Twenty years ago today, I posted my first comic on the Web. Greystone Inn, first appeared 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.
Phables 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 (which turned 10 years old this year)
- Webcomics Weekly
- Surviving Creativity
- How to Make Webcomics
- Webcomics Confidential
- Tales from the Con
- The Webcomics Handbook
- The Everything Cartooning Book
- Hey Comics — Kids!
- Arch Bros
- 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 20 years!
And none of it would have been possible without your participation — 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.
I have some great things in store to mark 20 years — a new website, an ambitious publishing schedule, and a Special Offer or two. We're going to make this a vicennial to remember.