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Researching Webcomics for school project

I'm doing a research on webcomics for my school project. Now, I know there's Comixpedia, and you will go "Duh!" on me, but the site's too large for me to go through. So far, I can only start off with Neil Cohn, Ian Hamp, T Campbell and Joey Manley for their educational input, but any other avenues of Comixpedia I should check out?

Besides Comixpedia, what other websites I should check out to find out about the ins & outs of webcomics?

Other questions:

How do artists use services like forums, blogs, emails etc. for their own use?

Hope you reply.

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Xaviar Xerexes's picture


Is anyone taking over editing the MT newsletter from you?

I run this place! Tip the piano player on the way out.

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kjc's picture

Well, you'll also want to look at The Webcomics Examiner at and Sequential Tart (which covers all comics, but has been paying more & more attention to webcomics over the last couple years) at .

I'd also add Alexander Danner and Websnark to your list of people whose educational input should be valued. And you should also check out Neil Cohn's own site, .

As for here on Comixpedia, go to the Features pull-down under the Departments menu & then click on "SEE ALL" near the top. You can search through the titles & introductory paragraphs for key words or authors you might be seeking.

As for artists using forums, blogs & emails, I looked at that here (in part 2): and here (in part 3):
(after some background in part 1, here: )

And you should look at Wednesday White's piece on syndication, another tool used by webcomic creators to communicate with their audience. Part 1 here: and part 2 here:

Alexander D's piece on self-promoting without promoting is also good regarding creator communication with audience:

If you can narrow down the topic of your research project, I can help you further.

Kelly J. Cooper
Comixpedia Features Editor

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kjc's picture

Hmm. Business side is tougher. That article covers most of the comickers who are currently making a living from their webcomic, so checking out their individual sites & reading through their blogs/journals might prove useful.

And I second AlexanderD's recommendation of "Reinventing Comics" - pretty influential in the movement, from people who agree to people who disagree with his various pronouncements.

You might also check out McCloud's website at

We've had a thread or two about the business elements. Check the business forum.

Kelly J.

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Not as such, but there will be a replacement news system at some point. I don't actually know much about it, though. & Fairy Tales Experiments

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"Brutal Iron Housewife" sounds scary.


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History question:

I need to know the history behind five exemplary webcomic sites, three of which are "solo" works such as PVP, & Penny-Arcade, and two of which are community types, namely Keenspot & Moderntales. I need to know their early beginnings, how they struggle through the years, what sort of business model they've adopted and how much they have influenced the webcomic community.

I need further elaborations than what they offer on their FAQs.

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Joey Manley's blog includes some interesting discussion of the business behind Modern Tales and its related sites (, though it may be hard to search for the right info.

And, of course, for some of the foundational thinking behind webcomics, you should read Scott McCloud's "Reinventing Comics." & Fairy Tales Experiments

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The best material you're going to find on all that will be T Campbell's "History of Online Comics" series, which ran here on Comixpedia. You might also try using the Internet Way Back Machine to get glimpses of how the sites have changed over the course of their lifetimes. (

A good portion of MT's history for the past year can be found in the MT Family Newsletter (, which I edited from September 2003 - September 2004. It's a promotional newsletter, so admittedly, the tone is hypy, but the events are accurate.

Some of these people might also be open to a short Q&A, so long as you keep in mind that they're all really, really busy. & Fairy Tales Experiments

Webcomic business references

On the business side of webcomics, Tod Allen's got a couple of online papers that go into some detail and have some good background information:
Comics on the Internet: a business primer
Online Comics vs Printed Comics: A Study in E-Commerce and theComparative Economics of Content
Allen concluded from studies of online newspapers and magazines that going from free to paid content would probably lose most of the readers, but that could be too pessimistic going by this report on the Graphic Smash site:
Through the Looking Back Glass: March 6, 2005

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Man, those last links! I just never thought about webcomics in that way. Well, except when I first ran into Loxie and Zoot.

Wow, a comic at a free hosting site. It must be great.

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Thanks, Kelly.

What about the business side of webcomics? Which websites should I look up to? I've been to this one. Any other websites?