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For the computer programming mechanism, see Serialization was an online artist collective that was active from 2002 to 2012. Serializer included many well-known award-winning alternative artists like Tom Hart (Xeric Award winner), Eric Millikin (Pulitzer Prize winner), Shaenon K. Garrity (Lulu Award winner), James Kochalka (Eisner Award winner), Dean Haspiel (Emmy Award winner), Howard Cruse (Prix de la critique winner), Chris Onstad (Ignatz Award winner), Nick Bertozzi (Harvey Award winner), and Jen Sorenson (Herblock Prize winner). Each artist created, and sometimes collaborated on, serialized webcomics.

The Sunday Times described Serializer as "high-art."[1] The Sydney Morning Herald considered Serializer to be the "avant-garde."[2] Publishers Weekly described Serializer's artists as "critical darlings" and "art comics favorites."[3] The New York Times called their comics "well drawn and funny."[4]

The Serializer website was launched in October 2002 with Tom Hart as editor and with approximately 20 other contributing artists. After being offline due to a server crash in April, 2005, Serializer relaunched in October, 2006 under the editorship of Eric Millikin. The site was published by Joey Manley, who had previously published the subscription webcomics site Modern Tales, with some of the same artists, starting a few months prior in March 2002. Serializer was one of the first sites to sell digital subscriptions, using a freemium model, with each artist offering some of their series for free, but with the majority behind a paywall.[4] Artists also sold content through micropayments, including through BitPass.[5]

After a decade of publishing art comics on the web, Serializer ended in 2012, saying "Thank you to all the editors, creators, subscribers, and free readers who made such a fantastic experiment over the years. Our time has come and gone, but we carry on ... elsewhere!"[6]

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  1. ^ O'Brien, Danny (February 26, 2006). "The tooniverse explodes". Sunday Times (London), p. 27.
  2. ^ Sharwood, Simon. (August 30, 2003) The rebirth of comics: Comics online. Sydney Morning Herald(Australia), Pg. 5.
  3. ^ MacDonald, Heidi. "Webcomics: Page Clickers to Page Turners". Publisher's Weekly. 
  4. ^ a b Boxer, Sarah (2005-08-17). "Comics Escape a Paper Box, and Electronic Questions Pop Out". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-07-23. 
  5. ^ "Buy Season 1 of Trunktown Through BitPass – Comix Talk". Retrieved 2016-08-03. 
  6. ^ " 2002-2012". Serializer. 
  • Wood, Mariko (March 2003). "Download: Good Comics and Baud Web Comics". The Comics Journal, No. 251, p. 38.