The end of pay
Submitted by Anonymous on March 15, 2004 - 20:29
I figured it'd be a good idea to put this in the forum, seeing as the Keenspot Press Release is almost off of the main page. The release sparked an interesting question: is the success of free webcomics outweighing that of subscription-based ones? Pasted from the comments:
I think, if nothing else, this press release shows the enormously underestimated ability of free comics to turn a profit. This seriously brings into question the necessity of a pay-model for webcomics at all.
The only benefit of the pay-model, that I can see, is for comics that require a huge amount of KBs per page. The ad model still requires each page to have roughly less than 100K, but this limit is quickly disappearing. It makes me think that, rather than the "end of free," we shall soon be seeing "the end of pay." -Anonymous
I am inclined to agree, from the look of these current statistics. Keenspot's value as a company is steadily rising, and it is reaping the benefits of free comics with book/merchandise sales and advertising. Not to say subscription sites are failing - they have also enjoyed growth - but seemingly at the cost of potential readers/buyers.
What do you think?