I’ve often thought that the Modern Tales business model could be applied to web animations as well.
I’m starting to get cocky, maybe, from the success of my webcomics “empire” — but it’s really looking like what we’ve done on MT could work for animation as well. I built my websites’ content management and subscriber access systems to be compatible with Flash animations and/or RealVideo streams from the beginning, so I could literally turn a few knobs and have such a site up and running.
Before I started Modern Tales, I was the VP Interactive at streamingmedia.com, and had the opportunity to meet lots of people in the web animation industry during the crazy boom years — the icebox people (who hated me, btw), some of the gang at shockwave, as well as relatively successful indie producers like Bob Cesca, who hosted a talk show on my site for over a year, featuring guests like Xeth Feinberg, Joe Cartoon, and so on. So I’ve been in and around web animation for quite some time, and have a great deal of interest in it.
As part of my research in the animation field, I’ve started a small Yahoo-like directory of “webshows” (audio/video/animated productions) here:
… any animators who would like to have their homepages listed there are invited to submit a link through the website (the “suggest a link” link is on the left-hand menubar). I’m not linking to portfolio sites, though — the site, though its purpose is partially for my research, is also being presented to the public as a guide to original, recurring, episodic web entertainment programming.
But that’s really just a side-item. Anyone who is interested in a Modern Tales-like animation site — especially animators, but anybody, really — is invited to join the new private mailing list I’ve started for people who want to help me figure out a business model and editorial/artistic strategy for this site. Nobody will be turned away (yet — grin):