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As many of my loyal readers will attest, I am a fulfiller of dreams. Brock Heasley has such a dream. His dream is to get a contract with DC Comics. Brock is the mind behind Superfogeys, the webcomic about old superheroes in a nursing home (that yours truly provided a guest cartoon for just last month). As good as Superfogeys is, Brock and his team have submitted MONSTERPLEX to Zuda. Zuda is a site owned by DC and each month they pit 10 different webcomics against each other. If he wins, he gets a one year contract to keep making it.
From Brocks site on how you can help:
1. First of all, go to http://www.zuda.com Pretty cool, right?
2. Hit the “Sign Up!” link in the upper right hand corner. You can’t vote or interact with the site in any meaningful way without registering first (don’t worry, it’s painless and DC Comics won’t spam you afterwards).
3. Follow the instructions to create your Zuda account.
4. Click on the Zuda logo in the upper left corner of the screen to go back to the homepage.
5. Click on “VOTE” to go to the current competition.
6. Scroll down until you see MONSTERPLEX and then click on that!
7. Now, this is the good part. There’s a whole bunch of things you can do to support MONSTERPLEX and they’re all right here:
a. Click the VOTE button!
b. Give MONSTERPLEX a star rating under “Rate This Comic:” (5 is great, but follow your conscience.)
c. Click the red “+” sign to “Add to Your Favorites”
d. Scroll way down on the page and leave a comment!
So go off and do your good deed for the day. Brock promises that if he wins, he will add a real Bear-Man to the monster mix who wears a beartoons.com t-shirt all the time. OK, I totally made that up. But I have dreams too you know.
Thanks to Tom Richmond for the heads up on this. The National Cartoonists Society has banded together to support one of its own – Tim Hodge. Tim’s son Matthew was in an auto accident five months ago and has since been in a coma. As with most of us, we can handle short term illness but the financial toll of long term care is very harsh.
Check out auction and bid if you can.
There are plenty of top lists going around this time of year. Too many are subjective. I give you the most objective one yet because it is based on data. Plus I top it off with interesting facts like there with only one exception, there were no commenters in 2008 who stuck around in 2009. That sole exception was Michael who does the Unemployed Dad webcomic who pays a vist every so often.
The top 10 based on views of 2009
Now most of you didn’t find me until later in the year so not surprising the most commented posts came from the second half.
And Finally the Top Five Commenters of 2009.
Thanks to all of you for your support in 2009. Hope I don’t scare you off in 2010. And feel free to fight for the top five commenters spot for next year.
Given that many a folk will shorten my name, Bearman, to just the friendly “Bear”, I thought I would honor all those that I know of with webcomics that include the word “bear” or have main characters that have a bear. Anyone have or know of any missing, let me know.
First I want to highlight two frequent commenters here:
Unbearable Bears Presents by David LaMason – Oskar the Bear stars along with his bird friend Bainbridge and their musings on life in the woods.
Arctic Blast by Alfred Laird – comic based on the friendship of a Polar Bear, Seal, Inuit and a lost Flamingo and the adventures they find themselves involved in
Others I follow:
Thought it would be nice with the holidays approaching to allow webcomic authors to plug any thing they are selling to make a living. Shirts, Collections, Calendars, whatever. I know Nate and Byron both are selling collections this year.
Comment in the comments section and tell us about it. If you can hyperlink an image even better. And if any of my regular commenters who aren’t illustrators and have something to hock this year…feel free. (Don we don’t want your old undershirts)
As we come upon another holiday season. Let us sit back and reflect on those less fortunate than ourselves. Those who truly are suffering. No, not residents of war-torn cities. No not the malnourished, the unemployed, the homeless, the scorned, the depraved. No not any of them. The ones who are truly suffering tonight are Michaele and Tareq Salahi.
What’s more now they are under possible scrutiny for potentially cooking the books and not paying vendors for their Foundation event to raise money for charity. According to Tareq, the 2007 event raised $250,000. According to the local charities who were supposed to benefit, they received $10,000 combined.
My heart goes out to them on this cold night.