Pixel Pages: Webcomics News (aka Accepting the Challenge)


Pixel Pages (yeah, we’ll work up some kind of proper logo/image; want to submit one?)

A few weeks back, Sean Kleefield wondered why his fellow comics news writers don’t cover webcomics better. And all I could think was… guilty as charged. So, challenge accepted.

I don’t really consider myself a journalist (despite the flack comics journalism sometimes gets [not all unjustified], there are some honest-to-gosh certified journalists working at the big sites like CBR) but sometimes I can pull off something passably acceptable for entertainment journalism from an independent blog. So that’s what I will endeavor to do here in our new column, Pixel Pages. Or I’ll just link to stuff that seems important. Your miles may vary.

There are several goals of the column:

  1. Provide news and information on non-print comics, which includes webcomics and digital comics
  2. Provide a promotional and informational platform for webcomics and digital comics creators as a means for them to reach new readers
  3. Expand readers’ and my own knowledge and awareness of webcomics and digital comics
  4. Not embarrass myself

(Probably already too late for that last one.)

The format of this column will almost certainly shift over time, both in frequency and layout, to meet the needs of whatever story or comic being covered. You can subscribe to this blog at the top right, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to make sure you get future installments.

I figure, everyone wants to reach more people, and I so rarely see webcomics creators do promotional outreach to the big comics news sites. Maybe there’s an impression they’re not interested? Well, I’m here to say, I’m interested. I love comics and I want good comics to find new eyeballs. The Comics Observer has a diverse line-up of columnists each attracting their own unique demographics of regular visitors, some of which are new to comics, returning to comics or interested in expanding their comics reading. So we’re in a unique position to spread around some comics love.

If you are affiliated with a webcomic or digital-first comic, or a fan of one, please be in touch. Email me at comicsobserver@gmail.com. Send me your press releases, your announcements, your art previews, just say ‘hi’ and let me know about your comic or your favorite comic. Send me news tips and let me know if there’s a story, topic or question you think deserves to be covered for creators and fans of webcomics and digital comics, as well as those that could potentially become fans.

Initially I’m most interested in hearing from and covering comics with a regular readership of a few thousand or more, but I’m hardly going to ask for anyone to prove themselves. If I have the space and availability, and think it’s newsworthy, I’ll do my best to cover it and do it justice.

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About Corey Blake

Corey Blake does things on the Internet, and sometimes even in real life. As a comic book pundit, advocate and educator, he regularly contributes to the Comic Book Resources blog Robot 6. He also advises for the award-winning documentary and comics advocacy movement Dig Comics, and is a member of the Part-Time Fanboy podcast. He ran the web-magazine The Comics Observer, which provides a variety of perspectives on the comic book art form and industry. As a comedic performer/actor, Corey is a founding member of the improv comedy group The You Convention, a house team at The Improv Space, and the independent improv troupe T.M.A. (The Meaningless Acronyms). Every year he performs a variety of characters as part of the popular Halloween show Drama After Dark: A Night of the Macabre with Poe and Gorey at the botanical gardens of The Huntington Library. He was a member of The Magic Meathands, which performed fully improvised shows for all kinds of audiences, including homeless shelters and other community outreach centers. He also has a history with writing and performing sketch comedy, notably with the Los Angeles branch of The 3rd Floor and as a founding member of Foe Pa. Corey has been seen in online web-series such as The Jeff Lewis 5-Minute Comedy Hour (Best Web Comedy-Episodic, Clicker.com), The Starmind Record (Best Direction and Editing, LA Web Series), Poopdog Entertainment’s Mayer for Mayor (Funny or Die featured video), and Chatroom of Solitude on Stan Lee’s World of Heroes YouTube channel. His on-camera performances have also included short films Tough Love (Official Selection, Festival de Cannes’ Short Film Corner) and Hattie Needs Rehab (Excellence in Performance, Extreme Filmmaker 48 Hour Film Festival), the feature film Chasing Happiness, and the pilot for the children’s show “Imagination Station”. Corey Blake also has experience behind the camera. He has written comedy sketches, and directed and produced videos for the Magic Meathands Originals sketch web-series, as well as sketches for Foe Pa and The 3rd Floor: LA. He co-wrote and co-produced the feature length musical comedy Mission: Improbable. Additionally, he helped produce the award-winning documentary Dig Comics (Best Documentary, Comic-Con Int’l: Independent Film Festival; Official Selection, Festival de Cannes’ Short Film Corner) and a demo trailer for the charitable organization Voices From Chornobyl. He’s also crazy about kitties, which means the internet is a very happy place for him. See http://www.coreyblake.com for more.

Posted on February 4, 2013, in Pixel Pages and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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