This doesn't seem
to have been brought up yet from what I can tell (apologies if it has been), but is Webcomics
per se (i.e., a work with words and pictures juxtaposed that happens to have debuted on the Web), or format
(including various attributes shared by most things people identify as Webcomics, like "installments are one page at a time," they're implicitly serial on a weekly or shorter basis, etc.)?
As digital comics (delivered via Comixology and similar means) have taken off, a related semi-recent development is comics that have the form
of traditional comic books (stories broken into "issues" of 24 pages or thereabouts, in a format suitable for print)... but which happen to be released as "digital-first" and perhaps digital-only
For instance, DC Comics
has some "Digital First" comics (Ame-Comi Girls
is one example) where they come out on digital several months before they're released in print. And companies like Monkeybrain
make traditionally-formatted comic books that may
eventually make it into print, and are generally created with that in mind, but they currently exist only in digital.
By a technical definition, I suppose these examples would be Web Comics
, but "in spirit" they seem better described as Comic Books