Webcomic Beacon #159: Newscast #7: Comic News & Discussion for Jan. 30th, 2011

Jules Rivera joins Rosscott, Alex Heberling, and Mark Savary for this edition of the Webcomic Beacon Newscast! We also have newshound Eric (Exiern) to thank for snooping out stories, who was also on today’s show! Bigger show than expected. We discuss much about comics sales through the iPad and other mobile devices. Also some “controversy” with Schlock Mercenary, Wizard going bye-bye, and Mark Millar saying he’s not making much money with digital sales.



Comixolgy Starts an Affiliate System
(Source: MTV Geek)

Franklin Covey sends a cease and desist to Schlock Mercenary
(Source: Techdirt – via retweet by @LastRes0rt)
Additional discussion on Schlock Mercenary’s site.


How Wizard Closing Wizard Magazine Effect Webcartoonists
(Source: Fleen)

Mark Millar “not making much money on digital comics.”
(Source: himself)

eBook Pricing vs Revenue
(Source: Evil Genius Chronicles – via Robot 6)

What it takes to make a buck at selling Digital Comic
(Source: Publishers Weekly – via Robot 6)

Marvels restrictive pricing structure
(Source: Bleeding Cool)

Founder of Red 5 gives views on digital comics
(Source: Things From Another World – via Robot 6)

Sell to iPad without using iTunes
(Source: Massive Sqwertz – via Comics Beat)

DIY digital publishing without Apple, Amazon
(Source: Skottie Young – via The Daily Cartoonist)


Prominent fantasy writer China Miéville jumps into comics
(Source: Robot 6 – Wikipedia: China Miéville)

Underground comics pioneer Justin Green’s posting comics online
(Source: Robot 6 – Wikipedia: Justin Green)

Webcomic Beacon #158: Filthy Figments: Adult Webcomics by Women

*This episode is NSFW*

Gina Biggs (Red String), Jennie Breeden (The Devil’s Panties), Megan Rose Gedris (Meaty Yogurt), Kittyhawk (Sparkling Generation Valkyrie Yuuki), Niki Smith (In Maps and Legends) join Fes, Tanya, and Mark to discuss adult webcomics! Well, specifically adult webcomics by women…. and MORE specifically the adult webcomics by women’s website, Filthy Figments! We of course get off topic, technically, but a very fun episode with plenty of naughty talking… and porn.


Cover Art by: Kittyhawk.

The break song was Bad Porno Sex by Phil Johnson of Roadside Attraction | Milestones: Conny van Ehlsing (200)

Webcomic Beacon #157: Newscast #6: Comic News & Discussion for Jan. 23rd, 2011

Rosscott, Alex Heberling, and Fes for this edition of the Webcomic Beacon Newscast! We also have newshound Eric (Exiern) to thank for searching for news and interest.


Diamond Book Puts Borders on Hold
(Source: ICv2 – via Sherlgirl)

Bleeding Cool Releases it Own Digital Comic Rating System
(Source: Bleeding Cool)


Steve Napierski’s Key Points for Beginning Webcomickers
(Source: Dueling Analogs – via ComixTalk)

The Washington Post’s Comic Riff’s Webcomic Awards
(via The Washington Post’s Comic Riffs)

Dean Haspiel’s Open letter to Content Creators
(Source: Dean Haspiel’s LJ – via The Beat)


Facial Expression Tutorial from Lackadaisy Cats
(Source: Lackadaisy Cats – via Adam Casalino)

Body References of Olympic Athletes
(Source: Nina Matsumoto – via Fleen)

Online Facial Expression Generator
(Source: The Grimace Project – via Fleen)

Hand References from AACCDN
(Source: Academy of Art Character and Creature Design Notes) – via Fleen)

Yen Press Launches it’s iPad App
(Source: Yen Press – via Robot 6)

Archie Comics to be Released Simultaneously Digitally and Print
(Source: The Daily Cartoonist)

Sell to iPad Without Using iTunes
(Source: Massive Sqwertz – via Comics Beat)

Photoshop Tutorial from the Rapping Styles of CMYKiller
(via College Humor – via ComixTalk)

Creator of Earthworm Jim Starts a Webcomic
(Source: Comixs Talk)

Book Releases

Drawn & Quarterly Announces It Will Publish Kate Beaton Book
(Source: ComixTalk)

Girl Genius Novel
(Book on Amazon.com – via Robot 6)

Webcomic Beacon #156: 3D and CGI Comics

Paul Caggegi (Pandeia & The Process Diary) and Pam Harrison (House of the Muses) joins Fes, Tanya, and Mark to discuss CGI comics. Particularly “computer generated comics” that utilize 3-D models and modeling.


Cover Art by: (cover art coming later… maybe)

Notes: The break song was CGI by Devo Spice, Blender, DAZ 3D, Poser, Maya?, 3d Studio Max?, Google SketchUp, The Dreamland Chronicles, The Challenges of Zona, Nikki Sprite, Sunset Grill, Crimson Dark, Purgatory, The Adventures of Kanira Baxter, Comic Creators Alliance, Filthy Figments, Illo Pond, Comic Book Resources, Milestones: Twisted Musings (500), Yosh! (1000)


Webcomic Beacon #154: Newscast #5: Comic News 7 Discussion for Jan. 9th, 2011

Jamie Noguchi, of Yellow Peril, joins Rosscott, Alex Heberling, and Mark Savary for this edition of the Webcomic Beacon Newscast! We also have newshound Eric (Exiern) to thank for searching for news and interest.



Google to create a online manga viewer in conjunction with J-Comi.
(Source: Bleeding Cool)

Apple iTunes releases Photoshop like product for the iPad.
(Source: The Daily Cartoonist)


The Oatmeal Profiled in The Economist, covered in The Daily Cartoonist, Kurtz Comments.
(Source: The Daily Cartoonist)

Tables dominate the new products at CES
(via multiple, major news outlets)

They’re Selling Comics on the iPad the wrong way.
(Source:  Kotaku, via Christian Beranek)

Webcomic Wisdom From Three Smart Women
(Source: Comics Worth Reading, via Comic Beat)

Gender Bending comic book images in the name of equality.
(Source: The Society Pages, via Bleeding Cool)


Comixology hits 1 million downloads.
(Source: Comic Beat)

Comixology releases their list of top paid downloads in 2010
(Source: Comixology, via Comics Beat)

Comic Riffs posts 2011 Riffy Awards
(Source: The Washington Post)

Webcomic Beacon #153: Webcomic Update Schedules

Ben Carver (Majestic Knight & Hero Academy) joins Fes, Tanya, and Mark to discuss a bit about building a buffer, setting an update schedule, and maintaining an update schedule. There is a bit on hiatuses as well. There’s a bit of deliberation on buffers, especially when it comes to the type of comic one is doing.


A very good discussion, and we’d love to hear from you. Please leave a comment, email us, or leave us a voicemail at 1+320-310-0922! Be sure to check out the new Tropecasts and Newscasts!

Cover Art by: Steven Novak (The Bad Guys)

Notes: The break song was The Happy New Year Song by Jon Caspi, Zebra Girl, Girl Genius, Something Positive, Oglaf *NSFW*, VG Cats, Becky Beacon’s Twitter, Penguicon (the official convention of The Webcomic Beacon), Penguicon Art Contest, Milestones: Girls in Space (100), All Over The House (2 yrs), Samurai Princess (100), Sarah Zero (300)

Becky Beacon’s Picks of the Month: Love Me Nice, Dead Winter, Amya Chronicles.