Nineteen years ago, last week, I posted my first comic strip on the Web. Greystone Inn launched on a GeoCities site on February 14, 2000.
On April 16, 2001, it began running in the Philadelphia Daily News. Several other newspaper would pick up the comic, but only the Daily News ran it from its first strip to the last.
Greystone Inn ran online Monday-through-Saturday until the end of June 2005. The next day, Evil Inc was launched.
At the beginning of 2016, the comic-strip format was retired in favor of a comic-book approach and the site began updating twice a week in half-page chunks.
The past 19 years have also seen the rise of some other projects I'm very proud of. Courting Disaster, a single-panel strip about sex and relationships, was launched on Jan 12, 2005. It was originally created to accompany a sex-advice column that ran in the Philadelphia Daily News.
It ended in 2012, when I left that newspaper, but it was reinvented as Courting Disaster Uncensored, a NSFW feature available only to Patreon backers and in printed collectionsPhables was a full-page comic about life in Philadelphia which started on Feb. 20, 2006. It was nominated for an Eisner Award for best webcomic the following year. It lost to an advertisement for a video game. I'm not making that up.
And, of course, Evil Inc After Dark, my first NSFW series, was launched officially in April 2015.
Along the way, there have been dozens of other projects I've been proud of — Webcomics.com, Arch Bros, Webcomics Weekly, Surviving Creativity, ComicLab, How to Make Webcomics, The Webcomics Handbook, The Everything Cartooning Book, Hey Comics — Kids!, teaching classes in both sequential art and entrepreneurship at Hussian College School of Art, teaching Storytelling at University of the Arts, winning the award for Comic Book Artist of the Year at the Philadelphia Geek Awards in 2012...
Whew! It's been a busy 19 years.
And none of it would have been possible without your support — on my sites, at comic-convention appearances and here on Patreon. You folks have been with me every step of the way, and I couldn't be more grateful.
Thanks for the last 19.
And here's to the next 19.