Dylan Horrocks has launched a new webcomics site, Hicksville, with four comicsâ€”two short stories and two longer serials. The design is nice and cleanâ€”I wish all webcomics sites were like this!â€”and the comics look good, so go take a look.
Larry “El Santo” Cruz urges everyone to be a good citizen and contribute some updates to Comixpedia. He also has new reviews up of Anders Loves Maria and Nedroid’s Picture Diary, as well as an interesting interview with T Campbell, writer of Penny and Aggie and A History of Webcomics.
The Amway of comics? Johanna Draper Carlson looks at an online “manga,” Guardian Angel, that allows readers to set up their own purchase link and get 50% of the price. Interestingly, Guardian Angel bills itself as a MangaFox top manga. MangaFox is a scanlation site, and when I clicked over there, I saw that Guardian Angel is listed as a sponsor. So they expect people to pay for their comic, but they have apparently teamed up with a blatant violator of copyrights to promote it.
At Blog@Newsarama, Kyle Latino and Lee Cherolis look at webcomics apps for the iPhone. And at the Gillians Heart blog, Dave Baxter waxes enthusiastic about the Android Comics Reader for Google phones.
NYC Graphic Novelists catches a video of Dean Haspiel talking comics and other stuff with Seth Kushner, who photographed him for NYCGN.
If you scroll down far enough in this Cup O’Joe column, you will see what Joe Quesada thinks of digital distribution of comics. At NYCC, DC vp John Cunningham talked about comics and e-readers and commented that if 10% of the readers migrated to such devices it could affect 60% of the market. Joe doesn’t see it that way:
Perhaps Iâ€™m not quite understanding the gist of what heâ€™s saying but the math doesnâ€™t really register to me. I donâ€™t see 10%, 20% or any percentage of comic fans â€œmigratingâ€ away. I see 10%, 20% or some percentage of brand-new fans migrating in. I see all these new advancements and technologies as inroads to comics. Theyâ€™re additive.
He then makes the point that collected editions sold in bookstores didn’t destroy the direct market, they strengthened it. The next exchange made me grind my teeth, however:
JM: I subscribe to The Los Angeles Times, which probably makes me a dinosaur. I also know I can read every word of the Times for free on their Website if I choose too. Part of Cunninghamâ€™s speech were words to the effect of â€œif people get it digitally, they feel they shouldnâ€™t have to pay for it.â€ Itâ€™s hard to disagree with that.But is that right? I mean morally so? And does it apply to comics?
JQ: Yeah, I saw that on Johnâ€™s video clip as well, and one respect in which I think he is totally right is that if youâ€™ve been offering it for free, going to a pay model is much harder to do.But I also think what youâ€™re talking about is unique mostly to the news business because ANYONE can report on the news.
Gaaah! Thanks to Robot 6, which reads these godawful columns so I don’t have to!