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New Collaborations And Old

We at Fleen have noted in the past that Brian Warmoth, Friend of Webcomics, deserves better than the [web]comics industry has given to him. It’s not as good as a permanent gig, but Comic Book Resources has arranged with the War Moth to do a series of interviews with webcomickers expected to make a splash in 2009 — first one’s up now, and I’m going to just blindly recommend you read all of them as they come out. He’s that good.

  • Not quite webcomics, but have you seen the latest Scott Pilgrim movie news? Freakin’ Superman is going to be Evil Ex-Boyfriend #3 (with super vegan powers, and we can only hope a cameo by webcomickers).
  • Somebody will have to check me on this, but I think that Tales of Marga, over at Graphic Smash, just set the record for the longest middle-of-the-story hiatus. New story page today, we’re back! splash page this past Sunday, and previous story page … Wednesday, 25 July 2007. Welcome back to the game, Thor Thorvaldson Jr.
  • Two words for you: Bobby. Crosby. He can be a bit … forceful in his opinions; polarizing, even. But dang if the guy doesn’t know how to pick exactly the right artist to work on his various projects.

    Owen Gieni, Remy Mokhtar, and Tiger Claw couldn’t have artistic styles more different from one another if they tried (heck, Gieni alone has more divergent styles than you can shake a stick at), but then Last Blood, Marry Me, and +EV are very different stories that require very different art styles. To that list of successful collaborations we may now add (thanks to alert reader Román Sánchez, who pointed me towards it) Dreamless, with art by the incomparable Sarah Ellerton. With fewer than half a dozen pages, I can’t tell you much about Dreamless except that it’s got me kind of hooked. I don’t like to make statements so early in a strip’s lifespan, but I have a good feeling about this one.

    I should also note that Crosby is still looking for artists to collaborate with in 2009 — and he’s paying. The terms aren’t fully disclosed (and as always, consider carefully what you’re signing with the assistance of competent counsel), but if you were ever wanting to do webcomics work with a short-term goal of getting into print, there ’tis.

    Keep in mind, this is work for hire: the stories are part of Crosby’s sandbox, and playing with them is going to mean following his rules. But on the other hand, to do so doesn’t require you to, say, bring original IP to the table and assign many of the rights away. And hey, at Crosby’s promised rate of at least $15/page (plus a cut of future profits, terms not disclosed), one of his 100-or-so-pages stories comes to a payout on the same order of magnitude as what a Zuda winner would get. Intriguing, yes?

Woo-hoo! I’m a record holder! Eat that, Burt Convey!

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