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The March! Of! Progress!

Slow news days, so time for the mailbag and linky goodness. Please enjoy.

  • As noted elsewhere, the MoCCA website has been updated to include more details of the forthcoming webomics exhibit (including a more comprehensive list of show participants). God willin’ and the creek don’t rise, Fleen will be reporting from the gala opening next Thursday.
  • For those of you following the Machine of Death project (first reported here, updated here), dream-crushers Bennardo, North, and Malki ! wish you to know:

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  • In answer to the question that shows up regularly in our mailbox, “How do I get my new webcomic noticed?”, let me point you to a clever means to do so:

    CONTACT: Evan Nichols


    PORTLAND, ORE. – September 3, 2007. Portland photo-comic artist Evan Nichols has posted 300 episodes of Ask Dr. Eldritch without ever being interviewed about his work. Despite launching the comic on Labor Day weekend in 2005, its creator has yet to answer questions from a reporter, blogger or webcomics commentator. “When I started, I asked myself if the world needed yet another webcomic about an ex-vampire-killer turned advice columnist who lives in a spooky Pacific Northwest mansion with a troll in the basement, and the answer was a resounding ‘Yes,’� Nichols could have told a journalist, if he’d been asked.

    This streak was almost broken in May of 2006, when the commentary site mentioned “Ask Dr. Eldritch.� “My webcomic is a spin-off from my weekly humorous advice column of the same name, which addresses the problems faced by evil villains, superheroes, mythical creatures and ordinary people stuck in extraordinary circumstances,� Nichols might have replied to an inquiry, but none happened at the time.

    Additional details, such as the comic’s 100% on-time posting record, consistent #1 ranking on and presentation of an award in the 2007 Web Cartoonists’ Choice Awards, have also gone completely unexplored.

    # # #

    If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Evan Nichols, please email to

    That’s the trifecta right there: originality, some snark, and a properly-formatted press release all in one, which caught my attention and made me want to learn more. Unfortunately, lightning never strikes twice so you don’t bother trying this trick yourself … you’ll have to come up with your own means of fostering attention. Look for Fleen’s in-depth interview with Evan Nichols no later than December, 2012.

  • All kinds of wrong (today’s Digger; permanent link requires Graphic Smash subscription).
  • And finally, what happens when you combine joblessness, a habit of reading Wigu, a rock band, and fumetti set to music (warning: sound)? The Boneless Children Foundation, a multi-media extravaganza courtesy of David Sophia. In practice, it works exactly as I described it, so if those ideas appeal to you, give ‘er a look/listen.
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