I’m sure that you’ve already read the State of the Webcomics Union and seen Koltreg‘s reaction, Spwug‘s no nonsense take and Captain Nihilist’s response with comments on both ComixTalk and Webcomic Overlook. Interesting to see the difference in the tone of the comments on the different sites and that El Santo has stated he might just have to write something entitled “Why Review Webcomics At All.” That reminded me of Ping‘s post from awhile back and while searching for that, I ran into this older post that talks about some of the days of yesteryear that Jeph seems to have been referring to. It gives us a little perspective, doesn’t it?
In my day job, when they want to motivate us to work harder, they say “Don’t leave money on the table.” It was something of a relief to hear that from someone who showed us how to work smarter not harder on our websites.
Meanwhile, Trouble With Comics interviewed two retailers about the future of comics. They have quite a different perspective on things but they do have some insightful observations on the future of Marvel. Speaking of insights, do you agree with Hermit’s view of recent entertainment trends? Or maybe we can get an idea why publishers are so up in arms about this internet thing – see the Seed in ComixTalk‘s links post.
And I don’t know if anyone can use this effectively on comic sites but it has potential. Maybe it would be a more interesting way to encourage readers to dig into the archives. Maybe you’ll have a better use for it.
And Seth asks, by logical extension, if our readers are afraid of comic merchandise? Perhaps one key to successfully selling comic merch is to help customers feel like they aren’t wasting their money.