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Zuda shut down

WHAT? (Care of The Beat)

Apparently, Zuda is no more. It’s being folded into DC Digital, which means Zuda’s webcomic status is revoked. The website has been shut down. (The brand apparently still exists, but … I don’t have high hopes for it existing much longer myself.)

Oh, MAN. I really admired the independent spirit of the Zuda creators, so having it being absorbed into the parent company is an incredible downer for me. Goodbye, Zuda Comics website. You were too beautiful … and Flash reliant … for this world.

Here’s the official announcement on the Zuda blog from Ron Perazza.

Also, the Techland blog reveals the likely fate of Zuda’s existing titles:

Already available through the new platforms are original Zuda launch titles Bayou and High Moon, with John Zito and Tony Trov’s Black Cherry Bombshells, Dan Govar’s Azure, Andy Belanger’s Bottle of Awesome, Sheldon Vella’s Supertron, and Adam Atherton’s Lily of the Valley announced to follow. Meanwhile, BleedingCool.com’s Rich Johnston has a round-up of tweets from other Zuda creators that suggest that their strips will not be continuing in this new format, and the ZudaComics.com URL already redirects to Perazza’s post on the Zuda blog, meaning that archives of any strips, continuing or canceled, are no longer available.

In closing, twas the iPad that killed zudacomics.com. Well, at least it lasted longer than the Microsoft Kin.

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About El Santo

Somehow ended up reading and reviewing almost 300 different webcomics. Life is funny, huh? Despite owning two masks, is not actually a luchador.

Posted on July 1, 2010, in The Webcomic Overlook, webcomics and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. I’m sad its gone but surely those who were on the Zuda roster can re-release their existing material or release new stuff?

    If not then I’m afraid it reflects the problems with this kind of approach. Yes it is very nice to give the best the attention they deserve but the hand that giveth can also taketh away with such abruptness that it makes the average political edict from the Chinese Central Committee seem well planned and transparent.

    I look forward to the next initiative but hope that people approach it with eyes wide open this time.

  2. So much. Rage.

    Damn those suits at corporate.

    Srs though.

  3. In closing, twas the iPad that killed zudacomics.com

    Are you sure it wasn’t the lousy interface, shoveled out comics, and the fact that it was a publicity gimmick in the first place that didn’t kill Zuda?

  4. It’s sad to see a comic indy giant fall like this. The Fabler is exploring a similar opportunity and business model that might be a good alternative for independent comic creators.

  5. Today is a sad day. First I find I got to hunt down and kill M. Night Shyamalon because of what he did to The Last Airbender, now I find that Zuda has sold out. What else will go wrong?

  6. As a reader and registered member (well, not any more…) of Zuda, I already posted a lengthy reply on the Zuda blog. So here’s the copy-pasta.

    Well, Rob, here’s my opinion as a long-time reader:

    I welcomed the Zuda initiative. As an avid reader of webcomics, and comics in general it naturally spoke to me. And what was better, it was one of the truly first international commcercial endeavours. On Zuda, it was possible to see American superhero comics, European style comics, manga and any combination thereof rub shoulders. Now if I click any of the links above, what do I see? Superheroes wall to wall. It’s the same old, stagnated state American comics have been in for decades, and the blog message above gives me no hope of this changing because of Zuda.

    True, Zuda was a flawed concept. The Flash viewer was a cumbersome monster, individual comic webpages lacked personality and there were the voting issues. But at the same time it produced some real quality comics, and all centered in one spot. I liked reading these, and worse, I was in the middle of reading some when DC Comics decided to cull their own progressive effort. This does not endear me to their cause, and it will certainly not move me to pay for a service I neither want, nor have the ability to use (I own no Playstation or iProducts for a variety of reasons, ranging from cash-flow to a powerful, irrational loathing of a company that manages to sell massproduced goods by telling people it will make them unique).

    In fact, all it does is convince me that DC Comics is a poor excuse for a company, and I will thus end my first and last involvement with them. See, I’m European (Dutch, in fact), which would be why I was praising the international nature of Zuda earlier. Zuda could have been a kick in the pants for both continents’ comic industries. Instead, they have validated the arguments of all of Zuda’s detractors that have cropped up over the years.

    And seriously DC, couldn’t you have waited for the comics you had to conclude? It would have gone a long way of making it seem like you’re actually in this business for the sake of loving comics.

    Anyway, I’ll be getting back to reading Hauteville House, Monsieur Marde-Gras Decendres and other stuff you’ve never heard about.

    • I think this is why Europe’s comic industry is so insular at times.

      At the Webcomix Thing 2010 in London I saw a load of German artists and asked them about webcomics and if they had thought about expanding. They weren’t really keen because they didn’t want to take the risk and felt more at home with print.

      After a few beers they explained and there is so many comics out there in Germany that I can’t believe how much potential there is in Europe.

      Zuda’s demise will only serve to push these creators further towards print and thats sad.

      • You know, I don’t think I’ve ever read a German print comic (I have read a German webcomic, though I can’t recall its name). And I seem to recall Dargaud had a sort of showcase website for amateurs (one of the losing Zuda contestants posted his work on it), but it doesn’t seem to be anything like Zuda and is, in fact, only in French. And about the talent, well, if I have a look around my local comic store, I have trouble selecting my next purchase. And some of that stuff is just really… out there. Drugs involved “out there”.

  7. twas the iPad that killed zudacomics.com

    Not because it was a short life marketing gimmick in the first place?

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