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Warren Ellis to Launch Free Webcomics Portal

I am working with Warren Ellis to launch a free webcomics portal using the new Webcomics Nation Collective Edition Engine. This latest addition to the Modern Tales family will be all free, all the time, and defined by "Warren Likes This Stuff." He'll be making a call for submissions soon. Gary Chaloner will be designing the site. This is the first new (as opposed to pre-existing) site to launch with the beta version of the WCN Collective Edition engine, soon to be a commercial product available to anybody who wants to launch a multi-creator webcomics portal (your own Keenspot or Modern Tales, in other words) inexpensively and with ease. The name of Warren's new site, and its URL, will be announced soon, probably at The Engine.

[UPDATE: More info at http://www.rocketpirates.com/ ]

What kind of updating,

What kind of updating, archiving, and paging forwards/backwards tools is Rocket Pirates going to have? My ability with .html is that I can sometimes make things the shade of blue that I like and I can usually make a link that works with a picture. Beyond that I'm pretty green.

My life's work is currently at http://hellbenders.comicgenesis.com

Warren is answering these

Joey Manley's picture

Warren is answering these kinds of questions in the "Rocket Pirates" section of his forum, at http://www.the-engine.net/

If you decide to submit, be sure to actually submit the work to his email address if you want it to be considered -- just linking it in the context of a question on a forum post will not count. Just FYI.

Joey
www.webcomicsnation.com

Bad Signal Email From Warren Ellis:

Xaviar Xerexes's picture

[quote="warren ellis"]Who wants to be a Rocket Pirate?

Joey Manley talked me into curating a mass webcomics site. I've known
Joey for getting on for six years now. It's partly my fault that he
got involved with comics at all. I suspect this is his revenge.

People who want to make webcomics are invited to submit their ideas
to me for membership in the Rocket Pirates, a webcomics collective
which will be housed at http://www.rocketpirates.com.

Rocket Pirates will be the first site to launch with the new Webcomics
Nation Collective Edition technology, which will be available as a
commercial product for people wanting to quickly and cheaply launch their own
multi-creator webcomics portals sometime in the next few months. Because
we're all about being quick and cheap, believe me.

Rocket Pirates will be free to all readers, all the time. This means,
of course, that there is no cut of subscription fees to offer to
creators. Instead, the system allows each creator the freedom to
install Google Ads, Amazon Associates ads, ads for their own products,
rate cards for prostitution services or any other damn thing on
their comic's Rocket Pirates page. Also, since we're not paying, all
Rocket Pirates engagements are on a non-exclusive basis, allowing
the creators to run their comics on their own websites or any other
place that'll have them.

The non-subscription approach means that I'm also doing this for free,
so anyone who wants to send food and clothing c/o Joey Manley at
Modern Tales is welcome to do so. I also offer inexpensive adult services.

The submissions system is simply this: email your materials to me
at warrenellis@gmail.com. I want to see at least three completed
pages and an overview of what you intend to do. No need to be
formal -- rambly emails talking about the central concepts and what
you want to achieve are fine.

I'm open to anything -- series, serialised graphic novels, single
panels, self-contained shorts, newspaper-style strips -- in any
style, from manga to clipart to whatever the hell you just invented
in your basement. No limits.

I'm open to any kind of content. You're going to have to work pretty
hard to get me to accept a superhero project for the site, but if you've
got something that knocks me flat, I'll take it. But, seriously, I
want to eventually curate something that takes in a wide breadth of
what comics can achieve. Surprise me. Give me something straight out
of literary mainstream fiction, give me a warped genre, give me something
I've never seen before. That's the "theme" of the site, the glue that
holds it together. It is quite simply "stuff Warren really likes."

The submissions process is open to everybody. I don't care if you
only decided you wanted to try and make a comic ten minutes ago --
I'll look at it. I'll warn you in advance that the chances of my
being able to provide detailed and constructive rejections are slight,
but I'll do my best.

(Also, if the site turns out to be all-male because only guys
submitted, I'm going to be very pissed off, and will infect you all
with this lung disease my girlfriend seems to have passed to me
over the weekend.)

I'd like to be up and running by the end of the month, but I won't
kick the site live until I have enough work of quality. The submissions
process will remain permanently open. Unless, you know, I change my
mind. I am unpredictable and I drink a lot.

That's all I've got. Please feel free to pass this unedited post on
anywhere you like.

-- Warren Ellis
[/quote]

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

The call for submissions is

Joey Manley's picture

The call for submissions is now here (for those coming straight into this page and missing the same article on the comixpedia.com homepage):

http://www.rocketpirates.com/

Joey
www.webcomicsnation.com

I'm curious about the

Fabricari's picture

I'm curious about the impetus for this project. Is this going to be a project of passion in an effort to find a new audiance on the web? Or is this to become a spawning pool of talent for Mr. Ellis to cultivate artists and projects for print?

Either idea sounds good to me. This can only help increase webcomic popularity and promote quality comics. And using the web as a means to cultivate talent is not a bad thing.

I'm looking forward to hearing more about this.Â

Steve "Fabricari" Harrison
Fabricari,

Steve "Fabricari" Harrison

Elitist or Populist?

RemusShepherd's picture

 So, Mr. Manley, maybe you can answer the big question in all of this. Is this 'Free Portal' going to be like the other free comic portals -- populist sites where inexperienced artists can learn the craft and maybe get noticed? Or will it be 'what Warren likes', hosting only people skilled and successful enough that they don't really need free hosting, so that it will serve as yet another means for the elites in this business to fellate each other?

 I am almost 100% certain which of those options Warren Ellis would choose. I'd be interested in seeing in which direction your intentions go.

 

 

 ...

Kind of Obnoxious

Xaviar Xerexes's picture

Remus,

Just in case you don't realize it, while your post has a valid question in it, you seem to have written it for maximum obnoxiousness. Don't act hurt and innocent if anyone calls you on it.

____

Xaviar Xerexes

Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Gnaw.

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

Noted.

RemusShepherd's picture

 Noted,Xerexes. I don't mean to be obnoxious. But in several places on the web I'm seeing this touted as a New Great Thing...yet I don't see anything new or hopeful about it. I am honestly looking for a reason to get excited about this project.

 

 

 ...

Remus:

Joey Manley's picture

Remus:

Ignoring the snark:

I can't speak for Warren, but given his past statements, the site is likely to be a showcase for those who have already honed their skills and built their audiences, rather than a training ground for talented newcomers. Given that, as you've noted, there are many other websites which serve the other function, I don't see why this is a Bad Thing. It's not like Warren's site will immediately eradicate all others. That is not the goal. It is a new site, with a new mission -- but it will exist within a large and vibrant webcomics community, that isn't going away anytime soon. I mean, seriously.

I do understand why you may not be excited about it personally, though. But that's the way it goes. There are a lot of things out there in the world that don't excite me personally, but that other people worship: Deadwood, for example. Warren loves it. I can't get into it. Such is life.

Joey
www.webcomicsnation.com

Thanks, Joey.

RemusShepherd's picture

Thanks, Joey.

Yeah, from a reader's perspective, this might be something good. A new collection of interesting talent. But from a creator's perspective, unless you're part of Ellis' posse this is a non-event. IMHO.

I was just questioning all the hype that's going on. Not just on Comixpedia -- news about this thing is spreading far and wide. To the point where it has annoyed me, which is where the snarkiness comes from. :)

Well, best of luck with it.

 

 ...

Re: Thanks, Joey.

Warren Ellis's picture

[quote=RemusShepherd]

I was just questioning all the hype that's going on.Â

[/quote]

 All what hype? There's been exactly one official release, and that was Joey's.Â

Thanks for deciding in advance all about me and the proposed site, though. Saves us all some time, eh? Knobend.

-- W

Kisses, old bean.

RemusShepherd's picture

 You don't remember me, Warren, but we've exchanged words and insults before.  'Knobend' is the least you've thrown at me -- you must be sober.  ;)  I decided to have a webcomic, in some part, just to spite you.  So I'm not making a decision about you on this one event.

I really do wish you and your portal the best of luck, though. Â I don't *hate* you...I am, as you've probably guessed, choking on distilled envy. Â :)

 

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Hype is easy to understand

Xaviar Xerexes's picture

Warren Ellis has a much bigger name, publicity-wise then almost anyone in webcomics (or maybe bigger then anyone - I'm not entirely sure) so anything he does regarding webcomic by definition is going to get some publicity. It's big fish - small pond stuff basically.

Frankly, Warren's continuing interest in webcomics and taking them seriously has been an important piece of the puzzle turning the rest of comicdom professional's attitudes towards webcomics around.Â

So this might be a project that takes already successful creators in webcomics and launches them to even higher heights. Nothin' wrong with that. There's still not nearly enough webcomic creators able to make a living from their work. And webcomics (let alone comics and I mean comics not superhero character-movies) still haven't made a big enough blip on the general pop culture radar. This might help with that.

As far as smaller/newer creators opportunities I'd say make them yourselves. If someone else does something you can take advantage of - great but don't wait around for that. Want to be in a collective? Lay the groundwork and start one yourself (heck that's about what I did back with Altbrand although Case Yorke had a big part of turning it from a group of us doing a cross-over into an actual collective). It sounds like Joey's new collectives version of WebcomicsNation might work but you could do a site today with Drupal or Postnuke or WordPress for that matter...

 

____

Xaviar Xerexes

Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Gnaw.

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

Bo:

Joey Manley's picture

Bo:

Ellisamatic?

Ellis Tales?

Ellis Smash!

Seriously, though, searching whois for sites registered in Warren's name with me as the technical contact might yield interesting results.

Joey
www.webcomicsnation.com

Re: domains

[quote=joeymanley]Seriously, though, searching whois for sites registered in Warren's name with me as the technical contact might yield interesting results.[/quote]If that kind of search is available, it's well hidden. You can search for actual domains and nothing else.

Think Rockets. Think Pirates.

Joey Manley's picture

Rocketpirates.com.

DNS just propagated, so I haven't installed anything over there yet, but I am about to.

Joey
www.webcomicsnation.com

Kinda obvious?

The William G's picture

Seriously, though, searching whois for sites registered in Warren's name with me as the technical contact might yield interesting results. Â

http://www.warrenellisdickisineveryonesmouths.com

Little obvious, isnt it? Tongue out


Re: Kinda Obvious?

Warren Ellis's picture

[quote=The William G]

http://www.warrenellisdickisineveryonesmouths.com

Little obvious, isnt it? Tongue out

[/quote]

Don't tell me you don't like the taste.

 -- W

Unfair, Warren.

The William G's picture

You made me laugh at 7am. I've lost my protective mental fog that helps me go to work without crying. Damn you!Â


Good names are essential

Let's hope it won't be called "Warren Ellis Strips".

Re: Good names are essential

Warren Ellis's picture

[quote=BoLindbergh]Let's hope it won't be called "Warren Ellis Strips".[/quote]

Aaah, but imagine how much money I'd make if that were true.

...

 

Yeah, no.

 

(Also, that sentence originally came out as "imagine how much monkey I'd make.")

-- W

 

I'll just cut and paste myself:

The William G's picture

I’m kinda curious to see two things with this:

1) What Ellis considers a good webcomic.

2) Who has the cajones to think they have what Ellis would consider a good webcomic. I expect to see DJ all over this, if he isn't already.

Other than that, glad to see new initatives in getting the word out there.


He totally already has a

He totally already has a "these are webcomics I like" section of his message board.

 

<a xhref="http://www.kiwisbybeat.com" target=blank>Kiwis by beat!</a>

I never read the engine

The William G's picture

Mostly because I find the interface is like something left over from the Soviet era...