Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:
Shaenon, believe me. You revolutionized comics. I was raised on Pogo books. Carl Barks reprints amused me. DC never had me. Marvel managed to lose me. Eisner reprints enraptured me. Watterson and Larson held me for their time. Then into the void that followed came Girl Genius; and Kaja Foglio pointed me (and countless others) to Narbonic just as Dave was letting slip the dogs of madness. From there I rediscovered this great, big, wonderful world of comics and comic artists. Holy butterflies, Batman! It's just super!!!
fluffy <3 (fluffy) says: I originally subscribed to Modern Tales for Jon Rosenberg's "Patent Pending." I stayed subscribed because of Narbonic. I did not subscribe to Rosenberg's own "$3/month to see what i may or may not put out next!" wall.
Brian Rogers (billionsix) says:
God, I hated Modern Tales for stealing Narbonic from me. I remember writing a (very well-reasoned) email to Shaenon explaining all the (perfectly logical) reasons why you shouldn't go to a subscription model.
A few weeks after switching over, I lost internet for a few weeks. I was left behind in the story and couldn't catch up. I looked over at Modern Tales to decide if I wanted to subscribe, but didn't because Narbonic was the only strip there I wanted to read. Joey Manley had taken all the comics I was interested in, and spread them out over maybe three different pay sites. (I still suspect he did it as a deliberate plot against me, despite never having met me, and having no motive to do so.)
About 3 or 4 years later, I decided that I missed Narbonic enough to subscribe. It was fun catching up, but I still hate the fact that I wasn't able to follow the fun as it happened. :(
But I'm not bitter. ;)
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: The irony is that it's now all available on WebComicsNation for quite a lot less.
Robin Paulus (bubble181) says:
You mean, "for free", right? I mean, I know I'm not paying, and to the best of my knowledge, I'm not bypassing anything =S
If shipping wasn't so dreadful, I'd have had Narbonic stuff all over the place here, but, well, poor students 'n stuff...(I know, I'm the type of reader why they *should* switch to subscription systems...But, noooo)
Kisai Yuki (kisai) says:
I was so sad that Narbonic went pay only (I seem to recall writing a 'will never work' message on the message board), and ultimately at this point in time Joey was also trying to get other webcomics to join and I was doing work for keenspace.com at the time though I don't recall this invoking much other than a micropayments debate everytime moderntales came up.
Dark Tiger (dark-tiger) says:
I recall throwing up a 1000 word rant up on the Nice forums when this was first announced. It boiled down to "this is going to explode, and Shannon is (and this is a direct quote) going to take her gerbils and go home." The Cartoonist responded, although all I can remember of that was that she refered to me as "Mr. the Tiger" and stated a more or less exact date for when she planned to end the comic. I THINK that was the first time the Allmighty Cartoonist admitted that she had a long term story with an end publicly.
I ended up paying for MT for about 6 months, although the only comic I followed other than Narbonic was Makeshift Miracle. As I recall, all of the others I liked had either monthly update schedules or missed so many updates that they might as well have been once a month. I'll admit, since at that point, Modern Tales was being sold as a site with guaranteed updates on time, I was miffed to say the least.
Beth Bever (dementron) says:
Aaaand here's where I stopped reading Narbonic during its original run, which was a shame because I have a great love for mad scientists and gerbils, and I think this is an awesome comic. It's not that I think webcomics artists shouldn't be compensated for their work, I totally do, but something about putting content that's usually free behind a subscription fee really rubs me the wrong way. I didn't want to have to pay for the whole site when I was only interested in one comic, and living on student loans really didn't help the situation any.
Speaking of compensation, though, that reminds me I haven't donated to the Tip Jar (heehee, Tip) at Skin Horse in a while. I think I'll put my money where my mouth is and go do that.Log In or Register to post a comment! It's free!
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