SpiderForest and SpiderSpawn were created in 2004 by Fernando “Ran Jado” Paniagua as a new host for webcomics. SpiderForest originally hosted fantasy comics, while SpiderSpawn was a host for humor comics, but in summer 2008, the two networks merged into one entity, taking the name of SpiderForest.
Ran Jado’s vision for SpiderForest included a strong system of interlinks between members, which can be seen in the rotating banner on nearly all member sites. Many SpiderForest sites are built using Ran Jado’s own ProPanda automation code for webcomic archiving and news systems, but members are free to use whichever archival system they like.
Responsibilities of Members:
As members of SpiderForest your only responsibility is to vote on new comics during January and July, and to run the SpiderForest header on your comic. We’re an easy-going group and any group projects are optional, not mandatory. Of course there are frequent art exchanges and “Comic of the Week” features and other projects (like the arcade poster) in which you’re welcome to participate, but as a member, you are never required to participate.
Goals of Community as a whole
Our goal is to create a place for like-minded comic creators to find a community of friends and support to make it through the ups and downs of the creative process. A little bit of cross promotion helps too. By bringing together what we consider to be some of the best story-driven and funniest character-driven comics, the most epic fantasy, and the most unusual manga (what? Everyone thinks we have manga comics anyway), we’ve created a group of comics that most readers can enjoy for years to come. You’re not just reading a comic, but a SpiderForest comic, and that means readability, accessibility, and the fact that you just have to look at the banner to find another comic that you will enjoy.
SpiderForest’s goal is to create high-quality webcomics, and link them together for easy accessibility.
Intangible benefits of the collective
A collective is more than a community, because we provide a support net for each other in times of trouble, critique in times of need, and projects in times of boredom. Don’t apply because you want more traffic. Apply because you want to be part of a small town of comics and their creators, instead of living in the giant city of the internet.
A feel for the general vibe
SpiderForest is like living in Comicville instead of Comictropolis. We all know each other, we share readers, we share art, we share our trials and tribulations as well as our triumphs. We might be smaller than the bigname comics, but we’re ready with a friendly (or creepy) .gif and a helping hand.
For a list of all comics, active and inactive, please go to our browse comics page.
Please note, a photoshop brush developed by Obsidian Dawn was used in the making of the title and footer graphics on the SF main page.