Have you ever had an idea for a comic strip, but weren’t sure exactly how to make it a reality? Alumnus Jesse Wilmon (MFA 2006 Design) has created a new Web site that can help any writer or cartoonist—from untested amateur to seasoned pro—bring an idea to life. COMMIX, which launched in October at www.com-mix.org, is based on Wilmon’s MFA Design Department thesis project, described by the designer as, “The 100% foolproof way to create comics on the Interweb.”
Registered users of the site can log in and use Wilmon’s patented interactive tools to select a layout, combine images and text, and publish the finished strip on COMMIX. Visitors can then browse through the comics (by artist, writer or comic) and rate each on a scale of 1 – 10; the most popular strips get featured placement on the homepage. Since launching the site, Wilmon already has collected more than 1,000 original comic strips, including work from MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Department alumni S.Y. Choi, Patrick Dorian, Paul Hoppe, Nora Krug, Sarah Perry-Stout, Fay Ryu and Maggie Suisman, along with faculty member Tom Hart.
Image: The COMMIX home page, created by Jesse Wilmon.