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Webcomics: Still getting no respect

daveBannerBack in 2007 there was the great Wikipedia webcomics purge. Now there’s this: Dave McElfatrick, one of the four creators of Cyanide & Happiness, has been denied an O-1 visa into the U.S. McElfatrick, who lives in Ireland, wants to cross the pond and work with his collaborators in person, so a regular tourist visa won’t do. The O-1 visa is reserved for “aliens of extraordinary ability” in their fields, but apparently 374,325 hits a day isn’t extraordinary enough. (Who makes these decisions, anyway? The LOLCats?) Naturally, Dave isn’t taking this sitting down; he has started an internet petition to demonstrate to the folks at Immigration that he has a worldwide following. With upstanding folks like Harry Pothead, Juan Valdez, and Zakorath, The Soulless One advocating for Dave, it’s hard to imagine that the folks at the State Department won’t see the light… right?



To be fair, though, the “Leave Britney Alone” guy probably gets more hits than that, but I wouldn’t go around calling him a person of extraordinary ability.

Steven R. Stahl

July 30, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Self-publishing is more respectable than it used to be. I’m old enough to recall the years when vanity presses such as Vantage Press and Exposition Press placed ads in writing magazines, offering to “publish” authors’ works. No matter how good a writer thought he was, having cases of books that cost thousands of dollars to print and no way of marketing them effectively was stupid.

While self-publishing is more respectable now, practically anyone can set up a Web site and get hits, depending on the amount and type of content. Saying “I have a webcomic” apparently didn’t impress the feds, and it probably shouldn’t.


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