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Why I think Flattr is awesome for Webcomics

Flattr - Easy donations, tips and micropaymentsSo. Flattr. You are probably wondering “Flat-err-WHAT?!” having never heard of this thing. I only heard about it last week.  It was released in 2010 so it’s relatively new – less than a year old in fact, and still in beta. Nonetheless I am going to use my powers of prediction to foresee Flattr as a success – at least for webcomics!

I have a webcomic (Coo! You don’t say!) and with it terrific fans – in fact I’d go so far as to say the whole webcomics community is terrific. Fans and creators alike want to see the comics they love thrive and are incredibly supportive (and since you’re reading this I’ll take this opportunity to say, a little tearfully, Thanks Guys!) Yet, despite all this, only a small minority will send a donation. Don’t feel guilty – I have never donated myself. Sometimes I’ve hovered over the PayPal button, occassionally clicked, but gone through with it? Never.  Here’s why:

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Oxford Comics Creators Unite!

Oxford ComicsLuke Surl and myself are forming a comics club in Oxford (UK) called ‘Oxford Comics’ (so far at any rate!) It’s for anyone who makes comics (or would like to) in Oxford or Oxfordshire. Its first meeting is this coming Saturday the 2nd of October at 2pm at Far From The Madding Crowd. It’d be great to see you there. Oxford Comics also has its own Facebook Group you can join for updates.