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New things to look at: Bento Comics

A bento box is a Japanese lunch filled with lots of delightful little treats. Bento Comics is a webcomics site that is filled with delightful little treats—bite-sized stories that readers can mix and match into their own personalized anthologies—and even compile into print anthologies, through Lulu.com. What makes this interesting is not just the business model but also the folks behind it, including Svetlana Chmakova (Dramacon, Nightschool), Queenie Chan (The Dreaming, Odd Thomas), Liesl Adams (On the Edge) and Dan Hess (Realms of Ishikaze, Angel Moxie, Weesh). (Obligatory disclaimer: I have personal and business relationships with several of the creators behind this site.)

Bento Comics

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This is great.

The idea of a mix-and-match-and-print-the-results-POD system is one I’ve been saying would be a wonderful thing for the Big Two’s back library for years.

Some fans would love to have THE CHRONOLOGICAL WONDER GIRL on their shelves, some fans would put together ALL THE NON-REPRINT TOWER OF SHADOWS STORIES, some would go for THE COMPLETE DATELINE: FRONTLINE. Or THE COMPLETE CARY BATES SUPERMAN or JACK KIRBY RARITIES or whatever.

The idea of “bento” anthologies with webcomics, though, is a simpler, cleaner treat.

kdb

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