I should go ahead and warn you right now. This month's "Why Do Online Comics?" focuses heavily on the print side of comics. This may seem a tad odd to you, but since doing online comics has led me to a lot of this line of thought, and since ultimately I think the best world is one where online comics and print comics build off and feed off each other in a strong symbiotic relationship, I feel presenting the information in this column is not only merited, but important.
Time once again for another edition of Measuring the Webcomic Audience. Last month we explored some of the tools and methods developed by the blogging community, in particular the use of links between sites to rank blogs.
For this month's edition of our measurement project we again rely on information from Ranking.com and Alexa.com. We calculated a score for each webcomic based on their rankings for unique visitors, page views, and new for this month, links. For example, Penny Arcade ranked first for unique visitors, page views and for the number of sites linking into the Penny Arcade website.
In May, Comixpedia published a "most-read" list based largely on information obtained through comparative traffic rankings from Alexa and Traffic Ranking. For July, we present version 0.2 of our audience measurement project. Remember that this project is still in beta mode, and that we welcome your feedback.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 3, 2003 - 11:39
Several sites have posted reactions to Scott McCloud's use of a new micropayment system to sell Part 1 of The Right Number for a quarter.
Comic Book Resources has a short write up of Scott McCloud's press release.
Slashdot posted a short piece on it today and has generated a substantial number of replies already.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 24, 2003 - 11:02
Goats: The Comic Strip, in association with Fox Searchlight, Special Ops Media, and Brains4Zombies.com, is running a Zombie Haiku Contest in celebration of the upcoming release of 28 Days Later (the new British zombie flick opening on June 27th).
Contestants must post a zombie-themed haiku in the Goats forums. The best and worst haikus will win a Zombie Pack, including an official 28 Days Later Backpack, dog tags, and poster, as well as an original zombie-themed character sketch from Goats artist Jonathan Rosenberg.
Our third community interview is with Jon Rosenberg, creator of Goats and Patent Pending (available on the Goats website with a subscription to Goats Premium). (We haven't forgotten about our second interview with Pete Abrams. We're negotiating with T-Shirt Guy Tom right now for Pete's answers.)
Jon published the first Goats strip on April 1, 1997 and is still going strong. Along with Phillip Karlsson, Jon has also carved out a niche as the creator of some truly funny website-parodies, including Brains4Zombies and Moistnap.
Issue #11 - Tools of the Trade
A few months ago, I went out to my car to go pick up some lunch, and found a flat tire. I knew I had a spare, a jack, and a lug wrench, so I figured changing it wouldn't be that big of a deal (other than it being 115 degrees outside (ahh Phoenix in July)). So, first things first, I went to remove my hubcap. I should mention now that the vehicle in question is a 1997 Ford Crown Victoria. My previous vehicles have been an 86 Crown Vic Wagon, an 83 Buick Riviera, a 78 Pontiac Catalina/Bonneville mix, and a 1974 Buick Electra. I've change the tires on two of those vehicles with no incident. Yet after trying a crowbar, hammer, screwdriver, and various other prying tools, I could not get the hubcap off this wheel! Two hours and buckets of sweat later, I resorted to extremes and read the user manual. Apparently, these new-fangled cars come with a special key for the hubcaps, so people can't steal them. So I used the key (which was in my glove compartment, conveniently), and in about ten minutes the tire was changed and I was on my way to my local shop to get it repaired.
New tools for old jobs.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 6, 2003 - 21:19
We're working on compiling important dates in webcomic history - if you've got some suggestions post them here. Thanks!
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 1, 2003 - 18:26
Okay it's time for Community Interview #3. This time Jon Rosenberg has agreed to answer your questions. Here's how it works -- post your question to JON in a comment in response to this post.
ONE QUESTION PER COMMENT, PLEASE.
If you see another question you think is interesting, moderate it up. If you see something not so useful, moderate it down. We'll take questions for two weeks, until Friday, June 13th. We'll send the top ten questions to Jon to answer and post those answers later this month.
Submitted by Otis Frampton on May 30, 2003 - 19:51
So, let's talk webcomic promotion possibilities.
Aside from posting "HYPE!" type threads here or at Talk About Comics, what are some other types of good, legitimate webcomic promotion out there to be had?
I've got a unique conundrum, because my webcomic only appears at Girlamatic, so archives are not free, therefore I can't really build an audience the "normal" way. I have to find alternate methods.
I recently bought banner ad space at Comixpedia. I might keep doing that, it's cheap.