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I Feel Like That Today

Not because of my pants, mind you … because I make a habit of getting out of a nice warm bed in the middle of the night to ride an ambulance for free. This occasionally puts me in the same category of sleep deprivation as my friends who have reproduced themselves, only without the added benefit of having offspring that I could guilt into taking care of me someday. Genius. Anyhoo, I got almost nothing in the way of higher thought processes going today. With any luck, I’ll be more coherent tomorrow. Onwards.

  • Photos of a Tiny Kitten Teeth gallery show in Godzone are available for you, as is a new episode of the Frank’n’Becky project; they’ve been a bit busy of late putting together the Tigerbuttah book and dealing with a three-continent migraine as a result (the printer is in Hong Kong, but the books will largely be shipped to the US for easy distribution during their Spring/Summer convention trek/death march). As a bonus, headache-inducing part of the book production appears to be waning, TKT itself is updating again, with a goal of getting the first storyline done before said trek starts. Neat!
  • Anybody out there a) got a Kindle, and b) reading comics on it? A search of the term comic at the Kindle store produces 3318 results as of this writing, although how many of those are actually comics, versus books with the word “comic” in the title is anybody’s guess. Second question, is how many of those are expressly designed for the Kindle (or the Nook, or the forthcoming Jesus Pad)? So far, I’ve found one, by a fellow named Mark Goodwell, but I’m certain that there are others. Big question is, will the future presence (and probably, eventual prevalence) of e-readers finally obliterate the division between webcomics and other (let’s restrict to independently-owned, freely-delivered) comics? I’m warning you now, I’m not buying different format e-readers to keep up with the offerings on each platform, but I am interested in your views.
  • Received via the contact link, reproduced in its entirety:

    Phlip wrote:
    review request! C-:


    Per Phlip’s request, I am reviewing ZeekLand and giving it the requested grade of C-, unless that’s some emoticon that I’ve never seen before. Although I will say that the art in the later installments is quite a bit better than a C- might indicate, and the use of language is vaguely Pogo-esque. Object lesson here, which I have to repeat a couple of times a year: the most bare-bones the communication, the less likely you’re going to get what you want out of it and the more likely I will use you as an object lesson (although, props to Phlip for knowing the Uncle Wiggily stories, as few people these days do).

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[…] Tyrrell uses Zeekland as an object lesson in how not to ask for a review, but he allows as the comic is not too […]

Uh, I didn’t want to bore you by attempting to feed you an opinion of ZL. And, yes, C-: is some kind of emoticon you never heard of, because I’m a cartoonist, and I don’t do the over-used ones.

Anyway, ZL is too full of details and nuances for any jaded webcomics reviewer to notice at first glance, so maybe I should indeed have hammed it up. For example, note the placement of “ZeekLand” after the first line of dialog. Hence: “We could prescribe… ZeekLand”, or “Well, let’s make it official… ZeekLand”.

So I still don’t understand why I should be flamed for attempting to let the work speak for itself. Maybe grandiose self-promotion works better than sly & subtle around here?

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