Many of you are probably familiar with our purpose here. The only way to keep up with the thousands of web comics is through a lot of categorizing. That’s where finding a comic for the podcast comes in. Last week I finally made it through my queue of completed comics and had to search for more, but as I was going through my bookmarks I found quite a few strips had withered and died.
The web comic medium is most celebrated for it’s ability to allow anyone to jump in and distribute their art to potentially millions of readers. That means that everyone who ever wanted to make a comic now has a ready made market, thus why there are over 8000. That probably explains as while searching through 400+ bookmarked comics I found quite a few “Server Not Found”, 404’s, and comics on hiatus. It was probably Surliness that started the whole spring cleaning but the list continued with adgrunts, Andiewear, and Cascadia. Surliness was one of our favorite new finds out of ConnectiCon 2005 and the later three were the short list of suggested comics to be reviewed on the podcast.
Most of the dead comics simply returned with site not found which is truly frustrating. There’s nothing worst then getting to a site that I am looking forward to getting back to and it has simply disappeared. To be forgiven are those who leave behind a sign post with a promise to return. So is this a problem, the constant dying and birthing of web comics? What about comics that show such potential but vanish due to the artist’s inability to keep it running because of real life?
When it comes down to it there are so many comics out there it’s nearly impossible to find the next emerging brilliant mind. What should we do to help you the reader safe guard or find that jewels that must be out there?