Over at The Comics Journal, Shaenon Garrity runs through the history of webcomics, from origin to… well, the future, perhaps:
Webcomics are, in fact, becoming memes; the most successful are those that can flee their original context and put a girdle round the earth, skipping from format to format. T Campbell argues that graphic/text memes like Hipster Ariel (look it up) are effectively comics. What’s more, they’re comics anyone can produce, publish, and share in minutes.
Is this the future of webcomics: stick figures and screencaps that can fit to an iPhone? Maybe, but at the same time, good webcomics are better than ever.
There’s an argument to be made that webcomics may end up being the future of comics, so this is definitely an interesting read – and something I’d like to see expanded upon, to be honest.