Mailbag: Is “Webcomics” a bad word?
Q. What’s your take on the phrase “webcomic” vs. “comic”?
I see it as a mentality that, intentionally or not, keeps digitally-published comics as second-class citizens. As in, they’re not real comics. They’re an online niche.
Granted, the terms “webcomic” and “web comic” have a certain SEO value, but there’s some principle involved.
Do you think the term “webcomic” creates an unnecessary divide between print and digital delivery?
A. Using the term “webcomic” is a double-edged sword. On one had, it has become synonymous with “independent comics.” Plus, it’s a perfect description for what we do. We publish comics on the Web — therefore they’re webcomics.
But there’s a couple of drawbacks as well.