Webcomics Are From Uranus: No, They Don't All Just Say "I draw this comic for myself" Because That's a Cool Artist Thing to Say
With Return of the King still gallivanting in theaters, everyone knows J. R. R. Tolkien these days (except, evidently, my spell check). So it won't be big news to bring up why it was that the good professor wrote the books in the first place. He wrote a story that he himself wanted to read but had been unable to find.
Tolkien was not a writer of fiction by deliberation, but stumbled into it.
Syndicates, groups, hubs, and collectives.
Despite the fact that few of them ever meet face to face, webcomickers seem to crave community and camaradie. To this end, some webcomickers seek out like-minded creators, and form groups. Some of these groups are meant to do little more than offer comfort and a sense of community, while others are meant to expand reader bases, and occasionally even make money.
This feature takes offers a snapshot of some of the perks and drawbacks of collectives, and then offers a list of these joined creative masses in the event that you've just been itching to be assimilated by someone... anyone.
If you're paying for webcomics, you need to know if it's worth your hard-earned cash. Last year, we reviewed Modern Tales and Keenspot Premium. We now take a look at the two newest kids on the webcomics block, PV Comics and WirePop.
Licensing: not just for Microsoft anymore?
Last September, Yahoo Japan announced plans to launch an online manga rental system, whereby readers could buy 80-day licenses to read volumes of manga like Astro Boy or Cyborg 009. The licenses would be 360 to 400 yen, which is about three or four dollars (or was when I was in Tokyo last summer, anyway).
Itâ€™s certainly one of the biggest commercial webcomics ventures youâ€™ll find: big, big comics in a country that loves it some comics.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 1, 2004 - 00:51
Chris Crosby and Darren "Gav" Bleuel, two of the four co-owners of Keenspot, have agreed to sit in the "chair" for a community interview. Post your questions (one to a post please) to this thread, moderate up the interesting ones and we'll send the top ten questions on to Crosby and Bleuel to get their answers.
We'll take questions until March 12th.
Submitted by Logan on February 16, 2004 - 15:53
Hot on the heels of the successful launch of its standard subscription model in January, comics publisher PV Comics is proud to introduce the first of its Web Issues today at www.PVComics.com.
Weighing in at a hefty 68 pages of online comic content for only $2, PV Comics Web Issue 01 is available now, collecting all of the comics from January into one affordable introductory sample. In addition, Web Issues are a permanent purchase; once unlocked, that monthâ€™s content will always be available to you. Even better, if you purchase a Web Issue and like what you see, the $2 cost of that issue can be deducted from the already low $15 cost of a full year subscription.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 12, 2004 - 19:05
Jen Contino interviews the founders of the new general webcomics subscription site PV Comics.
Submitted by Anonymous on January 6, 2004 - 20:33
They didn't invent the concept of comic books on the internet and they're not the first subscription based site online, but twelve popular cartoonists are betting that readers will be willing to pay $15 a year to enjoy their work. They have combined their efforts to put their money where their mouths are.
Beginning in January 2004, PV Comics is planning to serve up six complete stories every month, totaling on average 48 pages of new comics for their readers. With twelve diverse and experienced talents making up their roster, these won't be any cookie-cutter comic books.