“I know there are plenty of web comic artists who are able to subsist on the income they make from their website, but they aren’t making money from their comics; they’re making money from merchandise. Not to belittle web-only comic artists, but when their income is derived from t-shirts, it makes them salesmen first, artists second.”
— Neil Swaab
Oh man, talk about opening mouth and inserting foot.Â This lead to all sorts of reactions including this well thought out post by Jeph Jacques, which ultimately lead to Mr. Swaab issuing a public apology.
Oh and hey, those webcomic things have a bunch of panels at the New York Comic Con, featuring many of those webcomic gurus featured in the image above.
How to Safeguard Your Comicâ€™s Intellectual Property
You or your company have created the ultimate spandex-clad protector, but how do you protect him or her from being ripped off? Through this seminar, you will learn how to protect the intellectual property in your work and ideas. Friday, 11:15 A.M.-1:15 P.M., Room 1A23
The Business of Webcomics! LIVE!
Watch PVP Onlineâ€™s Scott Kurtz take thematic suggestions from the crowd as he, on stage, creates a brand new online property while Penny Arcadeâ€™s Robert Khoo simultaneously turns these concepts into monetizeable business models. Take notes! Friday 3:15 – 4:15 p.m., Room 1A21
Comics and New Media
What challenges do we, as publishing professionals, face with the rise of new media? How has it influenced the editorial process and the promotion end of things? How have web comics affected the industry? And, what happens when web comics transition to print? Friday, 3:30 -4:30 p.m., Room 1A22
Gabe and Tycho Spotlight
In their first East Coast appearance since 2005, meet Penny Arcadeâ€™s Gabe and Tycho as they field questions about their web comic, PAX, Penny Arcade Adventures, Childâ€™s Play, becoming gamer dads, and life in general. Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Room 1A06
Making Comics with Penny Arcade
Created originally for grade school classrooms, watch, learn and participate as Penny Arcadeâ€™s Gabe and Tycho teach you and your kids how to make comics! Although appropriate for all ages, this is a very kid-safe panel! Sunday, 12:30 -1:30 p.m., Room 1A24
NYCC Classes: Comic Strips
How to write and draw newspaper-style comic strips. Pacing, design, and even syndication from working comic strip creators. Panelists include Chris Eliopoulos, Chris Giarusso, Danielle Corsetto, Brad Guigar, and Tom Wilson. Hosted by Matt Herring. Sunday, 1-2 p.m., Room 1A15.