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Things That Happened Over The Weekend

Hey. Coupla things for you today — been crazy, so I’m sure there’s more going on in wider Webcomicstan than what’s listed here, but this is stuff I knew about from over the weekend and didn’t have to go digging for. And yes, that last sentence is particularly designed to drive prescriptive grammarians up the wall. Feel free to Tut, tut! me all you want.

  • You read Sin Titulo by T-X‘s Cameron Stewart, right? Modern day, creepy-as-all-hell noir mystery comic, with the most disturbing tree in all of comics as a featured player and head injury as a recurring motif? No? Well, you check out Stewart’s art blog on a regular basis, on account of his warm-up and wind-down sketches put most finished art to shame?

    Seriously, you’re not? What the hell’s wrong with you?

    Well, if you’re going to be that way about it, I suppose there’s no point in telling you that Cameron Stewart, along with the rest of the T-X crowd, will be presenting a panel called Webcomics 101 at the 2009 Toronto Fan Expo, at 5:00pm, this Friday Aug 28th at room 713A.

    Keep in mind that Sin Titulo, and The Abominable Charles Christopher, and Kukuburi are the sort of creator-owned work that these very capable, artists do when not working for The Big Guys. If you’re in the TO this Friday, you owe it to yourself to hear what they have to say. And if you want to participate remotely, you can send questions with Twitter hashtag #asktx.

  • Friday, news broke (although I first saw it Sunday at Johanna Draper Carlson‘s site) that WOWIO is no longer owned by Platinum. Instead, it’s apparently now owned by Brian Altounian, the President & CEO of … Platinum.

    I don’t make this up, folks, I just read what’s on the ‘prompter.

    In any event WOWIO was apparently spun off from Platinum to a new holding company on 1 July (I have a low and suspicious nature, and I note that 1 July would be the first day of a new financial quarter, and the entire interview does not mention at all the creators who are still waiting for monies owed them for Q2 2008.

    Oh, but WOWIO are launching a “new non-profit intiative” to build readership, so that’s all right. Those inclined towards snark might note that WOWIO appears to have been a non-profit initiative since its launch — shame on you for taking such a cheap shot.

    As usual, any creators that actually wish to talk about the status of their WOWIO (non-)payments may use the comments thread below or the contact page up there to the right. We’d love to hear from you.

Altounian is the COO (not CEO) of Platinum. Bit of a difference, but it doesn’t make a difference: meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

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