Other webcomics popped up, and soon there were pages that carried all the webcomics, like Comicwerks, and Benchcomics, and eventually there was a young startup named-- what was it, Cosby, Crosby, I forget... :)
This sudden onslaught of fans led to an increase in
No additional sales, no ad revenue, just a lot of eyeballs, and no way to turn it in to anything.
Why? Because we were too early. DC Comics didn't even have a website back then.
There was no Paypal, no Amazon, no Google Ad system. at least as we know it today. I had print fans that did not go on the Web, and Web fans that did not go into comics shops. If just 10% of my daily viewers had purchased Buzzboy at their local comics shop, it would have been a consistent Top 100 Diamond seller.
But they didn't. And it wasn't.
There were people making money, folks like Scott Kurtz and PvPOnline, who was paid to create content for a specific site. But I was still thinking as an indy comics guy, doing it all myself, not really thinking about treating this like a new frontier. (Before anyone gets in an uproar, I am sure there were ways to make money-- I just didn't figure out how. By mentioning Scott, I am not trying to ignore what anyone else has done, but merely mentioning someone whose work I admire, and whose story I know.)
So I began to pull back on the web. And focus more on print. My success in print showed up because I decided to pull all my BB's together into a "trade paperback," and comics shops JUMPED... in a different direction. Graphic novels were still a few years away from getting popular for die-hard comics readers (although Diamond Books was just starting, and I was lucky to be one of the first publishers invited to join)-- but now librarians across the country were starting to notice GN's.
Soon Buzzboy was selling well, well enough that I went right to graphic novel for the next volume.
Well, that's all for now-- I promise to share more, with a more positive slant.
Such as how awesome it was to get instant feedback on the strips, sometimes within seconds of posting. Or how webcomics made me a better artist, and a better storyteller. But that's another story...