Todd Allen takes a look at the backgrounds of the Zuda creators, and isn’t sure he likes what he sees:
First off, the vast majority of the creators here have already done print comics. Multiple print comics for the most part, and the majority go back a few years. This does not look like ushering in a new generation, at first glance… How many of these strips were solicited prior to the contest announcement? Are there two submission piles, one for established talent, and one for the “new generation?” Based on this first round, that’s a legitimate question. How many of the first round live in the NYC metro area and handed in the submissions in person is another question that comes to mind?
Regular readers may recall my posing the question of how professional cartoonists would feel about Zuda paying professional rates for what looked to be a talent search site. Well, now we know that at least some creators are looking at this as regular gig. Is this just a way of processing proposals done on speculation?