- Posted by Johanna on January 29, 2010 at 5:02 pm
- Category: Digital and Webcomics
(I haven’t read it because it uses some weird “click to add one panel at a time to the page” that either never loads or crashes my browser. But I admire the experimentation of forcing the reader to pay attention to each new element. Also, since I spent a half-decade working in the real estate field and ended up watching a noted, two-century-old firm collapse in bankruptcy as a result of the boom-and-bust, I very much look forward to reading this story when it’s on paper.)
CBR interviewed him about the project, during which he said this:
After coming off “08” for a major book publisher, I got to watch something I’d worked on in relative silence for over a year bounce into stores, onto the front tables of Barnes & Nobles and promptly disappear forever in the span of about ten days. That was really sobering, and made me rethink how I wanted to approach my work going forward. I was really proud of the way “08” turned out, but the dinosaur-think of our publisher and the speed at which they adapted to a quickly-changing publishing landscape really pissed me off; most of my friends still haven’t read it, and I’ve seen the book only at a few select comic shops. The whole reason I make comics is so people will read them, you know? It made me think back to working online and how strong and steady your readership can grow in that realm. Far more people read “Shooting War” online than ever purchased the book; you can romanticize the physical object all you like, but to me, it’s about transmitting a story around a massive digital campfire, and for that, you cannot beat publishing online.
That, in one story, sums up why so many creators find the web, even without immediate payment, valuable. It’s there as long as they keep it there, and anyone can find it.