Thursday, February 21, 2002

Comics, Communication, and Community
In the Feb. 18 edition of Editor & Publisher, scribe Dave Astor misses the proverbial boat in his feature, "Cartoonists Enter the Newsletter Biz: Several Syndicated Comic Creators Produce Cyberpublications That Are E-Mailed to Their Readers Several Times a Year."

Mistakes Astor and E&P made:

  • With a head and deck that long, who the heck needs to read the article itself? I mean, come on.
  • E&P, not known for putting much of its content online, decides not to put this piece online. Seems to me that Web-related journalism pieces would be the first to put up on the E&P Web. But no.
  • Even the article itself fails to include URL's or contact information for the mailing lists and newsletters in question. Why tell people about them if you don't tell people how to get involved? How can people learn what people are doing so they can do it themselves?

    I don't work for E&P, but I don't mind doing this work for Astor and his editors (and publishers, I suppose, given the name of the magazine for which he writes). If you'd like to learn more about comic strip-related email newsletters, check out the following:

  • The Dilbert Newsletter
  • The Norm
  • Rhymes with Orange
  • For Better or for Worse
  • Monkeyhouse
  • The Big Picture

    That's all.
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