Webcomic Creator Grants
Submitted by Iain Hamp on December 5, 2006 - 02:24
What are some of the most common challenges facing aspiring webcomics creators who are trying to publish quality work on a regular schedule? Well, webcomics doesnâ€™t pay much out of the gate, so most creators have to work â€œreal jobsâ€ to pay the bills, then come home and get their webcomic work done. Some creators have managed, over years, to get their work to be self-sustaining and are able to work on it full time.
I am a person who canâ€™t help but see the potential in people, concepts, ideas, anythingâ€¦ and it just keeps occurring to me that there are untold numbers of great stories never seeing the light of day because of the potentially huge obstacles in the way of creating oneâ€™s webcomics work as a full time gig. Have you ever thought along the same lines? Are you a creator who would like the chance to really try to make a go of it, but the financial realities are just holding you back?
I wonder. We have an ever-improving technology structure available to us via the web, to act as a social network and accomplish things by acting together. People into webcomics also tend to be into Web 2.0 technologies and other concepts to enable people to connect in really interesting ways to information and to each other. Can this raw power we possess collectively be driven in a way that would remove some of the obstacles from perhaps the most aspiring, driven, talented, passionate creators out there that lack only the financial resources to push them over the edge into greatness? Is there some way we could each do something simple, like chip in a buck or two, and put together a Webcomic Creator Grant, from which a creator chosen by his or her collective peers would, after going through a review process along with other competitors, could be â€œgrantedâ€ a job as a Webcomic Creator?
Iâ€™m not the one to implement this. Iâ€™m just the idea guy. But it seems like an exciting idea to me, that in a sense we could all benefit from.