Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Another quick update!

Sorry for the hiatus. It got a bit too complicated when my laptop started lagging, and it still is.

Before anything else though, congratulations to Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldissimo for Trese winning the National Book Award for Graphic Literature!

To be brief, I thought it'd be good to review what has been written about Pinoy komiks elsewhere in the blogosphere, and so this is what I'd done the past week. I did not want to repeat anything that had already been written, but more importantly, I wanted to know what had happened out there, and what has been said and done. There's just too much to catch up to, so I've settled for trying to catch up bit by bit when I can.

At least temporarily, this blog will be about current events and new ideas for komiks creators. Komiks is a risky venture as it is, so it's understandable if people are wary to try new things out, or to retry old things that failed. However, it is only by increasing these risks that we increase the reward! However, there is such a thing as calculated risks, and so we should not be trying anything out that's new without looking at the consequences.

For example, the last article series on crowdsourcing explored instances when crowdsourcing has been and has not been successful. In the case of Zuda Comics, DC could call it a success in that they came out with titles that made money. However, it could also be seen as a failure as they were unable to recruit the webcomic creators into their fold. Webcomic makers did not believe that working for Zuda would be in their best interest, even if the money seemed good. The few creators who did sign up with DC knew what they were getting into, although they weren't really webcomics people.

I will setup an interview series soon. I hadn't gotten around this yet, because I wanted to be careful and frame my questions in a way that we could glean more insights from the makers. There is also an upcoming project with digitalfilipino.com, still being planned but possibly like NaNoWrimo.

OK, that's it for now, it's getting late. Posts may not be daily for now, but they'll be regular again starting tomorrow!

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