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Publishing Internet Comics?

Cliff posted more than 15 years ago | from the imagine-pokey-the-penguin-in-print dept.

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198348726583297634 asks: "Not many internet comic strips make it into the real print world. Iliad is one example of someone who was fortunate enough to pull this off. How did he do it? Obviously, sticking to his art and putting in the effort every day- but was he approached by a publisher, or did he spend time hawking his wares until he got snapped up? Does Slashdot have any recommendations on small-press publishers who'd be interested in quirky, moderately popular internet comics? Where do we turn to, the authors of these strips, when we're ready for a little bit bigger time? " another example of an internet comic gone to print is Sluggy Freelance - I wonder if some of you Sluggites or UFies out there wouldn't mind bringing Pete and Illiad in on this discussion since they should have plenty of experience in this by now.

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Plan 9 (1)

Delicon (27228) | more than 15 years ago | (#1672202)

It seems that Plan 9 Publishing does a lot of internet comic publishing (Kevin&Kell, Sluggy, and a bunch more.

http://www.plan9.org/ [plan9.org]

Robert Wright

There's a whole bunch of indies out there (2)

ansible (9585) | more than 15 years ago | (#1672203)

There's a whole bunch of independant publishers out there. Unfortunately, the more money they have, the less likely they are to take a chance on someone they don't know. Just like the rest of traditional media, I suppose.

I guess the trick would be to find a small publishing company that's big enough to have some cash to make an initial run of at least 1000. Here are a couple that seem to be moderately successful (as opposed to wildly successful like Image and Dark Horse):

  • Abstract Studio (publishers of Strangers in Paradise),
    SIPnet@aol.com,
    P.O. Box 271487,
    Houston TX, 666-0238
  • Slave Labor Graphics (publishers of Milk and Cheese - Dairy Products Gone Bad),
    325 S. First St. #301,
    San Jose, CA 95113,
    (800) 866-8929


Good luck!

Re:There's a whole bunch of indies out there (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1672204)

i think pokey's more of a strip than a book...judging by peeking... ups (united press syndicate) ...is the big boy for pick up for comic strips...but i'm not sure...the whole idea of internet comics being published by a well known corp...would be difficult. i think it's a matter of being taken seriously...the internet, although there is a lot fo good stuff out there...it's not in the format that a lot of people want to see it in. which sucks for us... but ansible's right about trying to find a small pub. house that would be interested... here's another online comic to check out... any comments would be appreciated http://members.xoom.com/amazingspaz/

Re:There's a whole bunch of indies out there (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1672205)

I think it is a fact that established publishing giants won't take this step. On the other hand other individuals can find the medium interesting to experiment in.

Check out for instance,
http://cwebdesign.com/apok [cwebdesign.com] (Apokalupsis is a web comic book with three different books, from the X-Files to the account of St Paul's shipwreck in Malta.)

Re:There's a whole bunch of indies out there (1)

ansible (9585) | more than 15 years ago | (#1672206)

Replying to myself, hmmm....

Charlie Parker's now going to paper-publish his Internet comic Argon Zark [netaxs.com] so you may want to talk to him about his publisher.

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