The Science of Popularity

In discussing his book, Hitmakers: The Science of Popularity, on NPR’s TechNation, author Derek Thompson shared a story about the number-one (non-seasonal*) pop single of all time — Rock Around the Clock. And it holds insight for those of us who […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...

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Rethinking Longform Comics

When webcomics started out, longform creators felt like the ugly ducklings in the crowd. Many of them expressed the same complaint when I’d talk to them. They just didn’t feel as if the Web was the right place to present […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...

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Webcomics Confidential Ep 24 — Are We in a Webcomics Bubble?

A Webcomics.com member got some fantastic advice over at a Facebook Group for webcartoonists and then wrote in asking for some advice on implementing this fantastic advice. And I do my level best to do exactly that…

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Post-advertising webcomics — Phase Two

It has long been my opinion that we have entered “post-advertising webcomics” — webcomics that are published without the central support of advertising revenue. Today’s webcomics are much more likely to be anchored by crowdfunding — namely Kickstarter and Patreon. […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...

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Best of Webcomics.com — September 2017

September was an excellent example of the tremendous value offered by a subscription to Webcomics.com. My readers got early alerts on issues that would impact their businesses, helpful tutorials, insightful analysis, and meaningful feedback on their work. Here are some samples […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...

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The Patreon Content Trade

In the early days of webcomics, a preferred method of promotion was the ol’ link exchange. “I’ll link to your comic if you link to mine.” Today’s crowdfunded business model requires a little twist on that old axiom. The content trade […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...

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Webcomics Confidential Ep 33 — The Dearth of Print

A Webcomics.com member writes: “I would love to know your current thoughts on printing collections of Webcomics. Specifically the practice of publishing semi annual chronological collections of the strip, as most webcomic creators used to do. … in recent years it […] ↓ Read the rest of this article...

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