This year had a some good entires. Every one of them made me laugh and I thank the four of you who sent them in. They were all very well done and in the spirit of the contest. Without further ado we announce the winner is:
contest entry sent in by : Ty Halley
Contestant Web Site : Halley's Comic
The dilemma I’m having though is in the number of entires. A contest was set up up with over $200 in prizes and yet we had the lowest turn out for a contest to date. Very discouraging from our end. Getting past this experience and deciding on whether to have any more contests is not what I would like to discuss.
The original idea behind the first contest, 2 years ago, was to promote artists releasing their web comics into print. We would show off the good work and at the same time generate interest in both printing and other web comics. Why has participation gone down? Do contests work any more when everyone has them? At this point it’s hard to admit that maybe it’s the prize itself. All of our readers stand a good chance of already containing this material. What then? For $200 we could have given away an iPod or even a Wiacom tablet, but then won’t our readers have those as well?
Maybe an even more basic question is do contests work at all? From what I’ve seen the bigger sites have stopped doing them all-together. Instead they are running auctions or doing commissions. Makes me wonder if we should do this at all or perhaps make original art the prize. There’s a million questions here so have it!