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08/18/2009

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Dang, I wanna enter! Oh, well.

Wait, is that a C&H watercolor on Lee's wall??
VERY NICE!

5,000 entries? that might fill up in a week :(

JG, so 10 dailies and 2 sundays in one jpg file?? Do you know what resolution, and whether there is a file size restriction?

I'm a bit surprised at the announcement of this competition. Universal Press has been running Comic Sherpa for years in hopes of discovering the next big thing. Yet extremely qualified cartoonists that post on Sherpa are being passed up for syndication regularly. Why? If Universal Press is having difficulty in deciding what is worthy of syndication when they have literally hundreds of examples of any given strip posted on Sherpa, how are they going to be able to decide what they like based on only 12 samples?

While they have syndicated some very good strips recently (Imagine This, 2 Cows and a Chicken, Rabbits Against Magic) they haven't bumped up other deserving strips to GoComics such as Crumb, Life of Lou, Molly and the Bear, Bobo T. McSwain among others.

It makes absolutely no sense to me.

Thanks, Tony. I appreciate your points. And I've heard from one Sherpa creator about how this is a slap on the face to Sherpa cartoonists.

However, I do respectfully disagree. Sherpa creators are allowed to submit to both our syndicate submissions process and this contest. We read all submissions and we read at least the first two weeks of any new comic on Sherpa ... more if the comic motivates us to read more.

We also monitor the page views to see if readers are responding to soemthing that we may not have given enough attention.

If I was a frustrated cartoonist, I think I would view this contest as a way to get around the smallminded gatekeepers at the syndicate.

I see this as a great opportunity to promote the art form with a Top 100 Global Web site whose marketing/promotional reach is far greater than what an independent syndicate or independent book company could do on their own.

And I think there's a misconception about syndication and being signed for GoComics. For print syndication, we launch one or two comics a year. The last few strips we've launched into syndication are W.T. Duck, The Argyle Sweater, Cul de Sac, Maintaining (RIP) and Lio.

BTW if you do have specific questions about the contest please ask them on the consumer forum here amazon.com/comicstripsuperstar. That way, they can centralize an FAQ section.

Why are features created by two people not eligible for the contest?

John,

I appreciate the fact that Universal is continually dedicated to creating opportunities for fresh talent. Comics Sherpa is one great example of this. It's an easy and affordable way for anyone to be able to put there work on the web. No other major syndicate is offering anything like it. For that you should be commended!

However, I have to agree with the Sherpa creator who said that "this (contest) is a slap in the face to Sherpa cartoonists". You're not giving Sherpa members a first crack at this extraordinary opportunity. It's the equivalent of a company hiring from the outside before promoting from within.

The message you are sending is... you don't presently see anything on Sherpa worth syndicating. Otherwise, there would be no need for a contest.

Yes, we know that this is open to all Sherpa members, but you've already seen our strips and passed. How are 12 more samples going to suddenly change your mind?

John,

I appreciate the fact that Universal is continually dedicated to creating opportunities for fresh talent. Comics Sherpa is one great example of this. It's an easy and affordable way for anyone to be able to put their work on the web. No other major syndicate is offering anything like it. For that you should be commended!

However, I have to agree with the Sherpa creator who said that "this (contest) is a slap in the face to Sherpa cartoonists". You're not giving Sherpa members a first crack at this extraordinary opportunity. It's the equivalent of a company hiring from the outside before promoting from within.

The message you are sending is... you don't presently see anything on Sherpa worth syndicating. Otherwise, there would be no need for a contest.

Yes, we know that this is open to all Sherpa members, but you've already seen our strips and passed. How are 12 more samples going to suddenly change your mind?

@ Colleen. I'm checking into that. The lawyers inserted that. It doesn't make much sense to me. But I know what I would do.

@Amy. I'm not sure if your question is rhetorical, but if anything it's a chance to have your work reread and if indeed it's one of the top 50, you'll be judged by someone OTHER than the syndicate gatekeepers.

In general, a contest like this is a great way to promote the industry via one of the largest Web sites in the world. Amazon's reach is at least 1000x greater than our biggest site.

And thanks, I agree. Comic Sherpa is an easy and affordable way to post your strip on a one of largest comics portals on the Web. But it can't make your work more worthy ... that's all up to you.

Other questions, I've seen floating around.

1. Yes the book contract and development deal are non-negotiable. I think if you put yourselves in our position, you would see the logic in this.

2. The longer-term syndicate contract is negotiable.

3. Strips that you turn in during the development period are eligible to be used for the book and vice versa.

4. Strips you turn in during the development period can be used once you launch in print and digital syndication.

5. The admittedly blue-sky view here is that once you've created an asset you're able to use it more than once. And if the comic becomes a hit, you can leverage that strip you did in calendars and books (and maybe greeting cards).

6. There is no guarantee you will be launched into syndication.

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