Modern Tales launches

Modern Tales, the leading commercial webcomics service, announced today the launch of its seventh subscription-based anthology publication, Graphic Smash — featuring “action-oriented comics”.

Modern Tales publisher Joey Manley said, “People assume that comics will be centered around action. You think of comics, you think of Superman, or the Hulk. That’s because comics — the marriage of words and sequential drawings — does action very, very well. Graphic Smash is here to prove that the best action comics don’t necessarily rely on decades-old franchises, and that it’s time to put away your father’s and grandfather’s comics, and step into the new century. Unlike most printed comic books, the features on Graphic Smash range widely, in terms of genre, art style, character types, and story possibilities. This isn’t just a bunch of seventy-year-old superheroes … though there are superheroes in the mix. This is something completely different.”

The site is edited by webcomics veteran T Campbell, whose long-running webcomic FANS has moved its homebase from a popular advertising-
supported webcomics site to Graphic Smash.

More than 30 comics series update on the site regularly. The latest installment of each of the ongoing series may be read for free, “just
like following comics in the local paper,” said Manley. The price for subscribers, who gain access to all the archival material, is
$2.95/month, or $29.95/year — but individuals who subscribe at the annual rate during the first month (from September 15, 2003 through October 15, 2003) will receive a $10/year discount for the lifetime of their subscriptions, making
their price only $19.95/year as long as they keep their subscriptions active.

Modern Tales launched its first subscription-based website,, in March of 2002, and now has thousands of paying subscribers. Other sites in the Modern Tales network include,,,, and

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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.