Webcomic Beacon Newscast: Comic News & Discussion for January 15th, 2012

John Lotshaw (Accidental Centaurs) joins us for a special interview and guest his week! Please join Thom Revor with Alex Heberling and News Researcher Eric Kimball. Below are the bits of news gathered over the past week, as are mostly covered and discussed on the show. Some in more depth than other and some missed.

Editorial: Eric has another special editorial “Jayne’s Guide to Webcomics”. This is a part 1 of 3. (Part 2 coming soon)
Break Promo: The FuMP


Top Stories

New Top level domain names are coming
The question is with a $180K price tag who will be buying these domain names.  Will we see a .comic domain bought by Marvel or DC? Will we see a .webcomic top level domain?
Original Source: GiGaOM


National Cartoonist Society opens awards to Online comics
Found via: Comix Talk – Original Source: Tom Richmond

Hugo Awards are open for submissions
Found via: Goblins – Original Source: Hugo Awards

The Facebook Comic Scraping Theft
Original Source: Randy Milhouland

Chris Onstead Interview
Talks about burn out and the troll nature of the net
Original Source: Comics Alliance

Greg Pac provides comic for remixing
Original Source: Comics Alliance

DC Comics Confirms Six ‘New 52’ Cancelations and Six New Titles
Blackhawks, Hawk and Dove, Men of War, Mister Terrific, O.M.A.C. and Static Shock All go bye-bye in April.
Read More: Comics Alliance

Rob Liefeld to Take Over Three DC Comics Titles in May
Read More: Comics Alliance

Grek Pak Offers Graphic Novel for Remixing
Original Source: Comics Alliance

Dresden Codak music video
Original Source: Comics Alliance


Kickstarter year in review
Found via: Jason Strawsburg – Original Source: Kickstarter

Operation Ajax to become movie
Found via: Bleeding Cool – Original Source: SF Gate

Struggles of Self Publishing
Original Source: Eddie Campbell

Thought about Fair use
Found via: Kleefeld on Comics – Original Source: Seth Godin


A Look at Pearls Before Swines interactive App
Original Source: Washington Post

On automation of feeds
Original Source: MTV Geek

Rethinking comic layout for Tablets
Found via: Bleeding Cool – Original Source: Variety


Alan Moore on women in comics from 1983 (how far we haven’t come)
Found via: Comics Reporter – Original Source: Forbidden Planet International


Spider Forest Accepting Submissions
The SpiderForest webcomic collective is accepting applications for new members until January 24th. Each application is read and voted upon by the entire collective, and answers will be out at the beginning of February. SpiderForest is both a collective and a free host, and readily welcomes anyone who meets our minimal requirements to apply.

Alan Moore Meets Occupy Wallstreet
Original Source: Bleeding Cool

10 laws every Geek should know
Original Source: GiGaOM

Girl Wonder is looking for Board of Director members
Found via: Kleefeld on Comics – Original Source: Girl Wonder

Battle over online Identity
Original Source: GiGaOM


Archie comics doesn’t just promote gay marriage it promotes polygamy
This is a so dumb it’s funny kind of thing
Found via: Bleeding Cool – Original Source: Christian Response Alerts

Disney to make Into the Woods?
Into the Woods is a dark play that spends most of its time deconstructing Disney.  This is a kind of “what the hell?” announcement.
Original Source: The Mary Sue

The Webcast Beacon Network’s Melissa Kaercher in The Hobbit Trailer: The Unexpected Swede

Webcomic Blind Date
Are you a Writer or Artist? Get randomly paired up to make a Valentines Day comic! Sign-up by January 27th!


Accidental Centaurs – 10 Years

Jimmy Jone, The Nine-Tenths Boy – 5 Years

Fredrick the Great – 5 Yeats

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