Leslie Walker, the Washington Post tech columnist wrote today about the business side of webcomics in her column. She talked with several folks, including Keenspot, Modern Tales, Jon Rosenberg and Robert Khoo of Penny Arcade.
Chris Crosby created and published his first professional comic book, SNAP THE PUNK TURTLE, at the age of 16 in 1993. In 1996, he co-created/co-wrote the best-selling independent superheroine comic series SCORN, and co-founded the parody label Blatant Comics. In January 1998, AnotherUniverse.com commissioned his first regularly-published online comic, the weekly SNAP THE PUNK TURTLE, and in March 1999, he launched his first daily webcomic, SUPEROSITY. In early 2000, Chris created and co-founded the online comic network Keenspot. In March 2004 he launched SORE THUMBS with artistic collaborator Owen Gieni, and later went on to produce WICKEDPOWERED, LAST BLOOD, and CROW SCARE with Gieni.
Scott Kurtz comments on the article:
Comics Looking to Spread A Little Laughter on the Web – Washington Post
Damn… I should have put this in the quote…
For the record, I never said, nor do I believe, that “advertising is the future of online comics.” Also, webcomicsnation will not be providing me with any advertising revenue. That is not the model at all.
Just for the record.
Leslie’s a nice person who, I think, got my own message a little mixed up after hearing everybody else. But that’s understandable, considering the “everybody else” she was talking to, and the general “information wants to be free” slant of this thing.
That column was WEAK. Especially after finding out it was originally suppossed to be about Blank Label, then never mentioned them at all! That’s lame. Poor Blank Label, can’t those guys catch a break!?
Actually, I thinking making more money in a month that you did all last year is to be considered something of a break. Obviously they’re kicking ass even if no one’s talking about it.
I like that the only hyperlink she could manage in the article was to King Features Syndicate.
I imagine that’s for fear of people clicking over to where Jon Rosenberg has written a cheery, impish “FUCK YOU, WASHINGTON POST” across his front page or something, but sheesh, what’s the point of being on the internet?
And it sucks if BlankLabel got that article to happen and got bupkis. The articles on the Post’s front page.
I doubt your average person who still reads print newspapers nowadays really knows anything at ALL about the existence of online comics.
She had to consider her audience.
I think she did a very good job.
And let’s be honest, Scott.
Jon Rosenberg has had a lot more experience and success than Blank Label with taking the risk of publishing webcomics online on his own.
Woops! After some depublishing, Scott has removed those quotes from his site.
Now, in their place he says:
No problem! Except that the original post is already being discussed here, and on other sites… and there’s no way to depublish from all those places, even if we wanted to. Great timing though. 😉
Hmmm… If the release they sent to Washington post and other newspapers was this one then I’m not surprised at all that they got stricken out of the article.
It’s not a terrible press release. It could even work for small newspapers with nothing else to publish. But if you are aiming higher then a proper writing ain’t suffice. You need strategy. And a good one in this case would be to anticipate how the person was going to write this article.
The way it is it reeks too much of cheap advertising. It is not interesting enough for a newspaper article. Maybe they’d be more sucessful if this press release was about webcomics and somewhere inbetween they stuck their name. In press assessoring sometimes less is more.
But maybe this wasn’t what they sent. In that case ignore this little idiot.
I actually e-mailed the reporter and let her know of other smaller groups that are making a living doing webcomics, so who knows. Maybe there’ll be a follow-up article about Blank Label and other people who haven’t “made it big” but are managing to make a living doing this anyway.
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