The Fall of Smackjeeves

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Day 5 of #100DaysToOffload

I don't know if anyone remembers Smackjeeves, a free webcomic host that used to be super popular in the 2000s to the 2010s. Unfortunately, it got bought out and it went downhill from there, eventually shutting down at the end of 2020.

While there are alternatives (Tapas and Webtoons), I can't say I'm a huge fan of them. It is harder to look for more indie/hobbyist creators on these sites, many of the paid comics and comics done by actual teams, instead of comics just done by one person being pushed to the forefront. Also, those two sites are notorious for not allowing certain content, whereas you could find almost anything and everything on Smackjeeves.

I guess this is just another cry for the longing of small web, even though Smackjeeves wasn't technically small web but it certainly felt like it was. Tapas and Webtoons certainly feel more corporatized compared to the Smackjeeves days.

Nowadays, I don't really read a lot of web comics anymore anyway but I still have strong feelings about it. On the brightside, Comic Fury still exists, and it seems to embody a lot of the traits that Smackjeeves used to have.

I really enjoy seeing what people create and with the nature of the Internet, it's harder and harder to find things due to algorithms and the sheer volume of content being posted every single second. I think smaller sites make it easier for different voices to be heard, but that's just me.

Anyway, I actually just finished reading Kay and P on Comic Fury (although it switched part way through to be hosted on the author's own website, yay small web!). It's a finished web comic about a girl and her skeleton that I found really engaging with cool art!

Time to look for the next thing to read, web comic or not.

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