So why aren't webcomics in the news?
Submitted by Kisai on July 1, 2006 - 03:32
Hey, did anyone notice how typing "webcomic" into news.google.com only gets you joystiq.com ? And the result is a webcomic poll.
One would have to wonder what, if any, official news the webcomic community has, or even a real community. You have comixpedia.com (which you are reading.) You have the comicgenesis.com, drunkduck.com, and smackjeeves.com forums. Then there are buzzcomix forums, topwebcomics forums and probably dozens if not thousands of splinter groups that comprise of a handful of webcomic authors and artists. Yet not one of these is something that "everyone who does a webcomic" reads.
Yet there is no "de facto" source for organizing webcomics to go beyond "just an internet passing fad, everyone has one" . The print comics are going online, and yet webcomics are still trying to get into print? Why are webcomics not taking advantage of the cheapness of the digital medium and making comics that fit on cell phones, pdas, ipods, PSP and Nintendo DS's ? ComicCast anyone?
I'm sure someone is going to point out that they prefer paper, yeah but if you make it available as a digital download, they can print their own, AND in whatever language they want with a bit of editing. Plus, you can burn your comic to a disc, or keep a copy somewhere in case your house burns down. Lose your original? Retrieve from the internet. Win-win.
But why stop there, instead of spending hundreds of dollars on making non-representive print copies (like color comics being greyscaled and illegible), buy a stack of cd's or DVD's and put printable versions on them, then you can practically give them away at conventions. Just don't put any rootkits on them. Hey, maybe you can sign them too.
Or maybe webcomics really are a passing fad. Just how many people on the street know of your favorite webcomic?