- Posted by Johanna on October 3, 2008 at 8:56 pm
- Category: Digital and Webcomics
For years, Image Comics has posted free online preview issues of its comic series. Now, Jim Valentino’s imprint Shadowline is publishing webcomics designed for the “online world” and the “digital comics revolution”. However, their opening lineup has some interesting history.
Shadowline Webcomics launched with the following titles:
- Action, Ohio by Neil Kleid and Paul Salvi — Zuda competitor that came in second in May. Kleid has also written print comics for Shadowline.
- Hannibal Goes to Rome by Brendan McGinley and Mauro Vargas — Another Zuda competitor, the same month, came in fourth. Now with added color. (Why not? It’s the web.)
- Finder by Carla Speed McNeil — Much-praised graphic novel series, has been running online for years. Still formatted in proportions for print. I have no idea how what’s running at Shadowline relates to what’s running at its home site. I couldn’t find any information on the Shadowline site where I could find out more about the strip, the creators, or most importantly, where to buy material if it’s available.
- Platinum Grit by Trudy Cooper and Danny Murphy — Had ten issues published in print during the 90s. Also has a home site with comics to read.
- Yenny by David Alvarez — Had eight issues published by Alias from 2005-2007. Has been appearing online at United Press Syndicate’s GoComics site for the past few years.
- Brat-halla by Jeffery Stevenson and Seth Damoose — Long-running webcomic at Graphic Smash.
- Chicago 1968 by Len Cody and Jenny Frison — This one does seem relatively new, with a very interesting premise.
Is Shadowline Webcomics just an aggregator, or does it provide other benefits I’m not seeing?
On the one hand, using creators with some experience means the publisher and readers can have faith that they know how to meet promised deadlines and their work will have a certain level of quality. On the other, this looks kind of like leftovers. But then again, why shouldn’t they reuse the material if it means reaching a new audience? Maybe because it diverts traffic and Google juice between two sites? I dunno. I have to wonder if this Shadowline initiative is going to end up like many of the others: dead from lack of interest in less than a year.