Music: Series of Tubes by ???
Steve Jobs heads to the great Apple Store in the sky.
Original Source: Fricken everywhere.
Sexual Assault Controversy in Evil Diva
Normally we do not include stories about the melodrama surrounding and individual comic but this one was a little interesting. The webcomic Evil Diva went to a pay as you go funding system a little while back. With this change in funding models the storytelling has shifted as well to be more like a soap opera with cliffhangers on the end of every page. Lately one of these cliffhanger themes has been leading up to a sexual assault:
On the final page in that series the readers of the comic exploded in rage over then introduction of sexual assault in a comic that up until that point had been a light hearted and whimsical story for no better reason than to encourage donations. See the comment thread on the last page. The creators of the comic were unapologetic in response to the fan outrage.
While I deeply regret any discomfort any of you have with what could be described as the ‘…a very special’ tone of this issue, I do feel compelled to point out that [according to statistics] One quarter of the women in my wife’s college sorority were victims of rape or attempted rape.
… [Evil Diva is] about a young girl trying to find her power in a world which continually tries to take it from her, an ongoing challenge for women even in so-called ‘modern enlightened society.’ Occasionally we feel obligated to address that issue directly. If that’s too much fiber for your diet, there’s plenty of cotton candy and twinkies to be had elsewhere on the web.
Did the creators of Evil Diva made a huge mistake right? How do you feel about cartoonists inciting their audience? Has ANY webcomic ever done a “decent” rape story, where its not merely a plot device? To be fair, we only see an assault, as of the time of this writing, and we don’t know how far they will take the scene. But it is still a discussion worth having.
Original Source: Evil Diva
Barnes and Noble pulls all book they can’t sell digitally
Original Source: Robot 6
Miramax CEO sites Digital Monopoly as the biggest threat to the industry
Piracy isn’t a big deal to them nearly as much as Wal-Mart was/is to prices. Meanwhile for digital distribution:
Another problem, related to the pricing issue, is the emergence of digital monopolies such as the one Apple has in the digital music business. This threatens the music industry more than piracy, Miramax’s CEO suggested.
“Apple is the strongest company in the music industry because there was not enough competition, and still to this day there is not enough competition. As an industry it can’t then influence, packaging, merchandising – all the things that are vital,” Lang said.
Original Source: TorrentFreak – Found via: Slashdot
Anyone remember the old Kool-Aid Man comics? Quick Bunny? What about the Hostess Fruit Pies comic ads? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
Marvel Starts Bundling Digital and Print Comics
Marvel have announced they will publish Avenging Spider-Man #1 by Zeb Wells and Joe Madureira polybagged with a free digital download code for all customers who buy the print version. The digital download will be available through the Marvel App and the Google Chrome Store in November, when the print comic ships.
Original Source: Bleeding Cool
Slash Dot readers suggests best manual for interface usability
Original Source: Slashdot
Deviant Art Tutorials
Fashion Poses – by Ember-Snow
Hair Coloring – by Tracinator
ISP Dishonest in Net Neutrality debate
Original Source: GiGaOM
Are web originals ready for prime-time?
Original Source: GiGaOM