Anyway, we're now in a position where every Internet start-up on the planet is looking for story material to charm the new users with. And I'm getting a lot of emails about this, because, of course, the simplest, most direct and richest way to communicate in words and pictures is... comics. I've got a bonus on my side because, in addition to being Master Storyteller and beloved the world over, I've got a little experience in writing very short animation sequences (for the PC game HOSTILE WATERS, coming to a store near you this summer, and all that). This helps, in an online world where, most often, we're not quite talking about comics. We're talking about Webcomics.
What are Webcomics? Nobody knows. In the same way that "comics" is just such an utterly wrong label for what the comic is, "Webcomics" doesn't get close to the form under discussion.
Probably the best Webcomic I've seen so far is Jenni Gregory's ABBY'S MENAGERIE. I urge you all to go and look at it. It's at http://abbysmenagerie.com. As you'll see, it's really just a comic, told panel by panel, using the animated-GIF technology to time the appearance of the speech balloons and captions. Simple, clever and elegant. It nods to the new medium for its distribution without making concessions to it. Researching Webcomics has turned me into a bit of a purist, and I love ABBY'S MENAGERIE for its uncompromised strength.