Just got out of the Controversy panel at Northern Voice 2011. As you might expect, it was pretty lively and a lot of fun. One thing that distinguishes it from nearly every other social media panel I’ve attended, oh, ever: the discussion, among the panelists and with the audience, was almost completely among women. (Smart, articulate women, I might add.)
Northern Voice 2011 kicked off this morning with a keynote from blogger, citizen journalist and social media professional April Smith, co-founder of AHA Media. She spoke about helping residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to tell their own stories through social media, documenting the area’s daily life, and her own story.
I got to kick off MooseCamp – the narrowly-rescued unconference stream at Northern Voice – with a half-hour on webcomics. I shared a little of what I’ve learned over the past few years, but one of the things that grabbed people’s imagination is that you can cartoon without, well, cartooning.
Here are links to some of the comics I mentioned that are created with little or no actual drawing (although there’s a lot of talent still there):
Dwell On It, Tateru Nino’s cartoon created through Second Life screen captures
Gumshoo, a fun comic that deals with the same kind of topics I do, created on Bitstrips.com
A Softer World, with captions over top of photos – think LOLcats for grownups (often leading dark internal lives)
Dinosaur Comics, which uses the same clipart and panel structure in every comic
Get Your War On, which uses truly awful office clipart to devastating political effect
And then there’s xkcd – stick-figure cartoons from someone who every once in a while proves he can, in fact, draw pretty damn nicely.