Syndicated Comics Transitioning To The Internet
The syndicated comics we are all familiar with in today’s newspapers can sometimes find a better audience online. Such is the case with Intelligent Life by cartoonist David Reddick.
Sunday comics as we grew up with, were presented as separate inserts in full color and were a feature of the big city newspapers that subscribers looked forward to. That is no more, or at least is presented to a lesser degree in many of today’s Sunday newspaper features.
A while back I answered questions in an online article with ComicsDC and emphasized the same fact then. Syndicated comics may either have a devoted and large readership in print or an even larger readership on the internet.
What I find interesting is David stating that once he get’s his feature online, he can then portray his characters like Barry and Skip and Gwen and Mike in situations that provide him alot more expressive freedom.
Comic strips going digital is a positive aspect to cartooning
As he humorously states, we won’t see the characters running around without any clothing, but he can present his cartoons in a more “precarious” and thought provoking format.
Cartoonists can bypass the newspaper readers altogether if they so choose. By launching an online catalog of their work which revolves around their comic and it’s characters, a following and a readership can slowly be established. Nothing happens overnight. You’re invited to watch Dave’s informative explanation in the video here:
A cartoonist talks cartooning and syndication
Posted by Intelligent Life on Sunday, December 23, 2018
But with the established following that Intelligent Life has generated via print, it should be easy for the feature to maintain that following and quickly gain new devoted readers.
This doesn’t mean that print is dead and that all cartoon creators are moving their features online.
What I think it means is that the web has leveled the playing field to the point where cartoonists and comics creators need to diversify and take advantage of offering their features via another medium and there is no other better medium than the internet.
Getting your Calvin cartoon “fix” is no longer available in most newspapers but you can still get Calvin and Hobbes online. Something the savvy internet user and Calvin aficionado will resort to (and understand!).
Cartoon syndicates like Creators syndicate offer their printed features on special web sites and other sites like Comicskingdom offer a lot of features that visitors can browse.
It would be of interest to get your comments on how you see future trends pertaining to the internet assisting comics creators. Feel free to offer any additional thoughts you may have. I foresee only positive things relating to this trend.