New Brighton Archeological Society goes online
Brigid Alverson of Robot 6 notes that Mark Andrew Smith, the two-time Harvey Award nominee for the all-ages The New Brighton Archeological Society (Image Comics), has posted the first volume online. From Wikipedia:
The story of the New Brighton Archeological Society follows the children from two families of the world’s most famous explorers. When their parents are lost on an Archeological mission to thwart their nemesis named Galomar, the children find themselves under the care of their Godparents and living in their parents’ old childhood home. During a snowball fight the children accidentally find their parents old clubhouse called “The New Brighton Archeological Society”. The children start the club up again to honor their parents’ memory but also find many strange books filled with information about supernatural worlds and lore.
When asked about why he put the comic online, Mark Andrew Smith had a few good things to say about webcomic creators and readers:
Robot 6: You just got nominated for a Major Comics Award. Why are you putting your comic online for free?
MAS: The New Brighton Archeological Society was nominated for two Harvey Awards this year. I think online is a great opportunity to develop a new readership over the course of a year while we work on the second volume in the series. I’ve been reading a lot of online comics and I’ve been very impressed with how they’re doing and the audiences and subscribers that they’re able to reach and retain daily. In comics we don’t have that direct line of communication with our audience and it’s something that I wanted to build. It’s also great for sales for when the second volume comes out to have that built in audience and the communication with them. In the future I think this will be more of a standard model by which comics are created.
Robot 6: Connecting kids with kid-friendly webcomics is always a challenge. How do you plan to build an audience?
MAS: We’ve gotten very great press and I’ve been promoting the book heavily. I want to do a blog tour on YA Lit blogs and I have another secret project that’s going to start online, so with that I’ll push the two hand in hand. There are a lot of ways to build an audience and it’s about getting creative and thinking outside of the box. I have some very big things planned. A lot of people think the market is tapped and are doom and gloom, but webcomics are at the frontlines, and we just have to get creative. We’re living in the most exciting time for comics and soon the dam is going to burst and they will be a mainstream part of daily American culture. I strongly believe this to be true.