The new new editor of Modern Tales

The new editor of Modern Tales is Shaenon K. Garrity, creator of Narbonic, Smithson (with Robert Stevenson, Brian Moore, and Roger Langridge), and L’il Mell and Sergio (with various collaborators). Shaenon makes her living editing comics for the publisher of the most popular comics in America, Viz, and spends much of her time as a volunteer staffer at San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum. I’ve met only a handful of people whose knowledge of the comics form — from Windsor McCay all the way through to Pants Press — matches or exceeds Shaenon’s (let’s see … there’s McCloud, and, um, um, um … yeah, so McCloud’s pretty much the only one). Shaenon’s comic Narbonic was the runaway hit of the Modern Tales launch line-up, and remained the most popular feature on the site from day one up until she moved it over to Webcomics Nation just a little while ago. She is also the scariest person I know — but in a good way. We are in good hands.

If you are a cartoonist who was in touch with our previous new editor, Eric Burns, know that Shaenon will be digging through the gmail account we set up for Modern Tales submissions, and will be back in touch.

And for those seeking drama: there’s none here. Eric has had unrelated Life Issues eat up all of his time, and expresses regret at having to step down.


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.

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