Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Web Comic Project: Day 123

Andy Ihnatko has a good column about LongBox (an upcoming "iTunes for comics") specifically and on web digital comics (and their future) more generally. (via ¡Journalista!)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Web Comic Project: Day 122

Not Web Comics But Certainly of Interest: Cory Doctorow (Boing Boing) is initiating an interesting publishing project that includes both free and for pay elements. He will be tracking the results of his efforts in a monthly Publisher's Weekly column. I think much of what he plans has applications for web cartoonists once they have enough material to print collections. Best of all, he promises hard dollars and cents numbers in future columns. You can read his first column here.

Many Apologies: I'm sorry to have such a long lapse on Java Town. It really can't be helped right now. I will get back to it as soon as I can.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Web Comic Project: Day 102

Joey Manley again: How to Make a Living with Webcomics. Quote:

1. Make a great comic.
2. Make it very popular.

I get his point but I think the language is a little squishy. I would change the formula for success to:

  1. Make a comic that connects with an audience.
  2. Find that audience.
  3. Find a better way to make money creating comics (really, there are only so many t-shirts, magnets and coffee mugs a human needs)

My main headache right now is finding the time to work on Java Town, my own web comic, but my other area of concern is finding an audience that is most likely to appreciate what I'm doing. This is not to say my comic is perfect and all I need is to find "the right sort of people" to read it but it's clear to me that I'm not a conventional web comic type and my way of creating comics is a poor fit for what appear to be the majority's preferences. So, finding my audience is an ongoing issue (a bigger problem now than when I did conventional printed comics). Of course I'll report on my efforts as they develop.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Web Comic Project: Day 101

This is a few months old but Joey Manley posts some data about an ad campaign for web comics merchandise (the comments are interesting too). It's part of a larger data-gathering effort that begins here. I'm grateful for the info since I'm not really sure what constitutes a successful ad online (in the area of physical direct mail marketing a 2% response rate is considered a win but the general hostility/indifference to advertising on the web has, I think, changed the game a bit).

The San Jose Mercury News has an article today about FastPencil, a start-up geared toward newbie authors looking to get books published. Possibly something worth keeping an eye on.

I'm curious about something. I noticed that the flash-based e-publishing service Scribd wants to position itself as a tool to facilitate migration from online publication to e-book reader publication. What I'd like to know: are any web comics creators using Scribd (or something similar if it exists) to create e-books to either possibly expand your reader base or be ready to make the leap to e-book readers? (I should note that Scribd did not seem to have much comic book/strip content that I could find but you can read How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way at docstoc, a professional documents e-publisher.)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Web Comic Project: Day 99

In her latest Publisher's Weekly Comics Week column SLG's EiC Jennifer DeGuzman talks about digital comics in general and the obstacles to putting comics on the Kindle. Also worth noting (even though it's no longer fresh news) is a rumored Apple tablet which, I have to say, doesn't impress me half as much as the Microsoft tablet does (can't believe I just wrote that).