Before the rise of the internet, the last great American serial novels were either comics or by Armistead Maupin. His Tales of the City appeared in weekly installments in the pages of the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Examiner.
The form is now making a slow but steady comeback. On Slate, Walter Kirn trickled out The Unbinding this year. Salon has, since 2000, published long fiction and comics by Maupin, Cory Doctorow, Dave Eggers, and Lynda Barry. Jason Little put out his Bee comics in online installments.
And now my favorite children’s writer is making the plunge. Daniel Pinkwater is releasing his forthcoming novel, The Neddiad, a chapter a week. It starts today. Go read it.