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Thumbnail of one panel from the comic I did for Webcomics Awareness Day 2003. Click to vote for ROCR on Top Web Comics and see the whole crazy thing!
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"Web Comics What?", I hear you ask.
"Web Comics Awareness Day", I answer. Yes, there once was such an event, crazy though it may seem now, or indeed back then. Once upon a time, I was a member of a mailinglist for webcartoonists, and one of the ideas that came from that group in about 2001 was that the work webcartoonists put into their comics wasn't always appreciated enough even by the small minority of the population that read them, and that the unfamiliarity of the new medium was hurting it among non-readers. If you told your great-auntie Gladys your hobby was making webcomics, she'd go "Huh?", and if you told it to your future father in law while asking his daughter's hand in marriage, he'd pull out his shotgun and chase you out of the house and the engagement would be off and everyone would be very sorry. Meanwhile, your readers would be getting on your case to update every day, on time and at perfect quality, no matter how much of your night's sleep you'd lose or how badly your former future father in law had injured you with his shotgun, but they wouldn't pay you for your time and/or your product. So a lot of us webcartoonists were feeling very misunderstood and sorry for ourselves. So someone got the idea that they'd declare one day of the year, May 5, "Webcomics Awareness Day" and all participating webcartoonists would do special comics explaining what a webcomic was, how it was different from regular comics and how much largely unrewarded work went into making one, and you'd damned well better appreciate us, you non-webcomic-making proles in the audience. Amazingly, the event lasted four years.
I took part in 2003, when I was sharing a studio with another webcartoonist, Jeroen Jager who was making Capn at the time. I told him I was making something for Webcomics Awareness Day and he went "Huh?". He was right. The whole idea was stupid. But I did get a nice comic out of it, and some incoming hits from the website on the day itself and some weeks after. Please note that the image is much larger than most vote incentives so far and will take some time to load.
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