Sunday, March 30, 2008

Data on Economics of Mostly Non-Gaming Web Comic Titles

Save Hiatus is the new web comic by 
Bridges and Levermore-Rich, © 2008

C.A. Bridges took up my request for more data on the economic performance of non-gaming web comics, in part by directing me to this list of self-sufficient web comics from Wikipedia:

"Reported by third party sources:

"American Elf, other comics, and a music career support James Kochalka.[1]
Ctrl+Alt+Del supports Tim Buckley.[2]
Fetus-X supports Eric Millikin.[3]
Girl Genius supports Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio.[4]
Homestar Runner supports Mike and Matt Chapman.[5]
Least I Could Do, Looking for Group, and a growing entertainment company support Ryan Sohmer. [citation needed]
Megatokyo supports Fred Gallagher.[6]
Penny Arcade supports Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins.[7]
Sluggy Freelance supports Pete Abrams, who was formerly a webmaster.[8]
Snafu Comics supports Dave Stanworth.[2]
Staccato supports Shawn Handyside.[2]


"8-Bit Theater supports Brian Clevinger.[9]
Achewood supports Chris Onstad.
GUComics supports Woody Hearn.[10]
Chicken Wings support Stefan Strasser.[11]
Devil's Panties supports Jennie Breeden.
Dinosaur Comics supports Ryan North.[12]
Dominic Deegan: Oracle For Hire supports Michael "Mookie" Terracciano[13]
Goats supports Jonathan Rosenberg.[14]
The Order of the Stick supports Rich Burlew. [15]
PvP supports Scott Kurtz.[16]
Questionable Content supports Jeph Jacques.[17]
Real Life Comics supports Greg Dean.[18]
Scary Go Round supports John Allison.[19]
Schlock Mercenary supports Howard Tayler.[20]
Sheldon supports Dave Kellett.[21]
Shortpacked! supports David Willis.[22]
Something Positive supports R. K. Milholland
Toothpaste for Dinner supports Drew. [23]
The Wotch supports Anne Onymous.[24]
xkcd supports Randall Munroe.[25]"

Click the Wikipedia link for footnotes and more text. All the titles and people are hot linked there so you can check out the ones you don't know.

My exchange with Mr. Bridges occurs at the end of a very long thread where a boatload of comics people gathered at The Daily Cartoonist for a discussion of comic economics. It's a lengthy read but indispensable to anyone serious about a web comics career.