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Keenspot SDCC Announcements

The silence surrounding Keenspots San Diego ComiCon panel has been deafening and since Comixpedia did not have an operative in place we have been patiently waiting for word on what was announced at the panel. Thankfully Wednesday White took it upon herself to make a public inquiry or we might never have found out. In the comments Aeire outlines what was revealed.

Keenspot will implement an incentive program intended to reward Keenspot comics that update regularly, Keenspace will change name to Comic Genesis and finally there is a TV show in the works.

Update: More announcements made at the panel is now available in the Websnark thread.

Update #2: Chris Crosby posted a list of news from the Keenspot panel at the Keenspot homepage.

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Xaviar Xerexes's picture

In the Websnark comments Matt Milligan also added some more facts:

Other announcements:
Keen advertising budget: $25,000/year.
Co-op advertising (I can ask Keen to match what I spend on advertising).
DJ Coffman brought on board to head up the syndication of Keen strips as he was successful in self-syndicating to 50 newspapers.
Full-time ad salesperson to be hired!
Low ad rates for webcomic artists *cough*lowerthanblanklabel*cough*
Google adsense to be implemented with each archived strip to be transcribed for targeting and searchability.
Premium members to be able to download Keenspot Comics and KeenToons to their PSPs.

Matt also wrote something like wasn't having the two hour convention panel "publicizing" the big Keenspot announcements? I guess but the way Keenspot does PR I almost think they want to avoid positive buzz and word of mouth. I don't know why exactly that is. From Comixpedia's end not for lack of us trying to extract info out of Chris...

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kjc's picture

Actually, all this data in the OFFICIAL format is on the Keenspot webpage.

Scroll down to "news spot" where there's the announcements in little print. It was posted by Chris on 7/19/2005 03:44:00 PM.

Keenspot's 2005 Comic-Con Announcements

KEENSPOT INCREASING PROMOTIONAL BUDGET TO $25,000 ANNUALLY
Keenspot plans to spend a minimum of $25,000 over the next year on paid promotion of our webcomics. An average of $500/month will be spent exclusively on web-based promotion outside the Keenspot network, while the rest will be spent on misc. promotion including convention appearances, print advertising, promotional giveaways, and more.

KEENSPOT TO HIRE FULL-TIME ADVERTISING SALESPERSON
In order to further grow our ad revenues, Keenspot plans to hire a full-time advertising salesperson with experience in the online ad sales arena. We will be accepting applications for this position shortly.

KEENSPOT LOWERING ADVERTISING RATES FOR WEBCARTOONISTS TO $0.50 CPM
Webcomic creators who choose to advertise their webcomic with a 728x90 banner on the Keenspot network will be charged only $0.50 CPM (50% off the $1 CPM minimum for non-webcomic advertisers), with a minimum purchase of 50,000 impressions ($25).

KEENSPOT ROLLS OUT GOOGLE ADSENSE, PAYS TO TRANSCRIBE EVERY ARCHIVED COMIC
The option to include Keenspot-supplied Google Adsense text advertisements on their site is now available to our creators. We work with creators to implement the text ads using the most effective methods available. Keenspot plans to join the Premium Adsense service, which supplies a variety of Adsense advantages not available to clients receiving less than 20 million pageviews monthly. Keenspot also plans to pay to have the archives of every Keenspot comic transcribed in text form. This will not only allow each comic to be fully searchable, it will also allow Google Adsense to deliver more effective and targeted advertising on every page they appear.

D.J. COFFMAN JOINING KEENSYNDICATE THIS FALL
Cartoonist D.J. Coffman, who successfully self-syndicated his comic strip GRAVITY to 50 newspapers in 2000, will be joining our print syndication service KeenSyndicate this fall in an executive capacity. He will head up the recruitment of new clients for the Keenspot Comics Page and other print syndication endeavors planned by Keenspot, contacting and meeting with editors across the country to spread the gospel of Keenspot to the print world.

KEENSPOT ACTIVELY DEVELOPING PROJECTS FOR TV AND FILM
Keenspot has teamed with experienced entertainment industry managers Manus Entertainment and The Gotham Group. We are now developing various projects for TV and film based on Keenspot webcomics.

KEENSPOT PREMIUM TO OFFER SUBSCRIBERS DOWNLOADABLE PSP COMICS AND KEENTOONS
Subscribers to the Keenspot PREMIUM service will soon be able to download Keenspot webcomics and KeenTOONS shorts for viewing on their PlayStation Portable (PSP).

IT'S OFFICIALLY OFFICIAL: KEENSPACE TO BECOME COMIC GENESIS
A long time ago, we chose to change the name of KeenSPACE (our free webhosting service for aspiring comic creators) in order to avoid the frequent brand confusion caused by the name's similarity to KeenSPOT. Though "ToonSPACE" was originally chosen as the new name, it received a negative response from users of the service. We took their opinions heavily into account, and after a number of user polls made a new final decision: KeenSPACE is now Comic Genesis, or ComicGen for short. The dictionary defines "genesis" as "the coming into being of something; the origin." We hope many wonderful new webcomics will come into being on Comic Genesis, as many did on KeenSPACE over the past five years.

TWO LUMPS JOINS KEENSPOT
TWO LUMPS, the popular and acclaimed webcomic by J. Grant and Mel Hynes, has joined Keenspot.

EVIL JOSH AND BILLY IS NEW KEENTOONS SERIES
John Berry's critically-acclaimed Flash cartoon series EVIL JOSH & BILLY, about two aspiring super-villians trying to survive everyday teenage life, has joined the KeenTOONS network and will begin running soon.

Kelly J. Cooper
Comixpedia Editor

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glych's picture

You know...what's missing is...how this information was shared.

I heard a rumor that some questions were answered in opera.

-glych

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Xaviar Xerexes's picture

Nice to see that Chris posted something - there was nothing on the Keenspot site when Erik posted and I added my comment.

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The news stuff was done via PowerPoint. The opera deliveries were fielded by the Keenspot cartoonists when they spoke about their own work. I listened to that mess for about five minutes before leaving with a bunch of other folks.

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