This is fun – Haplog is a website that pulls together a bunch of different publicly available data about a website and then estimates its "worth". Estimates in webcomicland range — the top may be xkcd which gets a $1.7 million score followed by Penny Arcade at $669,725 and Questionable Content comes in at around $480,000.
iWebcomics: Brigid does a round up of all the recent "digital" news. While there is something to chew on in thinking over the disclosure of DC's plans for compensation for digital editions of its works, in general I'm fairly underwhelmed by the recent announcements. The true business-shifting pitch for DC or Marvel is something like rhapsody for comics. I'm also glad to read that Ron Peraza of DC mention that he will either bring Zuda creators into DC proper or work to let them out of their contracts with their rights back. The whole interview with Peraza at Robot6 is worth reading for more insight into the shutdown of Zuda.
As far as DC's compensation scheme goes, Bleeding Cool reports that DC offered "for every work published by DC in a digital format, writers and pencilers will each receive additional compensation equal to 5% of DC’s net receipts derived from the sale of that work. Inkers will receive 3% of DC’s net receipts. Those of you who have a creator-owned deal in place with us will receive a creator royalty of 3% of DC’s net receipts."
INTERVIEW: Tom Spurgeon presents an edited transcript of his panel with Richard Thompson, Cul De Sac, at Heroes Con. Thompson is the creator of one of the best new comics in the newpaper (or anywhere really).
FROM THE MAILBAG: Sam Costello is back with another comic in his Split Lip horror series – Make Westing adapts Jack London's classic tale of high-seas murder to comics. Written by Costello and drawn by Anthony Peruzzo, it follows a ship stuck for months trying to catch the wind to round Cape Horn and the lengths to which its captain will go to catch a westward gust.
AROUND THE BLOGS
- C'mon it's Shaenon Garrity time! A new column at TCJ about Norb a comic strip by Daniel Pinkwater and Tony Auth from the 80's, and Garrity's correspondence with Pinkwater (and Pinkwater replies with a comment!).
- Ping Teo talks about "the thin veneer between art and science in good storytelling."
NOT WEBCOMICS: Apparently the video below almost got Best Buy employee and webcomic creator Brian Maupin fired. It's $@^ing hilarious (but some of the language NSFW). Be sure to check out his webcomic Also Coin Operated.