The Hotlist: December 2011
A Guide to the Web’s Most Cutting Edge New Media Content

Compiled by Elliot Feldman 

If you’d like your site to be featured on the Hotlist, send an e-mail to elliotfeldman@yahoo.com.

The Hotspot
The Hotspot highlights Web content created by writers working under a WGA contract.


Seth McFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane offers his Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy, a special YouTube channel with a series of hilarious Web-only animated shorts.
ONLINE INTERACTIVE FICTION

International Fiction Competition
Play interactive text adventure games online from gamemakers in the 17th annual Interactive Fiction Competition.


WEB MOVIEMAKING

Xtranormal
"If you can type, you can make movies" proclaims do-it-yourself moviemaking Web site Xtranormal. Just type in character dialogue and this amazing online program can turn it into your own small movie.


DIGITAL STORYTELLING

Creative Narrations
Creative Narrations is a "digital story collection" with an emphasis on documentary "multimedia for community development."

StoryCorps – Every Voice Matters
StoryCorps' proclaimed mission is "to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives." Their site includes opportunities to "record your own story" as well as a selection of StoryCorps' own produced original animated shorts.


BLOGS

In Focus – The Atlantic
The Atlantic, the venerable magazine, shows that they understand digital content with In Focus, Alan Taylor's beautiful photojournalism blog.

@NewCommBiz
@NewCommBiz describes itself as a blog about "Ideas for Social Media Strategists, Business Innovators & Disruptors." It offers news and views on the changes that social media is making on society, business, and the world.

P.J. O'Rourke
Who says that political conservatives can't be funny and intelligent? P.J. O'Rourke, formerly one of National Lampoon's mainstays, offers his personal blog for longtime fans.


WEB COMICS

Scott Benson
Pittsburgh animator Scott Benson creates smart and beautiful online cartoons.

Dylan Meconis
Seattle-based cartoonist Dylan Meconis offers her graphic novel, Outfoxed, as well as a selection of other striking illustrated comics.

Eat More Bikes
Eat More Bikes is a collection of hilarious comics from Nathan Bulmer. (Warning: not for the easily offended)


ZINES

Exquisite Corpse -- A Journal of Letters and Life
Exquisite Corpse is an outstanding example of bringing the feel and spirit of traditional arts and culture "little magazines" to the Web. Poet, novelist, and essayist Andrei Codrescu is founder and editor.

The WGAW encourages New Media projects to respect content creators through Guild contracts. If you’re working in New Media and would like information on getting your project covered, contact Tamara Krinsky or call (323) 782-4511.

Elliot Feldman's novel, Sitting Shiva, was published in 2003 -- ISBN: 0964374064. And check out his comics at Scene4 Magazine - WARNING: Not for the easily offended.