Another program to read comics that fetches images directly from servers. The creator’s FAQ acknowledges some of the tensions such programs create for the artists who create webcomics:
Q: Don’t you rip off the artists when you view the strips, but not the ads?
A: Ad revenue on the web is so low these days, comic artists have already added (or completely switched to) many other support models. And I encourage everybody to make those models work for them. Please buy books or T-shirts, join their clubs, tip them money, do visit their homepages and click on some ads… I do regularly!
These programs appear to be here to stay – how will they impact the “free” model so many webcomics, even highly successful ones, continue to employ? Is bandwidth cheap enough that a program such as this that can “rip” an entire archive of image files will not cause financial problems for creators? What other issues surrounding distribution of webcomics are on your mind this week?