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Daily Grind Webcomic Challenge

CmdrTaco posted more than 9 years ago | from the this-could-go-for-awhile dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 264

Dauntilus writes "Bent Comics is sponsering a web-comic contest. Contestants put $20 into the pool, and they must update their comics 5 times a week. If they fail to update on time, they are out. Last artist in gets the pool. The contest started yesterday with a sweet $1,120 in the pot. A few big webcomic artists like Scott Kurtz (PVP) and Chris Crosby (Superosity) have even show up for the fun."

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ctrl alt del! (1, Insightful)

L1nux_L0ser83 (860647) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825013)

someone let the guys at ctrl alt del. know and penny-arcade...they would own all!

Re:ctrl alt del! (4, Insightful)

Carthag (643047) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825037)

Diesel Sweeties would probably win, if R. Stevens signed up. He said he's not going to, though.

Re:ctrl alt del! (4, Informative)

ikkonoishi (674762) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825405)

Or Schlock Mercenary [schlockmercenary.com] . Hasn't missed an update ever. He said he wasn't entering because it would get boring if it went on for years without a winner.

Re:ctrl alt del! (5, Insightful)

NeoSkink (737843) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825060)

I'll take quality over 5 updates a week anyday.

Forcing them to update constantly would likely kill the comics we know and love until the contest is over.

Re:ctrl alt del! (3, Insightful)

Rei (128717) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825201)

Yeah... some comics "cheat" every so often. For example, Sluggy Freelance [sluggy.com] almost never misses an issue; however, as an example, they recently took a few days off by making comics via using X-com screenshots and putting dialog bubbles on the characters instead of drawing comics. Sometimes, too, they'll have a guest artist (sometimes a deliberately poor one for comic effect) take over strip for a week or so.

Re:ctrl alt del! (1, Interesting)

KiloByte (825081) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825226)

Schlock Mercenary [schlockmercenary.com] didn't miss a single update in 58 weeks, and still I rate is as one of two best webcomics (together with UF [userfriendly.org] ).

Re:ctrl alt del! (2, Funny)

grungebox (578982) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825257)

I think citing User Friendly hurts your webcomic street cred.

Re:ctrl alt del! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11825253)

Sinfest is easily one of the best comics around and Ishida hasn't missed an update since I've been reading (years).

Re:ctrl alt del! (2, Insightful)

Elwood P Dowd (16933) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825264)

The point is that if you can drive yourself to quantity, you will achieve quality as well. Ask novel writers. Once you've created 5 new comic strips every week for a few months, you'll be better at creating good comic strips.

Re:ctrl alt del! (5, Insightful)

carninja (792514) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825081)

Penny arcade only updates 3 times a week, and I doubt they really wanna change that.

Re:ctrl alt del! (1)

jd142 (129673) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825549)

Kevin and Kell and Bill Holbrook would win. One a day, every day since 1995, plus he's doing 2 other strips in print, "On the Fasttrack" and "Safe Havens" (IIRC). I'm sure he's doing something few other web cartoonists do: work ahead. [kevinandkell.com]

Most web cartoonist seem to think that Tuesday's comic should be started and finished on Monday. The key is to get a month or two of strips completely finished, *then* start publishing. You'll also get a good idea of exactly how many strips you can do per week if you get some done first. If you can't do more than 3 a week during that two month build up period, don't even attempt to do a daily strip.

What about quality ? (-1, Troll)

2.7182 (819680) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825017)

I could update my comic a ton of times a week if it was done poorly.

Re:What about quality ? (1)

erick99 (743982) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825027)

That's a good point. There will certainly be a group that simply won't quit. Should be interesting.

Re:What about quality ? (4, Interesting)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825087)

I could update my comic a ton of times a week if it was done poorly.

Have you ever seen Get Fuzzy? Granted, it's not a web comic (though it may be on comics.com or such) but they guy must have a time altering machine, for all the detail he puts in that strip. Wood grains, individual hairs, even the New Zealand All Blacks logo on Rob's cap. If the guy can do that strip daily, who's got a leg to stand on to say they can't?

Re:What about quality ? (2, Insightful)

Golias (176380) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825108)

One word:

Stencils

Art is not hard to crank out fast. Ideas are. I'm far more impressed with Dilbert than Get Fuzzy.

Re:What about quality ? (3, Insightful)

grungebox (578982) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825229)

Darby Conley does the strip for a living. He doesn't need a time machine, just the extra 8 hours a day the rest of us are working. It's still an awesome strip, and it makes shittily-drawn and shittily-written strips that much worse by comparison, but just keep in mind he's not quite the superman most webcomics people with fulltime jobs and a daily strip must be.

Re:What about quality ? (1)

rootofevil (188401) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825267)

get fuzzy [comics.com] is available, and i love it

it will be in the key of delicious!

Re:What about quality ? (1)

PopeAlien (164869) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825279)

If the guy can do that strip daily, who's got a leg to stand on to say they can't?

Thats his full-time job. Most webcomics are done as a side hobby, and as such dont get the same investment of time.
but yes, if you've got the time there's no reason you couldnt do a daily strip.

Re:What about quality ? (1)

OAB_X (818333) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825292)

He happens to get paid to do that...

Though it is a fantastic strip, funny, well drawn, etc. It reminds me of Calvin and Hobbes (though Bill Watterson had a hard time with even getting the 5x daily + Sunday out).

Re:What about quality ? (1)

TLSPRWR (711680) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825360)

If the guy can do that strip daily, who's got a leg to stand on to say they can't?

ESPECIALLY if their full time job is to do the comic.

No PA :-( (5, Interesting)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825019)

and they must updated their comics 5 times a week. If they fail to update on time, they are out.

That eliminates Penny Arcade [penny-arcade.com] :-(3x a week, frequent screwups, but worth the free price of admission all the same.) Call me greedy, but I'd love to see PA daily =)

Re:No PA :-( (4, Interesting)

kurosawdust (654754) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825098)

Man alive, there are some different tastes on this here site. I personally can't stand Penny Arcade - I don't think it's funny at all - but I think the best (and unfortunately underrated) webcomic today is The Perry Bible Fellowship [cheston.com] .

Hilarious stuff.

Re:No PA :-( (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11825265)

My favourite is Bob the Angry Flower (but not because there was a Guide to Apostrophes, You Idiots.)

It's wacky.

Re:No PA :-( (1)

BobWeiner (83404) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825493)

I agree. Perry Bible Fellowship is easily one of the best webcomics out there. I recently discovered the comic. Well worth taking a look. How often is it updated though?

Re:No PA :-( (2, Insightful)

Bobman1235 (191138) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825515)

Please be sarcastic... please be sarcastic....

Re:No PA :-( (1)

grungebox (578982) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825115)

"Frequent screwups?" What do you mean? The problems with the update script? Any /.er with 2 seconds should be able to find the direct link to the .gif every MWF :) You're right that the 3x a week thing prevents their entry, but I don't think they've missed a single update in the 6+ years of Penny Arcade.

Re:No PA :-( (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825174)

but I don't think they've missed a single update in the 6+ years of Penny Arcade.

I take it you don't check first thing each MWF morning. They just recently changed their cataloging and the site screwed up. There have been several instances where the strip has been uploaded a day late. I still like it and wish they could sort all those problems out in advance, I'm sure they try.

maybe yes, maybe no.. (1)

PopeAlien (164869) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825202)

They could do it - it just might be worth the dough. this is a great idea to motivate constant updates, 5 times a week on a quality comic would be a lot of work though, I update once a week which is plenty while doing other life-oriented activities.

Hmm.. maybe I'll start doing a quickscribble comic and compete on the quantity side.

Re:No PA :-( (1)

SamSim (630795) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825522)

Frequent screwups? Penny Arcade are dependable as clockwork. Well, not quite, but they are very consistent, and every comic IS a comic. You should read Megatokyo [megatokyo.com] sometime. The whole archive is at least 10% filler. And since the author quit his job to do MT full-time, I find that disgusting.

As for this pot thing... well, a long time ago, I ran a web comic of my own [ucam.org] on Keenspace. It was only stickmen, but it did update seven days a week. For a thousand straight days. Not kidding.

So, good luck guys, we'll see you all in four or five years' time when somebody actually claims this...

Re:No PA :-( (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11825550)

I guess there's only so many times per week you can base an entire comic on the words "wang" and "fuck", eh? ;)

Last artist gets in the poo (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11825025)

With the spelling and grammar in the rest of the item looking like it does, we are lucky you did not say that.

Don't forget Greg Dean! (5, Interesting)

Mage Powers (607708) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825034)

Of Real Life Comics [reallifecomics.com] . I read that daily too along with PVP and Superosity. Personally I was hoping Piro would join in, he'd be first out :)

Re:Don't forget Greg Dean! (0)

cubase_dag (827101) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825223)

Piro would be out in the first 5 minutes, although he's been getting better lately

Re:Don't forget Greg Dean! (1)

Speare (84249) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825273)

I like his visual style, and even many of the storylines. But it seems like half the time he's apologizing for not keeping up with the strip... I doubt he'd go far in a 5x/wk commitment.

Re:Don't forget Greg Dean! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11825403)

You'd think he'd be a sure thing, since all he does is copy-paste previous comics. But he manages to miss almost weekly, anyway.

Remember when he changed one character's hair color? And each day, her hair color would mysteriously be back to her original sprite?

He drew here once and then copy and pastes. He's one step above the sprite comics since he drew his own sprites, but don't kid yourself. That's not art, it's colorforms.

By this criteria... (0, Troll)

Cr0w T. Trollbot (848674) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825038)

"Love Is" and "Rex Morgan" are better comics that "Bloom County" or "Calvin & Hobbs."

- Crow T. Trollbot

Re:By this criteria... (1)

hobbesx (259250) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825120)

"Calvin & Hobbs."

Yeah, that comic about the 6 year old with the spikey hair and the old man with a wooden leg is great!

Re:By this criteria... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11825454)

Not that Hobbs. He means Roy Hobbs from The Natural dumb ass.

Rex Morgan (2, Funny)

PopeAlien (164869) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825246)

My brother once decided to collect the daily Rex Morgan in a big old scrap-book to try to figure out what it was about.

after he had gathered several months worth together it still didnt make any sense.

Metacommentary has already begun (3, Informative)

UCRowerG (523510) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825041)

http://www.checkerboardnightmare.com/ [checkerboa...htmare.com]

Re:Metacommentary has already begun (1)

ReverendLoki (663861) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825287)

Indeed it has. [pvponline.com]

Any other favorite bits of "metacommentary"?

Sweet baby Jesus in a car seat... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11825042)

and they must updated their comics 5 times a week

And they must updated...

I hope the comics have better grammar.

Sponser for Hire (1, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825063)

Depends who is "sponsering" it.

Re:Sponser for Hire (0)

Reignking (832642) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825220)

...which re-emphasizes the lack of quality...

Go Greg Dean! (1)

carninja (792514) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825043)

My money's hoping for Greg Dean... The pot's gotten pretty large now... he's moving... he could use the money. He draws Real Life. (reallifecomics.com)

Re:Go Greg Dean! (0)

Albio (854216) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825173)

He illustrates.

Re:Go Greg Dean! (0)

carninja (792514) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825204)

even better. illustrator is an art unto itself.

Re:Go Greg Dean! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11825342)

Yeah. He's one step above the sprite comics, and one league away from real artists. You'd think there would be some clause saying that only artists that actually, you know, draw count, but apparently any idiot with a mouse can be a webcomic artist today. Oh well.

Great Idea For Comic! (-1, Troll)

Evil W1zard (832703) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825045)

Focus in on the daily work-life of a Slashdot copy editor who makes mistake after humorous mistake editing posts from individuals who use inproper grammar and bad spelling.

Re:Great Idea For Comic! (0, Offtopic)

Evil W1zard (832703) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825168)

Or we could make a Japanimation style comic where Slashdot editors have super-human powers and hunt down and destroy Troll posters. Doh did you here something. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Lets push quantity over quality (-1, Troll)

BayBlade (749886) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825047)

Good work guys!

Re:Lets push quantity over quality (2, Funny)

hobbesx (259250) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825153)

::cough::Jim Davis!::cough::

Re:Lets push quantity over quality (1)

Albio (854216) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825241)

And it's not even Jim! I understand it's his factory floor of lesser minions who do the drawing.

Re:Lets push quantity over quality (1)

BayBlade (749886) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825276)

See I was thinking Bill Keane...

But whatever. I'm a troll now.

this is really like Wesley Willis (0, Redundant)

Savatte (111615) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825062)

an experiment of quality vs quantity

Re:this is really like Wesley Willis (0, Offtopic)

th3space (531154) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825313)

Bless you sir. Any mention of Wesley Willis (outside of the usual punk boards) always brings a smile to my face, one on par with mentions of Joe Strummer or Joey Ramone. Now I wish I'd thrown some of his massive library onto my shuffle this morning.

Another one. (3, Informative)

PeteDotNu (689884) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825067)

"they must updated their comics 5 times a week"

I swear, someone is putting nonsensical grammar into every single article, just to see how we squirm and ped.

Re:Another one. (3, Funny)

PopeAlien (164869) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825387)

I swear, someone is putting nonsensical grammar into every single article, just to see how we squirm and ped.

I dont know about you, but I ped myself when I readed that, but I haven't really started squirming yet.. I'll keep you posted.

Quantity over Quality (5, Insightful)

lbmouse (473316) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825070)

It doesn't appear that any of the strips have to actually be good. Me and my stick-figure-guy could win this one.

Re:Quantity over Quality (1)

extremesanity (621845) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825151)

Many of the comics have already touched on the lack of quality that this contest will showcase. For example, http://www.mousewax.com/ [mousewax.com]

Re:Quantity over Quality (1)

vidarlo (134906) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825310)

Heh, only good comics out there is Scott Adams' Dilbert [dilbert.com] and the UserFriendly [userfriendly.org] .
Userfriendly is maybe a bit...uhm...to geeky?

Re:Quantity over Quality (1)

Goaway (82658) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825463)

I think the word you're looking for is "unfunny". Possibly "inane", or "embarrassing".

Re:Quantity over Quality (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11825332)

This point has already been made [pvponline.com] .

With Scott Kurtz and others in the mix who haven't missed a daily strip in years, you would have to ask yourself: is it worth the time and trouble to draw a crappy, non-funny web comic five days a week for years and years, where the only motivation is to win a few hundred dollars? I can think of easier ways to make money.

Re:Quantity over Quality (2, Interesting)

merlin_jim (302773) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825335)

It doesn't appear that any of the strips have to actually be good. Me and my stick-figure-guy could win this one.

Actually not, one of the rules is no sketches.

Now if u colored him in...

Or pull a southpark... grab MegaPOV (which can do cell-shaded renders in POVRay), make some basic objects and scripts, and just write dialog and positioning elements for each frame.

Hell, you could just make a random joke generator plugin to the above (doesn't have to be GOOD, just has to BE) and have it kick off every morning at midnight.

Re:Quantity over Quality (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11825365)

Just because a strip is done with stick-figure quality doesn't mean it isn't awesome!

Kick in the Head [kickinthehead.org] is my favorite, and it's not about the art.

Re:Quantity over Quality (2, Funny)

shish (588640) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825375)

Does it even require that the author be human? Some people [qwantz.com] get away with just putting different text over the same image every day, it wouldn't be too hard to automate that; either build up a few hundred strips worth of sentances, or just randomly generate them...

Re:Quantity over Quality (1)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825503)

It doesn't appear that any of the strips have to actually be good. Me and my stick-figure-guy could win this one.

Don't knock stick figures. Matt Feazell's [cynicalman.com] strips are some of the best comix done in the past quarter century, and they're done entirely in stick figures. (And the much-loved-around-here Scott Adams has never been what one would call a "great illustrator".) What makes a good comic is (mostly) good writing.

Granted, there's nothing in the rules for this contest that says the writing has to be any good, either. But the challenge of ongoing timeliness is a serious one, especially for cartooning. It sounds easy, but coming up with something new every day is actually pretty difficult. (Just look at all the syndicated professional strips that keep recycling the same jokes.) If you think you could do it... then put your stylus where your mouth is and do it!

5 times a week? (5, Funny)

Tuffsnake (767507) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825072)

Wait so this is basically a contest to see who's life is so devoid of content that they never miss a day of logging on and updating their cartoons ... sounds like whoever wins is really the biggest loser ;)

Re:5 times a week? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11825238)

Except when you stop to consider that some of these people make a living off of their web comics

Re:5 times a week? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11825250)

I don't see the big deal. It's their job.

Re:5 times a week? (1)

Yomers (863527) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825564)

every morning, before brushing tha teeth, poor comic makers rush to draw and upload a new episode.. and lose a precious 20 bucks and a year worth of work when unable to draw due to a trembling hand on 1-st jan 2006 :(

or make a pack, set autoupdate script on server - and you are free for a next couple of month! Only smartest comic makers will survive :)

Just $99* and autoupdate script is yours! No more morning pain!

*not include set-up fee

A Modest Destiny (2, Informative)

drivinghighway61 (812488) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825075)

Squidi hasn't missed more than perhaps one or two updates in two years on A Modest Destiny [squidi.net] . But, he is rather unpopular among the webcomic community

NERD FIGHT!!!!!!!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11825195)

Isn't that because he dared to step to the Penny Arcade crew?

Indeed (2, Interesting)

kahei (466208) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825466)


Yeah, I think Squidi's achievement in sheer quality and production values over a period of years has been quite amazing. I can't say I'm wild about the new style backgrounds (or the dangerous tendency to start making Art with a capital A), but I have to take my hat off to the guy for the sheer amount of quality images, text and plot he has produced. As a comic, it's funnyish; as an exercise in continuity and development, it's outstanding.

I'm not quite sure what all the troubles surrounding the artist actually are. His editorials (except maybe when he gets political) strike me as remarkably organized and sensible, not the work of a net.kook at all... but it sure looks like he annoyed a lot of people somehow.

Nice way to borrow money (5, Insightful)

Yomers (863527) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825085)

Nice way to borrow money from those 'big webcomic artists' ;)) I bet at least 2 of them will produce 5 comics a week for a very long time...

My Prediction! (2, Funny)

Ironsides (739422) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825147)

Is that this will be going on for at least 2 years. And then it will be down to 5. The only thing that is going to knock some of these artists out is some for of accident to their person or a sever server failure..... Uh... Shall Slashdot Slashdot those Slashdot wants to lose at update time?

Re:My Prediction! (2, Interesting)

scrotch (605605) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825227)

I agree, some of these artists have already been this reliable for a long, long time. Hopefully the money will be put in an interest bearing account rather than in a jar that will get lost somewhere.

hehe, this is a good thing ... (1)

GNUALMAFUERTE (697061) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825095)

When you get addict to a webcomic (and i'm addict to a few ...) It really bothers you when you don't get your daily comic ...
UF does a pretty good job, it's updated daily, but quality varies, Down to Earth is amazing (in quality), but updated in a ver irregular way.
It would be gould to see DTE in the contest, daily dte updates would just rock.

Re:hehe, this is a good thing ... (1)

Junta (36770) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825244)

Though I'm not familiar with DTE, but it probably would be the case that daily dte updates would not rock at all. If not updating daily, you get the better ideas, if updating irregularly, the comic comes when good ideas come, hence more consistently good comics out of the irregularly scheduled comics.

mod u4 (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11825126)

distributIons

And in other news (-1, Troll)

winkydink (650484) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825142)

The Linux on Small Rodents Project has announced that they have successfully booted a 2.6 kernel on mice.

You don't updated... (1)

Sensible Clod (771142) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825167)

and we deleted![/strongbad]

Good practice (4, Informative)

grungebox (578982) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825171)

I think anyone that's ever tried a webcomic knows that consistency is the biggest challenge. It's hard to develop a routine and get strips up in a timely fashion with some degree of regularity. That's a critical factor in determining a strip's early success at drawing an audience. Internet users are lazy, and if you don't have any timeliness, they move on. People might counter with Mac Hall or Megatokyo, but those premiered during a slightly less dense webcomic atmosphere. Also, they drew audiences in with the art, which is the other key component. You can slack off on the updates if your art kicks ass and still maintain a decent audience. Hell, if you get both you become a rising megastar like Apple Geeks [applegeeks.com] or Scary Go Round [scarygoround.com] .

yuo; fail it!? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11825237)

Would have been better a week ago... (1)

Speare (84249) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825247)

Hm, I've been mulling over some ideas and characters for something like this. If I had heard about this pool a month or a week ago, I could have given it a shot. Who knows. I doubt it would be fair to join late. But telling us after the contest is under way... well...

The server's slashdotted. Can someone post a mirror of the rules?

What about Dilbert? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11825286)

Hey, and what about Scott Adams? I'm sure he would win the prize, Dilbert has been there for more time I can remember and in a 7 days a week basis!!

Re:What about Dilbert? (1)

Yomers (863527) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825361)

He could not win anyway, there are pretendents younger than he is :)

Re:What about Dilbert? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11825462)

Dilbert would have been out the first day. One of the rules is that you can't use old strips that have been sitting around or have been previously published.

The Dilbert web site runs strips well after they've been published in the paper, which would disqualify the site immediately.

Kurtz will lose, Diesel Sweeties would win (1, Interesting)

SpamJunkie (557825) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825293)

Scott Kurtz is horribly inconsistent, sometimes missing two consecutive days. He's a good sport to put some money in because he must know that he's basically lost before the contest even begins.

As others have mentioned Diesel Sweeties is always on time, at least for the three years I've been a reader. I can't recall a single time R has missed a day. Even the wonderfully consistent Penny Arcade has faltered at times.

Imho publishing on time - whether it's five times a week or just once a month - is crucial for a comic. That's why I don't read PvP or Megatokyo anymore.

It'll never end. (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11825303)

The initial idea must have been a competition to provide that extra bit of incentive for the creators not to miss an update. With comics like PvP and Superosity in the running, it's now a race to see who gets to the grave first.
Kurtz boasts going years without missing an update (what about those sickdays and guest weeks?), I'm sure he can easily keep updating for years without fail if he makes the effort. The same goes for Chris Crosby of Superosity. For them it's not an incentive to update, they're in it for the money!

No one's going to win this now, it's never gonna end.

Re:It'll never end. (1)

Kjuib (584451) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825453)

Then again... we could do a poll of who we want to win... and then slashdot all the loser until their servers go down. Sounds like cheating.. but hey it is for a good cause!

Brute Squad (1)

Reignking (832642) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825350)

I'll put my two cents in for a comic from my college days -- the Brute Squad [brutesquad.com] . But you're lucky if that is updated once every five years...

Diesel sweeties (1)

Koyaanisqatsi (581196) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825364)

Diesel sweeties [dieselsweeties.com] would do fine. It's been going strong for a few years now, daily comic on your email every morning. Good stuff too.

Cheap labour (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11825366)

Yet another cheeky attempt at getting cheap labour. They get a site with daily updates down for free.

It reminds me of some design jobs that had a task for possible applicants. When you applied for the job, you where given a brief from one of their customers. Whoever did the best design, got the job...meanwhile the company got paid a few thousand for the guys work before he even started.

I want in!! (1)

MicroBerto (91055) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825400)

I want in, i just e-mailed them to find out if it's too late.

I have a comic (Bertoline) posted in my signature. Check it out, it should appeal to some of the dork masses. Some are good, some are TERRIBLE. Hahaha... Let me know if anyone else knows if it's too late. Give me some hatemail about my comics too, that'd be nice

Re:I want in!! (1)

MicroBerto (91055) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825426)

Crap - my link now goes to my (outdated) picture page. Check the comic out here: Bertopics.com/bertoline [bertopics.com]

Thanks..

Buffer cache (2, Informative)

RainbowSix (105550) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825489)

I'm surprised that more comics don't do this [samandfuzzy.com] where the author of Sam and Fuzzy states that he has a buffer of about 22 comics so he never misses an update.

Of course, he only updates MWF so he's not eligible for the pool.

KeenSpot and KeenSpace artists join in the grind! (3, Informative)

strredwolf (532) | more than 9 years ago | (#11825532)

Not only Chris Crosby [superosity.com] , Brad Guigar [greystoneinn.net] , Ryan Smith [funnyfarmcomics.com] and Steve Troop [melonpool.com] have joined from KeenSPOT... ...but up and comming artists Jennie Breeden [keenspace.com] (The Devil's Panties), Bruce Goer [keenspace.com] (A Day in the Life), and Matt Johnson [keenspace.com] (Cortland) have joined from KeenSPACE.

The SPACE team WILL WIN!!!
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