the four movies, and then the “Simpsons” movie, … so I have a series of ongoing deadlines. So the idea of establishing a Web presence that I’ll have to feed on an ongoing basis doesn’t give me a lot of pep. (laughs) One more treadmill.


[Link via Kevin Melrose]

§ The tale of how an NBA shirt reading Krypto-Nate violated trademarks.

§ How many of Mashable’s 20 of the Best Web Comics do YOU read?

§ Steve Macone at BLAST Magazine analyzes the humor of the new LOLCats collection, and in doing so dissects a frog, but you know it’s really funny anyway:

So when Koford sketches pip chasing after a spool and saying “I Love Where Dis Thread Iz Going!” we groan at the pun, and then realize how unsettling it is to hear this almost hyper-timely speech applied to characters in hobo cloths. And because these characters are using this i-can-has way of talking the scenes become not merely pat, linear jokes about how things are different now from how they were back then. These are not Plugger cartoons.


§ CBR looks at the 25 Years of Usagi Yojimbo panel from WonderCon.

§ For people who aren’t hip enough to fake their way through STAPLE! The Austin Decider offers a handy cheat sheet for the upcoming indie comics show.

1 COMMENT

  1. “Matt Groening — creator of what is slated to be the longest running television show in history”

    Sorry to be pedantic but that’s in US history. There are many shows around the world that have lasted longer.

  2. > “Matt Groening — creator of what is slated to be the longest running
    > television show in history”
    >
    > Sorry to be pedantic but that’s in US history. There are many shows
    > around the world that have lasted longer.

    And, risking further pedantry, you really have to some other qualifier like “primetime TV show” or “scripted TV show” to describe The Simpsons’ longest-running credit. There are plenty of daytime, news, childrens/educational, sports, and game shows that have run for more years than The Simpsons.

  3. wow. i think i read 1 or 2 of those webcomics regularly. so many others out there that i read daily that werent listed. Girls with Slingshots, The Zombie Hunters, Fart Party, Bonnie N. Collide, Jack and Max Escape From the End of Time, Backstage, etc. im sure everyone else has ones that werent listed as well.

  4. For those who like to quibble…
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_longest_running_TV_shows_by_category
    and
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_longest_running_U.S._television_series

    The all time winner from that list? Meet the Press (since 1947).
    And then there’s General Hospital (1963, five times a week!), Guiding Light (1952), The Tonight Show (1954)… Simpsons, is pretty low considering. It’s not even the longest running show on Fox. But still quite good.

  5. I think my favourite webcomic on that list is Homestar Runner.

    I like the user interface, where the characters move and speak and scenes change automatically, because it cuts down on the reading and clicking that come with other webcomics, which is great for my eyestrain and RSI.

    Why can’t other webcomics move and speak and play tunes at me? God!

    //Oo/\

  6. I don’t read any of the webcomics. That’s not a comment on their quality, just that I used to be on dial up, so it was too much trouble to try to read webcomics. Now that I have high speed, perhaps…