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DJ Coffman on Placing Webcomics With Big Company Websites

DJ Coffman has a post today on SPUN, a webcomic on the CBS Sportsline website.  The new comic by John Moore is apparently a paying gig with CBS.

This point has been pushed a lot this year by multiple folks - if you want to get paid as a cartoonist one avenue would be to tailor a comic very tightly to a specific subject matter and then approach companies and communitys relevant to the subject matter with it.

It would be interesting to get more examples of success with this approach - post 'em in the comments here if you know of any... 

I know who signs my

Tyler Martin's picture

I know who signs my checks.

The big syndicates seem to be doing a lousy job of web-syndication, instead trying to run their own content site of just... comics.

Need to get more webcomics piggybacking on content sites. Self-syndicating. It was the design of such bite-sized entertainment.

Kernel Panic

Kernel Panic was originally started as a monthly comic appearing on an IBM Website covering various Unix platforms. I was hired by an IBM contractor who was maintaining the site, and it remained that way right up until the dot-com bubble burst, the company was let go, and the website was left to die.

I got paid a pretty good chunk of change for that gig. Never got the last check, though.

I remember that! I think...

Xaviar Xerexes's picture

Was that the one where you had some comics about the alternate IBM OS system (WARP?) - can't recall the name right now?



Xaviar Xerexes 

I am a Modern Major Generality.

I run this place! Tip the piano player on the way out.

No, that's Help Desk.

No, Help Desk featured OS/2 from time to time. Kernel Panic focused pretty exclusively on Unix and Unix-like operating systems (like Linux) and is still updated (though somewhat sporadically) on my site (

Yirmumah itself is a good example

Eric Burns's picture

Don't forget that Coffman's placed Yirmumah itself on Cracked and other, quality websites run by stalwart men who have wallets.

Let's not forget Frank: The

Ryan Estrada's picture

Let's not forget Frank: The Comic, for LiveJournal!

I suspect that quite a few

I suspect that quite a few existing webcomics could find a natural community audience without extra tailoring. I've got fantasy and science-fiction particularly in mind: those genres have strong fan communities, and there are a lot of very good stories in webcomic form.