Thanks to all the artists for their submissions to Slipshine’s 2014 open call. Our previous open call was about two years ago and we received around 75 submissions. This time, we received over 300. We were quite blown away!
When I first started Slipshine back in December ‘01, I was fresh out of college and not entirely sure how the rest of my life would go, so it just seemed like something to try. At first, it consisted of nothing but my own crappy comics, and while I did plan to bring in a few others on it from the get-go, I didn’t really expect it to become more than a little thing that would help me barely get by…
So, looking at it now, after Slipshine has published so many artists, and helped a great deal of them live off comics… It makes me feel pretty proud. And now it makes me even more proud to see so many artists want to be a part of us… It really goes to show how far things have come.
Truly, I originally went with porn comics for Slipshine simply because I felt it would be easier to get people to send money to a comic site if they had sex in them. After all, 99% of the sites behind paywalls were porn sites. And ya know, in a way, it is true… But what isn’t easy, is publishing porn comics and getting people to respect them, for people to see them as more than clickbait, fap material, or soft sells… And all-in-all to see them as a legitimate form of storytelling. This is something that become Slipshine’s goal more and more as things progressed. It started with the simple goal of focusing on the positive side of sex, and throughout the years we’ve tried to take in artists who could really push things.
In that area, it wasn’t always a smooth ride, and I’ll admit there were certain decisions I could have made better time and time again. But it’s really beginning to feel like Slipshine’s becoming a site people respect now. They’re certainly talking more about it and obviously more artists want to be involved with it than ever before. It’s a really good feeling and I just know that things are going to get even better.
Thanks to everyone who has helped us get to where were are, from our great artists, to the readers who helped spread the word, and also the other fine smut artists out there like Jess Fink and the Oglafs and the Filthy Figments and the Smut Peddlers, all of whom have been working to earn sexy comics a little more respect alongside us on this vast, wide web.
So! Everyone who submitted to this open call should have got a response by now. Those got accepted should be getting some more emails later tonight. There were some tricky decisions this time around, and we had to turn down more than a few really good artists this time. We regret that we don’t have the resources to publish comics from every single talented smut artist on the web… We’re working on it.
Thank you and good night!
-Joshua Lesnick, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Slipshine
Joseph Stillwell, COO
Woc, Assistant Editor
Amanda Lafrenais & Lin Visel, Associate Editors