Image by samk, via Flickr
Money continues to be pretty tight around here, post-tax-paying, but whatever! This project must go on.
I’m stepping a little out of the crafty realm with my Free support this month. K and I attended one of our favorite events of the year over the weekend, the Stumptown Comics Fest. Portland is blessed with a rich comics culture, and this festival a hub of amazing artists and writers.
(Wanna watch me nerd out on a previous year’s Festival, while wearing an awkward growing-out hairdo? You’re in luck!)
Anyway. It struck me that what so many comics artists are doing is similar to what many craft bloggers are doing: putting out high-quality free content online and hoping for sales/donations. And, just as in the online craft community, it can be challenging to gain widespread enough support from readers to compensate the hours you spend making that Free.
Making a story-based (as opposed to a single-joke-based) comic involves hundreds (or thousands) of hours of work, but your readers can read it in a few seconds if they want to – so it can be easy for them to forget those long hours of effort.
Image by badlyricpolice, via Flickr
..And yet, it’s effort well worth supporting. Comics have mind-blowing potential to communicate, to teach, and to transform. They’re also one of the most vibrant branches of indie publishing.
So, this month, in addition to supporting a few favorite comic-makers directly at the show, I made a donation to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund – an organization that provides legal support to comics creators, publishers, librarians and readers, seeking to protect all these groups’ First Amendment rights.
Do you read any web comics? Which ones? Do any of them have a donation button somewhere?