Warren Ellis considers webcomics format:
As I may have mentioned – I know I mentioned it on Twitter – a couple of friends of mine are planning a newspaper-adventure-strip for the web, and I’m sick with jealousy. Not least because, as noted above, I Had A Plan Damnit, years ago, and I don’t get to play.
But, honestly, wouldn’t it be nice if a bunch of people started to bring strange ideas and new thinking to the dramatic form, in a low-impact serialised form like this? What if, just for the hell of it, the next 18000 webcomics weren’t about funny animals or core nerd wanking?
On second thought, hey, that’s not going to happen. And webcomics are a very important venue: as George Burns said about vaudeville, it’s the place the kids go to be lousy. It’s a learning space, and a play space. It’s important that it remains that way. But no-one could change that if they wanted to, and but it shouldn’t be just that.
I’d never thought of webcomics as “the place the kids go to be lousy” before, but it’s an interpretation that makes sense – Perhaps a very print-centric interpretation (Webcomics can be, and are, a thing in and of themselves outside of being auditions for the print medium, after all), but that doesn’t make it a bad reading. That aside, the idea of more creators doing different kinds of webcomics? I am all in favor of.