The Webcomic Telethon for Hurricane Relief was planned as a two-day event to encourage donations to the Red Cross for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
It ended up being the most important week in webcomics. And it isnâ€™t over yet.
Organized by Blank Label Comics, the telethon generated an estimated $28,635 in pledges as a new cartoon from one of over 300 cartoonists was displayed every twenty minutes for over four days. The site received 8 million hits, 5.45 million file transfers, 1.85 million page views, 109,000 total visits, and 262 gigabytes of total transfer. At its peak, the siteâ€™s server was handling 12.5 megabits per second (on average, the figure was around 10).
And, true to its “it ainâ€™t over ’til itâ€™s over” nature, the Webcomic Telethon will be presenting new comics all week long leading up to the release of the “Blank Label Comics Webcomic Telethon Book.” Each day this week, readers will see a new, never-before-seen telethon comic up until the unveiling of the keepsake book that collects many of the comics from the telethon. Designed by Bank Labelâ€™s Steve Troop and published by Lulu.com the 100-page book goes on sale later this week with all proceeds being donated to the Red Cross.
Many readers commented on the spirit of good will that resonated throughout the Webcomic Community â€” some called it the â€œWoodstock of Webcomics.â€ This book will be offered as an opportunity to own a piece of that history.
“The Blank Label Comics Webcomic Telethon Book” will be unveiled on the Webcomic Telethon site later this week.