Zuda Comics Is No More, Some Titles To Continue In Digital Format ~A~ Tweet Thread of the Day Extra

The winds of change have been blowing in Zuda’s direction ever since the competition site decided to drop the competing clause and just become a home for digital creators. Then, DC Comics announced a digital initiative that would see their comics appear on the PSP, PSN, iPhone, iTouch, and iPad. This change seems to have whipped up a hurricane that has decimated the ZudaComics.com domain itself, which will now be shuttered.

It’s still unclear as to which comics will survive this swath of destruction, though you can bet the award winners will make the move. One comic that won’t be migrating to greener (alternate?) pastures is Brock Heasley’s Monsterplex, the winner of the February competition. The following thread explains loosely why, including the heart-breaking reaction to the news straight from someone directly affected by the culling:

brockheasley Well, I just got the worst news of the year. about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

Seriously, this is disappointment on the level you would not believe. about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

DavidGallaher And the started so nicely too about 1 hour ago via Twitter for iPhone

RobertThePlant @brockheasley you OK? about 1 hour ago via Twitter for iPhone in reply to brockheasley

DavidGallaher Oh … Thursday. You started so nicely. about 1 hour ago via Twitter for iPhone

brockheasley @RobertThePlant I’ll be fine. And everyone will know what’s up soon enough. Just waiting for someone else to break the story. about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

brockheasley @DavidGallaher Not you too though, right? about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck in reply to DavidGallaher

DavidGallaher @brockheasley: no, but e-mail me at David @ davidgallaher dot com about 1 hour ago via Twitter for iPhone

ValerieDOrazio Oh good gravy. That’s all I’m going to say. Sheesh. about 1 hour ago via Echofon

brockheasley Hey, remember #MONSTERPLEX ? Good comic, right? http://bit.ly/cwpHxX #zuda about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

JohnnyZito Take a good. long. look. http://BlackCherryBombshells.com & http://LaMorteSisters.com about 1 hour ago via web Retweeted by tonytrov

mdevito Very proud of my #MONSTERPLEX co-creators @brockheasley and Dave for what they accomplished. http://bit.ly/cwpHxX #zuda 39 minutes ago via Echofon Retweeted by brockheasley

nortoons I’m very sorry to hear about DC canning so many great Zuda artists and writers. Especially my city-mate, @brockheasley. Rough break 🙁 37 minutes ago via web

zudacomics Zuda: The Collective – The Future of Zuda: http://zuda.blog.dccomics.com/2010/07/01/the-future-of-zuda/ 27 minutes ago via API


Zuda Comics Is Dead! ~LONG LIVE~ Zuda Comics!!!

Sure, most of the winners have found great success from the DC bump, but ask any of the other nine competitors in any given Zuda month and they’ll likely tell you the same thing: the system is flawed. Some of the winners would possibly say likewise. No voting system is perfect, of course; the United States alone is proof of that. But when something as important and possibly career-altering as a shot at a short-term comics deal hangs in the balance, the process to gain that prize should be a fair and balanced one (suck it, Fox News).

It’s not surprising, then, that the announcement came today via Zuda head honcho Ron Perazza that the oft-maligned comics contest would be ditching the democratic process for one with far less yeas and nays. Via the Zuda blog, The Collective, Perazza noted that, while Zuda has had an amazing crop of winners come through the ranks, it has let just as many potential superstars slip through the cracks. It doesn’t seem clear just what the new Zuda will entail, but rest assured Digital Strips will be there to cover this shift in the way a major player dips into the webcomics pool of talent.

Here are just a smattering of the tweets posted thus far from industry folks, almost universally praising the coming changes:

brockheasley (Brock Heasley, The Superfogeys: Looking forward to seeing what this means for the future of #Zuda . Could be very exciting!

pvponline (Scott Kurtz, PvP): Zuda is leaving the competition model behind in favor of an editorial one. SMART MOVE!

Iron_Spike (Spike, Templar, AZ): @pvponline Agreed. Ballot box stuffing assured talented unknowns would always lose to well-known, not-necessarily-better competitors.

peprally (David Maguire, Gastrophobia): Oh man, Zuda has decided to treat their artists like employees instead of contestents! http://zuda.blog.dccomics.com/

DavidGallaher (David Gallaher, High Moon): For the record, I couldn’t ask for a greater group of friends, editors, and creators than @zudacomics. It’s been the highlight of my career.

sequentialmatt (Mathew D., Sequential Life): Guess I missed out on any more chances of rejection by Zuda. I didn’t really want to draw goth elves anyway…

AdamAtherton (Adam Atherton, Lily of the Valley): #FF @Zudacomics I loved the Zuda competition and the opportunity it gave me so I’m very thankful, but look forward to the new changes!


Webcomics ~ARE~ Taking Over… Webcomics? (Zuda, That Is)

The new contestants for Zuda went up this morning, and Webcomics are representin’ in this battle of the webcomic heavyweights!

Both Brock Heasley (The Superfogeys) and Ryan Estrada (every other webcomic on the ‘Net, including a previous Zuda entry) are competitors in this month’s Zuda contest, so I’ll be keeping an extra critical eye on the way things play out. Best of luck to both these talented fellows and stay tuned for our ZudaWatch podcast on these and all the contestants in the 02.10 competition, coming soon!