Picture it in your mind's eye: the Artist, alone in her drafty garret studio, isolated from friends, family, the ten thousand distractions of the everyday world, the better to concentrate on her struggle with the ineffable. Breathing deeply, she takes up pen or paintbrush, chisel or keyboard, to seek out all on her own the elusive fruits of her solitary labor – her Art.
It's a persistent image. Downright iconic. It's pretty much how we think of artists doing art. It's also a load of malarkey.
I have a ruling reputation online as being outgoing and wacky. An online friend was once shocked to find out that my voice is not, in fact, at ALL chipmunky, despite the fact that I can yammer and pun and load on the sarcasm for paragraphs in chatrooms. But for some reason, around accomplished comic book people I'm a complete dimwit.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 4, 2003 - 22:00
The Web Cartoonists Choice Awards' Nominees for 2003 were released this week.
Voting for award winners is ongoing from now until June 29th and the winners will be announced on July 6th. Read on for a list of the nominees:
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 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."
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 31, 2003 - 11:44
As if you didn't know already, Girlamatic launched today. Girlamatic.com features webcomics (mostly) by women, (mostly) for women. If you like good webcomics, you'll like girlamatic.com. And girlamatic.com will like you! Girlamatic.com creators include: Barr, Brosgol, Dresen, Garrity, Jonte, Lawlor, Lee, Meconis, Richard, Sparx, Spike, Thompson, McNeil, Hartman, Hamm, and Tochi!
It follows the Modern Tales approaches - latest update is a freebie, archives by subscription. The current deal for subs is $1.95/month or $19.95/year if you sign up during the months of March or April, 2003 -- and that's your lifetime rate -- after the first month, new subscribers will pay $2.95/month or $29.95/year.
Feeling a little blue? If so, you're in luck, because Vera Brosgol's Return to Sender makes a little blue go a long way.
Return to Sender is essentially a realistic webcomic with one small, yet deliberate plot twist that sends it into many fantastical tangents – a bit like the old television show Early Edition, but with the fantasy knob cranked up a few notches.
I once wrote a (very short-lived) column for an alternative paper. My first piece was about high-heeled shoes - mostly because I was supposed to be writing about pop culture from a female perspective. The column was good - still one of my favorite pieces of writing, actually - and the second one was all right - about how my neighborhood was like the one in the X-Files where the monster comes out to eat you if your mailbox is wrong (there's no monster - just the "Neighborhood Commitee" -eep!).
Submitted by Mudron on February 11, 2003 - 14:11
Girlamatic has already raised its share of controversy. Now it's nearing it's launch date as the newest subscription site of Modern Tales. Before it launches, check out the work of three artists who will have comics on the site:
Bite Me by Dylan Meconis;
Return to Sender by Vera Brosgol; and
Strings of Fate by Jen Wang.