Lore SjÃ¶berg reports in Wired about San Francisco’s Alternative Press Expo, which hosts three generations of comics creators, including many artists who are currently running web-only comics but aspire to make the jump to print:
New comics artists are attracted to the Web, not only because it allows them to build a fan base, but also due to the Web’s low cost of entry and its worldwide distribution. It’s also a place where creators can find their own audience without having to fit into a predetermined market, but the promise of print still beckons.
When Paige Braddock began Jane’s World — a strip about the daily life of a lesbian and her friends — she found that publishers and syndicates were uneasy with the content. “I wasn’t really gay enough for gay papers,” she says of the reaction to the strip. “And I was too gay for straight papers.”