Internet Comics

There are lots of comics on the internet, but how many of those are about the internet?

Infomaniacs by Matthew Thurber

From Infomaniacs by Matthew Thurber

At tomorrow night’s New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium event, Matthew Thurber will discuss his comic Infomaniacs, originally serialized online and since published by Picturebox.  With an internet-addicted protagonist, the comic developed into a thriller confronting issues of privacy and ownership online.

In his talk he’ll discuss the influences on the comic and the making of.  This interview in The Paris Review  might be good preparation, as is this live-action trailer for Infomaniacs:

Later this week I’m going to an event for librarians about Google Glasses, which I am skeptical of, but have yet to see in person, so why not.  However, I was reminded of Vision Machine, the creator-owned comic by Greg Pak and RB Silva, which is freely available online under a Creative Commons license.

Vision Machine #1

From Vision Machine #1, by Greg Pak & RB Silva

Released in 2010, the three issue series imagines a sneakily dystopian future where everyone has a set of iEyes, networked video camera glasses created by Sprout Technologies.  It’s only a matter of time until users regret never reading the terms of agreement when they’re bombarded with ads and lose access to the content they generated to Sprout.

Worth reading now that Google Glasses are an actual thing, and a good companion piece to Infomaniacs.


Know your Attachment Limits, reblog

xkcd webcomic, File Transfer

Copyright Randall Munroe

On my other site today I featured an article about the best file sharing services for when email can’t handle your giant files, which reminded me of an old xkcd comic precisely about how awkward file sharing on the internet still is, and I shared my latest illustration commission, a poster for a forthcoming play in Philadelphia!  Check it out:

Know your Attachment Limits.

Selfie Photo Album

Over on my other blog today, I used this gem by Maryland Institute College of Art student Sarah See Andersen to talk about born-digital documents.

As technology has improved, we’ve been able to produce more things, more easily, quickly outpacing production from years past and inundating ourselves in a sea of new material…  With digital items especially it’s easy to spiral out of control, since we’re never visibly constrained by the physical limitations of storage and maintenance…  Which can lead to a hard drive full of iPhone selfies, for example…

This was all a preface to the admittedly very exciting Kickstarter-ed iSketchnote, an iPad cover that digitizes your drawings and notes as you make them.  This could be a pretty nifty tool for cartoonists and illustrators especially, so any techy artists out there might want to check it out…

Also, Sarah See Andersen‘s tumblr comic, Doodle Time, is hilarious, so definitely check that out too.  In fact, watch this space tomorrow for some more of her work…

via Digitize as You Go.