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Dykes To Subscribe To?

Alison Bechdel, creator of Dykes To Watch Out For posts in her blog about the possibility of charging readers a modest subscription fee to receive the comics via email as soon as they're done.  Bechdel would delay posting them on the web for a month or so.  And if that's not enough she offers an alternative idea:

Hey, and what about this? The email version could be like HBO. I could leave all the swear words in, and perhaps even have occasional frontal nudity. Instead of the #@&*'s and artful drapery that I employ in the newspaper version.

There was a lot of discussion from fans in the comments there.  I wonder what Comixpedia readers think of this idea.  Surely someone has tried this already - has it worked for anyone?

I do this...

djcoffman's picture

I do the same thing but not through e-mail, I have a club forum setup, and anytime I get a strip done, I immediately post it in the club forum, along with bonus strips. Club membership costs around 12 bucks a year, (1 a month) or 2.50 per month if you want to come in and check out the bonus materials. Right now, I think I have over 80 bonus strips that aren't seen on my main site. I hope to do more. I also give them discounts and first dibs on books and any merch i do.

I can't say how successful it is monetarily, but I can tell you this, my club members are all kick ass motherfuckers and awesome friends now. I could probably travel the country and have a couch to sleep on at every stop. Hah!

DJ Coffman
yirmumah.net

I understand people paying

Greg Carter's picture

I understand people paying to see a strip more quickly, gotta get that entertainment fix. But paying for "variant" material just for the language/nudity... Oh, wait, I guess that pretty much explains Cinemax's existence.

As far as my comic, I can't imagine having a regular and "clean" version like it was a song edited for radio. If someone isn't mature enough to handle the language and nudity then they're definitely not mature enough to handle the story. That's just me though. Apparently.

Greg Carter
Abandon
UpDown Studio

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I can't disagree with that

I can't disagree with that as a principle and, certainly, I'd like to think that no-one would take offence at the nudity in The Spires. But the fact is that different people have different threshholds for what they consider acceptable (particularly low threshholds, it seems, in some parts of the US - at least insofar as nudity is concrned!) So, my thinking is - if alternate versions can be made without a huge increase in effort or cost - why should those people be denied the opportunity to read the comic?

(Or, to put it less magnanimously, why should I be denied the opportunity of lightening their wallets!?)

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Variations on a theme

[quote=xerexes]Hey, and what about this? The email version could be like HBO. I could leave all the swear words in, and perhaps even have occasional frontal nudity. Instead of the #@&*'s and artful drapery that I employ in the newspaper version. I wonder what Comixpedia readers think of this idea.  Surely someone has tried this already - has it worked for anyone?[/quote]

I'd love to say I'd tried this but I haven't. I have thought about (and am still thinking about!) something very similar, though.

In my comic, The Spires, there is a certain amount of nudity. I've been considering for some time the possibility of making a print version available for those who might want it and, given the low set-up costs of print-on-demand, I have also considered producing both a PG-rated version with all the usual strategically placed drapery etc and a full "director's cut" version with the comic looking the way it was meant to be, complete with nudity.

It seems to me that this would be a far more practical use of alternative versions than the cynical marketing-led concept of "variant" covers.

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Bill Holbrook's just

Bill Holbrook's just starting something similar with Kevin and Kell, using the gogags.com site to let folk buy early views of the Sunday comics.