Mark Mekkes is the writer/artist behind Zortic, the long-running webcomic about Zortic and his pop culture-parodying adventures through space. Mark is also involved with the organizing committee for the Web Cartoonists Choice Awards, which is now in its third year.
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Let's cut to the chase. Quantity does not necessarily equal quality. Of course, it does not necessarily preclude quality, either. In fact, some might argue that 50,000,000 Elvis fans canâ€™t be wrong. It's certainly a well-worn question in every medium of popular entertainment: "how'd you do last night, kid?"
In almost every other medium there's an established mechanism for counting the audience and providing information on what the audience is watching or buying or reading or clicking on. So why not a bestsellers' list for webcomics, an Arbitron system focused on our particular universe? Regardless of whether we love, like, hate, or are indifferent to the most popular webcomics being produced today, it is information that ought to be available to the interested members of the reading public. It could provide some clues as to where the online audience is today versus six months versus two years from now. It could help to keep score of the growth (or decline) of our overall webcomic reader audience.
Submitted by Mark Mekkes on April 14, 2003 - 10:28
On Saturday, May 3rd, Mark Mekkes, creator of Zortic wil be appearing as a guest on the radio show Radio SciFi. In addition to discussing Zortic and his own projects, Mark will be talking about Webcomic Awareness and hyping Webcomic Awareness Day. Also listen for announcements about this year's, upcoming (3rd Annual) Cartoonists' Choice Awards.
Radio SciFi can be found in the central Florida area on 580 AM, and it is also broadcast over the internet at www.radioscifi.net on Saturday nights from Midnight to 3 AM eastern time.