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It’s A Trap!

Doesn't matter if the shields were up or not, you just got stomped, Admiral.

Holy crap you guys, this is the worst thing that’s ever happened — T-Rex has decided to start stomping, and he’s stomping a half-dozen Admiral Ackbars. There’s no way that can turn out well. Guess you’ll need to find a home for him as far away from any Ackbars that might still be running for their lives.

  • In other trap-related news, the 2010 Eisners have opened up their nominations, with the specifics in the PDF here. The category potentially of interest to readers of this blog is described as:

    he best digital comic category is open to any new, professionally produced long-form original comics work posted online in 2009. Webcomics must have a unique domain name or be part of a larger comics community to be considered. The work must be online-exclusive for a significant period prior to being collected in print form. The URL and any necessary access information should be emailed to us by clicking here.

    Why “trap-related”? Because this category has a history of changing the interpretation of “long-form original comics work” from year to year, just waiting to ensnare the unwary potential nominee. Strips appear to be out, but does the story have to be over and done with? Would on ongoing, serialized story with a clear beginning, middle, and end (although not completed in 2009) be eligible? ‘Cause there’s a bunch of those that represent some of the best of comics but I don’t think they’ll be considered (despite some of those being considerably similar in scope and long-formness to one of last year’s nominees).

    How long is “long-form”? What about a single storyline from an ongoing comic? Or something that actually requires a digital presentation? Venture into these waters carefully, but let’s see if we can’t get some consideration for some of our best work, yes?

  • My God — it’s full of Rikers. You may be trapped here half the day soaking up the awesome.
  • Aspiring cartooners still have more than a week to enter the guest-strip contest at Calamaties of Nature; the trap here is that you could end up with a comic running on a site that disrespects moustaches. Tread carefully before you make a deal with The Devil.
  • Up for a little casual blasphemy? From (to the best of the knowledge, previously unrepresented in the world of webcomickry) Slovenia comes Paradise Misplaced, where each week God tries to get creation going and those pesky humans find a new way to not quite get it right. Produced by the not-at-all-pseudonymous Anonymous Gosh, it’s got a lot of R. Crumb influence, by way of The PBF perhaps. Readers, naturally, run the risk of offending the ineffable name and being trapped in dire punishments for all eternity. On the other hand: cartoon boobies. For extra fun, click on the link to render the site in Slovenian.
  • Finally, there’s a free sketch on offer from Brian Carroll of Instant Classic; for two more days, Carroll will draw anything you want (within reason) as part of The Great Instant Classic Graphite Marathon 2009. If you take up Carroll on his generous offer, how about you kick him a little bit in the ol’ PayPal link to offset his materials and shipping costs? The trap, naturally, is that graphite smears if not handled carefully, and you could totally get black goo on your fingers.

[…] are open for the Eisner awards, which include a category for Best Digital Comic. Gary Tyrrell posts the criteria for the category, which seem to have tightened up a bit: The best digital comic […]

“those that represent some of the best of comics”

Actually, several of the webcomics you link to here are past Eisner Award nominees in this category.

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