Nothing Better Goes Online

Tyler Page has announced that Nothing Better #2 will be the last issue of the series in print. Orders for issue #3 will be cancelled. Beginning on Monday, January 2nd, the series will appear online, publishing a page a weekday as a webcomic. The current page will be free, with a monthly subscription fee to access the archives. Subscribers also receive various pieces of merchandise, such as signed copies of the first two print issues. Collected editions are tentatively scheduled to appear yearly, with the first one due Fall 2006.

Here’s more of Page’s statement, going into the rationale for the decision:

This is not a decision I have made lightly, but in the end believe to be the best way to move foward with the series. My main reason in trying the single issue format with Nothing Better was regular exposure to my work. I knew it would be an uphill battle but felt it was something I needed to try. From the beginning I considered serializing online, but wanted to at least try the single issue format to see what happened. I promoted the book to the extent my time and money would allow – without compromising the time I had to actually produce the comic. Right now it makes little sense for me to continue publishing the single issues at a loss when that money can go toward something more worthwhile like advertising and marketing. Serializing the story online is the smart decision.

I would like to thank all of the retailers, readers and reviewers who helped support Nothing Better so far. My hope is that folks who enjoyed the print versions of Nothing Better will follow it online and that the online version will attract new readers who might not have otherwise picked up a comic on their own.

3 Responses to “Nothing Better Goes Online”

  1. Dave Carter Says:

    I totally forgot to pre-order issue #2–no reason, just a personal brain fault. So I’ll look forward to the eventual trades.

  2. Lisa Lopacinski Says:

    As a retailer, I think this is a shame, because now I won’t sell the #1 and #2 issues I have. On a personal level it’s a shame because it’s a good comic, and I’d like to see it succeed. Unfortunately, there’s just so much out there right now that unless you’re with the big two, it is extremely hard to pull down the numbers needed to succeed. The more there is out there, the harder it is for an individual series to do well. Sure, we like variety, but sometimes variety can be detrimental.

  3. Johanna Says:

    Since Page had previously done a series of original graphic novels, I also wonder if his audience just wasn’t used to or interested in the shorter issue format?




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