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I saw this press release over at Warren Ellis' The Engine, and it looks like yet another exciting webcomics collective is making its debut. This should be an interesting fall season, especially for readers!
THE CHEMISTRY SET BRINGS NEW, FREE SERIALIZED COMICS TO THE WEB
THE CHEMISTRY SET is a collective of writers and artists, including several Xeric Award winners, pooling their talent to provide readers with free weekly comics at the website www.chemsetcomics.com starting Monday, August 7. The stories will be in a variety of genres, including fantasy, thriller, Western, and straight-up adventure, and the collaborators aim to provide something for everybody.
Copy/pasted from Warren's post at The Engine:
Who wants to be a Rocket Pirate?
Joey Manley talked me into curating a mass webcomics site. I've known Joey for getting on for six years now. It's partly my fault that he got involved with comics at all. I suspect this is his revenge.
The new editor of Modern Tales is Shaenon K. Garrity, creator of Narbonic, Smithson (with Robert Stevenson, Brian Moore, and Roger Langridge), and L’il Mell and Sergio (with various collaborators). Shaenon makes her living editing comics for the publisher of the most popular comics in America, Viz, and spends much of her time as a volunteer staffer at San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum. I’ve met only a handful of people whose knowledge of the comics form — from Windsor McCay all the way through to Pants Press — matches or exceeds Shaenon’s (let’s see … there’s McCloud, and, um, um, um … yeah, so McCloud’s pretty much the only one). Shaenon’s comic Narbonic was the runaway hit of the Modern Tales launch line-up, and remained the most popular feature on the site from day one up until she moved it over to Webcomics Nation just a little while ago. She is also the scariest person I know — but in a good way. We are in good hands.
Struggling comic book publisher Claypool Comics is transitioning into something of a webcomics publisher, apparantly. Here are two tasty excerpts from The Beat:
After almost fourteen years and more than 300 issues Ã¢â‚¬â€ one of the longest runs in the history of independent comics Ã¢â‚¬â€ publisher Claypool Comics is telling the world of print, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Thank you and farewell.Ã¢â‚¬Â After ELVIRA, MISTRESS OF THE DARK #166 (shipping in February 2007), SOULSEARCHERS AND COMPANY #82 (also shipping in February), and DEADBEATS #82 (shipping in March), Claypool will cut back its line to DEADBEATS alone and put new adventures of that seriesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ vampire-haunted world on the Internet. ClaypoolÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s trade-paperback comics collections (under the Boffin Books imprint) and back issues will remain available as long as supplies last.
I am working with Warren Ellis to launch a free webcomics portal using the new Webcomics Nation Collective Edition Engine. This latest addition to the Modern Tales family will be all free, all the time, and defined by "Warren Likes This Stuff." He'll be making a call for submissions soon. Gary Chaloner will be designing the site. This is the first new (as opposed to pre-existing) site to launch with the beta version of the WCN Collective Edition engine, soon to be a commercial product available to anybody who wants to launch a multi-creator webcomics portal (your own Keenspot or Modern Tales, in other words) inexpensively and with ease. The name of Warren's new site, and its URL, will be announced soon, probably at The Engine.
I just got my copy of TCJ # 277, the oversized 30th anniversary issue, and it has:
— an interview with Chris Onstad (Achewood) on page 202
— an interview with Fred Gallagher (MegaTokyo) on page 210
— and an interview with the most pompous jerkoff from the webcomics world on page 258 (um, me).
I haven’t read the whole issue yet (it’s a big one), but am looking forward to it. As for my interview, I’ve apologized to Kurtz for what I said — it was kind of silly and mean — but I still mean what I said about Jon Rosenberg.
In the debut installment of the TalkAboutComics Podcast, Joey Manley talks with Ben Adams about his WCN comic Misfit’s Journey, and the two wax nostalgic about their old times together in the early 80’s comics self-publishing scene. Continue Reading
In 2006, webcomics portal Modern Tales will change its business model drastically, offering 80% of the site’s featured webcomic series to readers for free. In addition, the site will publish three or four times more series than there are now. Continue Reading
Joey Manley’s last Webhead column at the Pulse sparked a 125+ long forum thread, what will be the result from the latest installment of his Webhead column at Pulse. Manley says this one’s about reading webcomics on the toilet.
We’ve also received word that SID the Happy Robotâ„¢ wants to wish everyone a happy holiday from Cybertropolisâ„¢. Thanks SID.
There is a great thread at Websnark spinning off of the roundtable article in this month issue. Go check it out.
Tom Spurgeon interviewed Charlie Brownstein, director of the Comicbook Legal Defense Fund.
Warren Ellis posted a photo of Svetlana Chmakova wearing the snow camouflage ENGINEwear hoodie. I like that Engine logo. Ellis also linked to this essay on Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics book that is interesting even if I completely disagree with most of it. Continue Reading