John Allison, UK Indie Comics, the lowdown

So pretty much everyone from Comixtalk to Fleen to Robot 6 to Storming the Tower to ComixTalk has already commented on John Allison’s manifesto for UK Indie Comics which also has to do with webcomics. I probably would have commented on it earlier, but I’ve been pretty sick the back half of the week and part of that means that my brain’s too toasted to put together a decent post half the time. (Incidentally, it only takes you one day to realize you miss the taste of food.)

It’s a good list and there’s very little I disagree with. I’m not going to say much more since everyone else covered all the bases. However, I admit that I really liked this part:

9. A scene that celebrates itself has nothing to celebrate

The affirmation of your work by your friends in a small scene means nothing. No one is going to tell you that your work is bad to your face and risk being ostracised. Seek the widest audience for your work, if that’s what you want, then ask yourself why things are or aren’t working.

Awwww. Does that mean you liked my less than flattering review of Bad Machinery, John?


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 November 19, 2010, in The Webcomic Overlook, webcomics and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I think a lot of people in North America may raise an eyebrow at #2 but in the UK and I’d say definitely in Europe small press still rules. At the Web Comix Thing in London this year I met a bunch of excellent, sorry absolutely amazing German artists who didn’t have even the slightest intention of putting their stuff on the web. From what I’ve heard from many people who attend Comic Salon in Germany this seems to be the overriding theme.

    Alot of what he writes is very true but in my case I can’t really agree with #1. Its because of what I can earn by living and working in London that I can afford to write my comic and get it self-published. If I worked anywhere else I dare say that I wouldn’t be able to afford to be in this game. Not having a car helps though but that goes back to my disagreement with #1.

    My god he even mentions my comic…no he doesn’t he just happened to say the title in another context but that counts for me! Yipee!

  2. To print or not to print.
    That´s a pretty hot topic in Mexico too. Some say that the print medium is dead and that the world wide web is the future, while others are still optimistic about reviving the comic book industry.
    I think there is still hope for print comics, not everybody likes to read in a computer and i´m sury many still apreciate having an actual book or tangible work than just hopping from website to website. (Not to mention their brain and eyes will be the more grateful)

  3. I think using both the web and print is what Allison is saying. I don’t think he meant that people shouldn’t make print comics (otherwise he’d have a bunch of Scary Go Round collections that he’s not expecting anyone to buy).

    In addition, I don’t think there needs to be a debate over whether the web is going to replace print. That’s like debating whether the car is going to replace the bike. Both media have their strengths and weaknesses, and I think Allison believes one can utilize both media for the best exposure. Relying solely on print isn’t going to bring in readers.

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