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Beginning To Look A Lot Like Holiday

Also makes a dandy tree-topper.

If you’re of the inclination to Give Stuff at this time of year, please note that many of the fine vendors of webcomickry are approaching sales deadlines, depending on where in the world you might be.

  • In other news, an end-of-year tradition returns — Xaviar Xerexes having taken 2008 off from compiling a roundtable discussion of webcomics issues (and predictions) is back in the saddle again. Look for that in the immediate future as the participants (including, rumor has it, a hack webcomics pseudojournalist) get their punditry into the XX-man for aggregation.
  • I can’t wait to see what the official response of Dragon*Con (if any) to this is. Either Ryan Sohmer is lying through his teeth and D*C have bounced him for entirely justifiable reasons (which I find unlikely given his careful, businesslike nature and innate Canadian politeness), or he’s correct and D*C have to save serious face by spinning furiously. The truth could be somewhere in the middle, but somehow I don’t think things could have spun so spectacularly out of control that way; in any event, just being quiet and hoping it all goes away isn’t a viable strategy.
  • The ivory halls of Artsy Folk (are they ivory? I know that academia is … maybe they’re just “shining towers” or “exemplars of culture” or something like that) are taking note of our niche of late. Case in point: Dallas Art News sent invitations to participants of last month’s Dallas Webcomics Expo to contribute to an exhibit of sorts, entitled Webcomics Imitating Art.

    While at first blush that title seems slightly … snippy? … it actually refers to the theme at play: creators would use their own characters & aesthetic to recreate or reference famous works of art. The creators that answered the call produced homages to works by the likes of Grant Wood (American Gothic), Andy Warhol (Marilyn), Edvard Munch (The Scream), Jan van Eyck (Portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and his Wife), Leonardo da Vinci (Vitruvian Man), Michelangelo Buonarroti (Two Muscular Guys Touching Fingers), and more.

    The original plan was that the webcomickry would coincide with an already-planned tour, but it got postponed; nevertheless, the art kept coming in (and non-DWEX exhibitors jumped on the bandwagon), resulting in a total of 19 pieces. Participants and art are shown at the link; most of those involved appear to have relatively modestly-trafficked sites, meaning that many more people now have the opportunity to get exposed to their work. Click, dig in, and find something new to enjoy.

Thanks for mentioning the Webcomics Imitating Art special feature. This has become our most popular article thanks to all the webcomic artist who participated. We hope to do more with webcomic artists in the future.

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