June 05, 2012

Online Comics

There are some online comics I occasionally follow, where the art is amazing but the update rate approaches the abysmal.

Dresden Codak has been updating pretty regularly recently.

On the other hand, Outsider hasn't updated since March 5. Sheesh.

I stopped reading Freefall. He's been good about his 3-times-per-week schedule, but since it's a 4-panel comic, the story is moving very, very slowly, and it's reached a point where  I just can't read it any more. I think I'll wait a few months and then catch up all at once. With luck, by then the crisis will have passed.

(I still think it's going to turn out that without his mask, Sam looks like Cthulhu.)

The most recent strip from Real Life has a reference I don't get. I'm woefully uncool, I guess. "Why doesn't Ted just tell his damned kids how he met their mother?" Who's Ted?

Update rate on Argon Zark is down to about a page per year. Just to show you how stale it is, Bill Gates is one of the villains in the current story line, and Gates retired from Microsoft in 2008.

UPDATE: Speaking of online comics, if you want a laugh (and a considerable helping of schadenfreude) check out this thread on Metafilter, about the Walker recall election in Wisconsin. They're trying to hold out hope that Barrett will come from behind and win it. As I write this, NBC, Fox, and the NYT have all called it for Walker. With 56% of the vote counted, Walker is 15 points ahead. It ain't even slightly close. This is a huge blow-out.

I stopped worrying when I started seeing columns written by left-wing pundits talking about how this didn't really matter, and how a Walker victory might actually be good for Obama. When your opponents start whistling loudly past the graveyard, it's time to invest in graveyard futures.

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1 I picked Outsider on your recommendation. But generally it's like anime: any two tastes have very little overlap.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at June 05, 2012 06:36 PM (5OBKC)

2 Outsider would be more interesting if he actually worked on it once in a while.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 05, 2012 06:45 PM (+rSRq)

3 I love Dresden Codak, but I tend to only visit a couple of times a year, and catch up all at once.

I really want one of those "I will do science to it!" t-shirts; wonder if he has them back in stock...

Posted by: Pixy Misa at June 05, 2012 06:48 PM (PiXy!)

4 I've unfortunately become acquainted with Ted.

Posted by: karrde at June 05, 2012 07:25 PM (k+KSS)

5 Well, Schlock Mercenary is still going strong, 12 years after Howard Taylor started.  It is fairly internally consistent story and technology wise.  

Posted by: BigFire at June 05, 2012 07:36 PM (jSRcl)

6 Biscuit science t-shirt ordered!

Expensive, what with shipping to another planet and all, but well worth it.  For (a) it is awesome, and (b) as the store says: By buying this thing you are not only just getting something cool, you're also helping independent artists stay fed and protected from the elements. Over half of our artists now live indoors.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at June 06, 2012 06:51 AM (PiXy!)

7 /images/05147.gif

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 06, 2012 08:21 AM (+rSRq)

8 I was worried about Freefall back when Florence was   However, she survived that, and has already so I'm not as worried this time.  Besides, Sam is on the case - what can go wrong! 

Posted by: Siergen at June 06, 2012 03:43 PM (PuIGa)

9 That second one must have happened since I stopped reading, and indeed it is a relief to know about it.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 06, 2012 04:47 PM (+rSRq)

10 I do not recall the second item being true at scale, just that


Posted by: J Greely at June 06, 2012 05:36 PM (fpXGN)

11 The worst trend I've seen in webcomics lately is withholding the next strip until the donation's jar is filled (Typically somewhere around $20).  This is terribly destructive, since first, if you don't have a regular schedule, that cost's you readers right there, but the second is that not all strips are created equal, and as your storyline winds down to an end, so do the donations.

Hopefully this trend will be self-curing.

Posted by: Mauser at June 06, 2012 10:46 PM (cZPoz)

12 Some webcomics have been pulling in crazy money on Kickstarter for printed copies.  There's OotS'es $1.2 million, of course.  Erfworld was already in print but got $80k for a motion comic (i.e. partly animated).  Almond Quest got $60k, Modest Medusa got $11k for book one and $8k so far for book two, and TwoKinds (which I've never read) is at $177k and still climbing.

Of course, most of those put their stuff out there free for years first, but that's a whole lot of $20 tip jars.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at June 07, 2012 06:56 AM (PiXy!)


Awkward Zombie is doing that.

Katie has been doing a great job of posting every Monday, not to mention updating Aikonia every Monday.

Considering she's holding down a full course load in college right now, that's pretty good. (At least I think she is. Maybe she's graduated by now. The years pass by so fast.)

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 07, 2012 10:44 AM (+rSRq)

14 I don't thing I've heard of those Comics, PM.  But $1.2 million is mind-blowing.

Posted by: Mauser at June 07, 2012 11:24 PM (cZPoz)

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