The Collective Convective
Keenspot and Modern Tales were Big Pandaâ€™s most influential descendants, at least as of late 2004. But they were far from the only ones. As the number of webcomics continued to grow, the formation of collectives became as easy as the joining of bubbles in a bathtub. And like bubbles, they defied attempts to keep track of them all.
But categories began to emerge: (1) dropdowns, (2) kaffeeklatches, (3) showcase hosts (closed and open), (4) subscription sites, and (5) one pay-per-view store.
These collectives are worth studying, both in success and in failure, for every success shows where webcomics may be heading and where they may not be heading.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 11, 2004 - 14:07
"The best way I can explain my reason for leaving is that I had an urge to go it alone for the longest time. I don't really know why; I guess it's because that's how I've done almost everything, all my life. Anyway, the urge wouldn't go away for over a year, so I decided to act on it. I'm not entirely sure it's a good decision. It may end up being the best move I've ever made. Or it may ruin me. But in any case, 2005 will be an interesting year."
Submitted by Erik Melander on November 10, 2004 - 19:32
Josh Lesnick's Girly has apparently left Keenspot.
Lesnick on Keenforums:
I don't want a big deal to be made of it, because I didn't leave because of problems of dissatisfaction with Keenspot. I just wanted to start doing things on my own again, for reasons that are really hard to explain.
Keenspot's a good company, and I'll continue to support it from the outside.
You asked and Josh Lesnick answered. Lesnick's current project is Girly â€“ a sequel of sorts to Wendy and Cute Wendy, yet not a sequel at all. Part of the Keenspot line-up, but also a webcomics entrepreneur in his own right, Lesnick talks about webcomics business, art and INTERWEB drama.
Webcomics have wasted no time in taking advantage of the unfiltered, uncensored, and plain uncontrollable nature of the Internet. Webtoonists have also in their own small way acted out like smaller-scale rock stars, now and again trashing a virtual hotel room. In the spirit of celebrating the abuse or stretching of good taste, artistic boundaries, and/or common sense, we present our somewhat brief and arbitrary list of 17 notorious cartoonists. Some get the nod for a one-time act of notoriety while others continue working on their lifetime achievement awards even as we go to press.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on May 9, 2004 - 21:00
Josh Lesnick is a webcomics wunderkind. His current projects include Go-Girly published at Keenspot and the NC-17 (NSFW) webcomics website Slipshine. He also created the webcomics Wendy and Cute Wendy.
Lesnick has agreed to answer your questions. Post your questions here, and we'll send the top ten moderated questions to be answered. We'll take questions (one question per post to this thread) up until May 21st.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 3, 2004 - 00:12
Sequential Tart rolls out a new issue with interviews with John Allison (Scary Go Round) and Josh Lesnick (Girly). The Tart also tackles reviews of a ton of webcomics including Boxed In, Everything Jake, GAAK, Gun Street Girl: Where it Began, Gypsy Harvest, Soul-d, Sparkling Generation Valkyrie Yuuki, The Guardians, The Queen Project and U.N.A Frontiers: Cyberna's Story.
The drill is pretty simple. Here's a comic, here's a rant, here's a button, and here's a plea: "Vote for my comic on such-and-such a top list!" Little context is provided, but one is bound and determined to show support as requested. One clicks, one votes. Then, one is confronted by a list of other comics which have all, presumably, asked for the same thing.
There are some subjects, common wisdom states, which should not be brought up in polite company. Religion and politics are two of the biggies, but as of late, computer operating systems and gaming platforms seem to be flowing in the same vein. The sheer amount of energy invested in the holy wars over gaming platforms is impressive, and more than a little puzzling to the outsider. Regardless, there seems to be no shortage of webcomics willing to jump into the fray with their BFGs blazing.