Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Press Release: Intervention '11

Hi, everybody. I received the following press release last week about Intervention, an internet culture convention, and it looked like an interesting con. I'm a big fan of the internet, not just for webcomics but for all sorts of information and cool things, and the guest list for Intervention includes such awesome online cartooning humans as Dave Reddick, Steve Napierski, T. Campbell, and Chris Flick. The con's September 16-18, in Rockville, MD, so if you're around the area, you may want to check it out!

Press Release:

Event brings creators and fans together for weekend of learning and fun

ROCKVILLE, MD: Intervention, taking place at the Hilton Washington DC/Rockville in Rockville, MD, from September 16-18, 2011, is an indie creator and geek culture convention for the Internet generation. One part conference, one part fandom event, Intervention aims to provide both creators and fans a venue to learn, appreciate, and celebrate the opportunities technology provides.

“James [Harknell] and I wanted to put together an event that would complement the existing print-centric conventions – we wanted to showcase the creators who use the Internet as their primary publishing method,” says convention founder Onezumi Hartstein. “I went to conventions for years to promote my webcomic, and was always treated well, but felt that web creators needed their own space. We’re giving them that with Intervention.” After a very successful first run in 2010, this year will mark Hartstein's second time organizing the event.

Over thirty guests are currently scheduled to attend, bringing three days of panels and educational workshops. Fans of all stripes are also encouraged to submit their own cutting-edge programming, showcase their own works, and schedule their own meetups at the event. A special track of children's programming will be overseen by Matt Blum, managing editor of the GeekDad blog on

Sponsored by Think Geek (, Wacom (, Foam Brain Games (, Smith Micro (, 4Imprint (, Squishable (, Toy Vault (, LH Productions (, and Bawls Guarana ( the convention will also feature video and board gaming, an extensive Artist Alley, live action roleplay (LARP), musical performances, a Steampunk-themed dance, and plenty of giveaways. A charity auction will benefit the Electronic Frontier Foundation (, a civil liberties group that aims to defend freedom on the Internet.

Tickets for Intervention can be bought at for $40 for the full weekend (through August 31, 2011). Tickets bought at the door will cost $45, with single-day rates available. More information about guests and events can be found at

Monday, May 9, 2011


We interrupt your regularly scheduled me-not-blogging-about-webcomics to bring you this important announcement: FCHORDS FCHORDS FCHORDS.

F Chords is back and more frequent than ever. Kris Straub's strip about two studio musicians who play radio advertising jingles by day and dream of rock stardom by night has found a special place in my heart, and I am jazzed out of my mind that it is updating FIVE TIMES A WEEK. Five times. That is more than three times. I am about to pee my pants here.

I have never formally reviewed F Chords on this blog because I have been too busy gushing about it. You may read my resounding endorsements in this entry and this entry. But before you read my resounding endorsements, you should go read F Chords.

F Chords.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Sketch Comedy

So there's this great new webcomic. It's called Sketch Comedy, and it's by me.

I suppose this has been a long time coming, but I've wanted to get back to doing a comic regularly. You probably could have guessed it, between the illustrations, the comic-form TWIW posts and finally the more-or-less monthly updates for the past half-year or so. Much as I like blogging about comics, the creators are the real heroes here: they keep the webcomics coming day in and day out. They give us something to talk about. And I figured it's about time to throw my hat back in with 'em and start doing comics regularly again.

Sketch Comedy is still, oftentimes, a medium for me to talk about comics. Wes Molebash ( has appeared in a Sketch Comedy strip to give advice on community-building, and Gordon McAlpin (Multiplex) makes an appearance in one of the first strips. It is an inexorable vortex of meta.

Sketch Comedy updates on Tuesdays and Fridays, so stop by and check it out.