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The History of Webcomics

Took me 2 years, but here’s the most comprehensive History of Webcomics ever made.

Thank you to everyone who helped out with this. If you want a link to any particular website featured in this video, please ask! This is just a reference guide, after all. I do hope I managed to set the record straight for some common historical misconceptions, and that I introduced you all to the vastness of the webcomic world.

I’m sure there are plenty of topics I haven’t covered yet, and every five-second portion of this history could be an hour-long video in its own right. I could talk about ANSI art for hours :p
Comment about what I missed, what you want to hear more about, and tell me what you think!

In this video, I’ve attempted to give a complete overview of all the developments within the medium of webcomics. To do this, I’ve been looking at the chronology of webcomic theory, technological changes, births of genres, and major gatherings. What results is a ridiculously incomplete picture of the medium at large, with an odd emphasis of experimental works that just happen to do something first. Not covered in this video are the thousands of fantasy and sci-fi adventures that were the bread-and-butter of webcomic readers for decades. Not covered are the thousands of gag-a-days the internet has been chuckling at since 1993. Not mentioned are Jeph Jacques, Gisele Lagace, David Willis, and Dan Shive, writing the same stories for 20 years without being affected by a changing environment at all, other than writing more queer-positive stories as time goes on. I didn’t bring up any of the millions of webcomics made available on deviantArt or Smackjeeves (rip) or Comicfury. I couldn’t find a good rationale to bring up the individual webcomics I know from countries like Czechia, Poland, Egypt, and Lebanon. In fact, I hadn’t brought up the African continent at all until this point! There’s just so much….

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  1. Great video, can’t believe it has only 900 views.

  2. Thanks for your work!

  3. Sabrina Online came out in September 1996. Not 1995. Strip Number 1 says 1996. Sabrina Online ended in 2016 but that was just the main comic. Smaller comics came out after that like Baby Steps, Homecoming, Skunks' Day Out, Meeting of the Moms, and the new one called Toy Story Too which will be focusing on Sabrina's Transformers toys.

  4. Thank you for researching this content 🙏🙏

  5. This is an incredible video!

    I know there were things you couldn't cover for time, but I could also geek out about this stuff incoherently for ages. I think its a good essay.


    Infinite canvas is interesting. In McCloud's original conception, the canvas could pilot both horizontally and vertically. But now, vertical-only has become the norm.

    When will we see a webcomic brave enough to evoke the horizontal scrollbar again or something lol.


    Anyway, those old webcomic portals look rad as heck. If you don't mind, which old comic portal is your favourite/would recommend I visit?

  6. I’ve been trying to find old webcomics I read around 2003-2004. Let me just say, never underestimate the furries ability to archive…. when aliens discover earth once were all gone, they’re going to think we were all half animals based on the amount of furry art archived.

  7. Can't imagine the research you had to do to touch on webcomics from all over the world. In 2019 I did a similarish video, less of history and more of a cultural production study, and this was a major hurdle for me. Every "history" of webcomics I could find seemed to be just the history of a particular author's or community and almost all of them from the US. Korean webcomics are a major blindspot for me.

  8. wow! great work!

  9. Thank you so much !

  10. Thank you for making this and for putting so much work into it. As someone who's about to start a webcomic of my own, I felt it was my duty to go research what I could about the history of the medium. This has been incredibly helpful!

  11. Thank you for the honor letting me help! Very surreal! You forgot to mention Pepper&Carrot or other comics translated to many languages, but I noticed you included a lain fansite from neocities. Adobe Flash conditioned artists to ignore open source or steganography. That marked flash for death from the very beginning. Consider moving all your social media to your own website. PeerTube ftw!

  12. When Ethereum finally implements an opcode to rez a block for basic financial analysis like global currency transacted per second, I would happily try to code a neutral decentralized autonomous organization for supporting the arts.

  13. good video, nice work, on the spanish webcomics I would say the biggest were 5 elementos and Raruto, the author had a cool story

  14. This is super cool, its awesome to hear about the beginnings of webcomics specifically! Great job with all the research 🙂

  15. Well worth the watch! Very insightful, and I was surprised to learn about all the early to mid 1990s comics, especially the rich histories of those outside of the USA.
    I was also startled to see how many references I caught, especially when Keenspot/Keenspace images came up. Geez I gave those sites a lot of my time as a teen.

  16. Someone should make a webcomic about this.

  17. Don't forget the importance of conventions like DragonCon, GenCon, San Diego ComiCon, et al. in popularizing English language webcomics. (yes I know I have a U.S.A. bias in my references). And it would be cool to know more about some of the more influential webcomics.

  18. Great video. I can't imagine how much work it took to track down all that info. It seems so complete. Also seeing some of my old favourites show up in screenshots was a treat haha

  19. Coolio.

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