Friday, September 12, 2003

Barely Coming Up For Air

I'm so thickly into Graphic Smash's launch right now, I haven't got any time at all to blog... and I'd like to save my observations for one of FANS's quiet weekends.

Thanks to Bill, Jamie and Dirk for all their fine work!

Monday, September 08, 2003

SPX Rulz

The online comics community did really well at the Ignatzes this year. Jason Little, Jason Shiga, James Kochalka and Derek Kirk Kim all won for material with an online incarnation.

Greg and I found some promising new talent for Graphic Smash while we were down there. More on that soon.

The best read of the weekend? I'm still going through some of the purchases, but I'd have to give a nod to Tyler Page's Stylish Vittles, an experimental autobiographical romance comic. I don't always know where Page's digressions are going, but he creates the confidence that they are indeed going somewhere. Good stuff.

Wednesday, September 03, 2003

It's All Good

Graphic Smash has started running previews.

JLA/AVENGERS #1 hits stores tomorrow.

The Small Press Expo is the day after.

Life is good.

Tuesday, September 02, 2003

I'm Such A Hack Sometimes

Special thanks to Mozai and Seth Blumberg for setting me straight about hacking vs. cracking. I'm remarkably techno-illiterate for a webcomicker, and occasionally miss things. The thing is, the Internet is increasingly populated with people who are even stupider than I am about this kind of stuff-- people who are ready to tar hackers and crackers with the same brush.

Somebody should probably do a lot of research and then do a story about that.

Monday, September 01, 2003

The Move.

On September 15, FANS is moving to Graphic Smash.

This was not an easy decision. There are many wonderful things about Keenspot, as there are many wonderful things about Graphic Smash. Keenspot introduced me to a community of online cartoonists and many delightful new readers. I am grateful.

But while emotionally rewarding, our relationship has not been financially rewarding for either of us. FANS is a high-bandwidth, high-readership strip. As such, it's far more compatible with Graphic Smash's business model than with Keenspot's business model.

Though some Keenspotters will disagree, I think this choice is best for all involved. Keenspot's servers can reallocate their bandwidth to strips more profitable for Keenspot. Graphic Smash will get a new feature with some of the best readers in all of comicdom. And I will get enough money to continue FANS.

Once, I thought I would run out of FANS stories in early 2004. Then, I thought we'd run out of money to continue FANS in early 2004. Now, I know we have the stories, and the resources, to continue past that date-- and FANS will outlive its fifth birthday. I feel blessed.

The Graphic Smash run will kick off with What Dreams May Come, featuring some long, long-long-LONG-awaited answers about Mr. Mist, as he plunges the Fans into a nest of horrors. Lives will be changed forever.

Hope to see you there.