Adventures Into Digital Comics
I was not at the convention during which most of the films interviews took place, but I was one of the early round of long-distance intervews that were conducted in support of the film. Here is my interview about Argon Zark! and digital comics in conjunction with the film.
A History of Webcomics
The Artistic History of Webcomics
This issue of The Webcomics Examiner has an in-depth article on The Artistic History of Webcomics, that includes extensive discussion of Argon Zark! and its place in the history of the artistic style and development of webcomics.
The issue also features a fun cover image of Argon and Zeta as interpreted by 3-d comics artist Joe Zabel, creator of the Trespassers mysteries.
lines and colors
I've created a new weblog called lines and colors, devoted to drawing, comics, illustration, cartoons, digital art, and more.
Argon Zark! techniques featured extensively in new book,
Steven Withrow's Webcomics: Tools & Techniques for Digital Cartooning is very much a how-to book and includes a full 8-page tutorial for a Zark page as well as my column on "Thoughts about creating and publishing a web comic".
The book conmtains 12 full 8-page tutorials: from myself, Cat Garza, Jenn Manley Lee, Shaenon Garrity, Drew Weing, Ursula Vernon, Amy Kim Ganter, John Allison, Justine Shaw, D. Merlin Goodbrey, Brendan Cahill, and Nick Bertozzi.
Webcomics is published by Barron's. You can order Webcomics from Amazon.com.
Changes and additions to Zarkive
In celebration of the 10th anniversary, the entire first Argon Zark! webcomic has been brought out of the Zarkive and made available again. New sketches and page pencils have been added to the Zarkive as part of my thank you to those who have supported the site by purchasing the book or other AZ stuff. The Zarkive now includes AZ character sketches, page "pencils", unpublished AZ art and unpublished (non-Zark) comics from my dim and distant past. I'll keep adding when I can.
Argon Zark! is celebrating its 11th anniversary!
The first page was posted on June 27, 1995. As of June 27, 2005 the strip has been on the Web continuously for 11 years!
Argon Zark! was the first long-form comic strip created specifically to be published on the Web.
Although preceded on the Internet by Where the Buffalo Roam By Hans Bjordahl, a college newspaper strip that was made available for distribution through Usenet downloads prior to the advent of the Web, and Dr. Fun, a single panel cartoon that was originally created for small newspapers and later migrated to the Net, Argon Zark! was the first continuing comics story created exclusively to be published on the World Wide Web, and represents the beginning of webcomics as we know them today.
I would be interested in hearing from any of you who remember those first few months and are still following the strip today. Please write me at: .
Some Zark History
Read some of what people have had to say about Argon Zark! over the past 10 years.
Here is an article published by the Philadelphia Inquirer in 1997, when the strip was about two years old.
See listings of additional Argon Zark! features in newspapers, magazines, radio, TV and the web press.
For more background on the strip, see the About Argon Zark! page.
You can see snapshots of the strip in various stages of its evolution on the Internet Archive.
New book features Argon Zark!
How to Draw and Sell Digital Cartoons by Leo Hartas (Barron's $21.95)
This is an excellent look at the multi-faceted concerns of those interested in digital cartoons and comics, from inspiration to drawing, page layout, computer techniques, character design, coloring and publishing, both on the web and in print.
It's wide-ranging enough to touch on almost all aspects of the creation of digital comics, but focused enough to deal with specific techniques.
A fascinating and highly useful book that's also chock-full of beautiful digital art by many of the leading digital cartoonists and comics artists.
Argon Zark!, and art from the strip are highlighted on pages 6, 17, 60 and 142.
Another recent book on digital cartooning that features Argon Zark!
Toon Art: The Graphic Art of Digital Cartooning by Steven Withrow, (Watson-Guptill $29.95).
An overview of the current state of digital cartooning, it showcases many of the top digital cartoonists and comics artists working today, including a two page spread on Argon Zark!, as well as a brief overview of some of my techniques in the "Pixel-based Painting" section and a quote on the future of digital comics.
The book also includes tips and techniques, although its real strength is as a showcase of some of the best digital cartooning and comics art out there. A beautiful book.