Issue #4 - How Much Is Your Entertainment Dollar Worth?
One of my favorite pastimes is going to the movies. Before I got a "real" job, went back to school, and got married, I would make a point of seeing almost every movie that came out during the summer, and a good chunk of them the rest of the year. As it stands, I still go to the local theater every week or two to see the films that intrigue me the most. Every time I do so I pay $5 for about two hours of entertainment.
Issue #1 - Why Do Online Comics?
This is the introduction paragraph. My name, so you don't confuse me with anyone else, is Iain D. Hamp. You are quite welcome to call me Iain, "E," the Hampster, or Ishmael if you like. I may not answer to some of those, but you are welcome to call me them.
At any rate, Joey Manley has asked me to do a column for his site talkaboutcomics.com*. He said it should be about the digital comics industry, which is reasonable, as his site is not called talkaboutmonkeys.com. Actually, truth be told, I wouldn't mind writing an article for that site either if it existed. However, that is not the task at hand, so I will just get on with what is.
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 May 19, 2003 - 10:16
Modern Tales publisher Joey Manley has posted some additional information on where Adventure Strips comics are headed after the shutdown of AS.
With the recent announcement of the demise of Modern Tales' AdventureStrips line, Interviews Editor Leah Fitzgerald tracked down Christopher Mills -- the driving force behind the shortlived subsidiary. In the interview that ensued, Mills offers his thoughts on what happened, on the fate of comics that were hosted on AS, and what is slated in his own future.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 12, 2003 - 17:50
Short article reporting on coming shutdown of Adventure Strips this month and some further explanation from publisher Joey Manley. Manley has published a note on the Adventure Strips website, providing further information on this business decision.
Submitted by Joey Manley on May 9, 2003 - 17:59
Joey Manley writes:
Many of you may remember that talkaboutcomics.com started its life as the home of an audio talk show about webcomics that I used to do.
When I launched Modern Tales, my time and energy had to be devoted elsewhere, and I converted the site to a forum hosting service.
I've always thought that web-only talk shows about comics made a lot of sense, though.
One of the things I wanted to do, way back when, was work with Lea Hernandez on a talk show of her very own -- her personality is so dynamic, her opinions so strong, and her position in the industry is so unique, that there's no way a great show wouldn't result.
Now it's real. This will be a weekly thing, every Saturday.
Follow "read more" link to listen to the first episode of the show
Submitted by Joey Manley on May 6, 2003 - 00:17
Modern Tales, the leading publisher of subscription-based webcomics, announced today that "Ice," by webcomics star Faith Erin Hicks ("Demonology 101") will be joining the line-up of ModernTales.com, the company's flagship anthology publication. "Ice" will debut today (Tuesday, May 6, 2003) on the ModernTales.com website, and update twice weekly (Tuesdays and Thursdays) thereafter.
"We've been wanting to get Faith on board for the longest time," said Joey Manley, Modern Tales' Publisher. "And now the stars have finally aligned. 'Demonology 101,' which Faith has described to me as a 'mere practice comic,' is phenomenal - as her thousands of readers will tell you. Her new Modern Tales series 'Ice' kicks it up a notch or two. People who know Faith's work - and, perhaps even moreso, people who don't - are going to be blown away."
Submitted by Joey Manley on April 28, 2003 - 10:13
Modern Tales, the leading publisher of subscription-based webcomics, announced today that the comic strip "The Bizarre Life of Charlie Red Eye," by Perth, Western Australia's Edward J. Grug III and Matthew William Boyd Langfield, Esq., will be joining the line-up of its flagship online anthology ModernTales.com. Joey Manley, Editor and Publisher of Modern Tales, selected this strip after sifting through more than 200 entries submitted as part of a rare open call for new comics on the site. "We usually recruit by private solicitation," said Manley.
"But every now and then, it's important to open the doors to new faces and voices." Manley said that submissions of new comics are not currently being accepted at Modern Tales. "We'll make an announcement on our homepage any time we're looking for something, and we'll give a very specific date range during which we're willing to look at submissions, just like we did this time. Once the decision has been made, it's final."
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."