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Seriously, He’s Creeping Me Out

I can’t believe that anybody is taking classes from me this week what with the holidays and all and one of my students looks so much like Lupin Madblood that I swear he’s gonna pull out a molecular whatzamajigger and blast me and holy God I need for this week to be over. How’s about some webcomics news?

Over Comixpedia way, it’s the year-end roundup, 2006 iteration, featuring some clever people, respected thinkers all, valued contributors to the ongoing dialogue on [web]comics, plus some hack they let in at the last minute to fill up the roster. Enjoy, except for the comment where Colonel Joey produces the worst pun of 2006.

You may recall that a while back, there was some question about the categories for the next round of the WCCAs. Mark Mekkes, coordinator-general for the awards, has an update for us:

We have finalized the categories for 2007!

First of all, we have decided to continue to use the “genre” categories, but we are shaking things up a bit. This year those categories will remain the same, however we will be adding a nomination category that will allow voters to recommend 4th Tier categories for 2008. The most recommended category recommendations will be considered by the committee while finalizing future category lists. We’re hoping that, not only will this help us to recognize the voter’s interest in these categories, but it will make these categories more fluid and help us in recognizing and presenting current trends in Webcomics for each year rather than trying to standardize a list of genre categories that can never be all inclusive.

Also note that we don’t intend to announce the “winning” categories with the rest of the award winners. The WCCA committee will still need time to consolidate and interpret the results in order to make sure that everyone’s category interpretations are fairly represented. However we do hope that this tool will help us in finalizing that decision relatively quickly.

Of course all of this information will be available on the WCCA website.

Thanks for the info, Mark!

There’s a hilarious exchange of opinions going on over at The Daily Cartoonist over the impending launch of Diesel Sweetie [sic] on January 8. Did you know that webcomics (and particularly pixel comics) all suck? It’s true — you can read it on the internet! Of more use is the factual reporting that papers carrying Diesel Sweeties on launch day will include the Houston Chronicle, Rocky Mountain News, Seattle Times, Calgary Herald and Detroit News. Those five papers have a combined readership of about 1.5 million sets of eyeballs.

And finally, a little something from You Damn Kid creator Owen Dunne:

Don’t know if you guys would think this is noteworthy, but “the Kid” appears in the syndicated strip Soup To Nutz today, along with characters from Lynda Barry and Matt Groening.

If nothing else, it shows webcomics are noticed by the mainstream syndicated cartoonists.

It is noteworthy, and it’s good to be reminded that sometimes that notice is a positive thing; thanks for the link, and see you all tomorrow.

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