Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 16, 2009 - 10:49
I actually like Ted Rall's cartooning - don't always agree with him but to me if you're going to put yourself out there as an editorial cartoonist it helps to actually editorialize in the cartoon. Rall does that fearlessly.
But apparently Rall seems to think the only way to success in comics is through the narrow prism of his own experiences. He can't seem to stand thinking about any other avenue to a sustainable career in comics despite his clear understanding that the newspaper biz is dying and killing off editorial (and all) comics in the newspaper even faster. There's a somewhat over-long interview between Ted Rall and Rall protege Matt Bors in the recent issue of TCJ (available online now) where Rall just can't leave "webcomics" alone:
How can we be "alternative"? There are more political cartoons drawn and published in "alternative" styles — in altweeklies — than there are in dailies. Indeed, the only thing more annoying than the lame posturing of a few ridiculous tools like Scott Kurtz (PVP) and the Penny Arcade guys (who apparently have Roman orgies every time a staff editorial cartoonist loses his job and winds up unemployed) is the term "webcartoonist." What the fuck does that mean? Oh, I know: Cartoonists who post their stuff online for free and sell visitors to their websites merchandise like T-shirts and books. And who attend lots of comics conventions. Well, gee, what cartoonist doesn't do that? We all do. We all have been. Everyone is a webcartoonist now.
What's disconcerting beyond the ridiculous Amway-like rhetoric ("You too can make BIG CASH MONEY making comics FROM HOME!") is that free has become a religion for the e-vangelists. They give cartoons away for free that they could sell — simply by asking! You and I were on a group phone chat a while back with webcartoonists like Kurtz and someone — I forget who — said he wouldn't even know how to ask for money. I said: "You just ask, 'Do you have a budget for this?'" It really is that simple. Not only are these guys driving down the prices for all of us who are trying to make a living, they're doing the same thing editorial cartoonists are doing by lowering the quality. Look at webcartoons like PVP and Penny Arcade, by all accounts the most successful webcomics around. Kurtz tried to give PVP away for free to newspapers a while back and there were no takers. Why? Because it's terrible. Incompetently written. Awful characterization. Plastic, cold artwork. Syndication 1.0 had flaws. It kept out good, daring work. But now that there's no gatekeeper, all the shit is everywhere. It used to be off the page. Now it's damned near impossible for readers to distinguish what's good because it's surrounded by crap. That's not good for the profession. A terrible mainstream comic like Tumbleweeds had a base level of competence. Only a half-dozen webcomics, like Diesel Sweeties, Cat and Girl, etc. do.
Submitted by El Santo on November 13, 2009 - 02:16
In the comment section of a previous post, an observant reader wondered, “Pray tell, good sir, where are there notable conservative webcomics?”
Actually, it was not as amicable as that. And I don’t think he or she said, “Pray tell, good sir.” I think I was thinking of Tiny Tim. Curse you, Christmas season. In any case, I thought that it was actually a very good question. Comic creators are typically, by and large, occupy the left/liberal/progressive/blue portion of the political spectrum.
But surely, there are some conservative webcomics, right?
Submitted by El Santo on September 22, 2009 - 19:53
From time to time, one of you lovely and well-intentioned readers inadvertently asks, â€œEl Santo, why donâ€™t do make your own webcomic, you vitriolic nincompoop?â€
And I respond, quite politely, â€œBecause. Thatâ€™s why.â€
Submitted by Morgan Wick on September 18, 2009 - 04:00
(From Scary Go Round. Click for full-sized goodbye.)
Submitted by Morgan Wick on September 1, 2009 - 23:31
Itâ€™s been said that kids say the darndest things. Itâ€™s been said in many different ways by many different people. In fact, thatâ€™s essentially the lesson of the fable â€œThe Emperorâ€™s New Clothesâ€. All the adults who praise the emperorâ€™s threads without actually seeing them fear the consequences of calling him out on them â€“ but the kid who points out that the emperor is, in fact, buck naked doesnâ€™t know any better, canâ€™t grasp the consequences that the adults fear might befall him for saying such a thing.
Submitted by bobweiner on August 23, 2009 - 20:04
Hereâ€™s a random mix of photos from MiniMegacon, including a couple of photos I took of customers buying PC Weenies: Rebootus Maximus. With the exception of one sale, nearly everyone who bought the book had never heard of it before. So, in other words, most of my sales were to readers who were new to the strip.
Submitted by El Santo on August 23, 2009 - 07:00
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Submitted by El Santo on July 29, 2009 - 12:53
There was apparently a big To Do down in SoCal this weekend. Various webcomic types are spending this week coming down from the high of San Diego Comic Con. The event has gotten so large that I swear I saw Stan Lee on CNBC last night doing a post-Con wrap-up. Surreal.
Submitted by fesworks on July 28, 2009 - 09:59