- Posted by Johanna on November 4, 2008 at 8:36 pm
- Category: Comic News
It’s a sad feature of human nature that talking about the possibility of a website in trouble will probably draw more traffic to it than they got when providing a lot of coverage.
Heidi MacDonald reports on cutbacks at ComicMix. The columns have all ended, leaving only the news (which under editor Robert Greenberger is much more pop-cult widespread than comic-focused, and not particularly unique to the site) and the online comics. Under his last column, Editor-in-Chief Mike Gold says that
the decision came after months of conversation. Simply put (if that’s at all possible), the columns didn’t reach as big an audience as some of us had hoped for. Really, it’s that simple. We need to put our attention elsewhere.
They’ve also experimented with print-on-demand book versions of some of their online strips, which didn’t come near to selling out at the one convention they were offered. They have since been offered on their website. Todd Allen analyzes the changes and concludes that they have major income problems:
No ads, no merchandise, no collected edition. Those are standard revenue streams and without any of them (100 print copies in Baltimore doesn’t count), I cannot call ComicMix serious about monetizing their comics.