Eric Burns, the creator and co-writer of Websnark as well as the writer of Gossamer Commons and The Adventures of Brigadier General John Stark, has been named the new editor of Modern Tales, taking over from Joey Manley at the webcomics collective. Manley will continue as owner and publisher of Modern Tales.
“With Joey focusing on the growth of Webcomics Nation, along with all his other projects, he felt it was to hand the editorial reins of Modern Tales to someone else,” Burns said. “I’m very glad to be a part of one of the seminal comics collectives on the web. Further, we all know that the world of Webcomics is very different today than it was when Modern Tales launched. Joey has some exciting plans to help Modern Tales evolve and grow, and anything I can do to help in that process, I will do.”
Burns is coy about what those plans are. “There are big changes on the horizon,” he said. “When we’re a bit closer to executing those plans, we’ll send out all the announcements with tons of fanfare.”
Burns confirms that Websnark will continue to be independent. “Weds and I will continue doing what we’re doing. At the same time, I know that there will be some changes both to how I’m seen and to the subject matter I can ethically write about. Amusingly, the offer was made to me after a recent debate on webcomics creators also acting as critics. Obviously, anyone reading my critical work needs to know my relationship to the material.”
Burns is also a regular columnist for Comixpedia and the Webcomics Examiner, and intends to continue in those roles. He also wrote this news article, so in the places above we mention he ‘said’ things, please understand he was talking to his cat at the time.