MANCALENDAR: WEBCOMIC ARTISTS UNITE FOR COUNTERSHOT PRESS’ BEEFCAKE PINUP CALENDAR [INTERVIEW]
One of the great strengths of webcomics is that they can offer a corrective to mainstream media. Rather than pandering to the interests of the perceived common majority, webcomics can target under-served audiences, embrace alternative heroes, and present a non-traditional view of the world. And sometimes that philosophy can manifest in surprising places. Like a beefcake calendar.
Mancalendar is a project put together by Countershot Press, a collective of five webcomic creators from Canada, the US and the UK, which brings together twelve talented illustrators to present their refreshingly different takes on the pin-up.
CHRIS WARE’S VERY CHRIS WARE NEW COMIC ‘LAST SATURDAY’ TO BE SERIALIZED ONLINE AT THE GUARDIAN
Chris Ware has tested a whole lot of different formats for his graphic novels, including massively over-sized books, joke books, and craft sets. Now, he’s sort of going back to the early roots of comics, publishing a weekly strip on the website of British newspaper The Guardian,titled ‘The Last Saturday’.
BUILDING A BETTER REALM: AN INTERVIEW ABOUT WEBCOMICS AND ART WITH BENIGN KINGDOM’S EVAN DAHM
By Juliet Kahn
Benign Kingdom fills a niche that lay absurdly open for too long: well designed and curated artbooks from webcomic creators. Somehow, the idea never occurred to me or most anyone for years, despite the absolute cavalcade of talent on display. Who knew Danielle Corsetto, creator of Girls With Slingshots, produced such gorgeous figure drawings? Who knew Yuko Ota, co-creator and artist of Johnny Wander, could fill a page with such whimsy and menace?
One enormously successful Kickstarter later, Benign Kingdom has presented the world with these awesome talents, but also helped demonstrate the viability of self-publishing. ComicsAlliance sought out Evan Dahm, co-founder of the Benign Kingdom project and creator of the webcomic Rice Boy, to discuss a changing industry and their place within it.
JEFF SMITH KICKS OFF SEASON TWO OF HIS WEBCOMIC ‘TÜKI SAVE THE HUMANS’
It’s been just over a year since Bone creator Jeff Smith kicked off the first season of his prehistoric webcomic Tüki Save the Humans, which gives a fictional account of the first human to leave Africa after the start of a great ice age. It’s a big shift from what he was doing on Bone, and it’s set to change even more in the coming season, which kicked off on Monday.
KC GREEN & ANTHONY CLARK TO LAUNCH NEW WEBCOMIC ‘BACK’, ALL OTHER WEBCOMICS TO FLEE IN TERROR
By Chris Sims
If you were going to pick two titans of webcomics to team up and create something amazing, you could do a heck of a lot worse than to try pairing Gunshow‘s KC Green with Nedroid‘s Anthony Clark. Scientists have long theorized that if those two ever teamed up, they’d probably end up making something truly incredible.
Well, scientists, theorize no more. Today, Green announced that he and Clark are in fact teaming up to launch a webcomic called Back that begins on June 18, with Green writing, Clark drawing, and character designs by both creators.
By Chris Sims
Here at ComicsAlliance, we’ve grumbled more than a couple of times about the persistent, legally mandated “Batman Created By Bob Kane” credit that appears on every single Batman story. The truth of the matter is that Batman was at best a collaborative effort between Kane and writer Bill Finger, who sadly remains unknown to many fans to this day. But what if — and this is a really big “what if” — that credit was actually accurate?
As Bill Finger’s 100th birthday approaches, that’s the question cartoonist Ty Templeton, artist of Bill the Boy Wonder, has set out to answer in a strip that shows Batman in the form that was actually created by Kane, and it’s not exactly a familiar site.