Hicksville Comics now online!

My new webcomics site, hicksvillecomics.com, is now online and will be updated several times a week.

It opens with two serials, The American Dream and Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen, and two complete short comics, Siso and The Physics Engine.

Plenty more to come! I'm having a blast!

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Hicksville Comics – goes live next week.

It's almost ready! Just a few finishing touches (man, that CSS & php does my head in!), and my new website will be ready. It will serialise new work, and I'll also gradually add old stories, to create a permanent online library of my comics. I may get it finished today, but it will definitely be up and running by next week.

Of course, I'll announce it here the moment it goes live.

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Coming soon…

…my new site! I'll be serialising new work on it (including the stories I was serialising in Atlas).

I'm just putting the finishing touches to it at the moment. Hopefully it'll be ready by the end of this week (if not sooner). I'll let you know the minute it goes live…

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Not copyright

Seems people are wanting to use my cartoon about copyright, so I thought I'd make a high resolution TIFF (1200dpi bitmap) available (right-click here and "save as").

Just to clarify: as far as I'm concerned, I've donated this cartoon to the public domain. Feel free to use it however you see fit.

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Good grief! It seems my humble little cartoon has made it all the way to the front page of the Pirate Bay. Now I really know what "going viral" feels like! All I can say is… ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

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The blackout is over – now it’s time to get rid of s92.

New Zealand's new Copyright Law presumes 'Guilt Upon Accusation' and will Cut Off Internet Connections without a trial. CreativeFreedom.org.nz is against this unjust law - help us
The Internet Blackout in protest at s92 of the Copyright Amendment Act is now over, having climaxed today with a huge blackout of websites and blogs. Thousands of people have also blacked out their twitter, facebook, myspace (etc) profile pictures, in opposition to this silly and unjust new copyright law.

My own contribution to the campaign was a quickly thrown together cartoon which became my first small taste of going viral. Within hours of posting my cartoon to Facebook and this blog and emailing it to the Creative Freedom Foundation, it had already spread far and wide across the web, from Scoop to Frogblog, Kiwiblog, Comics Lifestyle and beyond. It was twittered, linked, copied and emailed.

The result: I was on a high for the rest of the weekend! I mean, being published in a book or magazine is hugely exciting. But going viral — this was something else! Wow!

Thing is, it was a perfect example of why the new copyright laws are going in the wrong direction. The web is not about restricting access to art; instead it's all about putting it out there and watching it spread. Am I worried about someone making posters or t-shirts of my cartoon without paying me royalties? Am I going to sue if you put it in your magazine? Are you kidding? I want this baby to be seen by as many people as possible, in the hope it will add to the debate, make a few folks think, maybe even change a mind or two…

I've spent a lifetime trying to get my work out there in front of people – and now all I have to do is upload it and… well, actually, that's all I have to do! I can't even begin to describe how exciting that is.

I won't say any more here about my opposition to s92 (I've explained it already in my cartoon and in an earlier post). But suffice to say I just had my own little taste of the pleasures of freedom on the electronic frontier

So anyway – let's keep the pressure on the government over s92 – and in the meantime, enjoy the amazing marvel of modern technology and cultural evolution that is… the internet!

P.S. I'm currently putting the finishing touches to a new site on which I plan to serialise new work online. Needless to say, this weekend has made me even more happy to be making this step. Thanks everyone!

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