- Posted by Johanna on May 12, 2013 at 7:09 am
- Category: Digital and Webcomics
@kevin_church Go for it! Everyone I know who does them is just exhausted.
— Cathy Leamy (@metrokitty) May 9, 2013
I can understand why webcomic creators might be tired. Few cartoonists are making good money, since the early days, where someone could get a lot of attention for being one of a few covering a particular topic, are long gone. Running a business with so much competition and so few ways to distinguish yourself is tough, and to really break through and gain an audience takes both years and luck. Even Kickstarter, which is considered a saving grace but is really more of a fad, requires having a substantial following to be successful.
Are we headed for a webcomics contraction? Does that even make sense? Is anyone tracking the entire number of webcomics, and would we notice if there were fewer of them?
Another response to that Twitter conversation says something else that suggests a big change coming:
@kevin_church I’ll keep following yours via your twitter and Facebook updates, but I’m dropping most webcomics when google reader goes.
— Mark Clapham (@markclapham) May 9, 2013
Google Reader disappears July 1, in just another month and a half. Any time a change like that happens, there’s attrition. A number of users will simply go away without finding another tool or replacement. Webcomics may find their regular follower numbers dropping as a result. For those not worried about running a sustainable business, it may not matter, but surviving on ad support is already difficult. Then again, life is change, and we all need to be prepared to cope.