Shaenon K. Garrity
As the Fates would have it, Joey Manley is a Colonel.
He's also the Field Marshal behind the great wall of subscription-service, webcomic-related product known as Modern Tales. Having been creepy-crawling around the webcomics community scene since about mid-2000, he first started up with a webcomics reviews/interviews site called talkaboutcomics.com. Only months later, he decided that the world was ready for a subscription-based webcomics portal, even if some seemed wary of the prospect of paying for something that had "always" been free to date.
But already a few years have passed, and Manley's dream stands tall in the garden of fruition -- not only has Modern Tales endured, but it has grown, branching out to include a host (literally) of sister anthology sites, as well as promote key solo artists, too. Now, with a few new fun gifties to hand out from his bag of webcomics tricks, the Colonel takes a few moments out of his uber-busy day to respond to you, the reader, on all things webcomics, business... and chicken (seriously).
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 10, 2004 - 18:08
Missing a Part of My Blog-Brain - January Thoughts
Now that we're sorta/kinda past the server crash (still lots of clean-up to do) I'm realizing more of what was lost.
Nerds need to learn how to spell. L33T-speak is the single most annoying mode of discourse in human history, narrowly beating out the otaku patois created when American anime fans pepper their conversation with broken Japanese. While reviewing L33T Pixelz, I am afraid to speak the title aloud, for fear that the sheer irritating geekiness will cause jocks to spontaneously generate out of thin air and beat the crap out of me.
Submitted by Joey Manley on December 17, 2003 - 20:29
I'm looking for someone to develop and create a daily comic strip for a corporate website targeted at IT managers. Preferably a separate writer and artist (at the client's request). The comic strip should be humorous in and of itself, and will not be an advertorial for the client's product -- but at the same time, it will serve as a draw to the client's website. It's not necessary to have an understanding of the client's product in order to craft the strip (and, in fact, the last time I went through this process, it seemed that people were paying TOO MUCH attention to what the client's product was, and too little attention to simply creating a good comic strip for the target audience).
2003 was a pretty scary year. Whether you agree with it or not, war is a pretty terrifying thing. We lost another space shuttle, another crew, and – in a bad case of déjà vu – followed a flurry of finger-pointing in the aftermath.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 27, 2003 - 08:02
"In webcomics, I'm currently working my way through the Modern Tales lineup in alphabetical order. Most of them I read all the way through, though a few of them just don't interest me at all. Just got through No Stereotypes. I also regularly read a few standbys: Sluggy Freelance, PVP, CRFH, GPF, It's Walky, Clan of the Cats, Gaming Guardians. And of course, everything on Graphic Smash.
"In printed comics, I'm sticking with Strangers in Paradise for a little while longer at least, now that Terry's finally getting around to some of the stories I wanted him to write three years ago. Mark Waid just 0wn0rs Fantastic Four. The fanboy in me craves it, along with JLA/Avengers and a lot of Brian Michael Bendis' work.
"Textwise, I just got through Chris Sherman's The Invisible Web and a book of Harlan Ellison short stories, and I'm reading a whole lotta blogs, 'cause all the cool people are writing them these days. Only half kidding: they have a perspective that I miss from my college years.
"What's next? I want to finish off Preacher (yes, I know the series wrapped years ago) and pick up Cory Doctorow's new collection... I've read a couple of his short stories and he's an author to watch. Webcomics-wise, I'll keep working my way down the alphabet with Modern Tales, then start on one of the other collectives... probably Keenspot or Girlamatic.
"Yeah, I'm serious, I really do read all this stuff. Scary, huh?"
Submitted by dunk on October 31, 2003 - 17:44
I certainly have my own must have artists for future issues of comixpedia, but who would you like to see?
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 30, 2003 - 10:17
Another "Boney's panel is just a movie" approach but another great webcomic from Burke.
Submitted by Anonymous on October 29, 2003 - 23:38
ready to go, but the FN site/FTP access seems to be down right now, and I have to go to bed!
I'm intending to upload at around 6:30 a.m. tomorrow. Hope this doesn't get anybody TOO riled up.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 27, 2003 - 14:27
If you were outside doing something healthy this weekend, be sure to catch up on all of the Fright Night webcomics you missed!
Today we add webcomics from Dave Wright (creator of Todd and Penguin) who takes on Roy Boney, Jr.'s opening panel, and Juan Navarro (creator of Vigil) who takes on Dorothy Gambrell's appetizing first panel.
You might have missed Jeremy Heiker's take on Shaenon K. Garrity's opening panel, Everything Jake scribe Mike Rosenzweig take on Roy Boney, Jr's opening panel, and Tom Truszkowski's take on Bill Duncan's starter panel so click, click, click!!