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Saturday, March 13, 2010
  Posted by Dara on 3/13/2010 11:59:00 AM :

       Webcomic: Zahra's Paradise

Zahra's Paradise is a webcomic by two Iranians, dealing with the aftermath of the protests and turmoil following last summer's disputed elections. Out of concern for the safety of their families, they are publishing it under the pseudonyms Amir and Khalil.

The webcomic is being serialized on the First Second website. It will eventually be published as a graphic novel by the same publisher. The really cool thing is that it's beinf simultaneously released in 8 different languages: English, Farsi, Arabic, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, and Korean (with new languages being added as volunteers step up to help spread the word).

Canada's Globe and Mail has a great article about the comic, and insight from its creators:
"Set at the height of last year’s bloody “Green revolution,” Zahra’s Paradise tells the story of a young Tehrani blogger and his mother (also named Zahra), who are searching for his vanished brother, Mehdi. The story is drawn in spare, flowing lines, stepping readers through a bleak vision of Tehran after the protests, emptied of life and littered with the wounded."

You can read the article here.


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Monday, April 27, 2009
  Posted by Dara on 4/27/2009 06:54:00 PM :

       Awesome webcomic

An unauthorized Spider-man webcomic that's cute, funny, and takes advantage of the web "canvas" for maximum visual impact.

(via this week's Lying in the Gutters)


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Sunday, March 29, 2009
  Posted by Dara on 3/29/2009 09:29:00 PM :

       The Dirties

Read Asaf and Tomer Hanuka's "The Dirties" free online.

Those Hanuka brothers sure know how to use colors to give their artwork that distinctive look.

(This story originally appeared in the anthology Meathaus S.O.S.)


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Tuesday, November 18, 2008
  Posted by Tom on 11/18/2008 10:11:00 PM :

       Rich Watson is on the internets

Last week during my Wednesday visit to the comic shop, I bumped into Rich Watson. Wrapping up an interview he did with the Columbus Dispatch. He's got a new webcomic out. Seems like yesterday I was tabling next to him at the Mid Ohio Con. Read his webcomic on WCN.


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Saturday, February 16, 2008
  Posted by Dara on 2/16/2008 10:25:00 AM :

       Lifelike webcomic updated

The final Lifelike webcomic story went online this week. You can read part 1 of "Imaginarians" here. Story by yours truly, art by the inimitable Tom Williams.

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Friday, November 02, 2007
  Posted by Tom on 11/02/2007 11:40:00 PM :


I checked thru some of the Zuda comics today and was largely unimpressed. Granted it's hard to judge any story 8 pages in. Given time, who knows these folks could hit their stride. I was enjoying Bayou but the sketchbook lineart really distracted me from the story. I was excited by the prospect of the new Corey Lewis strip. But what came out seemed like a toss off rough. Largely, my biggest beef with the site is the flash viewer. They have successfully eliminated all the benefits of comics on the web. Flash viewer eliminates any way of bookmarking certain strips or establishing an rss feed. No rss feed is a bad thing if you're trying to launch a webcomic. Pretty much shoots it in the foot.

Some of the art plays better in this viewer. Some doesn't. I'm able to read Rey's strip clearly without enlarging. Bayou, I'm not. When I do enlarge it, I see where the artist forgot to erase his marks on where the eyes go. Tip: if you're going to color direct over your pencils. They better be clean. Get a light box. Cripes. The site is new. They might work all these quirks out. They might not. Seems pretty lame that a company dumps some money on this launch and seemingly didn't research out any of this from the start.

As a whole, this is the most diverse content I've experienced from DC since Piranna Press. Which is a healthy plus if any of this sees the bookshelves.


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Tuesday, October 09, 2007
  Posted by Tom on 10/09/2007 10:01:00 PM :

       Not for the timid..

Finally my eyes can stop bleeding red and black: Brawl#1 is on the shelves begining tommorow. One of many web to print stories from the Act-I-Vate gang. The crazy fun of Dean Haspiel's Billy Dogma which in my mind is the new Madman. In fact, I'm digging it more than the current Madman. Also in the issue is Panorama, which I haven't checked out. I stare at the screen so often at work and home that honestly I can't read many comics on the web. Especially if it's over a couple of pages worth.


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