On August 28, 2000, Smith published the first of his three webcomics, Angst Technology, remaking the Inktank site as a webcomics portal. Over the next five years he added Weak-end Warriors and Sorry, We're Open. After beginning a computer animation degree program, Smith put all three comics on indefinite hiatus. The site is now the home of InkTank Studios, Smith's art and design business.
The best known comic on the site is Angst Technology which ran from 2000-2005. The comic's storyline dealt with a fictional company, Angst Technology, which developed gaming software. The experiences were based on the author's real world experience in working at Sierra Entertainment and in web site development. The comic was run on GameSpy, along with Penny Arcade, and over the years cameoed and referenced in several other comics, among them The WhiteBoard, which also referenced the later comic, Weak-end Warriors. The comic is also referenced on the site ImageTexT which explores the impact of underground comix and the evolution of webcomics from those roots.
Angst Technology won the Best Gaming Comic award in 2001 the first year of the Web Cartoonists' Choice Awards.
From August 4, 2005 to March 31, 2008 the Inktank website was Smith's personal blog. The website has links to the forums and includes his webcomic archives. Many of Smith's blog entries are about art and animation.
On March 31, 2008 a new comic, Inktank, was started on the site and it was updated on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. The new comic is based on the authors real life experiences as a father and web site developer. It ended its run on July 2, 2010 with a follow up strip posted on July 11, 2011.
On April 23, 2012 the InkTank site was relocated from inktank.com to inktank-studios.com, the result of a desire to transition the brand identity of the site towards the "studio" aspect.
Smith had three webcomics hosted on Inktank.com.
|Author(s)||Barry T. Smith|
|Current status / schedule||Ended|
|Launch date||August 28, 2000|
|End date||June 20, 2005|
|Genre(s)||Humor, Video Games|
Angst Technology is based around the staff of a small computer gaming company. The humor is derived from everyday office shenanigans, video game and role-playing video game sources and a myriad of pop-culture references.
The first Angst Technology strip ran on August 28, 2000. The last ran on June 20, 2005. Smith went on hiatus between July 18, 2003 and March 31, 2004. All together, there were around 1060 Angst Technology strips.
In order of appearance:
- Marc is the young project manager. The innocent of the bunch, Marc started off as customer support. He is roommates with Yaz and while they give each other a hard time, deep down they are best buds.
- Dante is the coffee-loving lead programmer. Cynical and grounded, he's the linchpin of the company. The only one who seems to get any work done.
- Webmonkey is literally a monkey who's employed as the webmaster. He doesn't speak, but his caffeine fueled deathmatches speak for him.
- Hugh is the wealthy and fairly naïve boss. His love of gaming and his staff is only outstripped by his love of karaoke.
- Yaz is the graphic artist and resident letch. Since opposites attract, he has hooked up as Marc's roommate where (thankfully) his ribald ways have not rubbed off on Marc.
- The IT Ninjas do all the behind the scenes maintenance. Excellent at keeping the company servers and computers running, they are not so good outside their element (like fighting or sneaking around like normal ninja). Dante, Hugh, and Kit are the only ones aware of the Ninja's existence, although Marc once stumbled into their secret office.
- Kit is the office manager and human resources manager. Sweet and sexy, she is an eye of calm in the whirlwind office.
- Lance is basically a superman-style superhero taking a day job as customer support. He is actually customer support who is dumber than the customers who call him.
- Salvadore is literally a llama in charge of network security. It takes a hacker to catch a hacker.
Weak-End Warriors takes place at a paintball park.
Sorry, We're Open
Sorry, We're Open takes place at a games and comics store, owned by two brothers.
Started on March 31, 2008 and loosely similar to all three of the previous strips (especially Angst Technology).
- Angst Technology joins GameSpy http://archive.gamespy.com/articles/october00/angst/
- The Webcomic Crossover & Cameo Archive http://crossovers.dragoneers.com/index.php?comic=Angsttech
- The Webcomic Crossover & Cameo Archive http://crossovers.dragoneers.com/index.php?comic=Weakend
- Webcomics: The Influence and Continuation of the Comix Revolution http://www.english.ufl.edu/imagetext/archives/v1_2/group/