Modern Tales Releases First Annual in Full Color

Modern Tales’ 2003 Yearbook, “Tallscreen Edition,” is now available for purchase from

It includes full-color work by: Roger Langridge, Spike, Dean Haspiel, Donna Barr, Dan Hernandez, Chuck Whelon and Adam Prosser, Eric Millikin and Casey Sorrow, Spike and Matt, Andre Richard, Jenn Manley Lee, Drew Weing, Amanda Crichton, Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, Joda Thayer and Sam Henderson.

It’s massive (130 pages). It’s full color. It’s for those of you who are interested in the cartoonists whose work appears on any of the sites in the Modern Tales family of websites (,,, but who hate reading comics online. Or who love reading comics online but also want a printed physical item for your bookshelves.

This is the “Tallscreen” (i.e. standard-book-sized) collection of 2003 work from our sites. We will also be putting out a “widescreen” edition featuring work that looks better in a horizontal format. More info on that shortly.

It’s kind of expensive. It’s well worth every penny.




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.


  1. I cop to the expensiveness. I wish it could have been cheaper. For what it’s worth, we’re making almost nothing on it.

    The expense is because the book is a). color and b). Print On Demand. We’re not able to fund a hundred-thousand-copy print run like, say, Marvel and DC (the more copies you can guarantee your printer up front, the cheaper the book will be). This one is printed one copy at a time, when somebody orders it. Note that postage and handling IS included in the price. And very few independent comics you’ll find out there are color.

    If the book does well, we’ll be able to lower the price for future editions (by switching to an upfront offset run, rather than Print On Demand). We could have done that this time, but only in black and white — and we felt that full color was very important.


  2. I understand your reasons, but I’m afraid that $44 is simply TOO MUCH. You can count on family and close friends, but, being an anthology, most of the fans won’t want to spend that much if they only like a couple creators.

    I know almost nothing about the print market, but I think you should try other (cheaper) formulas…

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