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After Gin Lane: Giving it all away

September 6, 2012 in Comment, General

Following From Gin Lane to the Information Superhighway we see that there are cartoonists who are positively embracing this new era of social media and sharing.

Hairy Steve © Steve Bright @ Procartoonists.org

Webcomics and viral cartoons are a couple of the ways that you can effectively give your work away to the web but get paid back by other means. Successful webcomics work on a business model based on the idea that you give away a regularly updated cartoon on your website and build a following of readers who come back day after day. British examples include John Allison‘s Bad Machinery or Jamie Smart‘s Corporate Skull.

© Peter Steiner @ Procartoonists.org

The profit comes from selling merchandise to the more loyal fans – bound compilations, prints, sketches, T-shirts, toys and so forth. Similarly, viral cartoons can drive lots of new readers to your website. How much money can be directly attributed to virals is arguable, although, for example, the well-known New Yorker cartoon “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog” is said to have earned its creator, Peter Steiner, more than $50,000.

The website Kickstarter has recently become one of the biggest publishers of comic books in the USA, from independent cartoonists using the crowd-funding model to raise money directly from their fan-base. Here in the UK, Procartoonists.org‘s very own Adrian Teal (The Gin Lane Gazette) and Steve Bright (Hairy Steve – in collaboration with Jamie Smart) have developed their own crowd-funded projects.

We’ll be considering another aspect of the communication change – After Gin Laneand what it means for cartoonists next week

It's grin Up North at comics festival

November 17, 2010 in Events

Thought Bubble, the Leeds Sequential Art Festival, returns this weekend. As in previous years (2008, 2009) there will be the usual mix of workshops, talks and exhibitions, including a one-day Comic Convention.

Cartoonists exhibiting include Sarah McIntyre (Vern and Lettuce), Hugh ‘Shug’ Raine (Reet Comic), Gary Northfield (Derek the Sheep), John Allison (Scary Go Round and Bad Machinery) and Poot! comic.

The winner of the Northern Sequential Art competition will be announced at the convention, but you can see the entries here.

The Festival runs from Thursday 18 November to Sunday 21 November at various locations around Leeds (see here for the full programme), with the convention being held on the Saturday at Saviles Hall  from 10am to 5pm, tickets £10 and the under 12s get in free.