Tapas expanding past comics, needs deeper evaluation
It feels to me like Tapas just came out of nowhere recently, but that's just me not knowing about it. This isn't so much about comics, but they're doing something interesting, which seems as good of a time as any to talk about them a bit.
One of the hardest parts of following webcomics is that they're all over the place, since there's really no central place to find all of them. They're all on different sites, and even reading the comic can be an inconsistent experience from one place to another.
Tapas is one place trying to do something about that (very similar to Line - I often use Comic Rocket, which takes a different approach) by putting everything in one place. It's fitting that they make their announcements on Medium - it's a site with a similar idea of being the publisher for self-published material.
While I get a lot of use out of Tapas, I really need to look into it more. Is it actually going to last, is it a good idea to consolidate comics like this. As much as I tend to write most about more traditional comics, when I look at webcomics, they feel like the future. While they're going to be quite different because they're built around the Internet, I can only hope these evolve avoid the drawbacks of consolidated power (go ask anyone who makes videos what they think of YouTube), while still having the advantages of being more centralized (actually being able to easily find and follow the comics).
This deserves more depth; for now, these are some basic thoughts.