Keenspot is a webcomics portal founded in March 2000 by cartoonist Chris Crosby (author of Superosity), Crosby's mother Terri, cartoonist Darren Bleuel (author of Nukees), and Nathan Stone. Keenspot was preceded by the webcomic portal, Big Panda. The collapse of Big Panda led directly to the formation of Keenspot.
Keenspot gross revenues grew from $103,976 in 2002 to $188,475 in 2003 with the number of pageviews largely unchanged from mid 2001. As of October 2007 it claimed to be home to more than 50 comics covering several genres and artistic styles. Keenspot says they are the largest publisher of exclusive comics on the Internet.
One of Keenspot's most notable traits is that it has been a starting point and steadfast supporter of many successful webcartoonists over the years. More than a dozen comics originally and currently hosted at Keenspot have branched out to become substantial full-time jobs for their creators, and many more continue to grow in readership thanks to Keenspot's promotional newsbox system.
The company says that it keeps exclusive web publishing rights to its comics, including archives, but that other rights are left with the creators. Side projects, particularly merchandising deals, are covered separately. KeenSpot Entertainment is based in Cresbard, South Dakota.
The majority of titles published by Keenspot have been distributed to comic book stores worldwide by Diamond Comic Distributors and to bookstores and other returnable-based retail outlets by Client Distribution Services Keenspot has also launched 2 podcasts, a cartoon podcast, called Keentoons Video Podcast Network and an audio podcast called Keencast. Until 2006, Keenspot published the Keenspot Comics Page in collaboration with the Turlock Journal and several other small newspapers.