Sometimes you find yourself pondering the big imponderables. For instance:
- Is It Funny Today? launched on Monday courtesy of a couple a college guys. Webcomic gets registered, people vote on the latest installment being funny or not … I dunno, just doesn’t seem that compelling to me. I don’t need to know if one of my webcomics is found worthy of laugh-chuckles by 47% of site users for me to enjoy it. At some level, it reminds me of some game show or reality show or something, where the reward isn’t for actually knowing something, but for guessing how many other people think the same way.
That’s besides the fact that not every webcomic is meant to be funny, or to be funny in every episode. The developers appear to be giving this some thought as well with a new “story comic” feature. We’ll see if IIFT? turns into a thing, or is just the proverbial flash in the pan.
- What the hell is up with ADSDAQ? A bunch of webcomics creators use it as a key component of their advertising model, and a bunch of them them are telling me that ADSDAQ has dropped them as clients. Reasons have ranged from “Improper Content” to “Too Many Graphics” (um, they do know what webcomics are, right?) to “Site Under Construction or Broken”.
I can’t tell if this is a general retrenchment in internet advertising, or if it’s a deliberate attempt to pull back from webcomics accounts — in which case, what’s wrong with saying Sorry, our models say that your site doesn’t produce enough benefit for our advertisers, nothing personal? If you’ve been using ADSDAQ and have been dropped, add a comment with the reason you were given. If there’s logic here, then by Darwin we’ll find it!
- What’s the best webcomics story of the year? This isn’t my year-end roundup — that’ll be in a few weeks, and in a somewhat unusual form. No, I think the most significant thing that’s happened in webcomics this year is an outburst of collegiality and common good that’s been building. There’s a lot of webcomickers that have gone out of their way to talk about their peers and promote their work, to provide a general “Rah, go Team Webcomics!” feel at conventions, and today, there’s an outbreak of everybody and their dog pointing to webcomics merch made by other creators. Seriously, look at the front page of the people who make their living at this, and chances are pretty good they’re linking to what could be considered competitors for your entertainment dollar (start here if you like).
If not for the fact that DJ and Scott still bring it, I might think I’d fallen into the last reel of It’s A Wonderful Life. And Scott & DJ? Seriously guys — I love your work and like both of you personally, but if either of you didn’t exist the other would have to invent him. Let this be the Christmas that your hearts grow three sizes and you find the strength of ten webcomickers (plus two). Do it for the children.