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Emily Carroll shares the webcomic of your (darkest) Christmas dreams
December 21, 2014 | 2:25 pm

Noted graphic artist and comic author Emily Carroll has made quite an impact on the graphic novel community in recent years with her book of graphic - in every sense of the word - horror stories Through the Woods, and her other projects. She also has a welcome habit of sharing her work online, as free-to-access webcomics. "His Face All Red," for instance, one of the showpieces of Through the Woods, is available for free viewing here - and the slideshow-like transitions online are one of the most effective dramatic devices in her work. And now she has shared a dark tale...

R.I.P. Larry Latham, creator of Lovecraft is Missing
November 7, 2014 | 10:25 am

Larry Latham, creator of the fabulous Lovecraftian horror web comic Lovecraft is Missing, has passed away from cancer, leaving his marvelous ongoing series unfinished. As I mentioned only a couple of days ago, Larry Latham produced one of the most inspired and addictive variations on Lovecraftian themes currently going, and he will be hugely missed. Kelly Reynolds, Larry Latham's wife, announced his passing in a tribute on the LIM site: Hello fellow LIM fans, It is with a broken heart that I share this news–my husband, Larry Latham–the most talented man I know and the love of my life–left this earth Sunday evening (November...

The Top Ten best Lovecraftian comics – plus one or two that should be there, and maybe minus one that shouldn’t be?
November 4, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Paste Magazine has just kindly run a list of "Tentacles & Madness: 10 Comics That Continue H.P. Lovecraft's Horror Legacy," detailing some of the best representations of Lovecraftian horror in the graphic arts - or at least, those graphic arts that are a bit more narrative-focused than, for instance, H.R. Giger, the master of Lovecraftian body horror kitsch. And there's no doubt that Lovecraft's influence is (almost) as extensive in horror and dark fiction comics as it is horror literature in general. As always, with lists of this kind, there are going to be some arguments over what should or shouldn't be in,...

xkcd explains why texting is good for writing skills
August 29, 2014 | 7:18 am

Origin 8292014 70958 AM.bmpRandall Munroe, Hugo-winning webcomic artist of xkcd, has hit the nail on the head with another keen observation about our mobile lifestyle. The xkcd character Cueball is not surprised when his friend observes that SMS texting is actually good for spelling and grammar. Practice, he explains in the rest of the strip, makes perfect. (The text does contain an F-bomb, but it’s an F-bomb that was dropped by James Joyce.) Be sure and pay attention to the alt-text that comes up when you mouse over the comic. In an odd juxtaposition, this came just a few minutes after I...

Webcomics: Another new medium of the digital age
August 25, 2014 | 7:09 pm

schlockNew media for broadcast create new forms of media for consumer consumption. The invention of the cinema led to short films, newsreels, serials, and feature films. Later on, the emergence of television largely killed all the forms but feature films, but it brought TV series—like serials but they could keep going for years. Computers brought video games, and of course e-books. The Internet…well, the Internet has brought a number of new media forms. Blogs, fiction mailing lists and newsgroups, social media, YouTube videos…the list goes on and on. But the one I’ve been thinking about today is webcomics. ...

Katie Green, pacing, ebooks and the graphic novel debate
August 10, 2014 | 4:57 pm

One of the most interesting and relevant debates for TeleRead readers to emerge out of the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2014 on its first day came up on the course of a panel on graphic novels, featuring  Katie Green and Matilda Tristram, both British graphic novelists noted for using the format to tackle issues of illness and other decidedly adult subject matter. Katie Green complained, and tweeted, that "The format of a physical book gives you a sense of rhythm and pacing that you just don't get in other formats." Other Twitter users were quick to object, with one dismissing the complaint...

Amazon stops taking pre-orders for Disney movies
August 10, 2014 | 3:25 am

Guardians-of-the-Galaxy-poster-21Amazon’s been busy lately. Folks might remember that Amazon stopped taking pre-orders for Warner DVD/Blu-ray titles for a while, including The LEGO Movie, during a contract dispute similar to the contract negotiation it is undergoing with Hachette. (Unlike Hachette’s, said dispute was resolved in a matter of weeks.) Well, now it’s Disney’s turn to face the Wrath of ‘Zon. Home Media Magazine reports that forthcoming Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment titles, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Maleficent, and Guardians of the Galaxy, have seen their pre-order buttons removed, replaced with “Sign up to be notified when this item...

Randy Queen backs down from DMCA threats against Escher Girls
August 6, 2014 | 2:35 pm

Here’s a quick update to yesterday’s story about Randy Queen using the DMCA to stifle Escher Girls’ criticism of his art. The Mary Sue reports that Queen has apologized and stood down his threats. He posted a public statement to his Facebook page in which he indicated a period of high stress in his personal life led him to lash out without thinking. Tumblr has restored the posts in question but the images are still absent. Hopefully they can get put back soon, too, given that their use was well within the bounds of criticism and commentary that have...

Comic book creator Randy Queen attempts to stifle criticism with DMCA, provokes Streisand Effect
August 5, 2014 | 7:26 am

If you don’t think you’re getting enough attention on the Internet, there’s a way to fix that. Though you probably won’t like the results. Every so often, you run across one of those “Streisand Effect” cases where someone decides to try to stifle criticism of themselves and it backfires in a big way. I thought I’d seen the most amusing possible example of that yesterday with this Ars Technica story about a hotel whose web site promised a $500 fine for negative Yelp reviews (they swore they were “just kidding,” but not before a major backlash brought them...

Webcomic ‘Help Desk’ takes on e-book DRM
July 23, 2014 | 11:20 am

drm-rollIf you could use a good chuckle, webcomic “Help Desk” has just started a storyline focusing on e-book DRM. (The storyline then continues here.) It seems to have been inspired by the letter that Cory Doctorow received from Hachette about DRM. Since some authors publish with Tor in the USA but Hachette in the UK, and Tor went DRM-free two years ago, this means the US edition of their book would be DRM-free. Hachette didn’t like that, and wanted authors to insist that Tor put DRM on that edition to protect the sales of their UK edition. The letter was actually posted...

New ‘Walking Dead’ Humble Bundle is up!
July 22, 2014 | 8:15 am

humble bundle walking dead themeA new Humble Bundle is up, and it's for comic book fans this time! The 'pay what you want' bundle has DRM-free digital comics including titles from the Walking Dead collection. Digital comics are not my thing, but I was intrigued at how many 'levels' they are offering this time. The first level, where you set your own price, nets you four books. If you exceed the $10-ish average, you get three more. If you exceed $15, you get an extra bonus book. And then there are options for 'everything above, plus a t-shirt ($40) and 'everything above plus a limited...

Graphicly’s acquisition leaves publisher payments in doubt
June 4, 2014 | 5:04 am

Remember the big kerfuffle over Amazon buying ComiXology? Here’s another reason to be glad about how it worked out, because there are other ways it could have gone. Graphicly, a self-publishing platform for comics (which we’ve mentioned a time or two), was recently acquired by book publisher Blurb. Not only is the comics part of Graphicly now to be shut down, but whether the creators of those comics will actually get paid is still an open question. Some of them have never received any payments at all. It seems the company was on the verge of bankruptcy, and...