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Warren Ellis to Launch Free Webcomics Portal

Filed under: — Joey Manley @ 2:34 pm

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.

7/19/2006 Call for Submissions

Filed under: — Joey Manley @ 8:05 pm

Call for Submissions is seeking submissions of one-panel cartoon gags, ongoing comic strips, graphic novels, and short stories in sequential art form, in the genres of sexual humor and/or erotica.

AdultWebcomics is the newest project from some of the people who brought you Modern Tales and Webcomics Nation. Because of certain limitations imposed on those sites by some of our business partners, we are unable to host “mature” content on our other, currently more-famous sites. AWC is meant to work around those limitations by providing cartoonists with an uninhibited playground, where the fine scatological and erotic traditions of cartoon art can be honored and extended. We are looking for the best of the best in the genre.

In other words, send us the stuff that’s too “hot” for Modern Tales — or for our competitors, for that matter (all of whom have similar restrictions on adult content).

AdultWebcomics only seeks a non-exclusive right to post your work on our website. This means that the material may also appear elsewhere on the web — on your own website, or on a portal, or anywhere else you choose to put it — at the same time it appears at

Submissions should be sent to:

Payment is not currently able pay you directly for your work. This is one reason we only seek non-exclusive rights. However, you will be free to sell advertising on your own pages, and make money that way. Specifically, there are three advertising “slots” on each AdultWebcomics page: one small 468×60 space running along the tops of the pages; one 120×600
space running along the sides of the pages, and another small horizontal banner running along the very bottoms of the pages. The top and the bottom slots will be reserved for AWC house ads. AWC cartoonists will have control of the 120×600 ad slot running along the sides of their pages. If you are participating in an affiliate program, for example, or if you have an account with a third-party ad-hosting service, you can slide your banner code into that part of the page very easily. We also have our own
private banner server which you can use, if you wish, to sell ads directly to advertising buyers — and you can keep all the money for yourself. Or, for that matter, you can use the spot to advertise your own wares.


Christians Hate Christian Webcomics

Filed under: — Joey Manley @ 10:35 am

Dean Rankine makes Christian webcomics on WCN. From what I can tell, he is very sincere in his efforts, and believes that his work is a ministry. I’m not a Christian, but I like his comics (not enough to convert, but there you go). Maybe I’m more the target audience than actual Christians. Here’s what a group of actual Christians had to say on a very popular conservative blog about his comics recently:

I thought I was used to the junk spewed nowadays, but that comic made me physically nauseated.

I cannot understand why anyone would portray our Wonderful Savior in such a way. May God forgive them. How much longer, Lord, will this go on?

My take on viewing this comic was that the author was mocking Christ. I’m pretty surprised by his comment that he was not intending this. I wonder if the author would be OK with depicting another religious leader like this, or his family member or loved one. I believe drawing an Islamic leader like this could get some people angry with you that you really wouldn’t want to cross.

I love that last one in particular: these fundamentalist Christians actually seem envious of the terroristic reputation of Islamic fundamentalists!

I’m sure it doesn’t matter to Dean, who knows what he does, and why he does it, and can take his own measure of the value of these opinions — but it just struck me as something to mention (maybe because this furor was responsible for bringing WCN into the top 20,000 of all websites this week, according to Alexa — apparantly they’re poking around on the site more, not just sticking to Dean’s comics — welcome all!)


Thrice the Freak U.! Thrice the fun! THRICE I say!

Filed under: — Prankster @ 3:44 am

Starting today, Freak U. begins a summer schedule of updating three times a week, on wednesdays, fridays, and sundays! Well, actually, technically it doesn’t begin today, because I’ve been updating on wednesdays for quite some time, but this is definitely the week that I begin updating more than I did previously, and–look, I’m updating more in July and August, OK? Just click on the link already.

If you’re new to Freak U., we’re entering the homestretch of the current storyline, so it’s a good time to jump on board. Freak U’s not just another university strip…it’s a loving ripoff of all those wacky collegiate romps where two guys would take Frankenstein’s monster or a caveman to school and pass him off as a foreign exchange student, and then they’d play a prank on the snobby frat, and the crusty old dean would try to shut them down. You know…real highbrow stuff. Freak U. is like fifty of those movies all rolled into one. In this life, there are jocks, and there are nerds. JOCKS READ FREAK U. Do you want to be a nerd all your life? Of course not. Click the link.


Filed under: — AP Furtado @ 1:49 am

Here’s a new 5 page short inspired by the legendary Arthur Suydam and a broken air conditioner.
Check out AP. Furtado’s BOGWORLD at Underground Pop Online!


GNR Update — Conan: The Tower of the Elephant and Other Stories

Filed under: — Joey Manley @ 4:57 pm

I’ve just updated with a review of Kurt Busiek and Cary Nord’s Conan: The Tower Of The Elephant And Other Stories

Here’s an excerpt:

What really sets this version of Conan apart from the rest, though — and apart from almost any other action/adventure comic book being published today — is the mind-eatingly splendid artwork. That sort of thing gets said a lot, by graphic novel reviewers, when they’re talking about fantasy books. Usually, it means that the artwork is the kind of overly-rendered, photorealistic, pose-centric crap that you see on the covers of heavy metal albums and in posters for big budget fantasy movies. That’s not what this artwork is like at all. It’s something I’ve never seen before: scribbly, deliberately unfinished-looking, on the lowest level (the figure and the line), and yet gussied up at the highest level with the latest mainstream comics coloring techniques and painterly washes. It’s a strange, tense marriage of styles that works very well. As I mentioned earlier, there’s a bit of Kubert’s Tarzan to Nord’s Conan, but where Kubert puts his ink line in the forefront, making everything all about the line, Nord allows his line to fall to the back, in favor of pure shape and action, when necessary. In some places, the coloring by Dave Stewart swallows the line entirely, giving the characters and the settings a carved-in-soap kind of look. In other places, you get the sense that there was a tightly-pencilled line, which has been covered over by the coloring, and then one or both of the artists came back in with a Sharpie to just touch up a couple of key details with a thin black squiggle. I’m not sure if that was the technique or not, and I’m sure I’m not describing it well enough — suffice it to say that the style is distinctive and well-done. Together, Nord and Stewart have managed to breathe visual life into a character and an idiom that had become tired and old under the influence of geeky fan-favorites like Frank Frazetta, Barry Windsor-Smith, and John Buscema. I’m not saying that these artists weren’t masters — they were great, each in his own way — but that’s precisely the problem: they were masters. Their vision of the character and the world, bastardized by imitators and by imitators of imitators, like fifth and sixth generation mimeographs, had to be blasted out of our brains before we could actually “see” Conan again, with fresh eyes. Nord and Stewart have done that. This Conan is alive: he’s funny (his body language, I should say, is witty), he’s vicious, and he’s something else entirely. The fact that, toward the end of the book, another great fan-favorite, Michael Wm. Kaluta, actually draws a longish sequence in the middle of a story, in a completely different style, without putting the younger and less-well-known artists of the rest of the story to shame, or jarring us in any way, is another testament to their accomplishment.

Artwork by Cary Nord and Dave Stewart
© 2006 Conan Properties International LLC

…read the rest of the review

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