How Emergency #4 became a Webcomic

When we went on a production break to explore how to get Issue #4 “The Snake in the Grass” to print, I must admit, I had stars in my eyes. That’s not to say I did not expect challenges. I did. However, the challenges I expected turned out not to be challenges, and the things I took for granted turned out to be problematic.

For example I imagined that finding a publisher, especially given the irreverent nature of Emergency, would be our biggest problem. Not so. Publishers, it turns out are a lot more pragmatic and a lot less prudish than we give them credit for. Positive feedback from the publishing world took about a month of card-trading, phone calls and emails.

What we didn’t expect was that publishing the comic (printing, distribution and marketing) would take 7 months!! This 7 months by the way, is a best case scenario. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a friggin’ long wait for Issue #4. Knowing what we now now, the blogpost we made here in mid-October (right before we went on a production break) makes us look like a bunch of wise-asses :) .  In the statement our shared desire, and indeed that of many EW fans, was to have a print comic before christmas. Well, given the 7+ month publishing period, Emergency would have to have existed in early 2010 for that to have been possible (Issue #1 was released on 1st September 2010).

In the interest of not making you queasy with dates and timelines, here’s the bottom line: the world of traditional publishing is light-years behind the online world!

This seems like common sense doesn’t it? Something you’d take for granted. Well, if your are a digital native, insulated for the most part from the bureaucratic “real” world, common sense is not so common. It’s one thing to appreciate that Government offices, budgets and paperwork exist. But if you’ve gone months without them, it quite anothen thing to experience them.

So until we print, Issue # 4 is HERE!!! http://www.emergencywebcomic.com/issue4.php


One Response to “How Emergency #4 became a Webcomic”

  • Emergency Webcomic « zunguzungu Says:

    [...] On publishing: I imagined that finding a publisher, especially given the irreverent nature of Emergency, would be our biggest problem. Not so. Publishers, it turns out are a lot more pragmatic and a lot less prudish than we give them credit for. Positive feedback from the publishing world took about a month of card-trading, phone calls and emails. [...]

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