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I Demand Full Page Comics On Sunday, Dammit

So Agnes is like Peanuts, and Prickly City is like Calvin and Hobbes in this guy’s Weltanschauung, but Diesel Sweeties is crap? Oooo-kay.

Let’s cleanse our paletes after that unpleasantness, shall we? Chris MacNeil wrote to tell me about his more than 10-years-in-the-making strip, Rooby Moon, which has been archive-ported to the internet, and has new strips being drawn. Check out the newest strip (#134, for those of you playing at home): it’s gloriously full-page, like Krazy Kat mixed with Little Nemo.

Actually, the full page strips are a new thing for MacNeil, but I’m really loving all those panels. It’s like Rudolph Dirks-era Katzenjammer Kids (avoid the modern version as if your sanity depends on it). Anyway, MacNeil is creating these strips the size of a full newspaper broadsheet — pen and ink on 19″ x 24″ Bristol board! — before photographing and coloring digitally.

If the revolution ever occurs and we ditch the teeny-weeny EyeStrain-O-Vision™ that plagues modern newspaper comics, I want Rooby Moon in my paper. The only downside is that size means that Rooby Moon updates only sporadically; if you visit MacNeil’s site and encourage him (maybe pick up a copy of his regular-size strips), maybe we’ll get it more frequently.

Quick things:

  • Mailed by several people: yes, yes, I get it — moustaches.
  • Also via several people (but credit Lem as first, most appreciating the importance, and having an awesome comic): Amazon has decided to take on Lulu in a no-holds-barred stab at print-on-demand supremacy. It could give webcomics creators access to Amazon’s store, but it’ll cost you. I haven’t had time to go through the terms and conditions with a fine-tooth comb, so right now let’s just call this there’s a new player in the game and we’ll figure out the implications as we go along.
  • Wizard. Brian Warmoth. Kit Roebuck of Nine Planets Without Intelligent Life. Interview.
  • See, it’s Gravity’s Rainbow, and it’s gonna fall on his head, so it’s all about gravity! Shut up, I thought it was hilarious.

Rooby Moon is gorgeous. Thanks for the tip.

Gary, I’m not sure it does cost you to have a book on Amazon through CreateSpace.

The books themselves don’t have any setup costs, they’re sold through the Amazon main site *and* an e-store on CreateSpace, and you get a commission based on how much you put the price at and how much Amazon takes (flat rate + per page on top of that). Considering how much they take when you sell a book through them anyway (I’d have to find out how much exactly), I think it’s possible to make the same amount of money on the books without the initial outlay.

That said, even when you take that into account, you’re probably looking at a slightly pricer-than-average book (which is similar to Lulu if I recall).

Something that Warren Ellis points out far better in his Bad Signal message, is that those who aren’t interested in making money, but want to get something like a good quality ‘zine out there at a fairly decent cost can use the service. I suppose exactly the same as you can use Lulu. But the distribution system is the biggest draw.

Then again, I could be reading that page entirely wrong.

The other downside is that it’s US-only at the moment (even if it ships internationally). Which should go somewhere to prove that I’m not an advertising drone.


I was basing my comment on a reference on the pricing page that the percentage/unit cost that Amazon charges goes up if the book is listed on I’m not looking at the numbers right now, but I recall a 20% cut if you sell through CreateSpace, 30% on Amazon.

Ah! I see.
Actually, that’s rather interesting.

Sorry, completely missed that bit. In my defence I as more interested in finding out what the IP scenario would be. That being rather important for these things.

Anges may be terrible, but I don’t think that makes Diesel Sweeties syndicated strip genious-material.

DS works much better online, if you ask me. The syndicated stuff feels flaccid compared to the longer-form online work, and, if I would be honest with myself, I doubt I’d read it if it weren’t for being an online DS regular.


Actually, I was struck by the fact that the author of the piece described Agnes & Peanuts as fundamentally similar merely because both have kids talking as if they were adults. Likewise, he described Prickly City as like Calvin and Hobbes solely because they have a kid talking to a jaded critter.

With criminally superficial analyses like that, I don’t think his opinion on Diesel Sweeties should be given much weight.

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