Xerexes over at Comixpedia mentioned today that there is a general lack of coverage of web comics outside of dedicated sites such as theirs. It’s true, there’s not an abundance of web cartoonists appearing on Entertainment Tonight.
I’m sure there are many reasons that lead to this. Most of which are entirely out of our control as fans. But not all. There is something we can do.
I think I’ve done my part to promote the world of web comics. I work for a college paper and I write a (usually) weekly column where I recommend a new Web site for students to waste their study time on. About once a month I’ll promo a comic or two. I’ll be honest though, I haven’t gotten much feedback. In fact, the only feedback I’ve gotten has been from comic creators, none from readers.
This doesn’t bode well. Newspaper people are incredibly shallow and insecure. If you don’t tell us you like us, we’ll hide in our rooms all night. People often say that papers control public opinion, but from my experience, it’s the other way around.
So here’s what I want you faithful readers out there to do, the next time you see some little stupid piece about web comics in your local or college paper, write them and tell them it’s awesome. I’d bet dollars to doughnuts that they’ll respond with more stories in the future. This will help generate more of this coverage that web comics need to start turning more heads. Who knows, they may even start carrying some of the best strips.
And you’ll have a big warm fuzzy feeling inside.