Webcomics are comics published on a website or mobile app. While many are published on the web, others are published in magazines, newspapers or in comic books. Webcomics can be compared to self-published print comics in that anyone with an Internet connection can publish their own webcomic. Readership levels vary widely. Webcomics range from traditional comic strips and graphic novels to avant garde comics, cover many genres and subjects, they sometimes take on the role of a comic blog. The term web cartoonist is sometimes used to refer to someone who creates webcomics. There are several differences between webcomics and print comics. With webcomics the restrictions of the traditional newspapers or magazines can be lifted, allowing artists and writers to take advantage of the web's unique capabilities; the freedom webcomics provide allows artists to work in nontraditional styles. Clip art or photo comics are two types of webcomics that do not use traditional artwork. A Softer World, for example, is made by overlaying photographs with strips of typewriter-style text.
As in the constrained comics tradition, a few webcomics, such as Dinosaur Comics by Ryan North, are created with most strips having art copied from one template comics and only the text changing. Pixel art, such as that created by Richard Stevens of Diesel Sweeties, is similar to that of sprite comics but instead uses low-resolution images created by the artist himself. However, it is common for artists to use traditional styles and layouts, similar to those published in newspapers or comic books. Webcomics that are independently published are not subject to the content restrictions of book publishers or newspaper syndicates, enjoying an artistic freedom similar to underground and alternative comics; some webcomics stretch the boundaries of taste, taking advantage of the fact that internet censorship is nonexistent in countries like the United States. The content of webcomics can still cause problems, such as Leisure Town artist Tristan Farnon's legal trouble after creating a homoerotic Dilbert parody, or the Catholic League's protest of artist Eric Millikin's "blasphemous treatment of Jesus."
Webcomics come in a large variation of formats throughout the world. Comic strips consisting of three or four panels, have traditionally been a popular format for webcomics. Other webcomics may mimic the pages of traditional comic books and graphic novels, sometimes in the hopes of being published in print. Scott McCloud, one of the first advocates of webcomics, pioneered the idea of the "infinite canvas" where, rather than being confined to normal print dimensions, artists are free to spread out in any direction indefinitely with their comics; such a format proved successful in South-Korean webcomics when JunKoo Kim implemented an infinite scrolling mechanism in Line Webtoon in 2004. In 2009, French web cartoonist Balak described Turbomedia, a format for webcomics where a reader only views one panel at a time, in which the reader decides their own reading rhythm by going forward one panel at a time; some web cartoonists, such as political cartoonist Mark Fiore or Charley Parker with Argon Zark!, incorporate animations or interactive elements into their webcomics.
There are attempts to combine comic books presentation with live-action video sequences by Scottish company Rextale. The first comics to be shared through the Internet were created in the mid-1980s. Services such as CompuServe and Usenet were used before the World Wide Web started to rise in popularity in 1993. Early webcomics were derivatives from strips in college newspapers, but when the Web became popular in the mid-1990s, more people started creating comics for this medium. By the year 2000, various webcomic creators were financially successful and webcomics became more artistically recognized. Unique genres and styles became popular during this period. In the second half of the 2000s, webcomics became less financially sustainable due to the rise of social media and consumers' disinterest in certain kinds of merchandise. However, crowdsourcing through Kickstarter and Patreon became popular in this period, allowing readers to donate money to webcomic creators directly; the 2010s saw the rise of webtoons in South Korea, where the form has become prominent.
This decade has seen an larger number of successful webcomics being adapted into animated series in China and Japan. In March 1995, Bebe Williams launched the webcomics portal Art Comics Daily, an online gallery of several webcomics. In March 2000, Chris Crosby, Crosby's mother Teri, Darren Bleuel founded the webcomics portal Keenspot. In July 2000, Austin Osueke launched eigoMANGA a web portal that published original online manga "webmanga". Within this year, eigoMANGA brought comic book industry attention to webcomics after being featured in many comic book web magazine articles and appearing in the March 2001 issue of Wizard Magazine. In 2001, the subscription webcomics site Cool Beans World was launched after a high-profile publicity campaign including extensive print advertising, it won Internet Magazine's "Site of the Month" award in October 2001. Contributors included, amongst others, UK-based comic book creators Pat Mills, Simon Bisley, John Bolton and Kevin O'Neill, the author Clive Barker.
Serialised content included Scarlet Traces and Marshal Law. In March 2001, Shannon Denton and Patrick Coyle launched Komikwerks.com serving free strips from comics and animation professionals. The site launched with 9 titles including Steve Conl
Nothing Nice to Say
Nothing Nice to Say is a webcomic, touted as "The world's FIRST online punk comic", created by artist Mitch Clem. It is sometimes abbreviated as Nothing Nice, NNTS or NN2S. First launched online in February 2002, Nothing Nice To Say follows roommates Blake and Fletcher, while living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as they make fun of punk rock, punk rock fans, just about everything relating to the punk subculture, including themselves. Although it follows the de facto 3-panel webcomic setup of two roommates with one being off-the-wall, it is unique in placing them in a punk setting. During much of the comic's existence, Mitch used the space under the comic as his blog. Now his blog can be found at his LiveJournal. Clem's blogs began to show that he was suffering bouts of depression; because of this he was mocked on the comic's own discussion forum. This is one of the reasons that Mitch- somewhat unceremoniously – ended the comic in 2004. At this time, Mitch told fans he would be collaborating on a strip called Joe and Monkey with fellow webcomic artist Zach Miller.
Clem left Joe and Monkey before the series launched, but did return to take over writing and illustration duties for the entire month of January 2005, at which point Mitch announced he would resurrect Nothing Nice in what would become the now familiar black and white format, as opposed to the original run, in color. Updates slowed sometime after January 2006, when Clem began focusing his energy on a new autobiographical strip called San Antonio Rock City. Nothing Nice was put on indefinite hiatus and SARC became Clem's main focus. Mitch Clem stated that he was unopposed to bringing back Nothing Nice, stayed true to this statement when he brought it back on a weekly schedule on August 28, 2006. Updates ranged from sporadic to nonexistent for a while as the focus shifted from SARC to NN2S and back. Clem quit San Antonio Rock City after breaking up with his then-girlfriend who served as the series' co-star, turned his focus back to Nothing Nice, where it continued to update on a regular thrice weekly schedule.
Nothing Nice went back on temporary hiatus as Clem began work on another autobiographical strip, My Stupid Life. Nothing Nice to Say resumed on September 15, 2008 was placed on hiatus since December 23, 2008, resumed again on September 5, 2011 with a new co-writer, Joe Briggs. One of the comic's main characters, he is named after Blake Schwarzenbach of Jawbreaker and Jets to Brazil fame, is a great fan of both bands. Tends to be the voice of reason of the two main characters. Besides Schwarzenbach bands, he is a fan of pop-punk bands and some indie rock bands. Played guitar in a band with Fletcher, called The Negative Adjectives, he has a shrine to Henry Rollins in his bedroom, something Fletcher was unaware of until September 13, 2006. Blake is considered by many fans to represent a sort of "parallel universe Mitch", or is at least modelled on the comic's author. Blake's bald-headed roommate. Did not have a name. Tends to come up with some crazy and somewhat anti-social ideas, sometimes resulting in litigation.
He is sometimes attracted to irritating behaviors and habits for their ability to anger others, such as his taking up smoking. Wears a band shirt that reads "BAND". Is a fan of 1980s hardcore punk. Played drums for The Negative Adjectives. Contracted a case of "pop punk" at a show, he is a comic foil to Blake's role as straightman and the two most provide the main thrust of the series' plotlines. A ska fan, he now listens to emo and vehemently denies having liked ska at all. Blames the female gender for most of his problems though they tend to be self-inflicted. Seems to exude "whiny bitch pheromones" which make it impossible to stay around him for any longer time without resorting to physical violence, he started out 2007 by renouncing emo in favor of what he felt was less depressing pop-punk, but after buying the newest pop punk album, he hanged himself in his apartment. His name is a reference to the comedian Emo Philips. An anthropomorphic gopher Very sarcastic, at one time insulted people for spare change.
According to the comic, has played bass for Screeching Weasel, roadied for Fifteen and secretly written songs for The Donnas. Played bass for The Negative Adjectives. Cecil has rejoined the band since Joe Banks joined. Seen wearing a Quincy Punx shirt. A vegan, hardcore-crust punk; the rest of the cast tends to walk on egg shells around him due to his veganism, as they're afraid they might upset him if he so much as touches an object, in contact with dairy products. He has been referred to as "Chris," an error that Clem has jokingly acknowledged. A radical feminist. Spends a lot of her time getting upset at Blake and Fletcher for objectifying female punk rock band members, yet started dating Alice only because a "strong lesbian stance" would improve her image as a feminist; the comic's youngest character. He's a skater and tends to get made fun of by Blake and Fletc
Jawbreaker is an American punk rock band active from 1986 to 1996, again since 2017. The band is considered one of the influential acts of the 1990s emo movement. Lead vocalist and guitarist Blake Schwarzenbach, bassist Chris Bauermeister, drummer Adam Pfahler formed the band while students at New York University relocating to Los Angeles where they released their debut album Unfun through independent record label Shredder Records. Relocating again to San Francisco the next year, they released 1992's Bivouac through the Tupelo Recording Company and The Communion Label. Schwarzenbach's charisma and personal, frustrated lyrics helped establish him as a cult idol as he underwent surgery to remove painful, voice-threatening polyps from his throat. Jawbreaker toured with Nirvana in 1993 and released 24 Hour Revenge Therapy in 1994, attracting the attention of major labels, they signed a $1 million contract with DGC Records and released 1995's Dear You, but its polished production and smooth vocals caused significant backlash from the band's core audience.
Internal tensions led to Jawbreaker's dissolution in 1996. On April 19, 2017, the band announced their reunion. Following the breakup, the members of Jawbreaker were active in other projects including Jets to Brazil and Whysall Lane. Pfahler continued to issue previously-recorded Jawbreaker material through his Blackball Records label, public interest in the band continued due in part to nationally charting pop punk and emo acts indebted to Jawbreaker's sound. In 2004, Pfahler licensed the out-of-print Dear You from DGC's parent company Geffen Records and re-released it to a positive response, he has since issued a remastered version of Unfun, plans to remaster the rest of the band's catalog. Prior to forming Jawbreaker, Blake Schwarzenbach and Adam Pfahler were childhood friends in Santa Monica and classmates at Crossroads High School. In 1986 they decided to start a band. Seeking a bassist, they responded to a flyer posted on campus by Chris Bauermeister. "It wasn't just this Xeroxed thing", Pfahler recalled, "It was something he had drawn, like a poster.
It was all colored and it named all the right bands." The trio began practicing together at Giant Studios on Sixth Avenue, with Schwarzenbach on guitar and Pfahler on drums. "It was just us, trying to figure each other out in that hourly room for a while", recalls Schwarzenbach, "We went through a lot of incarnations before we sounded anything like the band we became. I am glad we didn't play live, because I had to go through my hardcore phase." They practiced with several singers and went through several names during this time settling on the name Rise. In the fall of 1987 Schwarzenbach and Bauermeister took time off from college and moved to Los Angeles to pursue Rise, adding Bauermeister's childhood friend Jon Liu on lead vocals; this changed, when Schwarzenbach wrote and sang "Shield Your Eyes" for the band's demo. It was the first recording on which he sang, he noted that it "kind of defined where we would go as a band". According to Liu, "That was the song; the vocal arrangements. The lyrics.
It was a perfect piece. But to my detriment, I kind of bristled against it. I was like,'This is amazing, I don't think I can do anything like this.'" The band soon changed their name to Jawbreaker and Schwarzenbach and Bauermeister decided to continue as a trio with Schwarzenbach on vocals. Bauermeister was given the task of informing Liu that he was no longer in the band, which proved awkward since the two were roommates. "I am cool with it now," reflected Liu in 2010, "It was to everybody's benefit. But at the time, there was some bitterness.""Shield Your Eyes" was the first Jawbreaker song to be released, on the 7" vinyl compilation album The World's in Shreds Volume Two on independent record label Shredder Records. This was followed by a single for the song "Busy" and the Whack & Blite 7" E. P. in 1989. In total Jawbreaker wrote 20 songs in 1988 and 1989, many of which appeared on compilations and split singles over the next two years; the band played their first show March 16, 1989 at Club 88 in Los Angeles and recorded their debut album, Unfun, in two days in Venice in January 1990.
Released through Shredder, its pop punk sound was distinguished by Schwarzenbach's lyrical and vocal intensity. In the summer of 1990 Jawbreaker embarked on the "Fuck 90" tour with Econochrist, which proved to be a grueling experience that broke up the band. "It was two months, in the summer, for a unknown band", according to Schwarzenbach. "Of that tour, we had six rad shows. There were maybe 25 utterly forgettable metal-club-in-Florida-type shows." Bauermeister stopped speaking to Pfahler and Schwarzenbach when the tour reached Canada, with several weeks still to go. By the conclusion of the tour, tensions between the members had risen to the point where they announced the band's breakup. Schwarzenbach and Bauermeister returned to New York University to finish their degrees, spoke to each other. Pfahler regretted the breakup, while Schwarzenbach and Bauermeister reconciled in New York; the trio decided to continue with Jawbreaker and relocate to San Francisco, where they had earned the acceptance of local acts Econochrist and Samiam.
In 1991 they moved into an apartment complex in the Mission District. They recorded their second album, with recording engineer Billy Anderson, it was released in 1992 through the local labels Tupelo Recording Company and The Communion Label. Pfahler has described the alb
Theater Hopper is a semi-autobiographical webcomic based on the escapades of characterized versions of author Tom Brazelton, his wife Cami, buddy Jared, as they discuss and purchase films. It is the self-described "longest-running movie-themed webcomic", having run for over ten years from August 2, 2002 to December 31, 2012. With a personal and academic history with comics and design, Brazelton combined the two interests to develop Theater Hopper in 2002; the first characters are based on the artist and those close to him, requiring a thin line to be tread between reality and fantasy. The inclusion of original characters in 2004 allowed for more freedom in storytelling, as well as the introduction of story arcs. Emphasizing the writing over the art, Brazelton performs the latter with a combination of hand-drawn art and digital coloring. Over the years, Theater Hopper's schedule shifted from three times a week to once a week in 2010; the site began with receiving only about 50 unique visitors per day, but over the years, that number has fluctuated between 3,000–10,000.
Brazelton covers the cost of running the site through advertising and selling physical books of Theater Hopper strips. From Des Moines, Tom Brazelton was born an only child on December 21, 1977, has been collecting comic books since age eight. Brazelton drew comics in middle school, spent his high school and college years studying graphic design and print design. While in college at the University of Northern Iowa, Brazelton was a concert and album reviewer for the Northern Iowan, his college newspaper; when he started Theater Hopper in 2002, Brazelton was working as a freelance music reviewer for The Des Moines Register, in 2004 he worked at a movie theater for "about 8 months", in 2006, he was a web designer for Allied Insurance. In 2007, Brazelton and his wife added their first child to the family. In February 2009, Brazelton was taking night classes in pursuit of his master's degree in communication leadership at Drake University. In December 2009, the Brazeltons added a second child to their family.
Before creating Theater Hopper, Brazelton created the website Des Moines Music Online to discuss the local music scene. Brazelton created DMMO to practice web design and enhance his print media-based skill set. Looking for a new web project to further expand his repertoire of skills, Brazelton found Penny Arcade comics being run in The Official Playstation Magazine. Considering himself to be interested in music as he is film, Brazelton eschewed a music-interest based comic so as not to re-tread the paths beaten by web cartoonists Mitch Clem and Jeph Jacques. Theater Hopper is a combination of character commentary on films, irregularly recurring segments focusing more on the characters and only tangentially on films. Brazelton admitted in a 2003 interview that when he started the comic and was unsure as to its potential longevity, he fell back on using himself and those close to him to avoid writing backstories for short-lived characters; this shortcut hamstrings Brazelton's potential for development.
In 2009, Brazelton confessed that if he were to go back with what he knew now, he would begin again with all-original characters, despite the artificial familiarity it breeds in his fans. The main characters which have been based on real people are author Tom, his wife Cami, their beagle Truman, Tom's friend Jared. Brazelton has gone on record saying his young son, will not be joining the comic strip because of the limitations it would put on his and his wife's characters to be responsible and parental. In terms of how autobiographical it's meant to be… well some of our conversations are exaggerated for comedic effect, but some of the exchanges I've had with my wife, for example, I've posted verbatim. We have a great time talking about movies and celebrity culture. Tom Tom is based on the artist himself. Though his comic alter-ego tends to be "more offensive or ignorant about his surroundings", the artist and his doppelgänger have become more similar over the years than not. Cami Also a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Cami is Tom's wife in real life and in the strip.
When Brazelton first added her to the strip, he explained that she'd requested to be added and so he obliged. Jared Jared is based on the real-life best friend of Brazelton's, his inclusion in the comic was not with his counterpart's consent. Both Jareds are married; the character's signature vitriolic hatred for Ben Affleck and Shia LaBeouf—obviously exaggerated—stems from Brazelton's own dissatisfaction with the actors. Truman Barzelton's dog Truman first appears over a month after the strip started when his real-world counterpart was seven months old. Jimmy Jimmy first appeared a month after the strip debuted as "the hapless movie theater employee." Jimmy is an original character, was written to be an anomalous theater employee who enjoys working at the
Joe and Monkey
Joe and Monkey is a webcomic written and illustrated by Zach Miller. It debuted on 27 July 2004. New comic strips were posted every Monday and Friday. However, the comic has not updated since mid-2008. Presented in black-and-white with occasional color strips, the strip follows the horizontal newspaper 4-panel format; the comic features Joe Banks, a delivery truck driver for the fictitious Red Fox Delivery Company, Joe's talking simian companion, Kleptobot, a evil kleptomaniac robot. Joe and Monkey spend much of their time discussing a wide range of relevant and irrelevant topics from current events in pop culture and politics interjected with Joe's off-kilter view of reality. Kleptobot, as per his name, spends most – if not all – of his time stealing things. In January 2008, Zach Miller stated on the Joe and Monkey website that he would be changing the comic strip from a daily schedule to Monday and Friday updates, he indicated a desire to shift from black and white to a full color format, though the majority of strips since have remained black and white.
The strip did not update from 14 February 2008 through to 2 June 2008 due to Miller's involvement in preparing the upcoming Dark Horse Comics publication of fellow webcomic artist Mitch Clem's Nothing Nice to Say. After a long Hiatus the comic strip started updating again in July 2009 with a new story that spans 157 pages; the series has begun a second hiatus, with no new strips being posted to the site since 2016. Joe and Monkey is a member of a webcomic collective. Guest artists have included Brian Carroll and Joe Dunn. Joe: The aforementioned 22-year-old truck driver for Red Fox. First appeared in Miller's previous comic,'No Pants Tuesday.' He claims to belong to the Jewish religion, but to him this may have more to do with the fact that he wears pants than anything else, as he is unable to identify a menorah. Joe has had to make adjustments since his family moved in with him after his parents' house burned down while they were on vacation. For some reason, he has an abnormal fear of ducks that may or may not be related to a cursed Argentine treasure.
Joe was once sued by the RIAA for illegally downloading MP3s, but was acquitted by majority vote. He has a knack for getting the plots of Tom Hanks movies mixed up in his memory; the reason as to why Joe and Monkey are responsible for stopping Kleptobot has never been elucidated. Joe was fired from Red Fox for gluing his face to the table on a five-dollar bet. Joe is the lead singer of'The Negative Adjectives,' his band with Blake and Fletcher of the webcomic Nothing Nice to Say. On stage, he wears an eyepatch. Monkey: Joe's simian companion. In'No Pants Tuesday,' he was revealed to be a demon from Hell with his own agenda – which consisted of talking, playing video games and "being awesome." In this continuity, Monkey joined Joe after a botched bra delivery from South America. Monkey has had a massive redesign from his original appearance in'No Pants Tuesday', most notably in his hair and coloration. Monkey shares Joe's fear of ducks. Kleptobot: an evil robot thief who serves as the primary foil in the comic.
Items he has stolen include Joe's delivery truck, suits from the 1950s, other peoples' ideas and Monkey. To quote Miller directly, "I created the design of Kleptobot referencing Futurama's Bender, Diesel Sweeties' Red Robot, Black Hole's Maximillian." His creation was the impetus for Miller to create JaM as a separate comic in collaboration with Mitch Clem. Despite his villain role, he seems to have developed a friendship-like relationship with Joe's sister, Megan: while he helps her with a bully problem, he ends up cutting away her hair. During a story arc in which Megan was abducted, Kleptobot was a suspect in her kidnapping, thought to have done so in retaliation for her kicking sand in his face when he asked for help. However, it was Kleptobot who found and rescued Megan from her child-murdering abductor, against whom Monkey took the intentionally omitted final revenge. On Joe was forced to stay with kleptobot at the robot factory after ants took over Joe's house and he needed to fumigate.
Megan was treated Joe was forced to stay with monkey in a closet. Joe and Monkey inadvertently wake up a deactivated robot called Kvetchbot who throws him out of the closet. Kvetchbot gets upgraded but when he finds out the Soviet Union had fallen and it is the year 2007 he attacks Kleptobot; the two proceed to do battle through the city which culminates with Kvetchbot downgrading Kleptobot from being Y2K compatible so his generator would burst. Kleptobot reveals his reactor to be cold-fusion and nobley flies into space so the city would live his last action is to grab hold of the Fox news satellite and detonates. On Earth Kvetchbot threatens to kill Joe and Monkey saying that when they're dead he'll start on Megan. Monkey tells Kvetchbot and promptly tears Kvetchbot to pieces. Joe reveals in a sort of epilogue that they stayed with the robots who couldn't put Kvetchbot back together "Either that or they didn't try I wasn't paying attention" as he put it. Although go comics reveals in upcoming comics that Joe is sitting right across from Kleptobot while telling the story to a waitress.
When asked what happens, Kleptobot jokes he's robot Jesus before revealing whenever he fights he uploads his data onto a server so if he's destroyed he can be re-installed o