Modern Tales announces — seeks beta testers, a new hosting and automation service from Modern Tales (the leading subscription-based webcomics provider), will be debuting in September.

Unlike Modern Tales and its sister sites, will be open to all cartoonists.

The service will be ideal for those cartoonists who are considering jumping onto the webcomics bandwagon, but who are not particularly adept at developing websites. Those cartoonists who wish to try to make a little money with their online comics will be especially well-served by signing onto all the necessary programming and back-end database work for you to sell subscriptions to your content, or to sell individual pieces of work via micropayment, will be already in place. All you have to do is make your comics.

Modern Tales, with its thousands of subscribers, has proven that people will actually pay for webcomics. Our agenda has always been to grow the webcomics industry (and, by extension, the comics industry). By making the tools we have developed for our own use available to one and all, we hope to continue to push commercial webcomics forward. will use the next version of the Modern Tales site engine, and will include a full-featured portal organizing, promoting, and spotlighting hosted comics, as well as a database-driven control panel where cartoonists can schedule their comics and do other cool things.

The price will be $4.95/month for basic service, with incremental upgrades for extra bandwidth, extra disk space, and other features.

I am looking for ten to twenty beta testers to work with me while I’m developing this site.

Your responsibility as a beta tester will be to help me make sure that the service meets the needs of cartoonists. While beta testers who know a lot about web development are welcome, utter newbies to the medium are our real market, and would be very welcome indeed as beta testers.

You will participate in an online mailing list for beta testers, report bugs, and offer solutions. Beta testers who are helpful will be given free lifetime accounts to the service. Beta testers who are not helpful will be dropped from the project.

To sign up for the beta test program, or to simply receive notifications of updates, stop by

Regarding the beta program: first come, first served.



Joey Manley

Joey Manley (b.1965–d.2013) was the author of the novel The Death of Donna-May Dean (1992), entrepreneur, and founder of Modern Tales and WebcomicsNation.