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Who's Who - Jeff Juliard

By Hervé St-Louis
August 7, 2012 - 10:26

When Jeff Juliard approached me to write for ComicBookBin I was thrilled. His area of expertise was something we definitely needed and that I had tried to cover in the past, but had never found the time to do properly. Jeff wanted to write about Web comics. He only wrote two articles about their history and their prospects and stopped contributing. Jeff at the time ran a small motion graphics studio much like I did with Toon Doctor and I really related to his him because of that. But life got in the way and so these two important articles are the only ones Jeff contributed. He didn’t even write about his favourite Web comics. God knows there’s stuff to be covered there!

In fact two years later, I would force ComicBookBin to take a look seriously at Web comics. My one rule which was always broken by staff writers was to never compare Web comics to print comics. They were their own thing. But staff writers had problems coming to terms with that. It might have been too much to ask, or a paradigm shift they just were not prepared for. But I was. I still maintain this line today. If I am to write about Web comics, I will discuss them with their own vernacular, their own rules and will not try to compare them with print comics. That’s where I believe the comic book industry keeps stumbling. They desperately want to make Web and digital comics just electronic versions of printed comics. They don’t get it. The whole push to tablets and apps and phones is ridiculous because the comics are not treated as e-comics, they are treated as printed comics that you can read on a screen. I think Jeff got it. As a motion graphic artist he probably understood what digital meant and the opportunity. At least he gave us two very good articles to build upon our clear coverage of Web comics.

Who's Who @ComicBookBin is a feature celebrating the 10th anniversary of ComicBookBin where publisher Hervé St-Louis features writers past and present that have contributed to ComicBookBin over the years.

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