Johanna Draper-Carlson reported on her site last week that three Webcomic publishers — Keenspot, Comic Genesis and Blatant Comics – that had previously participated in Free Comic Book Day had their submissions rejected for 2008. She also spoke to Keenspot co-owner Chris Cosby about the rejection:
Some critics have questioned whether webcomic samplers should be part of FCBD. The day was created to drive new customers into comic shops to purchase material, and some feel that promoting free online comics is counter-productive to that goal. How do you respond to those critics?
I don’t think they’re looking at the big picture. The promotion wasn’t a one-way street, it was CROSS-promotional. Carrying our titles may’ve been entirely optional to retailers, but even the ones who didn’t carry us benefited from our participation in the event.
Just the online comics I specifically represent have over 3 million monthly readers online. According to Alexa Traffic Rankings, ComicGenesis.com alone is the 2,113th most popular website in the United States, ranked even higher than DC Comics’ website dccomics.com (#4,442) and catching up quickly to marvel.com (#1,811) for U.S. traffic. And it’s miles ahead of DC’s webcomics initiative ZudaComics.com (#31,949).