If you’re a Mac user or a PC user with the program Konfabulator then you know what a “widget” is. For those of you who don’t know, a widget is a tiny program that can appear on your screen very quickly to perform it’s specific purpose, usually to inform you of the weather or stock prices.
These widgets work much the same as RSS feeds do, updating the comic on your screen as it finds new ones. However, it doesn’t look as if the creators of the comics are the ones making the widgets available. While it may be really convenient for the reader I could see this causing headaches for comic creators. It isn’t clear yet how they might feel about having their comic grabbed out of their site considering they depend on the ads that get loaded when you go to the actual comic page. By using these widgets and similar programs that simply download the comic image files can this be considered stealing? This sort of thing is still too new to see how creators will react. If you have an opinion on the subject let us know by posting a comment. I’d be interested to hear what people think about this.