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    • CommentAuthorMidweeker
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2008
     (1620.1)
    As far as favourite strips, the aforementioned Girls with Slingshots and Perry Bible are favourites, not yet mentioned is the very funny CTRL, ALT, DEL and Tyler Page's Nothing Better.
    There's also Natasha Allegri's Normal Life, which I discovered through the Engine, but isn't updated very often. That said, there have been THREE new posts over the last 2 weeks, we are blessed...
    Oh, Liz Prince's MySpace blog is pretty fucking cool too.
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      CommentAuthorliquidcow
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2008
     (1620.2)
    I only keep up with about three webcomics anymore: Achewood, which has kind of gone downhill a lot, I think I completely lost it with the Great Outdoor Fight story but I keep reading anyway. Cat and Girl, even though I don't always get it. Perry Bible Fellowship, even though I don't always get it (though I get it more often than Cat and Girl).
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    Stevens!

    PDF BOOKS!
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2008
     (1620.4)
    I celebrate this thread's second or third day...with bacon!

    BACON BRASSIERE
    • CommentAuthorJoanne
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2008
     (1620.5)
    Okay, can we all agree that the bacon bra is absolutely disgusting?
    • CommentAuthorrstevens
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2008 edited
     (1620.6)
    Right on, sarge! I will claim to have skipped the PDF books because I didn't want them mistaken for April Fool's jokes.

    I recently scared my editors and made geeks happy by uploading PDFs of my old comics, 200 pages at a time. The hope is to overcome "archive fear" and pick up new people who are scared to start a comic with a huge archive. (I'm at 1,983 comics in the web archive alone so far.) Website traffic is slightly up, which proves that ebooks don't hurt page views on large archives.

    Three of the ten volumes are up now, the fourth should be out tomorrow:

    Volume 1
    Volume 2
    Volume 3

    Response has been wonderful- I have no idea how many have downloaded from the various torrents and mirrors, but it's definitely in the tens of thousands. Old readers are digging into and archiving material they haven't seen since before 9-11. New readers are coming in via the Creative Commons and Pirate Bay channels. The comic piracy networks are supposedly converting it to .CBR and adding to the weekly scanned batches. (weird to steal free work, but no complaints here)

    I don't make a lot off books and these comics are in so many formats I could never fully archive them, so it's been a fabulous way to get the work back out there. It doesn't threaten my business and I hope to cherry pick the best comics and art for a big, shiny art book this summer. Everybody wins!
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2008
     (1620.7)
    Joanne--I am one hundred percent with you. I saw it elsewhere, though, and decided it was an appropriate gift.

    My judgment fucking sucks, though.
  2.  (1620.8)
    Mr. R Stevens,

    It seems today that t-shirts are THE real revenue stream for webcomickers making a living with a bit of padding from books and ads. Was this already the clear model as you were starting or were you a part of it taking hold?
    • CommentAuthorrstevens
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2008
     (1620.9)
    Cavester- Don't quote me, but I think I was the first one to move away from Cafe Press "fan merch" and try to do gear for the general public. It sure seems that way, as 80% of webcomics uses the screen printer I used in high school now.
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      CommentAuthorYAYPaul
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd 2008
     (1620.10)
    @ Cavemonster
    T-Shirts (and other apparel) are definitely a winner right now for online comics, for personal sites too (see ISO50 etc). I think about 50% of my tee purchases are from web comic sites, the other half from traditional t-shirt sites, designer or otherwise. The one thing that I think makes this possible is the quality over the last few years. As Mr Stevens points out a lot of web comics in the past used Cafe Press, which were quite frankly awful, and I don't just mean the fabric and printing quality, the design of those shirts was also horrible. Now everyone has different tastes but most people, myself included, won’t buy tees unless the design is well thought out, produced to a high standard and actually says something.
    I think it's a testament to Richard that the t-shirts look great and use themes people want to wear, I know a fair few people who have got one of those elements wrong and haven't had great success.

    @ Midweeker
    I too read CTRL-ALT-DEL, it's one of the few sites I visit daily, very chuckle-worthy.
    I also visit a few other games related comics, most regularly Little Gamers and VG Cats. I also used to read Girly, but I lost interest about a year ago.
  3.  (1620.11)
    I'm sorry I missed that post in regards to Kate Beacon, Mr. Ellis. Your site generally has a lot of really good info and links on it and I obviously missed it.

    Typical inquiry, Mr. Stevens; Did you model your characters after people you know or splinters of your own ego?
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    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2207/2129889439_efe6cc3215_o.jpg

    Thought this might fit here. Though i'm not quite sure how it compares to a bacon brassiere.
    • CommentAuthorrstevens
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd 2008
     (1620.13)
    Splinters of my own stupid personality, Val! They are certainly born of my faults.
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      CommentAuthorTed
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd 2008
     (1620.14)
    @harchangel - never have I seen a flow-chart that so accurately represented my life! Where did you find it?
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    @Ted i found the link, i think, through www.coudal.com
  6.  (1620.16)
    Since I put "bacon" into my StumbleUpon tags, I've seen what seems like more or less everything on the intert00bs relating to bacon. Good and bad. Ah, the sacrifices we make in the name of bacony science. SCIENCE.

    Also, someone came up with this:

    baconwind

    ...which makes me smile.
  7.  (1620.17)
    Also, did someone need nootropics? These folks have more than you'll ever need, and cheaply too. They're in the States, which I guess is good news for everyone: no overseas shipping for the US, cheap brain pills for everyone else due to the HindenDollar.
  8.  (1620.18)
    Thanks for the link, Alphenought. I'm a bit intrigued and think I've got to try these nootropics....
    • CommentAuthorThomasJay
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd 2008
     (1620.19)


    This would be from the super awesome Nedroid, who also gave us this other bit of bacony goodness.
    • CommentAuthorpanicea
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd 2008
     (1620.20)
    R, did you know there's a bar in Pittsburgh that will give you unlimited free bacon on Tuesday nights? If you sit at the table, it's a buck a basket. I sat in horror while the one you know as ferocious_j, my boyfriend, and two others, consumed 14 baskets of bacon in under two hours.

    Seems like your kind of place.