Saturday, March 5, 2011


Xkcd (the comic above), a self-sustaining webcomic
One of the reason people choose to make webcomics is because of the "infinite canvas" (the idea that on the web comics can spread out in any direction infinitely), rather be confined to the "finite" canvas of a piece of paper. Some web comics, such as Argon Zark!, have animation and interactive elements. Most webcomics use a traditional 3 to 4 panel format, although some comics use a style similar to comic books and manga.
Webcomics (due to their independent nature) usually manage to escape the censorship of mainstream comics, hence enjoying freedom similar to the Underground Comix movement. However, the content can cause trouble, like when the Catholic League complained about the "blasphemous treatment of Jesus" at the hands of artist Eric Monster Millikin.
Starting around the 1980s, the first webcomics included Witches with Stitches and T.H.E. Fox. However, more and more people started to make webcomics to the point of an estimated 38,000 webcomics being published.
Some webcomic creators have actually been able to work full-time on their webcomics, because they make money off them from banner ads on their site. A notable example is Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik (who make Penny Arcade). Others (such as Kaja and Phil Foglio) use webcomics to reach out to a wider audience. Some comics such as Order of the Stick and Diesel Sweeties have seen print.

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