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A post from the DeeMan:

Here's a question. Where's the "damned good webcomics that we think you might enjoy reading list"? Maybe more comics would be on your "watch list" if you helped expose them to more people instead of running what amounts to a glorified popularity contest.

Instead of running a "what's so-n-so reading" and have us hear for the umpteenth time that people are still reading Sluggy or PvP, or "who's the most popular" (see Sluggy/PvP), how about running a spotlight column where you'd pick one webcomic a week that you and the staff think is deserving of wider recognition and each of you telling us why. That would do more to expand the reach of webcomics for beneft of both the creators and the readers, don't you think?

Dee

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Xaviar Xerexes's picture

A post from the DeeMan:

Here's a question. Where's the "damned good webcomics that we think you might enjoy reading list"? Maybe more comics would be on your "watch list" if you helped expose them to more people instead of running what amounts to a glorified popularity contest.

Instead of running a "what's so-n-so reading" and have us hear for the umpteenth time that people are still reading Sluggy or PvP, or "who's the most popular" (see Sluggy/PvP), how about running a spotlight column where you'd pick one webcomic a week that you and the staff think is deserving of wider recognition and each of you telling us why. That would do more to expand the reach of webcomics for beneft of both the creators and the readers, don't you think?

Dee

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Iain Hamp's picture

I like the idea of this idea. The reality of this idea is another matter.

Here's what I think could be realistic: once a week, some member of the staff finds a comic they think is deserving of more notice, and explains why. Then if other staffers have comments about it, as well as any readers, they can do so as normal in the comments area below the article, or even in the forums.

What I don't think is realistic is for the staff to get together somehow each week virtually, decide on a site to nominate that week, then each of us writes a summary of why we decided on that one. That's just too much to organize every week, in my mind.

But if we did a rotation or something, where it ended up I had to write one "recommended reading" a month, I think that's something I would certainly sign up for. I suspect there are other staffers that could manage that too, though I certainly can't speak for them.

Anyway, that's my two cents on the matter.

- iain hamp

Steve Ince's picture

I agree. It would also mean that there would be no repeats and over the course of a year you will have covered 52 online comics. That's a pretty good list in anyone's book.

Steve Ince's picture

Tough life, innit?

Steve Ince's picture

Inspired by your idea, DeeMan, I've decided to start up my own weekly Web Comic of the Week on my blog page. To find out what I've chosen as my first highlighted comic visit:

http://www.juniper-crescent.co.uk/blog/index.html

I hope you'll also visit the comic and let the creators know what you think.

I like the idea. I use it myself every week with our Featured Comics area on the front page.

I will.

And if there's one great truth in life when it comes to webcomics it's--If you link it, they will come. LOL.

Dee
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Sounds like a good idea to me. I still remember an article here where it was suggested that one find a new webcomic to check out at least once a month and I still hold to that. Consequently, I lose a good chunk of my morning to webcomics. Ah the sacrafices one makes...

Glad you folks liked the idea. I think the best thing we can do for webcomics is highlight as many of them as possible for folks who would normally miss out on them.

I mean, god knows there are enough great print comics by indy guys that go unnoticed in favor of the latest Marvel this or that that folks might enjoy if exposed to them. And more often then not they're not. I think the least that can be done to help expand the growing medium of webcomics is to make sure the same thing doesn't happen with them as well. :)

Dee

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G.A.A.K: Groovy Ass Alien Kreatures. It's like "The Goonies" meets "The Invaders from Mars"
www.drunkduck.com/GAAK

G.A.A.K: Groovy Ass Alien Kreatures It's like The Goonies meets The Invaders from Mars. Updates on Mondays.