└ posted on Saturday, 12 February 2011, by Novil
The “Zita the Spacegirl” comic book by Ben Hatke has been released. Maybe you remember the blog entry about Zita and her big heart 😉 that I posted last November. There was also a nice story featuring Zita and her gang in “Flight Explorer” some time ago, so I’m sure that the story in the new book will be entertaining as well. It’s also quite cheap at the moment for just $7.04 for 192 colored pages at Amazon.com. There are also three very positive reviews about it, for example the following one:
It’s a visual feast from beginning to end, and a great story kids of all ages will love. At times it reminded me of “The Iron Giant” and Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away”–here’s hoping for a Zita movie next.
I have already ordered a copy. At Amazon.de, so you might have luck with local bookstores as well.
└ posted on Monday, 7 February 2011, by Novil
The second part of the editing contest which deals with the strips #51 – #100 starts now.
Here are the winners of the first part of the competition:
- Brenden Myers: $21 + $5
- Charles Wang: $16
- C. Wray: $8
- Ronald D. Bauerle: $6
- Jenny Xia: $4
- Matt Fonti $4
- Fred Miller: $3
I want to thank everybody who participated in the first part of the contest. I am already in the process of incorporating all corrections.
└ posted on Friday, 4 February 2011, by Novil
Yesterday, the winners of the Webcomic List Awards 2010 were announced. Webcomic creators and other people involved in comics were asked for their favorites; the winner of each category was then established by a panel of judges, including for example John Allison of Scary Go Round, among the webcomics that received the most nominations.
Here are the winners of each category:
Best New Comic:
Best Colour Art:
Best Black and White Art:
Best Non-Traditional Art:
If you have a webcomic website of your own, it would be nice if you could write a news entry about the award ceremony. The TWCL Awards are currently the only general webcomic award with additional categories other than “Best Webcomic” (which exists for example as part of the Ignatz Awards or the Harvey Awards). I believe it is important to spread the word about quality comics.
└ posted on Monday, 31 January 2011, by Novil
I received more than 30 applications for the two editor positions for Sandra and Woo and Gaia. It was a tough decision between many equally qualified candidates, but I eventually made up my mind and contacted two of them today.
Since there was so much interest in editing Sandra and Woo (and Gaia) I want to hold a little editing competition in which you have the chance to win some prize money by suggesting corrections to the dialog used in our Sandra and Woo strips. The competition works like this:
- The goal of the competition is to find grammar mistakes and alternative phrases which sound better than the ones currently used in the already published Sandra and Woo strips.
- Only corrections mailed to email@example.com with the title “Editing competition” will be considered. I will check my spam folder regularly so you don’t have to be afraid that your mail got lost.
- The competition will be split into five parts consisting of 50 strips, each lasting one week. Only corrections related to those strips will be considered in the given time frame:
- Strips #1 – #50: Monday, 31 January, 0:00 CET – Sunday, 6 February, 23:59 CET
- Strips #51 – #100: Monday, 7 February, 0:00 CET – Sunday, 13 February, 23:59 CET
- Strips #101 – #150: Monday, 14 February, 0:00 CET – Sunday, 20 February, 23:59 CET
- Strips #151 – #200: Monday, 21 February, 0:00 CET – Sunday, 27 February, 23:59 CET
- Strips #201 – #249: Monday, 28 February, 0:00 CET – Sunday, 6 March, 23:59 CET
- You will get $3 $2 for every reported mistake and $1 for every minor correction which I will eventually use. If two competitors suggest the same correction, the first competitor will get the money, unless the second competitor provides a significantly better explanation why his version of the phrase is better than the one currently used in the strip AND I need this explanation to understand the problem.
- The competitor with the most acknowledged corrections in one part will receive $5 extra.
- The competitor with the most acknowledged corrections overall will receive $10 extra.
- If there are several competitors who found the same amount of mistakes, the winner of the bonus will be selected among them by chance.
- An example: If you should report 10 mistakes and 5 minor corrections, winning two parts and the overall ranking, you will receive $2 x 10 + $1 x 5 + $5 x 2 + $10 = $45 in the end.
- I will pay with Paypal after the end of the competition. I will consider alternative payment methods for winners without a Paypal account who won $10 or more.
- All competitors with an acknowledged correction will be thanked for in a news post on our main page. So don’t forget to include a link to your homepage in your comment if you have one.
The first part of the competition starts now!
Update (31 January 2011): I have already received so many corrections (much more than I hoped for) that I’m now in a difficult situation. If I accepted all the suggestions which are just “nice to have” instead of correcting actual mistakes, the competition would become too expensive for me. Therefore I want to reduce the prize money to $2 for corrections of actual mistakes, and to $1 for minor improvements of the text flow. I hope that everybody is okay with that.
└ posted on Sunday, 23 January 2011, by Novil
We are looking for two new editors who have a second look at the dialog of the comic strips before their publication. One of the new editors should check every new page of Gaia, the other new editor should check new Sandra and Woo strips as well as new Gaia pages, but is allowed to miss an update once in a while.
An editor should be able to tell me that “will be gone” is not the correct tense in a complicated sentence. These things will be discussed in an internal forum. Of course the new editors will get credit on the About page of our website. They will also get a little gift from their Amazon.com wishlist at the end of the year as a compensation for their effort.
If you are a native English speaker who is interested in the position, you can write a comment or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Considering the small amount of new dialog each week, it’s really not much work to do. But nonetheless you should be reliable.
Update (25 January 2011): I will have a closer look at all the applications I received next weekend. Don’t expect a decision before that.