| March 2000; 17 years ago (2000-03)|
Keenspot is a webcomics portal founded in March 2000 by cartoonist Chris Crosby (author of Superosity), Crosby's mother Teri, cartoonist Darren Bleuel (author of Nukees), and Nathan Stone.
Keenspot.com is currently the exclusive webcomics home of Twokinds, Brawl in the Family, the Luther Strode saga, Marry Me, Last Blood, Fall Out Boy Presents Fall Out Toy Works, Flipside, and dozens of other features.
In December 2016, Keenspot began publishing a new line of print comic book titles distributed to comic book stores by Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. Their launch titles included monthly ongoings of Hunters of Salamanstra and Marry Me and book collections of Thomas Fischbach's Twokinds.
The formation of Keenspot was triggered by the collapse of an earlier webcomic portal, Big Panda.
Following the portal's creation in March 2000, Keenspot was serving over 23 million page views monthly by February 2001 and had 47 cartoonists. Also in June 2000 they had launched the free comics web hosting service Keenspace (later renamed Comic Genesis). In 2001 Keenspot launched its own printed comic book line and launched graphic novel collections in 2002 both at Comic-Con International. By August 2002 Keenspot had opened a retail store selling brandname toys and comics, had 50 million pageviews monthly and 600 paying members – who can read the comics without ads – and had published 26 titles.
Keenspot gross revenues grew from $103,976 in 2002 to $188,475 in 2003 with the number of pageviews largely unchanged from mid-2001. As of October 2007 it claimed to be home to more than 50 comics covering several genres and artistic styles.
One of Keenspot's most notable traits is that it has been a starting point and steadfast supporter of many successful webcartoonists over the years. More than a dozen comics originally and currently hosted at Keenspot have branched out to become substantial full-time jobs for their creators.
The company says that it keeps exclusive web publishing rights to its comics, including archives, but that other rights are left with the creators. Side projects, particularly merchandising deals, are covered separately. Keenspot Entertainment is based in Cresbard, South Dakota.
The majority of titles published by Keenspot have been distributed to comic book stores worldwide by Diamond Comic Distributors. Keenspot has also launched 2 podcasts, a cartoon podcast, called Keentoons Video Podcast Network and an audio podcast called Keencast. Until 2006, Keenspot published the Keenspot Comics Page in collaboration with the Turlock Journal and several other small newspapers.Checkerboard Nightmare: creator co-founded Blank Label Comics
Darken left in January 2010
Dominic Deegan: Oracle For Hire moved to ZeStuff on 31 October 2005
El Goonish Shive joined with 910CMX
Errant Story became self-published on 29 August 2005
Help Desk became self-published in July 2007 when the Keenspot servers could not handle the data-based site the author wanted to use
General Protection Fault returned to self-publishing in March 2008
Goblins left August 2010
Greystone Inn: creator co-founded Blank Label Comics
It's Walky: creator co-founded Blank Label Comics
Krazy Larry: creator co-founded Blank Label Comics
Life At Bayside was removed from Internet; later reformed on Comic Genesis
Melonpool: creator co-founded Blank Label Comics
Ménage à 3 created by Gisele Lagace and now part of pixie trix comix
Nukees: creator sold his share of Keenspot
Real Life Comics: author no longer felt compelled to be a part of Keenspot, later moved to Blank Label Comics
Life's So Rad: author took archives down for personal reasons; later released a book [through Young American Comics] containing the comic's full digital archives and all the self-published print comics
Schlock Mercenary became self-published, later joined Blank Label Comics
Sheldon joined United Features Syndicate, later also affiliated with Blank Label Comics
Sinfest became self-published on July 9, 2006
The Suburban Jungle
Wapsi Square became affiliated with Blank Label Comics
Zebra Girl announced its affiliation with 910CMX on July 2, 2010