I was sitting in front of a monitor, 9 to 5, at an Internet company I profoundly hated to pay for art classes I was finding useless. My dreams of print comic books were crumpling to ash, and I saw the Internet as just one more reason they failed. They were stealing eyeballs from the comic book store. Bastards.
And every day-- every day-- I had to listen to my boss, the Jeff Bezos of Savannah, Georgia, feed his clients the same old hype-lines that pumped everyone's expectations for the Internet to the ceiling: "Oh, yeah. We can do that. If you can dream it, we can do it. This is the future."
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on October 6, 2003 - 11:49
Submitted by Joey Manley on September 15, 2003 - 19:10
Modern Tales, the leading commercial webcomics service, announced today the launch of its seventh subscription-based anthology publication, Graphic Smash -- featuring "action-oriented comics".
Modern Tales publisher Joey Manley said, "People assume that comics will be centered around action. You think of comics, you think of Superman, or the Hulk. That's because comics -- the marriage of words and sequential drawings -- does action very, very well. Graphic Smash is here to prove that the best action comics don't necessarily rely on decades-old franchises, and that it's time to put away your father's and grandfather's comics, and step into the new century. Unlike most printed comic books, the features on Graphic Smash range widely, in terms of genre, art style, character types, and story possibilities. This isn't just a bunch of seventy-year-old superheroes ... though there are superheroes in the mix. This is something completely different."
In part two of his look at the history of webcomics, T Campbell reviews the first comics to appear on the then new world wide web. Doctor Fun by David Farley and NetBoy by Stafford Huyler can both make claims to being the first "webcomic".
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.
Submitted by Joey Manley on September 3, 2003 - 12:25
GraphicSmash, the new action/adventure-themed webcomics site from Modern Tales, edited by T Campbell of Fans fame, is now available in pre-launch mode, with daily previews of strips from the official line-up (including a few that have been kept secret up until now). The site launches fully on September 15 -- until then, stop by every day to get a sense of what you'll be getting when you subscribe!
Submitted by TCampbell on September 2, 2003 - 09:39
On September 15, the Keenspot comic Fans will move to Graphic Smash.
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 TCampbell on August 29, 2003 - 12:37
The subscription site for action-adventure webcomics is set to launch September 15.
Edited by T Campbell, the site will feature thirty regular strips, including:
Die Bitch Die by Edmund Wong
Digger by Ursula Vernon
Felicity by John Troutman
Flick by Mikael Oskarsson
The Guardians by Graveyard Greg (with T Campbell) and Webtroll
Gun Street Girl by Barb Lien-Cooper and Ryan Howe
Interplanetary Grift by Jim Keplinger
Killroy and Tina by Justin Pierce
The License by Matthew Shepherd and Diego Jourdan
Mnemesis by Sylvan Migdal
Mythos and Magick by Jamie Robertson and Erin Zerbe
NonPersons by Amber "Glych" Greenlee
Ram by Brian Daniel
Rip & Teri by T Campbell and John Waltrip
Skirting Danger by Meredith Gran
She's a Nightmare by Jesse Chen
Soul Chaser Betty by Brian Babendererde (BMAN)
The Twisting by The Marvelous Patric
Vigil by Juan Navarro Navarro
Vigilante, Ho! by John Troutman and Meaghan Quinn
These strips range from urban fantasy to steampunk to Western comedy to traditional superhero to spy romance to horror to crime drama. "But they all have two things in common," says Campbell. "They all contain ass-kicking action, and they all, themselves, kick ass."
Graphic Smash has not finalized its entire lineup, and is extending its original submissions deadline. "We're keeping a few slots open for late arrivals," Campbell said, "so if you can get a couple of samples and a synopsis together and to me by September 8, you've still got a shot."
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on August 28, 2003 - 12:35
T Campbell has set up shop at Talkaboutcomics to answer questions about the forthcoming action-oriented Modern Tale spin-off site, Graphic Smash.
Graphic Smash has been described as a modern spin on the action adventure stories of the former MT site AdventureStrips.