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  • There was my short blurb about the Guigar/Kurtz/Rall debate upcoming at NYCC, but it’s not the only session of interest to webcomicdom. Consider also the following:
    Friday, 7:00pm to 8:00pm, room 1A24
    The Digital Age of Comics
    — Not about webcomics as we use the term around here (with a heavy bias towards the creator-owned and direct audience contact), more about how comics in general (that is, major publishers) are moving into digital distribution. High odds of forward-looking discussion on iPads and future iPad competitors, which means you webcomics types will want to keep an ear to the ground to figure out what formatting to use to best capture that channel.

    Saturday, 2:15pm – 3:15pm, room 1A15
    SMBC Theater
    — Some of the nicest, most talented people you’ll ever meet talk about making short films in which they portray the worst people in the world. Guaranteed laugh-chuckles.

    Saturday, 7:30pm – 8:30pm, room 1A14
    Kurtz v. Rall: The Print/Web Debate
    — As previously mentioned.

    Sunday, 10:45am – 12:45pm, room 1E02
    Webcomics Bootcamp with Brad Guigar and Scott Kurtz
    — Lots of time, an intimate setting, a roaring fire and Barry White on the stereo eager creators looking for a seminar-type round-robin critique of their work. Join in if you think you’re ready for the experience.

  • Speaking of conventions, the after-action reports on Intervention have been interesting reading, particularly this dissection of what went wrong with PayPal processing of membership fees. Anybody looking to use PayPal at a convention in any scope, give this a good read.
  • Looking for experience in the comics-production field? Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman are looking for an intern (unpaid). Yeah, lack of pay is no fun, but like Ira Glass once said:

    [Y]ou work somewhere for a year or two for free or for next to nothing while they get to know you and you get some skills…. It’s not a great system but at least it’s cheaper than grad school.

    The actual quote pertained specifically to public radio, but it parallels the situation in comics (with the exception that you’re even less likely to be hired by an independent creator than by a public radio station, but hey — weirder things have happened).

  • Final thoughts: For going on three one and a half years now [Thanks, Roman!], Tatsuya Ishida’s been running a story arc around Fuchsia Devil Girl and Criminy in the pages of Sinfest, and it’s been as sweet as, um, hell. But for the past two weeks or so, Ishida has been stunningly, outstandingly good. It would be easy for this arc to get cloying and saccharine, but instead it just makes you smile. Check it out if you haven’t.

Hm, you may want to check your math there, that strip is from January 2009, over a year and a half back, not three and a half.

“Pubic” radio? Ira, I never knew!

Dammit. Fixed. Apologies to Mr Glass (who is surprisingly tall in person).

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