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The film is about how the comics page is becoming a victim of the dwindling readership of dead tree newspapers, and it looks like it may have some discussion about the future of the industry. A lot of the tired old hacks of the Sunday Funnies appear in the trailer (Jim Davis etc)
I think that comics are alive and well. Newspapers are dying. This is all good. It means that comics don't have to play the game of syndication with newspapers. It means that readership is self-selecting and the best strips rise to the top on their own, irrespective of what syndicates and publishers are doing. There will be no more hacks like Jim Davis endlessly cranking out the same tired old garbage and getting paid big bucks for it.
Comics are on the fast track going where we want music and movies to go: fully independent with no big-media pigopolists acting as choke points and gatekeepers.
[ Side note: the feed for Inman's strip is carried here on Uncensored in a hidden room called "The Oatmeal" ]
well, I think there already are numerous strips which show how to live abroad of newspapers;
i.e. xkcd and userfriendly...
User Friendly gets an occasional new strip...but they're definitely few and far between.
its been.... for over a decade?
I'd sort of call xkcd its successor...
The guy that does Pearls Before Swine has made some pretty harsh
commentary about the current state of comics and the practice of
handing off classic comics to relatives to just keep recycling ad
In that respect, we might have reason to believe that the best days are ahead of us.
In the newspaper world, stale old comics get handed down, and the syndicates keep running them, because they are reliable old moneymakers. Meanwhile, fewer people even bother reading them every day because most of them are lousy.
In contrast, the readership of online comics is self-selecting. When a strip stops being entertaining for whatever reason, people stop reading it, and if the author was depending on it for income, it probably goes away. Fresh new strips can come out of anywhere and gain readership by word of mouth instead of having to score a big break with a syndicate.
Think about a strip like xkcd. There's no way any mainstream newspaper would have ever published something with stick figures. And yet xkcd is one of the more popular online strips -- popular enough that Randall Munroe to make a modest living off of it.
I doubt DFC will return. Spinn has really been in a decline for a while, sadly. He's just not motivated.
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I doubt DFC will return. Spinn has really been in a decline for a
while, sadly. He's just not motivated.
I know how he feels. It's hard to stay motivated when you pour so much effort into creating a really cool web site but it gets ignored because all anyone wants to do anymore is screw around on Facebook.
Yeah, I'm feeling demotivated in a lot of ways, too. But then, I keep hoping I'll think of something nifty.
I read "The Goose" regularly.
I hate webcomics, they eat too much time!!!
Thats why I went on cold turkey with all of them... but ...
this one got me, regular release every monday and thursday, a bit artsy but nice and weird story.
the comics of a newspaper, simply because I read fewer, high-quality comics instead of larger numbers of mediocre-quality comics.