If you haven't read it there was a really cool article about Web comics over on Time magazine's Web page. It's quite well written and very positive towards the medium. It even has some success stories and quote from popular creators of strips like PVP, Penny Arcade and Achewood.
I really don't have much else to say about the piece. It was aimed at people who don't know too much, if anything, about Web comics already. Still I'm always excited when another major news source gives our little community a little nod.
This article got me thinking what I can do to help promote the world of Web comics. I've come up with a little concept I call, the Web Comic Ambush. How it works is I'm going to pick comics that I think some of my coworkers will enjoy and BAMM! ambush them with them by posting them up on their monitors at work.
I've done stuff like this before when I happened across a particular strip that I thought was specially made for someone but this week I'm gong to dig through some achieves with this goal in mind. I think this kind of hardcore guerilla advertising is more effective for a medium like Web comics than articles in Time (which I'm still really grateful for, I just can't let a chance to 1-up Time slip away).
I encourage everyone to join me in this event. Let's bring a few more into the coolness that is Web comics. I'll be using the comments of this post to report my success, you may all do the same.
Thanks for the link. That was a very good article and it would be exciting to see it pushed further. Yes, a bit “lite”, but then Time’s readership is not what I would think of for a webcomic demographic. I bet there are some folks who read their regular online comics and still don’t get the concept of a ‘webcomic’ either.
All the best!
I agree that read comics on the Web doesn’t mean you get Web comics. That would actaully be a really interesting article, what does it take to truely “get” Web comics? Thanks for the idea Lar.
As for WCA I’ve taped this one http://www.xkcd.com/c231.html from XKCD on the News Editor’s monitor. She liked it so I count it as a small victory. Wahoo!
I think it would be very hard to define as well. I mean, I think we both understand it. Is it some innate level of fannishness to “get” such a thing? Perhaps we should start using ‘grok’ again 🙂
And I may have just dated myself by using ‘grok’. Oh well 😉
I may be showing my lack of age, but I had to look up ‘grok.’
And I love it. I think it’s a good term, let’s bring it back.