Surfing the Bleed reviewed Robot 13 #2 while mpd57 reviewed The Barber and This Is Where I Am on the Ulysses Seen site. Kevin C also reviewed the new issue of Robot 13 and High-Low covered AAOGFCTSV2. I Love Rob Liefeld adds another four short comic book reviews, as well. Optical Sloth reviewed And Then One Day, Rock & Soul and The Machinist plus Glorianna and Space Pilot Girl along with The Dreamer. The Comics Reporter talked about the comics he keeps going back to.
If you like to be pointed to even more comic treasures, keep your eye on Comics Bento. Maybe Madinkbeard’s 5 Hour Recipe Comic will be featured there someday. I’d also like to see Ben Towle’s take on a famous classic, too.
Congrats to the Daily Cartoonist on hitting four years. Keep up the good work. Our Last Gasp hit the one year mark and our old pal Crackwalker is also staying busy – I hope he does more with Hero High, personally. In the meantime, Surfboards and Rayguns is back from its hiatus while Kukuburi went on a hiatus due to travel but is seeking guest art.
So why did you buy your last comic or graphic novel? I know it probably felt like it was entertainment or escapism but I wonder if it’s deeper than that. What was the real reason? My last book purchases were for three or four comic-creating books which one would assume had to do with being useful but I think I was hoping that I might learn enough to create something new and different. Artist angst paves the way…
Okay, so newspapers are having to confront the difficulty of delivering content online and turning a profit. And now so are magazines. TV is making inroads largely by embedding mandatory advertising but that’s just taking advantage of television viewers being trained to wait through commercials. But don’t run with that for comics – by that logic, then we should all be able to sell sea monkeys and x-ray specs. Hopefully those magazine folks will come up with something useful.
Webcomics.com has a post on the Four Kinds of Free and a thread on Webcomic Author Drama. And speaking of unnecessary drama, I went back and updated all the reviews where I was sent something to review because of this. According to this, that’s probably not necessary but why take chances?
Joey Manley had some advice (and discussion) about how to make a living with webcomics. I think step #2 is either a lengthy and difficult road OR you are the very fortunate recipient of a number of happy coincidences. Of course, accomplishing step 1 is the most solid thing you can do to accomplish step 2 but maybe these five steps will help you spread the word about your great comic.
Over on the Webcomic List forums, Tom asked what comic news sites would be good to send press releases to. Mostly obvious avenues present themselves to me ( i.e. other webcomic review sites, small press review sites, digg, reddit, etc.) Any other good ideas out there? Maybe local and regional papers?
And the age old question: What’s your website worth, anyway? Did you make room on your site layout for Google’s Sidewiki? More importantly, what are readers saying on there, if anything, that you may not even be aware of?