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Sunday, May 07, 2006

Now THIS is cool.

This site is a ridiculously useful resource for anyone who's a big fan of webcomics: The Webcomic Crossover and Cameo Archive. Wanna know any time someone's taken a shot at Penny Arcade? Now you can (sorry I linked out of the frameset there. You'll find your way back).

Not only does this site have an incredibly huge archive of crossovers, it's got a feature where you can report your own. So anytime a favorite comic of yours makes a clever reference that you think everyone else on the web missed, you can add it up there and revel in your own deductive ingenuity.

It's actually surprisingly fun to look up some of your favorite webcomics off the list and take a look at how other webcomickers have spoofed them and slipped them into their stories. Sure it's got an archive of the full-blown crossovers as well (such as Melonpool/It's Walky, and Goats/Bobbins), but if you're a follower of a strip which does a major crossover, you're obviously going to know that crossover already. It's a lot more fun to see all the random, off-the-cuff references your favorite comic has garnered over the years in the cameo section.

So check it out, add your own contributions, and enjoy!


At 12:10 PM, Blogger Scratch Fury said...

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At 12:11 PM, Blogger Scratch Fury said...

That site's pretty fascinating. I could see myself frittering away a good many hours on it. Must... restrain... self....

Ok, so in related news, I'd like to bring up quite possibly the coolest tribute ever, if you read both Shortpacked and Dinosaur Comics. For April Fools Day 2005, David Willis (Shortpacked) drew his comic with the characters' positions mimicking those of the characters in the fixed-art comic Dinosaur Comics. To be honest, I didn't even notice it when I read it that year. Then, in 2006, he re-used the same artwork for April Fools Day, replacing the text. So at that point not only was he parodying the artwork & layout, but he also riffed on the fixed-art style of the comic! Here're the links:

April Fools Day 2005
April Fools Day 2006

Hope you enjoy them as much as I did :) I submitted them to the Crossover/Cameo Archive, so hopefully they'll be listed there soon. And thank you once again, Gilead, for yet another way to redirect potentially productive time :)


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