A new european webcomic publisher will be unveiled at the Angoulême comic arts festival in 2011. It's called 8 Comix and uses an eightball as a logo.
Their focus seems to be publishing high profile, original works, for free. This includes the latest Jason book, Isle Of One Hundred Thousand Graves written by up and coming Belgian writer Fabian Vehlmann – he's got three nominations on this year's Angoulême election alone.
It's in French, of course, but an English version has already been scheduled by Fantagraphics for next year, as part of their increasing translation programme.
Of course, you have to pay $15 for the English version…
Glénat will then publish the book in French in print, as an experiemnet to see just how a free online version before print will affect sales.
Looks like the Freakangels model has just reached the big boys on France. Other named creators signing up to this deal include Pedrosa, Alfred, Chauvel, the brothers Jouvray, Gess and Efix.