Comicspace/Webcomics Nation Merger: The Interview
Gary Tyrrell of the popular webcomics blog Fleen doesn’t do a lot of interviews, so when he does have the opportunity to do one, he makes it count. Case in point: His recent conversation with Webcomics Nation founder Joey Manley and John Boeck, one of the primary investors in comics-focused social networking site ComicSpace, on the recent merger of the two online entities.
While much of the discussion focuses on the pair’s plan for the two projects and how the new union could fit into the greater webcomics scene, it’s an interesting read for anyone of the industry-watching mindset. The duo claim that comics publishing isn’t one of their goals, but instead they’re setting plans in motion to "allow the artist to delegate the secondary tasks that aren’t writing and drawing, and to pay a fair fee for those services, not to have to give up the IP in exchange for those services."
Intriguing it is, yes…
My favorite part of the interview, however, has to be Manley’s explanation of what attracted him to Boeck and his investment group, E-Line Ventures:
Theirs was the first proposal that didn’t skeeve us out. They didn’t want to just write a check, they wanted to work with us — they’re teaching us, they’re not out to steal the IP.
Head over to Fleen for the full interview.