TOPIC OF THE DAY: David Willis' new Dumbing of Age is like the (new) Star Trek of webcomics (I am waiting for the red matter to show up) Discuss!
CONVENTIONS: Intervention reports that its fundraiser collected $500 for EFF. SPX raises money for CBLDF. Both good causes, but If you're into webcomics, EFF is probably as important as CBDLF.
IT'S THE ECONOMY STOOPID PIGEON: MK Reed ran through some rough numbers for overall attendees, educated guesses about gross revenue and costs to come up with a rough estimate of profit per creator for the recent SPX. It's an interesting thought experiment but I can't imagine it means all that much to any individual creator. There's a big difference between Kate Beaton's table and someone who is at their first convention. Also of interest — Sean Kleefeld notes that Dorothy Gambrell of the webcomic Cat And Girl has posted several charts with her annual income.
DEFINITIONS: El Santo debates "what is a webcomic?" I agree with his knocking down motion comics — not really comics at all in my book. He also runs through several other examples where people have debated the definition of webcomics.
HYPE: Jen Wang's KoKo Be Good is now out on the shelves. Needless to say I love this book and I should have a full review telling you why up on the site this week.