Submitted by Joey Manley on October 29, 2004 - 20:16
Joey Manley, publisher of Modern Tales, the leading online comics site, announced today that its WebcomicsNation initiative has begun in earnest, with the launch of SmallPressSwapmeet.com.
This online marketplace for independent comics, minicomics, graphic novels, and related merchandise is open to any cartoonist or small press publisher with items for sale who wishes to reach Modern Tales' large online audience.
Kelly J Cooper's Most Excellent Comic-Con Adventures
Part 2: Saturday and Sunday
Saturday, 24 July 2004
It depresses the hell outta me that when I first learned that the May issue of Comixpedia would revolve around the topic of "sex and violence", I thought that it might transcend some of the old punch-drunk tits n' blood bullshit cliches and instead tackle the issue from both ends of the creative spectrum â€“ perhaps some mock comics about "Mr. No Pants Stabbing the Mailman With His Penis" mixed with a few frank and earnest dialogues regarding the rift between the lightest of psychological violence to stark-raving sadism in comics. Instead this monthâ€™s cover seems to suggest that the content within the site may serve to propagate every goofy sex-and-violence-related comic book clichÃ© imaginable, and thatâ€™s a shame.
Here's a scenario: you're browsing the Internet, looking at various sites, when you unexpectedly come across some very familiar comics. You know all the characters. You can quote from the dialogue. You know exactly how the story ends, without even having to read it. And yes, it's even got your name in the credits. It is, in fact, your work, reproduced on someone else's site. They never even asked permission.
What do you do?
Submitted by Joey Manley on March 6, 2004 - 23:25
Modern Tales' 2003 Yearbook, "Tallscreen Edition," is now available for purchase from Booksurge.com.
It includes full-color work by: Roger Langridge, Spike, Dean Haspiel, Donna Barr, Dan Hernandez, Chuck Whelon and Adam Prosser, Eric Millikin and Casey Sorrow, Spike and Matt, Andre Richard, Jenn Manley Lee, Drew Weing, Amanda Crichton, Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, Joda Thayer and Sam Henderson.
Submitted by Thomas on February 20, 2004 - 16:41
I was listening to an interview - actually a discussion - my friend and I recorded in November and posted to our site about our online comics and comics in general. My best friend mentioned something about having a comic that people want to buy. Suddenly that statement struck a cord with me. I then asked myself "What makes people want to buy comics?"
Why do we buy the comics we do? Is it the art, the writing, the craftsmanship, the craft or the company. Is it any of that or is it advertising and we do what popular culture tells us to do, such as, buy this comic, look this way, eat this stuff.
I see alot of comics that really are subpar in art, writing and craft marketed very well and the press and fans eat it up. Alot of stuff from Mike Turner - great guy, very nice - and Top Cow in general fits into this catagory, but it is marketed very well and everyone loves it. I also see superb work, Astronauts in Trouble and Steampunk to be exact, that is great, but under a small company with little advertising and no one ever hears of it.
Of course there are great comics out there that do get thier due with little marketing and terrible comics that flop even though the marketing was good no matter the company they are with.
Bottom line is this, in an industry that seems to be growing beyond control, but making no real profit to speak of, how do we as small creators make our buck. Why do we buy what we buy? If we understand this as creators, and as the fans start understanding this too, there may be enough of the pie to go around and increase the quality at the same time.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 26, 2003 - 01:39
Peter Conrad, alternative comic artist and creator of the popular "Stymied" comic strip, released an application called Zeenster for the Palm OS that allows users to read comics on handhelds. Unlike other handheld comics readers, all Zeenster content is free and bumable. A non-proprietary file format encourages individuals to create their own Zeenster content using tools available over the Internet.
Submitted by Surlyben on October 30, 2003 - 20:31
Hello. I wandered over here due to the frightnight thing, and I thought I would introduce myself. My name is Ben, and I draw comics. Um. That doesn't really make me special around these parts. Specifically, I do a comic about cooking. And the apocalypse. Mainly cooking. Or it will be about cooking anyway. At some point in the future.
Also I draw and encourage others to draw 1-hour comics. Which are basically comics drawn in an hour. (You can see all the ones I have drawn on my archives page. And you can see other peoples efforts in this thread at zwol.org.)
I live in Seattle, and I am debating whether or not I want to go to A.P.E. this year.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 2, 2003 - 13:54
Ladyfest Manchester and Ladyfest Bristol have joined forces to curate a women's comic art exhibit to make the exhibition stronger and showcase a lot more artists to a wider audience. Comix are often seen as boy territory and the mass of talented women creating comix in [the UK] and beyond just don't get the recognition they deserve. Already we've had submissions from artists like Trina Robbins and Lorna Miller, and since there's never been an exhibition of this kind in this country, it's all very exciting.
Submitted by Joey Manley on July 10, 2003 - 16:29
From the San Diego Comic-Con Program:
Saturday, July 19
4:30â€“6:00 Keenspot: From the Web to the Moonâ€” The green-lovin' uberbrains behind Keenspot.com, the most popular site for original comics on the web, will be breaking news on the keenest happenings and discussing Keenspot's slow but steadily continued expansion from the web to other forms of media, including print comic books and graphic novels, wireless content, animation, toys, and eventually maybe even the moon itself. Panelists will include Maritza Campos (College Roomies From Hell!), Mike Rosenzweig (Everything Jake), Clint Hollingsworth (Wandering Ones), Brad Guigar (Greystone Inn), Steve Troop (Melonpool), Howard Tayler (Schlock Mercenary), Alan Foreman (SSDD), Darren Bleuel (pnes), and a tentative appearance by the sasquatch-like Chris Crosby (Superosity), who may or may not be a giant rubber suit filled with super-intelligent puppies. All attendees will receive at least two free Keenspot comic books, as well as the thanks of a grateful nation. Room 7A
6:00â€“7:00 ModernTales.comâ€” Modern Tales is the leading provider of commercial web comics, offering a number of anthology and single-series websites to paying subscribers, including, among others, ModernTales.com and James Kochalka's AmericanElf.com. Panelists will discuss the aesthetic and commercial opportunities these websites afford cartoonists, and at least one major announcement will be made. Panelists include Cayetano Garza Jr. (Whimville), Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma), Shaenon K. Garrity (Narbonic), Rick Hoberg (Gizmo & Geers), Donna Barr (Desert Peach), and T. Campbell (Rip & Teri). ModernTales.comâ€™s Joey Manley moderates. Room 7A