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Hey, Look At That, I’m Back

Silly me, I didn’t get a screen shot of the parking page that greeted readers of Fleen earlier today as the renewal was making its ways around the world. While the email service saw no interruptions, for a few hours I was assured that this page would make a perfect address for auto dealers, auto loans, and all your auto needs. Sadly, people that may have wanted to snag the domain weren’t greeted with the sensitive yet handsome dude, the beautiful yet computer-savvy lady, or the couple that for some reason you just want to slap. Sorry ’bout all that.

  • Having dipped her foot¹ into the world of e-self-publishing, A Girl And Her Fed creator K Brooke “Otter” Spangler has been noting some distinct similarities between that world and the earlier, what the heck are we trying to accomplish? days of professional webcomicking, and she’s been kind enough to share her observations with you.

    Having also spanned the world of webcomics self-publishing, and actual-publisher publishing, Otter’s buddy (and Fleen Fave) Ursula Vernon² has her own take of the astonishing Webcomics/SelfPub parallels, and likewise holds forth with useful opinion. They are are pair of sharp ladies and to paraphrase Otter, BUY THEIR BOOKS.

  • Oh my, yes, please: Jess Fink’s so very delayed, I thought I might never see it released, can it really be true? time-travel self-makeout epic, We Can Fix It, finally has a release date! Of course, we’ve heard this before (more than three years of hearing it before) but this time it’s certain because Fink has the actual books in her hot little hands, meaning she’ll have them for TCAF in a few weeks. For those of you not going to TCAF, you can exchange money for this book in a variety of places, including by pre-ordering from Top Shelf directly. Go do that now.
  • Did somebody say most prestigious awards in comics? The Eisners nominations are out, the superheroes are relatively absent, and webcomickers and their natural allies are well represented. How well represented? Enough so that there’s simply too many names to track down all the web addresses and put the links in the text³. Let’s just take them from the top down, shall we?
    Best Single Issue or One-Shot
    The Mire, by Becky Cloonan (self-published)

    Best New Series
    Adventure Time, by Ryan North, Shelli Paroline, and Braden Lamb (kaboom!)
    Bandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover (Monkeybrain)

    Best Publication for Kids (ages 8-12)
    Adventure Time, by Ryan North, Shelli Paroline, and Braden Lamb (kaboom!)
    Amulet Book 5: Prince of the Elves, by Kazu Kibuishi (Scholastic)
    Cow Boy: A Boy and His Horse, by Nate Cosby and Chris Eliopoulos (Archaia)

    Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)
    Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens, by Meredith Gran (kaboom!)
    A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle, adapted by Hope Larson (FSG)

    Best Humor Publication
    Adventure Time, by Ryan North, Shelli Paroline, and Braden Lamb (kaboom!)

    Best Digital Comic
    Ant Comic, by Michael DeForge
    Bandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover
    It Will All Hurt, by Farel Dalrymple
    Our Bloodstained Roof, by Ryan Andrews
    Oyster War, by Ben Towle

    Best Adaptation from Another Medium
    A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle, adapted by Hope Larson (FSG)

    Best Graphic Album —- Reprint
    Sailor Twain, or The Mermaid in the Hudson by Mark Siegel (First Second)

    Best Penciller/Inker
    Becky Cloonan, Conan the Barbarian (Dark Horse); The Mire (self-published)
    Colleen Coover, Bandette (Monkeybrain)

    Best Coloring
    Colleen Coover, Bandette (Monkeybrain)

    I’m particularly excited to note the presence of Bandette in the Digital Comic category, but also represented in other categories against print comics. And I would be remiss if I didn’t note that Comics Alliance, Robot Six, and The Comics Reporter have all been nominated as Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism, and they are the homes of such webcomics-friendly folks as Chris Sims, Brigid Alverson, and The Spurge. Best of luck to a very strong and deserving field, and let’s hope that we see such good nominations in future years.

¹ Up to about the knees, actually.

² We at Fleen loves us some Digger.

³ On account of the fact I am a lazy, lazy man.

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