Submitted by Joey Manley on July 8, 2003 - 18:59
ModernTales.com headlines Eddie Campbell in an
Australian invasion across July!
July 7, 2003 -- Eddie Campbell, the illustrator of the award-winning graphic novel From Hell, will be appearing in Modern Tales Longplay as part of a month-long focus on Australian creators. The writer and artist of the critically acclaimed Alec: How to be an Artist and head ego behind the eclectic EgoMania magazine will be joined by writer Daren White for 'The Playwright', a series of short stories about "love, lust, fertility and the importance of quality footwear".
The July issue of Longplay -- launching July 7 -- will also showcase work by twenty Australian creators, making it the first time that ModernTales has focused attention on a single country outside of the US -- taking advantage of the truly international 'stage' of the World Wide Web.
I have a ruling reputation online as being outgoing and wacky. An online friend was once shocked to find out that my voice is not, in fact, at ALL chipmunky, despite the fact that I can yammer and pun and load on the sarcasm for paragraphs in chatrooms. But for some reason, around accomplished comic book people I'm a complete dimwit.
Submitted by Joey Manley on June 22, 2003 - 20:49
In this episode of The DivaLea Show, Joey and Lea review the comics they bought, or chose not to buy, this week (the latest issues of Finder, Birds of Prey, Sentinel, Beware the Creeper, Batgirl: Year One, and Bagge's Sweatshop), and then discuss Mark Waid's firing, which leads to a debate on the ethics of Work-for-Hire.
Guest Donna Barr explains how she knows her ass is worth exactly $300 in seat-covers, talks about all her latest projects, gives a verbal tour of The Midnight Library, and talks about how she's using a carefully structured blend of webcomics, traditional offset printing, and Print-on-Demand to keep her readers happy.
Submitted by Steve Bryant on June 2, 2003 - 21:09
Set in the 1930's, Athena Voltaire chronicles the globetrotting adventures of its titular heroine. Series co-creator/artist Steve Bryant describes the book as "Indiana Jones starring a James Cameron-style female pilot." Bryant continues "Obviously, that's an oversimplification, but that's the 'high concept' in a nutshell. Mix in liberal doses of Hitler's bizarre occult obsessions, creatures and lots of cliffhangers and you get a good idea of what we're doing."
Athena Voltaire made its debut on the Modern Tales spinoff site, Adventure Strips in September, 2002.
Here's the deal. I work for a manga publisher, Viz LLC, purveyors of such titles as Phoenix, Inu-Yasha, Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind, and Shonen Jump. I'm surrounded by manga and the attendant detritus of Japanese pop culture for eight hours a day, five days a week.
I like it. A lot.
And yet I don't like most manga-style American comics.
On this side of the Pacific, manga-style seems to mean one of two things:
There are plenty of webcomics you can read for free, but a growing number of sites are beginning to charge for some or all of the webcomics they publish. Now that you may have to hand over your hard-earned cash to read your favorite webcomics, it’s important that you know what you’re getting so you can decide where to hand over your hard-earned cash. This article is part one in a series that will review sites where you pay for webcomics. We will tell you the costs of joining such sites.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on April 24, 2003 - 10:38
Jim Alexander writes:
A last reminder about WCA2003...
May 5th and our third annual WCA is less than two weeks away.
We currently have more than 60 web cartoonists signed on to do a special contribution strip for that day, as well as about a dozen others who are tenatively considering a WCA2003 strip (circumstances permitting).
Howard Tayler has mentioned that "The Pulse" is supposed to cover the event. Mark Mekkes has mentioned that he's going to plug the event during a local radio interview in Florida next week.
The current list of participants spans a full range of online comics. We have several members from Keenspot, Keenspace, Modern Tales, The Nice, and a lot of independents who aren't affiliated with any particular group (or groups). There are a few dozen return participants from previous years (many 3-time participants) as well as a lot of newcomers (our most newcomers ever).
For those of you who've said you'd like to participate, but haven't yet sent me the URL for your WCA2003 page, please do so as soon as possible.
Submitted by Joey Manley on April 7, 2003 - 13:06
Modern Tales, the leading publisher of subscription-based webcomics, announced this week that its newest offering, girlamatic.com, a webcomics anthology targetting female comics readers, has launched to tremendous success.
"This is our biggest launch since Modern Tales itself," said site publisher Joey Manley (the company publishes numerous targetted webcomics sites, including the avant-garde serializer.net, the action-packed AdventureStrips.com, and several single-cartoonist sites, such as James Kochalka's AmericanElf.com).
"The established comics industry, whether mainstream or 'alternative,' doesn't exactly have attracting female readers at the top of its priority list," said Joey Manley. "And I'd say that that's a shame ... but, hey, they've left a huge business opportunity open for us. I couldn't be happier."
I once wrote a (very short-lived) column for an alternative paper. My first piece was about high-heeled shoes - mostly because I was supposed to be writing about pop culture from a female perspective. The column was good - still one of my favorite pieces of writing, actually - and the second one was all right - about how my neighborhood was like the one in the X-Files where the monster comes out to eat you if your mailbox is wrong (there's no monster - just the "Neighborhood Commitee" -eep!).
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 3, 2003 - 13:11
Trisha L. Sebastian files a great report on APE 2003 at Sequential Tart. She had a lot of interaction with some of the more exciting artists working today:
As with Comic-Con 2002, there was one image from the Alternative Press Expo (APE) that defined the entire experience for me and it came at sometime after nine-thirty on Saturday night. I was sitting on one of the handy benches at the Cartoon Art Museum behind the bar, a beer in my hand, watching Trina Robbins, Donna Barr and some of the other female cartoonists whose artwork graced the walls, just gabbing and chatting.
There's actually a second report on APE from Adrienne "I'm Not" Rappaport as well.