A good number of years ago I was hanging out in an IRC-channel now dusty and forgotten, among webcomickers and readers of said webcomics. It was about a year after I had discovered webcomics and entered the strange and exiting communities they opened into. At that time I was probably only reading and knowing a dozen comics, but I had already witnesses the power of webcomic crossovers, with the notorious It’s Walky!
crossover being the first I experienced firsthand, as well as the joy of cameos (notably the cameos in the last days of It’s Walky! where friends of David Willis, as well as readers and friends of me from the forums, got to take part, and both I and a lot of friends from the IRC-channels had been honorary starring in Chris Tout’s AaaSoc
I had always enjoyed crossovers and cameos in comics, from the myriad crossing over between the various Marvel comics I read as a teenager, to the Easter eggs when the same comics, as well as movies, hid references and cameos to other comics and evens, some hidden, some openly… Popeye hiding among the guests at the Shi’ar ball comes to my mind
The enjoyment was given new fire when I discovered the possibilities through webcomics, but already then I noticed that great cameos and references tend to be forgotten as soon as the initial enjoyment was over… a characters appearance in another comic may be referenced and posted at any forum or blog associated with his or hers comic of origin, but the notice would soon be engulfed by future thread and posts, where new readers would miss out on it unless they by chance discover said post or read the comic containing the cameo… and somehow, in the back of my mind, I played with the idea of creating a site of some kind that could store those cameos and references, “remembering” them… I never took that idea any further.
However… on the 12 of February 2005, two webcomics of which the authors hang out in the IRC-channels, both celebrated the return of the character Mike in the comic of Shortpacked!
, the sequel to It’s Walky! , and somehow, in the middle of the merriment of those independent cameos celebrating the same event, I decided to do the Archive. For the next to days I experimented with a setup for the site as well as making up a general and easy copyable system to store the various cameos/references/crossovers, to which I had great help from friends on IRC, and on the 14th of February 2005, the Archive officially went live… with a smashing 5 entries and some 12 recorded events!
Now, 5 years later The Webcomic Cameo & Crossover Archive
holds entries for almost 2000 different webcomic, and has recorded an untold number of events... it has spawned events like the Crossover Wars
and the annual Cameo Capers
and it has managed to give my own avatar a webcomic life outside my control...
Working on the Archive has brought me into contact with a lot of people worldwide, people I consider friends and associates, people I can work and chat with, even though there’s a number of them I at the same time would like to present to the business end of my axe for all the work they have given me over the years… and keep giving me
… and yet again, its their work that keeps me going, that adds to my enjoyment of the many webcomics out there, of which I keep adding more and more to my reading list.
One once asked me why I, since new cameos and crossovers keep popping up almost daily, keep on working on the site as I never will be able to catch up. The reason is easy… I enjoy it
It’s a hobby I always can go back to, there will always be something I can work on, and though the Archive cannot exactly be called wellknown or wellvisited (the two-digit number of daily visitors speak for themselves), it has generated enough feedback over the years for me to consider it well worth the time and efforts I have put into it.
I would like to dedicate today and the 5 years that has let to here to those who have helped me along the way, to all those who either in the forum or by mail has contributed with submissions of cameos, crossovers and references between webcomics, to those who have helped spread the words about the Archive, to those who have jumped on the bandwagon of any crazy scheme the Archive has spawned, and have send the boulder rolling with a magnitude few would have thought possible.
This is to you, and this is to 5 years more… at least.
Now, to celebrate the 5 year anniversary of the Archive, I had planned a lot of things… a shining up of the entire site, new features etc…. unfortunately the last couple of months have not been kind to me, my time, nor my work on the Archive, so nothing have come of all those plans…
However, I will present on thing I had planned… a contest!
Below is a word-puzzle made by none other than our own KAM
(who bought himself a 15 seconds head start with that)… who off course is barred for taking part in this contest!
Inside the word puzzle are hidden the names of 48 different webcomics… some wellknown, some obscure, some lost, some still going strong…
Whoever sends me, either by PM or mail, the most names of the hidden comics will receive the prize. Should two or more people get the same number right, the Goddess or Luck, also known as Mrs. H, will draw lots between them to find the winner…
As for the prize, then another of my plans at this point was to have the Archive’s shop
updated and refitted with hopefully lots of fun and interesting items… not that I expect to really sell anything, but there's always the fun in creating the stuff
Unfortunately that plan too fell to the ground. However, though cut short, the prize will still be one item of ones own choice from the Shop!
It may not be much, but this is mostly for the fun and celebrational event… bragging rights are off course included
Deadline is by the end of the month of February.