MyComicsPage.com is an interesting and up to the minute venture in e-publishing, distributing syndicated comics on the Internet. MyComicsPage.com has 93 daily comics, including many favorites such as Garfield, Calvin and Hobbes, Doonesbury, Cathy, and the Wizard of Id, as well as many, many more. There are also 36 editorial comics, which are typically black and white political cartoons and two animations. Given that these comics are usually published daily, it's a lot of content.
They have an extensive archive which allows you to explore published strips, so you can spend hours playing around and discovering new comics. Perhaps the best way to use this service is to create a comic page of your own by selecting the comics you want and having them mailed to you daily. This is simple to do and easy to change. It also means that you're making efficient use both of the service and the Internet. In all, it's rather neat.
You can also send postcards of your favorite comics to your friends. In fact, I discovered this product when someone sent me a Calvin and Hobbes Cartoon, so it's clearly a valuable marketing tool for them as well as a fun way to share jokes with your friends.
On a technical note Elfwood artists might enjoy looking at the artistic styles of the cartoonists on MyComicsPage.com. It's not my field of expertise, but I was interested to see the increased use of digital technology in the production of modern comics.
Bloom County! - MyComicsPage.com is running Bloom County right back from 1981. This promises to be fun.
Annual membership of MyComicsPage is $10 a year, which works out at, oh, um, something under a dollar a month. Shall we call it 3 cents a day? Not very much for having your favorite comics - and all those others - available for you on your screen every day. For fifteen bucks you get premium membership which includes a "free" Calvin and Hobbes book. I'm not sure if this offer is available for international subscribers.
MyComicsPage.com does not include Snoopy (Peanuts) or Dilbert. These strips have their own sites.
I find this to be an interesting use of the Internet, and a rather fun thing to play around with. Being poor as a church mouse I probably wouldn't subscribe myself, but it seems like a good service at a fair price so I feel I can recommend it to fans of the daily comic strips. Thanks to uclick.com(http://www.uclick.com) for providing a free subscription for the purpose of this review.
I liked this, what else is there that I can read?
Readers might like to check out these other comic sites on the net: www.mycomics.com, www.snoopy.com, www.dilbert.com.
Is there anything like this in Elfwood?
I don't know of anyone using their gallery for drawing humorous comics, but surely a theme fantasy comic would be possible? Anyone? If you know of such a beast, please email me and tell me about it. If anyone out there is doing an in-theme comic then probably the editors of Woodworks would like to know as well. We're always looking for quality content. Anyone want to do a monthly Elfwood comic?