Eric Burns of Websnark fame once stated that there is no Webcomic Community. While he is correct there is no meta-community of fandom, his assertion is flawed in that there is a multitude of smaller communities. While most of these fans will read one or two comics (and indeed some are ignorant to the fact there are other comics out there), it is the small number of fans who read multiple comics that comprise the nervous system of the greater Webcomic community. The problem lies with encouraging fans to branch out and join the various sub-groups of fans.
Webcomic Collectives help bridge the gulf between comics and the diverse groups of fans. Forums such as those used by the Keenspot Collective, Comic Genesis, Modern Tales, and those comics utilizing the The Wotch Community meta-forums help to bring fans together and allow ease of communications for readers to easily discuss a multitude of comics without needing to subscribe to dozens of forums. Tomgeeks is a new webcomic community currently comprised of seven comics by noted female cartoonists.
But Tomgeeks promises to be more than just a forum community or a webcomic collective to allow for the ease of sharing fans. Tomgeeks also includes reviews of webcomics, games, sites, and more, links to useful sites, and an atmosphere of encouragement and support between female webcomic creators. Nor is the site limited to the seven women who’ve founded Tomgeeks… as any actively updating comic produced by a female cartoonist can also join. And while I’ve not read all of the comics of the Founders, those I have read are among the best comics on the internet, be they created by men or women.