Welcome to the experimental, Monthly Press Release post! I don’t promise that all submitted press releases will be posted on these, but we’ll see how this will go. For now, we’ll be playing around with assorted press releases, including book releases.
Ok! The last webcomic review until January 2014. A new request for submissions for review requests will be put out in mid-December. The next “trial run” will incorporate a podcast version and/or video version, in addition to the article itself. We’ll see how that works out.
So, a quick heads-up about the Webcomic Beacon Reviews, Trial Run. There will be one more after this, and then December will only have Comic of the Week picks. We will open for another round of review submissions in December, for a new bout to start in January.
Clearly not safe for work, and not so much a comic that is like any other. This is a sort of review comic… for sex toys. We should have expected this come from no one else. Erika manages to bring her own journal style of cartooning, with her passion for sexual content, into one incredibly informative comic.
While there are many ways to contribute to the WCBN and its shows, including submitting your own original article, one can also submit promotional information via Press Releases. While I would encourage everyone to read the entire FAQs page first, I’ll give a quick overview on what we are looking at.
I wanted to give a recap about the webcomic reviews trial run, as well as plans about the future of them; but I also wanted to clarify rules about emailing us. Mostly for organizational purposes, but also to keep spam down, and avoid passive aggressiveness.
Let’s look at a strip comic again. With this Webcomicv Review Trial Run, I’ve been mostly submitted story-based comics. So! Let’s take a look at Vindibudd: Superhero in Training, or… possibly “The Adventures of Vindibudd: Superhero in Training”. For the sake of breathing, Let’s just call it “Vindibudd”.
For those that didn’t know what it was, Two Cents in 60 Seconds was a 60 second webcomic review podcast that ran for the majority of 2007. You could consider this a sorta of “proto” Webcomic Beacon podcast.
The comic’s name is “Domain Tnemrot”, but “tnemrot” is… I had to double check to see if it was an error. It doesn’t really look like a word, let alone I have no idea how to pronounce it. Which is a huge issue, in regards to someone remembering a name or url, which is “tnemrot.com”. (Fortunately, the website has a FAQ page explaining that it is pronounced “Nem-rot. The first T is silent.”).
Comic Creators for Freedom is an organization set up by creatives Lora Innes and Crystal Yates, and has been running for a few years. Joined by other creatives to create art, awareness, and fundraise monies to help victims of human trafficking.
Ok! Now this is a better way to use URLs for a comic, while also branding oneself. Actually… I think this was a website I had looked at once for a Webcomic Website review. I’m not sure how much advice I needed to give, but I do kinda remember how it used to look. It still has a nice logo melded with a menu bar.
For those that don’t know, WebcomicZ had become a property of Fesworks, LLC and combined with The Webcast Beacon Network. I am now see if others may have a better, investing idea for the website, and would like to work on, or partner, to make it better.
Dear friend and fellow creative, Nicholas “Marcus” Almand, has lost the fight to cancer this past week. People may remember Marcus from his original, independant comic Razor Kid; the First Issue comic book review series; Unique Tales contributing writer, among other projects in the works.
Another webcomic review for the “trial run” to see if this will be something that we at WCBN, and our audience, would like to see continue. This is “Shattered with Curve of Horn”.
The first webcomic review for the trial run! mehPOW! is the first selection from a healthy handful of creatives submitting their webcomics for honest reviews (but hopefully non-jerky reviews)!
Please welcome the newest addition to the Webcast Beacon Network family, The One Word, Go! Show! The One Word, Go! Show is a comedy podcast where each week, they take a listener submitted word , and use it to jump-start a conversation.
One of the biggest problems you will have is people asking you for free work. Never agree to work without a firm commitment to being paid for that work. Wasting your time on non-paying work will burn you out and negatively affect your productivity.
The Webfiction World podcast presents a reading of Black Hat Magick (chapter 1, parts 1-2); written by Kyt Dotson, and read by Kara Dennison.
DON’T SEND ANYTHING YET! Please read first! — I decided to go ahead and just do a trial run of webcomic reviews, since people have been submitted webcomics for review (even though we have not been doing reviews for years). Sorry. JUST WEBCOMICS right now.
Paranatural by writers Zack Morrison Comic of the Week picked by: @fesworks One of the most colorful comics I’ve seen online. This is a story about just how absurd a world of magic is, to a kid that has just had the veiled pulled away for him. Because if we just discovered world of spirits, ghosts, and […]
Amya is touted as a “high-fantasy graphic novel”. There certainly is a heavier emphasis on drama and character development, versus “encounters” for dice-chucking. You really get a feel for the characters. And the art! Wow!
Quinn is just trying to find a good roommate, and Ellie is just trying to find a room. Yes, it’s a sort of “roomies” comics, with loads of relationship drama. Everyone has some sort of baggage, though what many “roomie” type comics lack, are expressive, individual characters. This comic’s got ’em.
Recorded live at CONvergence 2013. You may have a great idea for some characters for a new comic or novel, but what good are they without a world to exist in? Save yourself some of the headache of continuity by planning some things ahead. Panelists: Lou Anders, Dana Baird, Adam Stemple, Tania Richter, Fes Works, Marty Farley.
Recorded live at CONvergence 2013, a panel that Fes Works, along with S. D. Hintz, Nicholas Beeson, Tania Richter, and Matthew Davis put together for an interesting discussion on creating a character.
The 24 Hour / 24 Week No Excuses, Draw challenge will officially start on August 11th, 2013! This challenge is to help people get off their lazy fingers and DRAW EVERY DAY! This is a challenge against one’s self.
Kickstarters this week: The Choosatron: Interactive Fiction Arcade Machine; The System: Comics Will Be Published Until Morale Improves; Clique Refresh; Spacetrawler Book Three; YU+ME Complete Series Omnibus; The Hues: a Post-Apocalyptic Magical Kickstarter!
Kiwi Blitz is set in a world where people fight in mecha-animal battle competitions, and androids are somewhat common. Amongst this is Steffi, a mecha combatant that decides to take up vigilantism one day. And she’s just a kid!
This is a comic I should have picked up MUCH earlier than I had. It’s a black and white comic, with what I think may be ink wash and pencils for contrast. I have not read the whole archive, but I’ve been enjoying and reading it ever since I started.
Well it’s August and that means it’s time to get serious about this year’s Jenny Everywhere Day event! The event is August 13th which is a Monday. This will be the forth year of the event. In 2009 we had 9 submissions, 2010 saw 14, and 2011 had 19 submissions. If early feedback is any indication we’re on track for another great year.
Crowdfunding picks this week:1000, World War Kaiju, Adventures of Victoria Clarke, Sufficiently Remarkable, and an Untitled Web Series About A Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time
Film experts and fans take a look at Stanely Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel. We’ll deconstruct the film and the effect it has had on the language of film. Panelists: Melissa Kaercher, Tim Wick, Romeo Azar, Jon Cazares, Mike Hallenbeck
After the success of 2012’s “Cocktails with Cthulhu,” the panelists will return with an in-depth look at booze in the life and work of Edgar Allen Poe. Panelists: Pat Harrigan, Tim Uren, Melissa Kaercher, Jerry Belich, Dawn Krosnowski
Recorded Live at CONvergence 2013. A new panel all about judging a book by its cover! Featuring Jerry Belich, Melissa Kaercher, Windy Bowlsby, Chrys Buckholtz, Tim Wick, Dawn Krosnowski
Something that a Webcomic Beacon guest continued to highly praise, so I had to check it out. This is another comic set in a post-apocalyptic setting. The landscape of the earth and it’s plant an animal population has been drastically changed… literally.
Have you ever had someone share a comic of yours on Facebook or Twitter? Feels pretty amazing, doesn’t it? But if we’re honest, that’s not something that happens too often. Why? People share articles and videos and cats riding cleaning implements all the time – why not your super awesome comic?
Ah yes. Well toned and endowed super-heroines. This comic makes no excuse for the visual display of busty and muscled super women (well, there’s muscular, tight-shirted men in here too). Though the real star of the show is the “less than conventional” girl, Sydney.
For the seventh straight year, the EpiGuide Webfiction and Web Entertainment Community is hosting a month-long writing marathon, starting on August 1 and running through August 31, where creators of original, regularly-produced web-only entertainment are challenged to write as they’ve never written before.
The story is set in a post-apocalyptic time… though we effectively see none of this, because the world’s survivors primarily gather online to… basically live life. We do get hints here and there about what people do offline, and how they survive.
Continuing with the experiment, we’re taking a look at a few more crowdfunding projecst: The Leaning Girl, Digger (Omnibus), Failing Sky, Sarah’s Missing Shadow, and more!
We are going to open up the floor for user submitted content. Article posts in particular. This will be a trial and experiment moving forward. We will be looking for original article submissions for tutorials, guides, event/convention reports, interviews, and editorials… perhaps other things as well.
It was one of the first sorta “slice of life” comics (how ever some people define that genre), with characters with romantic interests that I actually liked reading.
I’m not typically one for slice of life style comics, or anything that deals with relationships or drama, but the art helped pulled me in for a closer look. I ended up reading back to a truth or dare party.
Let’s try something a little different here on The Webcast Beacon Network. Let’s take a look at a few crowdfunding projects going on, to give you a heads up on, a direct you to some projects we have an eye on.
I apologize in advance if you got caught in the deletion (People with names, posts, or avatars were likely spared), but I had to do the purge to get rid of a huge number of spam accounts, and for website security and stability.
Recorded at Anime Detour 2013 with John Paul and Fes Works. All about making your own podcast and getting into the podcasting industry.
The Business Side of Making Comics panel recorded at Anime Detour 2013 with Randy Milholland, Lee & Lisa Blauersouth, Gerbil, and Fes Works.
Breaking into the webcomics industry panel recorded at Anime Detour 2013 with Randy Milholland, Lee Blauersouth, and Fes Works.
The Artistic Side of Making Comics panel recorded at Anime Detour 2013 with Randy Milholland, Lee & Lisa Blauersouth, Gerbil, and Fes Works.
If you have your own writings that you’d like to offer up for readings, you may submit the first chapter or two of an on-going, or completed, story; as well as one-off stand-alone works. We are looking at things that would take 15-25 minutes to read, which is about 3000-5000 words.
EpiGuide is the webfiction, weblit, webserial… online fiction writing community that brought you WeSeWriMo. With their podcast, EpiCast, they discuss many degrees of writtings found online, with a predisposition to webfiction.
So please welcome WCBN’s first new affiliate under the new website: EpiGuide’s EpiCast!
New look (coming VERY soon, if not here already)! So be patient with us during the change over. We’ll be working on bugs, broken links, and tightening the layout.
Let us know if anything is broke!
The Webcomic Beacon is winding down and is going to be ending its core programming. What does that mean for the site? What does it mean for our listeners? What can you do to help?
Let’s talk about a certain class of story. A story where there is a protagonist aka hero and antagonist aka villain. Where the story is told from a single perspective of following the conflict between the hero and the villain.
We got 25 people signed up for the Webcomic Blind Date 2013! However, not everyone has handed their comics in. We will add them as they do come in.
Putting together a “color guide” of sorts. It would include degrees of color, including creator submitted pages of artwork, to see where the capabilities of the digital printings are.
The Webcomic Beacon is looking for a new crew for The Webcomic Beacon Newscast! We will probably change things up in 2013, and you could be a part of that new dynamic!
Admission ended for 2013! UPDATE: See the official 2013 dating roster! Valentine’s Day is coming up, and we would like to revitalize the “Blind Date” project that Xavier Xerexes (of ComixTalk) had originally created. The way that Webcomic Blind Date will work, is that people will email us (at firstname.lastname@example.org) as either a comic WRITER, a comic ARTIST, or as […]
Stay tuned to this post and @WebcomicBeacon for future updates on chances to WIN PRIZES! For some, you will need to LISTEN TO CERTAIN EPISODES (they will be marked) for a PRIZE KEYWORD to email to WebcomicBeacon@g….
Artists will come together to draw sketches live, for people who donate to The Red Cross to benefit Hurricane Sandy Victims.
I’m sure many fellow artists and comic creators have seen the so-called “Drawn Girl” aka “Can i Be Drawn Better?” comic on Tumblr. Well we’ve got an interview with its creator!
We lost a regular webfiction reader due to their own workload. We are hoping to find someone to do the seral readings for SGL’s Tales of the Big Bad Wolf (Red Riding Hood arc).
As of now, The Webcast Beacon Network is no longer affiliated with The Rampage Network. We are utilizing the services of Hiveworks Comics!
If you have not heard it by now, The Webcast Beacon Network will be combining with the webcomic directory, news and article website WebcomicZ
Throughout the years of studying and training to become a Family Practice with Obstetrics specialist, she never really got to discover herself as a person and the world around her.
So, you may have heard that The Webcast Beacon Network (under Fesworks, LLC) had long ago bought the website WebcomicZ.
Phin and Sara Beam make up the Beam Agency. The married couple solve all manners of supernatural problems bent on world domination.
Rival Angels is about four girls trying to make it in professional wrestling and find that surviving their battles with each as room-mates is a completely different matter.
Out of 7 pairs of artists and writers, only 5 pairs have gotten back to me. So they will be promoted!
It all started with four friends in their mid-thirties, refusing to give up their college years of partying and boozing. But, it doesn’t end there for these guys.
It’s totally fine to just draw comics for you or as a hobby, but when you want to do this for a living, be a commercial cartoonist and be successful then you need to start thinking with a business mind instead of just a creative one.
The webcomic blind date returns! Plus more news on the spring giveaway and the Webcomic Beacon Newscast feed will be combined with The Webcomic Beacon.
I’d like to announce the winners of the Webcomic Beacon 4th Anniversary Special Giveaway results! First of all, thanks to all those who have entered!
Last week I promised you a solution to the struggles of the comic book industry in trying to transition to the digital world. I though I had a solution but upon closer investigation I realized there was some flaws in my plan.
Let’s consider for a moment buggy whip and carriage wheel manufacturers. These are the two poster industries for what happens when there is a revolution brought on by technology.
The Webcomic Beacon has some comic giveaways for the coming 4th Anniversary Special in December. You can enter in at least TWO ways right now. You can also get MULTIPLE ENTRIES!
New show: “First Issue” Comic Book Reviews. Coming up: The 4th Anniversary Special of The Webcomic Beacon!
Jenny Everywhere Day is almost here! This will be the tenth anniversary of the Jenny’s creation and I’d really like to have a large number of submissions to really show off what’s possible with the character.
June 10, 2011: The Webcast Beacon Network is Born Out of a Re-Branding of Long-Running The Webcomic Beacon Podcast (since 2007). New series include The Tropecast and Webfiction World.
The Webcast Beacon Network originally started as The Webcomic Beacon Podcast in 2007. In 2010, The Tropecast and Webcomic Beacon Newscast were added to the programming…..
Webcomic Beacon Promo video.
An impromptu Skype messaging with Melissa Kaercher (aka “Chebutykin”), turned into an invitation to a podcast recording! So check out Episode 58 of The Geek Life as Mark and Fes talk about webcomics and go off tangent!