Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on September 9, 2003 - 16:44
Scott Kurtz asks on this thread at Talkaboutcomics.com whether there is a conflict of interest with Graphic Smash editor T Campbell placing two comics he's writing on the new subscription site. It's an issue Modern Tales has dealt with before according to publisher Joey Manley:
It's an issue that has come up before (Tom Hart has comics on serializer.net, which he edits, but Lea has specifically decided not to put her own comics on girlamatic). We've had conversations, each of us, about this issue, but ultimately it's the individual editor's decision.
If it's an issue at all (being fair and balanced and all I won't offer an opinion here) it's common in webcomicland where many sites are run by webtoonists.
Depending on who you ask, he's either the guru behind the webcomics revolution, bringing thousands online with ideas of infinite canvases and micropayments dancing in their heads, or some guy who wrote some books about comics and had nothing to do with those first webcomics pioneers.
Well, either's true.
Scott McCloud answered some questions put out by you, the Comixpedia community. And boy did he ever answer them.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 28, 2003 - 12:58
Webcomic Nation is a new hosting service from Joey Manley (currently in beta testing). Manley provides lots more information in a thread at Talkaboutcomics.
In a nutshell though key features of the new service include:
(2) a newsletter service for distributing content through email.
(3) a greeting card feature to send electronic "cards."
(4) a blog-like journal feature.
(5) a bookmark feature for readers allowing them to save their place in reading through archives.
(6) there will also be a portal for comics using the service that will promote hosted comics. (Manley has posted a work-in-progress screenshot of the portal page.)
(7) support for subscriptions and micropayment options for comics.
Other interesting innovations include ongoing renaming of comic files in system to defeat in-lining thieves.
What happens when you put a half-dozen of webcomics' brightest and most vocal brains in a vegematic set on "inquisinate"?
Well, we put Chris Crosby, Joey Manley, Mark Mekkes, Chris Morrisson, BoxJam, and Scott McCloud in a chat room together with an inquisitive Damonk, to see what would happen. The result was a frothy milkshake of a chat interview that focused on awards for webcomics and their value or worth in the webcomics community.
If you're into grey matter milkshakes, or some cool, refreshing idea-sharing, than read on to see what these pureed brains had to say...
damonk: Five more minutes, and I'm starting this puppy.
Submitted by Joey Manley on August 4, 2003 - 14:17
Acclaimed avant-garde online webcomics anthology http://www.serializer.net, a sister site to Modern Tales, the leading publisher of subscription-based webcomics, announced this week the debut of five new series from five acclaimed comix creators.
There he was.
He looked nothing like I expected. Instead of thin, parted hair, thick baroque curls snaked around his upper head. He was taller and thinner than his cartoon likeness. But something about the way he carried himself, the way the glasses sat on his eyes... I still recognized him.
Submitted by Joey Manley on July 25, 2003 - 09:48
Joey Manley writes:
For quite some time, we've offered free forum hosting for webcomics over on talkaboutcomics.com. I had a link to my email address at the top of the site, and people would email me. And sometimes I'd make the forums. And sometimes I'd forget.
I know I owe a lot of you people forums, but my Modern Tales duties always came first -- and my email inbox fills up quickly. Things get buried.
Anyway, Indigo Kelleigh of Circle Weave has volunteered to take over talkaboutcomics.com forum administration, and has instituted a new policy. To get a forum, you should post to this thread:
... and follow the directions that Indy posted at the top of the thread. Hopefully, this will help us to manage new forum requests in a more efficient manner. And if you've requested a forum in the past, even in the distant past, and never received it -- please forgive me, and please post a new request in the thread linked above.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 24, 2003 - 10:15
Joey Manley, publisher of Modern Tales, posted a lengthy recap of his third trip to San Diego Comicon.
Submitted by Erik on July 18, 2003 - 06:22
If bitpass takes off and becomes the number one micropayment system would you use it for something? Could micropayments mean a decrease in the amount of free comics on the web and/or will it enable more creators to live off their work?
Is this just rampat capitalism? Some webcomics seem to have a donate button up before their first strip.
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