Modern Tales, the leading publisher of subscription-based webcomics, announced today that “Ice,” by webcomics star Faith Erin Hicks (“Demonology 101”) will be joining the line-up of ModernTales.com, the company’s flagship anthology publication. “Ice” will debut today (Tuesday, May 6, 2003) on the ModernTales.com website, and update twice weekly (Tuesdays and Thursdays) thereafter.
“We’ve been wanting to get Faith on board for the longest time,” said Joey Manley, Modern Tales’ Publisher. “And now the stars have finally aligned. ‘Demonology 101,’ which Faith has described to me as a ‘mere practice comic,’ is phenomenal – as her thousands of readers will tell you. Her new Modern Tales series ‘Ice’ kicks it up a notch or two. People who know Faith’s work – and, perhaps even moreso, people who don’t – are going to be blown away.”
Creator Faith Erin Hicks said of the new series, “Despite its tongue-in-cheek first installment, Ice is a dark comic, one that I’ve had brewing in my head for a good while now. Its plotline, dealing with higher conspiracy, energy shortages and fridged temperatures, is quite different from Demonology 101, but certain elements, such as quirky characters (my personal favorite is the star of the show, Hunter, a dreadlocked scrounger who wasn’t always so hard-bitten) and charming villains are similar. I like to think of Ice as a relationship comic wrapped in a William Gibson-esque plot. I’m excited to be trying something new and testing my artistic abilities.”
When asked why she had chosen to join the subscription-based webcomics anthology Modern Tales, despite having a very popular website with a large fan following, Hicks said, “I loved the story I created for Ice, and thought it was too good not to do, but the idea of creating another online comic with a setup similar to Demonology 101 didn’t appeal to me at all. I was interested in being part of a group, and had heard good things about Modern Tales, so the solution seemed quite obvious. I’m very happy to be on board the Modern Tales site.”