Joey Manley’s Blog has a post about how at least some of his planned Webcomic Nation project will be free to users. That’s a change from previously announced plans but without more detail it’s not that clear what Manley means. It does seem from the general “chatter” in webcomicland that Manley is making a big push to get this project done.
From what I can tell Keenprime is still alive and well although there hasn’t been any announcements from Keen regarding it’s paid hosting service in quite awhile. If and when Webcomic Nation emerges we should see a “competition” of sorts between it and Keenprime/Space.