August 3rd, 2006


Who wants to be a Rocket Pirate?

From Warren Ellis' Bad Signal:

Joey Manley talked me into curating a mass webcomics site. I'veknown Joey for getting on for six years now. It's partly my fault thathe got involved with comics at all. I suspect this is his revenge.

People who want to make webcomics are invited to submit their ideas tome for membership in the Rocket Pirates, a webcomics collective whichwill be housed at

RocketPirates will be the first site to launch with the new Webcomics NationCollective Edition technology, which will be available as a commercialproduct for people wanting to quickly and cheaply launch their ownmulti-creator webcomics portals sometime in the next few months.Because we're all about being quick and cheap, believe me.

RocketPirates will be free to all readers, all the time. This means, ofcourse, that there is no cut of subscription fees to offer to creators.Instead, the system allows each creator the freedom to install GoogleAds, Amazon Associates ads, ads for their own products, rate cards forprostitution services or any other damn thing on their comic's RocketPirates page. Also, since we're not paying, all Rocket Piratesengagements are on a non-exclusive basis, allowing the creators to runtheir comics on their own websites or any other place that'll have them.

Thenon-subscription approach means that I'm also doing this for free, soanyone who wants to send food and clothing c/o Joey Manley at ModernTales is welcome to do so. I also offer inexpensive adult services.

The submissions system is simply this: email your materials to me at want to see at least three completed pages and an overview of whatyou intend to do. No need to be formal -- rambly emails talking aboutthe central concepts and what you want to achieve are fine.

I'mopen to anything -- series, serialised graphic novels, single panels,self-contained shorts, newspaper-style strips -- in any style, frommanga to clipart to whatever the hell you just invented in yourbasement. No limits.

I'm open to any kind of content. You'regoing to have to work pretty hard to get me to accept a superheroproject for the site, but if you've got something that knocks me flat,I'll take it. But, seriously, I want to eventually curate somethingthat takes in a wide breadth of what comics can achieve. Surprise me.Give me something straight out of literary mainstream fiction, give mea warped genre, give me something I've never seen before. That's the"theme" of the site, the glue that holds it together. It is quitesimply "stuff Warren really likes."

The submissions process isopen to everybody. I don't care if you only decided you wanted to tryand make a comic ten minutes ago -- I'll look at it. I'll warn you inadvance that the chances of my being able to provide detailed andconstructive rejections are slight, but I'll do my best.

(Also,if the site turns out to be all-male because only guys submitted, I'mgoing to be very pissed off, and will infect you all with this lungdisease my girlfriend seems to have passed to me over the weekend.)

I'dlike to be up and running by the end of the month, but I won't kick thesite live until I have enough work of quality. The submissions processwill remain permanently open. Unless, you know, I change my mind. I amunpredictable and I drink a lot.

That's all I've got. Please feel free to pass this unedited post on anywhere you like.

-- Warren Ellis