By taking two great Web flavors, social networking and Webcomics, Comics Sketch mashes them up and wraps it all in a package ready for artists. It was created in 2005. Users can read, draw, and share their own Webcomics using the built-in comics creation tools.
The artists' palette features more than 70 colors and the ability to change both line thickness and line opacity. Creators can also change the hue, saturation and brightness of the color in use. Although the only drawing tool is a freehand pencil, you can erase by switching the color to match the background.
The drawing screen makes it easy to Create a new panel, Save, Delete and Undo, as well as change the width of the panel.
The panel creator and manager is interesting. You can arrange your comics into "books" which keep related strips together. This is an excellent idea for managing multiple strips, using familiar terminology instead of having to reinvent the wheel. The social networking aspects of the site also track hits, views, votes, and ratings, as well as interpersonal communication. The idea of being able to create Webcomics without having to download a graphics editor or creating a Web site is appealing, and having an instant community to garner some attention and feedback from doesn't hurt, either.
On the technological, Comics Sketch uses Ruby on Rails and Open Laszlo for it's drawing application.
It has more that 6.000 artist with already more than 10.000 comic strips.