Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 7, 2006 - 12:31
This Keenspot thread shaped up to be an interesting discussion of the relationship between creators and their audience. Kicked off by a post worrying about a one-week dip in readership numbers (!), Carson Fire and others take the thread into a discussion of doing what you want versus acknowledging what the readership wants.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 6, 2006 - 18:07
Jon and Phillip have redone the Goats website. I really like the evolution of the look and the new layout scheme. It's the kind of thing I'd do if I had any talent for writing code and doing design.
Jon also talks about dropping the Premium membership feature he's had for the last couple of years. Paraphrasing a bit, what Jon wrote sounds like he's very excited about the new direction he's taking Goats in and wants to invest more time in it. Time he'll no longer have to spend on the Patent Pending and other Sunday strips he did for his Premium members.
A tip of the hat to Jon for being upfront with his fans and striving to do the right thing for them.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 6, 2006 - 16:30
Ben Adams is the creator of Misfit's Journey which is an autobiographical tale with 3d art. He has been placing ads with non-webcomics websites where he thinks the audience would become fans of his webcomic. In another post, he further explains his thinking about where his webcomic's appeal may lie.
A no-brainer perhaps, but one all creators should think about before spending money on advertising. I have no data to back it up but it doesn't seem farfetched to believe that there are still a lot more potential readers out there that haven't heard of webcomics at all then are actively reading them today.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 6, 2006 - 00:10
Broken Voice Comics, a new website created by the former Senior Editor of Midnite Comics, is being readied for an official launch at the end of March 2006. Midnite Comics itself has been shut down since the New Year when its forum was hacked. The rest of the Midnite Comics site crashed shortly thereafter and, sadly, due to the amount of recent build lost, it seems increasingly unlikely that the owners of Midnite Comics will be able to rebuild it.
Submitted by Erik Melander on March 5, 2006 - 23:53
Submitted by TCampbell on March 5, 2006 - 23:51
The company's always going to serve adapted, creator-owned webcomics, but for some of our upcoming plans, it needs a few properties we can call our own. Clickwheel's already taken steps to commission a few pieces which I'll tell you about in the coming weeks. Sometimes the idea would come from the creator, sometimes from Clickwheel itself. And yeah, this is pay-per-panel. The $5 per panel generally breaks down to $2 for writing and $3 for art in the case of teamwork.
This is still in the planning stages, but interested parties can contact T Campbell, the commissioning editor.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 24, 2006 - 01:49
Scott Kurtz announced that PvP will be available for mobile phones via GoComics.
Wallpapers, messages and animations are scheduled for May 2006. The GoComics player that PvP comic strips will be featured in is part of a larger bundle that comic book fans can subscribe to. It will be like a comic book anthology on your mobile phone.
The full press release is on the PvP website.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 16, 2006 - 12:45
The Comics Reporter points to this article in the Penn State paper about how musicians should look to webcomics as a way to make a living in the file-sharing, peer-to-peer age.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 14, 2006 - 15:34
I've noticed a surge in webcomics offering fixed, button-sized ads recently. I think Yirmumah may have been the first one I noticed - it displays several 100x31 buttons for "sponsors" at $10 a month. I just saw Evil Inc had a slightly larger button (145x45) at $20 a month and I know I've seen this as a new thing at several webcomic recently.
Good thing, bad thing? Effective for the advertisers? Decent source of revenue for the creator? Any thoughts...
Submitted by Tim Broderick on February 10, 2006 - 21:25
The Daily Herald, third-largets newspaper in Illinois, has launched a new website called Beep!, designed to appeal to younger readers in the Chicago suburbs. For their comics section, they've utilized Webcomicsnation's tooncasting feature to create a kind of comics page.