Strip Business

This post is about 12 hours late and I’m sorry about that. I could regale you with tales of computer problems, other commitments and blah blah blah. Really, you’d be asking “Why doesn’t he just get to the point?”


  • Stop the presses. Pause, ponder and wallow for a minute in your thoughts. Not everyone on the web is furiously scanning the pages and clicking to get to their next stop. Think about how your webpage would look if all your readers chose to see was your content? This app strips out everything but your main content, including your header and navigation (unfortunately.) How long before this is a major browser feature?
  • Sell your comics on Fanboy. Your personal hardcopy of your webcomic, your comic collection, whatever. It sounds like a dedicated comic ebay. You may also want to read over the responses to the downloadable comic poll on Newsarama.


  1. That “readability” app isn’t really fundamentally different from how I see well-behaved comics in my feed reader (where by “well-behaved” I mean it just contains the image, maybe some update or transcription text, and a link back to the main site and/or comment thread).

    Relatedly, I rather dislike comics whose feeds just show a link to the comic and expect me to click on it, because that can be VERY easy to overlook. Control-freak cartoonists who insist on viewing the comic in their site tend to be a bit annoying in that regard.

    On the plus side, Comicpress has a nice middle ground where it’ll provide a thumbnail of the comic in the feed, so it’s easier to notice, and in some cases I can tell if it’s a comic worth clicking through to or not. Really I’d rather just have the full strip right there in the feed though. If you must monetize your eyeballs, find a better way to do it. Project Wonderful and Google ads can both go into RSS feeds, for example.

  2. Oh wait, I just tried it out, and found that it completely destroys pretty much all content on all my sites. I guess it tries too hard to extract just the salient stuff, since on my weblog all it shows is the blurb from Netflix, and on my comic it only shows my newsbox. Lame.

  3. I think your original point still stands for most sites, though. I read a lot of feeds simply to avoid the find the bookmark and page load wait time. And I am always annoyed at seeing ads in feeds – it feels like I’m being pushed into considering this extra thing I didn’t ask for. Perhaps I am too fussy. To follow a comic with just a link in the feed, I’d have to be pretty enthused about the comic. Having a thumb is a nice compromise since to see detail, you’d have to visit the site.

    If popular browsers were to show just the ‘feed slice’ of a given page, that would eliminate advertising monies based on page views, I suspect.

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