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Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Wrong target audience

Back in 2000, I received an e-mail from an independent musician; I'm on his mailing list because I'm interested in his genre of music. Normally, these advertise his CDs, or talk about the work on his latest project. This time, however, he sent me a list of Bush misspeaks, with a comment along the lines of "You can guess who I'm voting for."

Note: he's not advertising a political weblog. He's not sending a joke to a bunch of friends. He's sending out this political comment to current and potential customers! Many of these customers don't share his views.

Now, recently, a web comic artist posts this comment, not to a personal weblog, not to friends, but on the web site hosting the comic.

...the story of a family that overcomes their differences and triumphs over those who would seek to tear it apart. Those ideals have taken a blow, but the fight goes on against the powers of fear and divisiveness.

I disagree.

I read lots of political weblogs for political discussions and debates. I read lots of web comics to laugh. I appreciate the occasional political topic in this comic, because translating a topic to the unique world of the comic is amusing and clever. But this comic isn't a clone of Boondocks, Doonesbury, or Mallard Fillmore.

Did I mention this comic artist uses donations, sponsorships, and product sales both to pay for the web comic's expenses, as well as to supplement his income?

I've donated to web comic artists before, because I appreciate their work. I've bought their published material. Funny, now I don't want to support this artist.

Wrong target audience. Again.

2 Comments:

At 11:49 PM, Blogger Brechi said...

yeah, some web comic artists can be quite good.

 
At 11:25 AM, Blogger Greg said...

I've plugged web comics before, such as at:
http://genericconfusion.blogspot.com/2004/09/future-of-comic-strips.html

 

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