It started with a statement editorial cartoonist Ted Rall made at a recent panel. He stated with a, retroactive tongue in his cheek, that if he were in control of the world he would force all cartoonists offline and into a business model of making five times as much from their actual cartooning.
This sparked a very intense but surprisingly civil debate over the subject at The Daily Cartooinst, a popular website where a lot of syndicated and print cartoonists hang out. In the thread, we at Halfpixel did our best to explain to the guys in print exactly how we’re making our money. But it seems our testimony fell on some deaf ears. So I had the bright idea of suggesting we stop communicating via text and all get on the phone where we could hear each other’s voices and tone and intent of phrase. So I set up a conference call via Talkshoe and invited everyone in last night. I was granted permission from the group to record the session and the resulting two hour debate is this episode of Webcomics Weekly.
A word of warning: This is a 2 hour podcast. I’m not sure of the audio quality because I used Talkshoe’s built in software to record it. At times, everyone is LOUDLY talking over each other. EXPLICIT LANGUAGE WARNING: Some of us curse. Mostly me. Sorry.
I was hoping that more of the print/syndicated cartoonists would show up. But mostly it was us web guys. Ted Rall called in shortly after we started and so did Matt Bors (who does editorial cartoons and is a part of Ted’s Attitude cartoonists). Halfway through our own Brad Guigar shows up and later in the podcast we hear from Rich Stevens and Meredith Gran.
I don’t want to say too much. I’ll let you listen yourself. A lot gets brought up and we don’t really solve any of the world’s cartoonists problems. But I think we make some headway in understanding each other a little better.