Keenspot revenues, new comics

Via Carson Fire:

Keenspot has announced its revenues for 2003. Money quotes (quite literally):

“Our 2003 gross of $188,475 is an 81.2% jump over 2002’s $103,976 in revenues,” said Chris Crosby, Keenspot Co-CEO “These numbers certainly aren’t spectacular in comparison to major traditional print publishers, but they show that webcomics are a thriving, growing industry that could be a major force in the future of entertainment.”

Chris is right about it not being spectacular in comparison to major traditional print publishers. Indeed it’s worrying that after 4 years, the company still isn’t making a living for absolutely anyone involved. Nevertheless, with 4 years of learning everything the hard way under their belts, the Keen people now have something to build upon. The latest batch of promotions is proof of that. Skirting Danger which I blogged about earlier, got 17,000 visitors and 208,000 pageviews on its first day at Keenspot. Sore Thumbs also posted very high visitor numbers on its premiere day. (Their Extreme Tracker says 21,534.) Those are numbers that I’m sure many a Modern Tales cartoonist would murder for.

Keenspot knows its target audience, raises the quality bar for new comics a little bit with every new wave of acquisitions, and uses the popularity of the comics already present to drive the marketing machinery for new comics. Unless the web advertising market tanks again (always a real possibility) they could well double their takings again. And that means even more cartoonists get a Four! Figure! Check! every quarter.

It’s not about making sense

I was once again convinced of this statement when I saw Cory McAbee’s movie “the American Astronaut” today. It was such a Cap’n-esque experience. It was not about the story, which was downright silly. It was an ode to film, to images. The lighting, the shots, the acting… The movie spoke of such a love of film. There was song and dance, comradery, a heroic male lead, a great soundtrack. I got really, really pissed off when people in a row behind me jabbered during the movie, laughed in all the wrong places… I had a feeling they had absolutely no idea that this was the work of an artist, this was a movie made with love (and absolutely no budget!) It’s a sci-fi movie where there are hardly any special-effects. There was even a scene where you could see the microphone so obviously that it had to be deliberate. I wanted to stand up and shout: “shut your effin’ faces! this is a work of art!” (I think this also had to do with the fact it reminded me so much of what I try to do with my webcomic Cap’n.) I didn’t ofcourse, and was baffled at the end of the movie when they talked to eachother of what a great movie it was…
Anyway, go see it, rent it, whatever, if you don’t feel the need for things to make sense, just be as a creator thinks they should be…

Spanish election analysis at Harry’s place.

If you are one of those who think the victory by the Spanish Socialist Party in last Sunday’s elections is some sort of capitulation to the terrorists, read these two posts at Harry’s Place for a much needed antidote, and follow the links from there.

It hardly needs to be pointed out how offensive and patronising such views are, coming just days after over ten million Spaniards took to the streets in those moving silent protests against terrorist attacks which killed 200 of their compatriots.
Best of the blogs on Spain
So, yes, 11-M influenced the vote, but not because we are overcome by fear, or because we think that we can avert further attacks, but because we will only put up with so much lying and manipulation, and especially not when it is the dead and their families that are being heartlessly and shamelessly manipulated. (quoted from another blog cited in that article)
I’ve set these links to open in a new window and disallowed comments for this post here because there is much better and more well-informed discussion going on in those other blogs already than the subject could ever generate here.

DAFTSOD on Graphic Smash!

Yay! I’m happy to announce that my pet project with Adam Cuerden is going to be featured on GraphicSmash! Dangerous and Fluffy: the Sheep of Doom. Quite astonishing if you consider the fact that we only got together march 1st. Since then plans for a joint venture rapidly evolved and due to fortunate timing, we’re turning pro. Pretty weird considering my webcomics Cap’n and Belle never got that much attention.
Happy Camper 🙂

Oh! Thank you Reinder, for introducing us 🙂

Bah! Bah and thrice Bah

These great music blogs: I Hate Music, Popular and The Naked Maja are all too sexy for an RSS feed, and won’t be added to my blogroll for that reason. I can blogroll manually *or* depend on Bloglines to automate the process, but I’ll be damned if I’m gonna do both, and Bloglines is my method of choice for now.

Too bad really. I Hate Music is a hilarious expose of all that you already knew was awful about even the music you like; Popular is a wonderful project to review every UK number one since the dawn of time, or the 1950s, whichever came first; The Naked Maja is an in-depth look into one writer’s tastes in pop music. I recommend all of them.

sunday thoughts on msn

I need more emoticons on msn. I need a smiley that sticks it’s tongue out not in fun, but in a genuine childish nasty way. I need an emoticon that flips the bird. I need a smiley with a cigarette. I need a smiley that looks demeaning. I need a smiley with drooping eyelids. I need a smiley that nudges and winks.
Am I alone?

Interview with Joost Pollman

Dagblad van het Noorden has an interview with Joost Pollman, curator of the Comics Museum.

Quick summary by yours truly:

  • No precise date has been picked for the opening, but it will be in April
  • Joost is kept awake at night by all the stuff that still needs to be done (I know how that feels)
  • Attractions will include a “Moving Theatre” introducing comics to the masses, a “studio” demonstrating the modus operandi of several famous cartoonists, a coloring room where (presumably young) visitors can try their hands at working on a comic, and the webcomics room.
  • Joost is not a great comics lover, but an experienced exhibit organiser. Even his brother Peter Pontiac was hardly represented in his book collection.
  • Joost also discusses some of the constraints in which he has to work. The museum has no collection of its own and will not be able to do research. Also, a lot of work on the museum’s charter content was already done, and the museum’s focus was pre-destined to be on popular works from the Netherlands: Franka, Jan, Jans en de Kinderen and Heer Bommel among others.
  • Despite these constraints, Joost has a wish list of comics he wishes to exhibit. The range is pretty wide: he is working on an exhibit on Archie, Man of Steel but also supports the inclusion of young Dutch artists.
  • He says the museum will be aimed at a wider audience, not just hardcore fans.

Comics in the exhibit (7)

More artists who went above and beyond the call of duty for the Comics Museum’s digital exhibit:

Jesse Hamm of Happygoth
Charley Parker ofArgon Zark
Donna Barr of Stinz
Cayetano Garza, Jr. of Whimville
T. Campbell and the Waltrip brothers of Fans and Rip & Teri
Jeroen Jager of Capn
Scott McCloud

All these artists (and Adrian Ramos who I have mentioned several times before) have contributed hi-res art for the display columns
at very short notice, with little information from me about what was needed (because I was still figuring it out).