I've already written about several comics and mangas that are hosted on MangaMagazine.Net, so I've wanted to write about this site for some time now. Some of my favorite comics include Todd Allison and the Petunia Violet, Badirfilay, Land of Lions, Sin, and one that I have yet to write about (but probably will in the next couple of weeks) Two Keys.
Every time that I visit the site I always discover more new comics to explore with some kick ass art and a quality story. I think that sites like this are great for many reasons. For one thing, looking for a quality webcomic can be quite a challenge. You have to make your way through a lot of muck to get to something really good. It can be a long, arduous process.
With a sponsorship site like MangaMagazine, there is a greater percentage of quality concentrated in one place. Due to the screening process and their system of promotion to “featured” and “premium” author status, the best comics receive a lot of attention and ensure easy access. It makes finding something new to read that is almost guaranteed to be really good that much easier.
There is some concern though, that such a selective process could be bad for webcomics, because the whole point is that webcomics creators are free to do their own thing, but I would argue that this site isn't as restrictive as it seems. It's not like all other comics are going to go away. Another concern might be an affected diversity, as in, there won't be as much. I have thus far not run into this problem with the site. They host a variety of different comics and mangas to cater to pretty much anyone's taste. I've found a lot that I have liked and others that I might not have liked as much. There's a lot of room for differing tastes.
Previously, MangaMagazine was a free subscription site where you could go and read any of the comics for free. This can still be the case, however with the implementation of their paid subscription service, those that opt to go for the free version will no longer get the premium content as soon as it comes out. The paid subscription is actually pretty cheap (around $3 a month on a monthly basis and a little bit cheaper if you pay for a six month subscription), which is nice, but even if you can't afford it, or just don't want to pay, you still have access to content, which is awesome!
As a side note, I will mention that having free access to webcomics is one of the biggest appeals of the online publishing medium. Finding out that a webcomic has a paid subscription serves as a good way to make sure that a large portion of readers just won't want to commit to the comic, no matter how good the art or the story.
The subscription for MangaMagazine is a better alternative, I think, than every single comic having a subscription, because you pay one low price for access to numerous comics and mangas. Another positive is the fact that the money mostly goes to the artists that create the content. Imagine that! Artists! Getting paid to do their creative work! This is quite an awesome thing that should continue to be encouraged.
MangaMagazine.net really is the home of top quality original manga and comics. I have had some good luck finding interesting comics on the site and I encourage you to check it out as well!