Who Says Comics Are Just For Kids

By Gerald Gore

To state that the internet has changed the way that we live is an understatement. The way that we check the latest movies listings, catch up on current events and buy and sell goods has drastically changed over the last decade. We now live in a world where anyone can get their product or message out to the masses with ease. No longer are the voices of the media giants and large corporations the only voices that are heard. In today’s world even the little guy has an equal opportunity to promote and deliver goods and services.

One example of how the internet has changed the scope of the world is the way millions of people now read comic strips. Online comics, also known as webcomics, are a new phenomenon that has embraced the internet over the last decade. Webcomics, as the name implies, are online comics that can be read off of a website versus the traditional medium of a newspaper or magazine. Unlike traditional comics, where very few comic strips are accepted into syndication, anyone with a talent for writing and drawing can put together a webcomic.

Authors of a webcomic strip can range anywhere from a high school students to adults looking at using their creativity to make a successful living for themselves. Whether or not the artist produces a webcomic as a hobby or a source of income the potential profit streams are endless. A popular online comic website has the same opportunities as other popular sites when it comes to creating income for the website publisher. Need proof, a couple of examples of income earners for webcomic sites are that they can sell advertising space or merchandise using their logo and images.

It’s a new world out there and the internet has given the ability for all artists to let their voices be heard. Whether your interest is poetry, writing or creating comics, the internet is an exciting medium that gives you an equal opportunity to show off your talents.

Gerald is the publisher of the webcomic Gary the Fairy. A quirky free online comic about the outsourcing of the fairy industry. You can read more about Gary and his misadventures at http://www.garythefairy.com.

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