In miracle news, webcomickers the world over are currently having a discussion about the success of the comic strip syndicates versus the option of making a living on the Web.
The miracle? I haven’t seen one mother dragged into this thing, and it’s been going on for a while now! At the heart of the discourse is a generational gap of sorts between those utilizing the traditional syndicate method and the fellas (and ladies, no discriminatin’ in these Internets) earning their keep via methods they themselves have set and followed.
The names involved are familiar ones: Rich Stevens, Dave Kellett, Scott Kurtz, Kris Straub (if Guigar joins in, we’ll have a full Voltron robot) Howard Tayler, Gary Tyrrell, Ted Rall, Eric Millikin, Dawn Douglass, and Danielle Corsetto, among many others. (All names link to strips, so take a look and I’ll be here when you get back). If you have any stake in the comic/cartooning world, you owe it to yourself to check this thread and maybe even voice your opinion.
Kurtz even goes so far as to suggest jamming all these folks into one podcasting booth via Talkshoe and hashing things out in person (er… sort of). Save the horrid B.O. that would result from so many bodies in such a tight space, that is one conversation I’d love to be in on. Hopefully he’ll make the whole thing available to the public, because I know I could always use another podcast to listen to.
And thanks to the Fleeners and The Daily Cartoonist for the setup!Â Here at Digital Strips, if we can’t do it for you, we’ll watch someone else do it and then talk about it!