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A few more webcomic related items of joy

Here’s a few more webcomic related pieces of interest.

  • At Robot 6, Brigid Alverson gives her own spin on the 2009 Eisner nominees. She asks the question on everyone’s minds: do these necessarily count as webcomics if they’re basically just print comics that got put online? Of the nominees, she thinks there’s only one on the list that actually benefits from the webcomic format.
  • And then there’s NPR’s report on the fate of comics after newspapers. The transcript, making waves among webcomic creators, includes this choice line:

    Mallett (of Frazz): Sometimes I worry that they’re just so ingrained and associated with ink on newsprint that they’re just not going to fit quite as well into wherever newspapers go next. All comics are already online, but nobody’s found a way yet to get the web to pay enough so that drawing a strip can stay a full-time job.

    There’s a pretty strong backlash among currently existing self-sustaining webcomic creators in the following commentary. Another entry:

    Cartoonist Darrin Bell has chronicled the death of newspapers in his strip, Candorville, and he actually has a tip jar on his Web site. He says the money coming in from the Web — not just in tips — is only a quarter of his income as a cartoonist. But he’s not worried about comics.

    OK, Darrin Bell, a word of advice on the online fundamentals that I think a lot of experiences web cartoonists have been following: say “No” to the tip jar. And merchandise revenues are not as taboo as you might think.

    Also, the NPR piece digresses into crossword puzzles for some reason. Huh.

    Anyway, John Rabe, the author of the piece, did the right thing and offered the following apology in the comments:

    I owe Marketplace listeners and fans of the online strips an apology.

    I just had a very nice phone conversation with Randal Milholland, who does the online-only strip Something Positive. He told me he was working 40 hrs doing data entry and 40 hrs doing the strip, and when readers complained he was late posting an update or fixing a link, he dared them to support him. Thousands of dollars came in, in $5 and $10 donations, in just a few days, and now, he says, he’s making a decent living solely on the web strip. For those who want details, he authorized me to tell you that last year he made $55k before taxes in 2008, roughly a third each from merchandise, donations, and ads.

    He also wrote, “and if anyone gripes at you and goes on about reading my comic, tell them I asked them to be nicer. Or I’ll find them.”

    Thanks, for that, Randy, but if I got it wrong, I got it wrong.

    – John Rabe

  • Finally, Act I of MS Paint Adventures‘ “Homestruck” story ends… with a bang!