April 21, 2003
Modern Tales, the leading provider of subscription-based webcomics, is proud to announce
that its subscriber-only anthology series Longplay is changing from a monthly to a weekly schedule.
‘It just makes sense,’ says Longplay editor Joe Zabel. ‘I mean, you serve a banquet one course at a time–you don’t put the plates on the table all at once. We’ve been serving a banquet of comics every month, but it’s gotten to be too much for people, and so some of our best comics get neglected.’
Modern Tales Longplay is devoted to ‘longform’ webcomics — as opposed to serialized stories and comic strips. Longplay comics are completed works of sequential art, posted in their entirety all at once, more like graphic novels than like the typical four or six panel daily webcomic.
The April edition of Longplay will be dedicated to ‘The BIF! POW! Tradition,’ focusing on action/adventure comics with especially violent themes.
This week’s featured comic, ‘Strikeforce: Bigfoot,’ is an absorbing full-color tour-de-force by artist Dick Troutman. Eschewing dialog, Troutman relates the entire story through visuals alone. Fear, anger, and inebriation are portrayed through pictures alone as a group of hunters have a nightmarish encounter with a
legendary forest creature who’s far more dangerous
than they’d expected.
Other features coming on Longplay this month include comics by Mike Hawthorne and the team of Daniel Merlin Goodbrey and John Barber; graphic novels by L. F. Weber and Miguel Estrugo; and a two-part essay on classic comics by Gene Phillips.