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[#] Thu Nov 03 2011 22:23:21 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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[#] Tue Nov 15 2011 10:31:40 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Matthew Inman ("The Oatmeal") is being interviewed for a documentary called "Stripped"

[ http://goo.gl/JZblG ]

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" ]

[#] Tue Nov 15 2011 12:26:58 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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As a side note, I just learned that Bil Keane died last week. Now that there's no one around to get upset by the existence of the Dysfunctional Family Circus, will Spinn revive the strip?

[#] Wed Nov 16 2011 08:01:31 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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well, I think there already are numerous strips which show how to live abroad of newspapers;

i.e. xkcd and userfriendly...

 



[#] Wed Nov 16 2011 10:23:02 EST from Sig @ Uncensored

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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 nauseum.

[#] Wed Nov 16 2011 15:32:37 EST from athos-mn @ Uncensored

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I wouldn't exactly call User Friendly alive - unless there's been a change of status in the last six months I'm unaware of.

[#] Wed Nov 16 2011 16:53:10 EST from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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User Friendly gets an occasional new strip...but they're definitely few and far between.



[#] Wed Nov 16 2011 18:08:23 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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its been.... for over a decade?

I'd sort of call xkcd its successor...



[#] Thu Nov 17 2011 16:05:08 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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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
nauseum.

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.

[#] Sat Nov 19 2011 21:38:22 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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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.

[#] Mon Nov 21 2011 15:52:46 EST from skpacman @ Uncensored

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Anyone who likes Anime, Zombies, and huge bouncing boobs, should look up High School of the Dead (available on Netflix [Eng Dub])

Best Anime Series EVER! :D



[#] Tue Nov 22 2011 22:23:33 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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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.

[#] Mon Nov 28 2011 11:21:40 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Yeah, I'm feeling demotivated in a lot of ways, too. But then, I keep hoping I'll think of something nifty.

[#] Mon Dec 05 2011 23:49:35 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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One of us needs to get a private jet so we can collaborate on something that will make people's heads explode. In a good way, of course.

[#] Tue Mar 27 2012 16:03:22 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Anyone here reading Abstruse Goose? Someone sent me a link to one strip today and now I'm blowing all sorts of time reading through the entire archive.

[#] Fri Apr 20 2012 06:58:01 EDT from arabella @ Uncensored

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I read "The Goose" regularly.

 



[#] Fri Apr 20 2012 10:06:19 EDT from kc5tja @ Uncensored

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Abstruse Goose rules!

[#] Fri Apr 20 2012 16:01:58 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Ok, well for those of you who want to follow it from here, there's a hidden 'Abstruse Goose' room with the rss feed.

[#] Wed Apr 25 2012 14:46:31 EDT from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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I hate webcomics, they eat too much time!!!

Thats why I went on cold turkey with all of them... but ...

 http://abaddoncomic.com/page-1/

this one got me, regular release every monday and thursday, a bit artsy but nice and weird story. 



[#] Wed Apr 25 2012 21:05:04 EDT from kc5tja @ Uncensored

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That is why you use an RSS feed reader. I subscribe to Schlock Mercenary, Abstruse Goose, XKCD, and a small handful of others. Overall, I spend less time reading webcomics than I would reading
the comics of a newspaper, simply because I read fewer, high-quality comics instead of larger numbers of mediocre-quality comics.

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