What is and isn't webcomics news
Submitted by pclips on March 27, 2006 - 11:52
There are not one but two "My Comic Hit 50 Strips" stories on the main news page at Comixpedia today.
This is not news, it's an ad. Especially at 50 strips. Nobody cares. Thousands of webcomics have hit that mark, and probably more of them have failed to go on to reach 100 strips than not.
I personally don't even care when a strip hits 500 or 1000 or a five year anniversary, but I will concede those might be worth a note. But 50 strips? Is that something the community needs to know about? Is that going to change the way any of us do webcomics? It's just guerrila promotion.
News is important, or it isn't news. Comixpedia does a pretty good job of covering the highlights of what people are doing in the field. I come here to learn what people are trying out: new styles, new gimmicks, new business models, new products, new channels of promotion, new visual concepts, new technological tricks, and new writing forms. I come to read essays written by experienced creators with something to say, to get their perspective and expand my own. I come for interviews with people I know of and am curious about, or people I should know about. I come to learn about actual accomplishments, especially things nobody in webcomics has ever succeeded at before (e.g. Ryan Estrada's official LJ comic or John Moore's CBS Sports comic). I come to find out about webcomics events. I come to read about dust-ups and community drama so I can know what's going to be a touchy subject the next time I'm on a panel with someone.
All of these things, Comixpedia does and does well. But if the New York Times started printing press releases about school plays and bake sales on page 1, you'd take the paper less seriously. How about exercising some better editorial control?