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Man, Comic-Con! This is the first year that I've ever been an exhibitor, and let me tell you: next year, I'm making a website to help explain all this stuff to any new exhibitors who are as confused then as I am now. It's an adventure in form-filling. And not the good kind of adventure.
Webcartoonists like to talk about how great it is to be free of restrictive print publishers and greedy newspaper syndicates. I know I do, at least. But generally, we don't like to talk about the downsides. I love the internet as much as the next online artist but let me tell you: don't write off working with a publisher unless you want to do their job yourself. Webcartooning doesn't eliminate the business end... it makes you the business end. And sometimes it's a pain in the business end, if you know what I mean.
I've just been thinking about this a lot lately, partially because of all the recent debate about making a living through webcomics, and partially because of my experience registering to collect Canadian sales taxes. I love this job like crazy, and I've never hesitated to tell aspiring cartoonists to get online. But you know... once your site gets rolling, a good part of the job is spent filling out forms and juggling numbers around in Excel. It's never bothered me, but I have a reasonable amount of natural apptitude for that kind of thing. What if I didn't? Would I be so quick to tell folks that they don't need the syndicates anymore? Food for thought!