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It has been two years since Jon Rosenberg announced that he was giving up on Goats, his long-running webcomic, because, basically, the webcomics medium doesn’t seem to be a good fit for long-form stories. He might be right. Webcomics are very good for engaging readers and getting them involved in an ongoing storyline, but it’s hard to read a long story one bite at a time, and flipping through the archives can be tiresome. As Rosenberg put it at the time:
While I’m happy with what I’ve done creatively, the webcomics medium rewards quick, easy updates with traffic. Long, continuity-filled stories like Goats that take a long time between updates tend to stagnate, although there are certainly folks more talented than I who can pull off this difficult feat.
And because he had other obligations, he decided to stop working on Goats even though he had a definite end in mind for the story that was about a year away. Instead, he started a new webcomic Scenes from a Multiverse, which delivers a gag a day, no continuity required.
Auctions | An original watercolor by Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson, showing his creations lounging under a tree, fetched $107,000 at auction. [Comic Riffs]
Publishing | David Barnett writes an appreciation for 2000AD, the U.K. comics anthology that turns 35 years old this year: “For a seven-year-old, 2000AD was anarchic and fascistic and funny and frightening and gory and exciting and thought-provoking, all rolled up together. They called it 2000AD, presumably, because no one expected the comic to live that long. But 35 years after the first issue, which had a 26 February cover date, and in the year that Queen Elizabeth II marks her diamond jubilee, 2000AD is still going, delivering (in the magazine’s own words) ‘thrill power’ every single week since then.” [The Guardian]