Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 26, 2006 - 14:52
So Eric Burns has a handy post up detailing some thoughts on the New Fall Season at Modern Tales which marks new editor Shaenon K. Garrity's debut line-up. Here's the list of the new comics Eric hits on in his post:
UPDATE: Related collective-type news; the Warren Ellis-led Rocket Pirates now looks to debut in September.
Submitted by Shaenon Garrity on August 21, 2006 - 05:29
SAN FRANCISCOÃ¢â‚¬â€Modern Tales (www.moderntales.com), one of the InternetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s premier webcomics sites, is proud to announce the addition of nine new comics to its Modern Tales Strip Lounge section. The Strip Lounge, launched earlier this year, offers free, non-exclusive webcomics available to all visitors, and is designed to complement the Modern Tales V.I.P. Room, which features subscription-based comics available only to Modern Tales subscribers.
Submitted by Shaenon Garrity on August 3, 2006 - 12:36
This is Shaenon Garrity, the new editor of Modern Tales. As you can see if you hop over to moderntales.com, MT now has a spiffy new site design and a charming new editor. It needs only one thing to achieve perfection: an amazing new lineup of top-notch webcomics.
ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m working on now. Soon IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll announce the first wave of new comics that will be appearing in the Modern Tales Strip Lounge. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s an impressive roster. At the same time, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m looking for great comics to add to the Strip Lounge (i.e., the free comics) and the V.I.P. Room (the subscription comics) in the months to come.
Submitted by Joey Manley on August 1, 2006 - 03:23
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.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 29, 2006 - 17:41
So my webcomics reading beyond a core list has become decidedly erratic this year with other commitments.Ã‚ I finally catch up on Eric Burns' Gossamer Commons only to discover it's in serious hiatus...
Did I miss an official "taking the summer of post" or something? Any buzz on when it's going to start up again?Ã‚
Submitted by Altercator on July 27, 2006 - 10:08
Submitted by David Wright on June 14, 2006 - 11:32
The first ever Todd and Penguin book, Embrace Your Inner Dork is available for pre-order now at KeenSpot's store and will ship in July. (Reserve a copy here) The book contains 100 pages of FULL COLOR comics, special exclusive features and an introduction by Eric Burns.
Todd and Penguin has been described as one of those comics that portrays life as it really is, the bitter and the sweet.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 13, 2006 - 11:03
I do want to quibble a bit with one thing Eric wrote though:
It's interesting to me how few of those descendants followed in its footsteps, though -- comic books and four panel comics were far more fertile ground for webcartoonists. Lots more people ripped off were influenced by Calvin and Hobbes or Peanuts than The Far Side. Which saddens me, really, but I understand it. It's hard to bring the single panel funny. It's hard to have a strip without continuing characters, without even the barest vestiges of Story to hook jokes on, without even a second panel to allow for streamed execution. It's just plain hard, kids.
I don't disagree with how hard it is to do a single-panel comic but my sense is that there are more of them out there then perhaps Eric realizes. You also have to consider that because the web doesn't require a consistent format, you have a lot of webcomics that might do a one panel only sometimes - like a Boxjam's Doodle. Anyone want to help me out by pointing out some worthy descendants of
The Far Side Doctor Fun?
I'll start with one of my favorites: Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.
The first in a series of articles, Sebastian Parsons explores the industry of Webcomics from the eyes of a businessman. A financial analyst for nearly ten years, Parsons shares his insight on an industry he curiously observes (rather than participates in).
Years come, and years go. We're looking at the end of another one. And what am I doing as we sit on the cusp of 2006? What else. I look forward.