ACT-I-VATE, the premiere webcomix collective conceived by Dean Haspiel, debuted February 1st, 2006, on the blogging platform, Livejournal, and featured the works of founding members Dean Haspiel, Dan Goldman, Nick Bertozzi, Michel Fiffe, Leland Purvis, Nikki Cook, Tim Hamilton, and Josh Neufeld. Since then, the curated collective has expanded by hand-picking cartoonists to achieve its current membership. ACT-I-VATE does not accept unsolicited submissions.
ACT-I-VATE features original, serialized graphic novels and is updated daily. ACT-I-VATE's select artists produce their signature work sans editorial oversight and offer their personal comix for free to an ever-growing audience of loyal readers. In addition to these high-quality comix, ACT-I-VATE is known for having lifted the veil between creation, creator, and reader by providing a forum for spirited dialogue between audience and auteur. The website confirms one of ACT-I-VATE's core tenets: that the artists and writers of this curated comix community are the optimal providers of intellectual properties and original content.
The members of the ACT-I-VATE webcomix collective are among the most industry nominated creators in the world. With 11 Eisner's, nine Harvey's, seven Ignatz, five Xeric's, one Reuben, one Eagle Award, and one Emmy.
To view THE ACT-I-VATE EXPERIENCE, a short documentary film by Seth Kushner and Carlos Molina, please visit: http://vimeo.com/8204237
WAVE 1: http://www.newsarama.com/general/Activate/Activateactivates.htm
WAVE 2: http://forum.newsarama.com/showpost.php?p=1825286
WAVE 3: http://forum.newsarama.com/showpost.php?p=2464671
Associated Press: http://asap.ap.org/stories/1291201.s
New York Times: Young, Hip and Wild about Comic Books
IDW announces THE ACT-I-VATE PRIMER: http://www.idwpublishing.com/news/article/767/
Dean Haspiel on THE ACT-I-VATE PRIMER at CBR: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=22511
LA Times: Dean Haspiel and Billy Dogma's broken heart: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/herocomplex/2009/08/deal-haspiel-.html
CBR: ACT-I-VATE Artists on IDW's "Primer": http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=22559
NEWSARAMA: Dean Haspiel ACT-I-VATE's print with IDW: http://www.newsarama.com/comics/080925-Act-I-Vate.html