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Professional, But Not Syndicated, Cartoonists | December 2, 2000 | “This is a comprehensive listing of non-syndicated professional cartoonists with web sites — a feature of the Professional Cartoonists Index, the most comprehensive resource for cartoonists on the internet.”

The Suck School of Comic Art | October 2, 2000 | “The Suck School of Comic Art is not a correspondence school. Please do not send sketches or drawings, no matter how funny, to Suck. We will not review them, grade them, or render advice of any kind. All unsolicited material becomes the property of Suck, and we reserve the right to steal any idea from them as we please.” Here's the recently released Graduate Course.

Pedro and Me: A Graphic Novel by Judd Winick | October 1, 2000 | “Pedro and Me is Judd Winick's graphic novel about his friendship with his Real World roomate, Pedro Zamora. Pedro and Me will be published by Henry Holt and Co. for the fall of 2000. As the months go on before publication, we'll show more of the book.”

The new comics | September 29, 2000 | “Cartoonists are hot again, but not the guys who drew heroes like Dick Tracy and Superman. Instead, think Charles Schulz meets Samuel Beckett, in the world of Art Spiegelman and Robert Crumb. The protagonists in the new strips are paranoid, dysfunctional, isolated and angst-ridden. The new cartoonists don't write for the teenage crowd, but for their own generation — the babyboomers and Generation Xer's. Chris Ware, the creator of 'Jimmy Corrigan' is known as the Emily Dickinson of comics. Daniel Clowes's 'Ghost World' reads more like 'The Catcher in the Rye' than 'Conan the Barbarian.' And Ben Katchor just won a MacArthur Genius Award for cartoons, which the MacArthur Foundation praised for its 'ironic, compelling and bittersweet nostalgia.' The new, new comics, this hour on the Connection.” Audio!

INTERVIEW: Scott McCloud | September 13, 2000 | “By any definition Scott McCloud is an alternative comic creator: his first professional work was writing and drawing his own series ZOT! in the mid-'80's, and he went from that to a potentially less lucrative project, an analysis of how comics communicate done as a comic book, called UNDERSTANDING COMICS. Since it was first published in 1994, UC has become essential reading for anyone interested in thinking about comics, and while scholars often disagree with his ideas, they often make use of his concepts and the clear panels in which he illustrates them.”

Q and A With Comicbook Master Chris Ware | September 8, 2000 | “If he didn't work in comicbooks, Chris Ware would be famous by now. And he may yet be — after being selected for the Smithsonian's design triennial, and having his work published in the New Yorker, his first general-trade book, 'Jimmy Corrigan: Smartest Kid on Earth,' will appear in September. 'This is like welcoming James Joyce into the ranks of novel writers,' says Art Spiegelman, another New Yorker artist and the author of 'Maus.' 'This new book seems to be another milestone in the demonstration of what [comics] can be.'” See also Right Way, Corrigan.

The place of comics in the Western artistic tradition | August 24, 2000 | “I consider the controversy over the comic strip's status within the realm of the visual arts a largely meaningless one. Since I define art as the activity of human beings engaged in shaping their thoughts and feelings I make no distinction between 'high' and 'low' art. BLONDIE and SUPERMAN are in this sense no less deserving of our scrutiny than the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and Chartres Cathedral.”

The Onion AV Club: Interview with Scott McCloud | August 23, 2000 | “All through my comics career, I was always trying to reinvent the form. And what better way to reinvent the form than to toss virtually 99% of everything that's been done with it and start with a brand-new canvas, reinvent it from the ground up? Digital comics gave me the opportunity to do that, and producing things digitally gave me the opportunity to do that. What could be more new than taking every single tool you've used in your career and replacing them with a whole new set of tools?”

FEED | RE: Scott McCloud | August 22, 2000 | “The breakthrough Understanding Comics was a brilliant book-length guide (in comics form, of course) to the formal tools and practices of comics. Showing how comics turned sequential pictures into space and time, Understanding explained why comics were one of the basic kinds of artistic creation — like novels or movies, or symphonies and songs.” Interview.

The inevitable discussion of comix | July 28, 2000 | “Comix might work well here as explainers of processes. If you have a complicated product you're trying to sell — and actually, Web servers, software, and applications, just the sort of things comix geex are interested in, represent this genre well — then go ahead and write out an explanation in words, but also give us pictures. Why? Some people learn and understand better from words, others from images. You cover all your bases. Case in point: Xplane, best-known for their editorial illustrations in Business 2.0. Xplane's stick figures, combined with a few choice sentences, meet any definition of comix, including McCloud's.”

Ka-BOOM! A Dictionary of Comicbook Words on Historical Principles | July 21, 2000 | “Based on the Latest Conclusions of the Most Dubious Wordologists & Comprising Many Hundreds of New Words which Modern Literature, Science & Philosophy have Neglected to Acknowledge as True, Proper & Useful Terms & Which Have Never Before Been Published in Any Lexicon.” Thanks /usr/bin/girl.

indy Magazine | June 27, 2000 | “indy Magazine is THE guide to alternative and independent comic books, featuring news, reviews, interviews, forums and other resources.”

I Can't Stop Thinking! | June 15, 2000 | “Continuing the work of 'Reinventing Comics' by Scott McCloud.” This is his new, yet-to-be-officially-debuted online comics column.

The Comic Book Periodic Table of the Elements | May 9, 2000 | “Click on an element to see a list of comic book pages involving that element. Click on a thumbnail on the list to see a full comic book page. For technical information about an element, follow the link to Mark Winter's WebElements. We recommend that you start with oxygen to see some of our best stuff.”

The Cartoonist's Guide to Drawing and Animating with Flash | May 4, 2000 | “Learn the art of drawing and animating using the standard tool for animating over the web. From animated comic strips to full length feature films. The cartoonist's guide to drawing and animating in Flash.” Thanks signal2noise.

signal2noise.com | May 4, 2000 | “A weblog about animation, comics and gaming on the web.”

The Classics of Comic Book Advertising | April 19, 2000 | “They promised us spectacular treasures and and secret knowledge, intelligent pets and incredible powers. The ads of the American comic book appealed to our fertile imaginations and tempted many of us to part with our paper route earnings and meager allowances. Often the spectacular treasures were nothing more than gross misrepresentations and the secret knowledge was a lesson in the value of reading the fine print. This collection represents some of the best, most memorable, most audacious and most bizarre of those ads.”

Reinventing Comics | April 14, 2000 | By, of course, Scott McCloud. To be published in August 2000.

Web gets animated | March 21, 2000 | “New forms of entertainment often sputter until they produce a Superman — an iconic figure that draws the masses to the medium. The Internet has yet to find its Superman, but John Evershed, chief executive of Mondo Media in San Francisco, predicts that one will turn up in the next year or two. And that character, like the comic-book superhero, is likely to be a cartoon.”

Words and Pictures Museum | March 18, 2000 | “The Words and Pictures Museum, a private non-profit organization, is dedicated to the collection, preservation, study, interpretation and presentation of fine graphic narrative and fantasy illustration. Through the Museum's interpretive programming, as well as its educational outreach, the Museum seeks to create a greater understanding of the contributions of graphic narrative in American art, popular culture and society.”

Comics Worth Reading | March 2, 2000 | “In a time of increasing negativity about the comics medium and industry, I wanted to buck the trend and recommend comics I've enjoyed. I've tried to provide everything a reader would need to know about the comics listed on this site, including why they're interesting and publication history.” Thanks randomWalks.

Action Item: Professional Superhero | Feb 18, 2000 | Hawhawhaw. “To fully own this challenge, I'll need to be goal-oriented and results-driven!”

Cartoon-O-Rama! | Feb 9, 2000 | “The home of weird, oddball cartoons.” Thanks harrumph!

Weird old comic book covers | Feb 4, 2000 | “These are old comic book covers from the 40s and 50s. Some of them may offend you in today's climate of the DREADED 'Political Correctness.'”

Understanding “Understanding Comics” | Jan 21, 2000 | By Scott McCloud: “In 1993, I published a book titled UNDERSTANDING COMICS. It was revolutionary, because it, for the first time except for the other books that preceded it, examined comics as a form, and what comics mean and why, and there was some stuff in there about the Aztecs, too. THEY knew how to support their cartoonists. The editors back then were very strict, though. A simple misplaced Snake God could get you eviscerated and your whole temple wall cancelled. One of the things I set out to do with that book was DEFINE comics. What IS Comics, I asked a lot of people? One guy stabbed me with a pen.” Thanks peterme.

Bud Plant Illustrated Books | Jan 14, 2000 | “Focusing on illustrative, cartooning, comic, reference and how-to art books from the 1880s to the 1990s. Books about illustrators are a specialty. This site has over 205 pages, including biographies of 71 artists, over 1650 images, and over 26 Mbytes of very graphic data.”

An Interview with Dan Clowes | Jan 13, 2000 | “Born in Chicago in 1961, Daniel Clowes toils away in what has become, partly by default, the end-of-the-twentieth-century's most important narrative medium: the comic book. After publishing six issues of the much-missed comic book Lloyd Llewellyn, and having contributed to Feral House's ground-breaking book Cad, in 1989 Clowes created the comics magazine Eightball. Self-described as an 'orgy of spite, vengeance, hopelessness, despair, and sexual perversion,' Eightball has provided innumerable short stories and gags, as well as the graphic novels Like A Velvet Glove Cast In Iron, Ghost World, and Pussey! to a culture in its death throes; now in its twentieth issue, it has been one of the few consistently good things about the past decade...”

Salon on CHARLES SCHULZ | Jan 5, 2000 | “With his globally recognized 'Peanuts' characters, he delved into the psyche of children and created daily morality plays that became part of the public consciousness.”

The Cartoon Research Library | Dec 8, 1999 | “The Cartoon Research Library (CGA) houses multi-media collections of primary source materials representative of American culture. Cartoon art, film posters and stills, historic photographs, and magazine illustrations predominate. Original works and related manuscript materials are held, in addition to more than 10,000 published works on cartoon art ... [BUT:] Original cartoons will not be posted on our web site due to copyright concerns.” Dang.

Comic Art Collection | Dec 5, 1999 | “The Comic Art Collection holds over 130,000 items. Most of these items are comic books, but also included are nearly 1,000 books of collected newspaper comic strips, and several thousand books and periodicals about comics. Although some archival material and a few dozen pieces of original comic book and comic strip art are held, the focus of the collection is on published work, in an effort to present a complete picture of what the audience has seen over the years of the twentieth century.” Lotsa links, too.

TOON TRACKER | Dec 3, 1999 | Find old, lost cartoons.

The Official Rube Goldberg Web Site | Dec 2, 1999 | “Through his wacky cartoons which depict the most elaborate and ridiculous devices to accomplish the most mundane tasks, Rube Goldberg's Inventions have become synonymous with any maximum effort to achieve minimal results. His ingenious drawings follow their own impeccable logic, demonstrating that the unnecessary can also be the mother of invention — often with hilarious results.”

The Cartoonist's Fountain of Knowledge | Nov 27, 1999 | A large variety of resources for cartoonists.

User Friendly the Comic Strip | Nov 25, 1999 | Requirements for using the internet.

A Short History of Censorship in Comics | Archive | “The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund was officially incorporated as a non-profit charitable organization in January of 1990 from the money left over from donations raised to defend Friendly Frank's arrest for selling 'obscene comics' in Lansing, IL in 1986. Since then, the CBLDF has helped over a dozen comic book retailers and professionals fend off the censors, some successfully, some not.”

Comic Book Fonts | Archive | Fonts, lettering tips, articles, a mailing list, a bookstore and more make this a good resource.

KA-BOOM! | Archive | A Dictionary of Comicbook Words on Historical Principles.

The Master List | Archive | Comics and trading card stores in the U.S., Canada, and, soon, the world.

Digital Webbing | Archive | “Digital Webbing has become Digital Webbing source for finding out about comic book related websites. Hundreds rely on us to deliver daily content to help make surfing less time consuming. We have also expanded the service to include an extensive links database, comic book news, interviews, and previews.”

THE ULTIMATE COMICS WEBRING | Archive | The Ultimate Comics Webring is now the biggest comic webring on the net.

indyworld | Archive | Information and lists about alternative comics and film.

THE 100 GREATEST COMICS OF THE 20th CENTURY | Archive | “I'm a collector, just like you. I don't own a shop, and I'm not in the business. I'm just someone with a deep appreciation for the comic book's importance in our culture.”


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