Introducing the comic, reinvented

By Steve Outing

April 1 seems like an appropriate day to debut a humor project:

California artist Steve Kearsley (a colleague from my long-ago San Francisco Chronicle days) and I have been working on this for a while now, and today took the wraps off the site. We’re working toward “reinventing the comic strip,” applying social networking and social media concepts to the conventional comic, and developing other innovations.

This is an “alpha” release, so I make no guarantees that everything on the website is working yet. We’d love some feedback, and let me know if you spot any glitches, please.

As I write this we’ve got 5 comic strips live. Each comic has an accompanying blog item written by the main character, Lexi. Short term, we’ll be producing 2 new comics each week; we’ll ramp that up as we can. (This isn’t a full-time thing for either Steve or me.) Multimedia we’ll get to in time. For now there’s just the website; presence on other platforms will come soon.

Lots of stuff is planned, but this is as far as we’ve gotten so far. A key theme in what we’re doing is reader/user interaction with the comic strip and its characters. Readers can potentially become characters themselves, and can send messages to the characters (and get a response).

We’re really early into this, so we’d appreciate feedback and reaction. Thanks!

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