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Print cartoonists eye iPad distribution

The Hartford Courant caught up with Bill Griffith, creator of Zippy the Pinhead and Rick Stromoski, creator of Soup to Nutz and recorded their feelings about the digital future as presented by Apple’s iPad.

Griffith says the Web has been a good platform for his work, and he’s encouraged by what he’s seen of the iPad.

“I like the way comics look [online], a little fuzzy, but it’s in a pleasant way,” he says. “It’s more about tone than line. That’s OK with me.”

Another Connecticut comics artist, Rick Stromoski, creator of “Soup to Nutz,” points to the business opportunities the iPad presents. If someone finds a successful business model to distribute comics, the Suffield resident says it could eliminate the middle man and create a direct connection between artist and audience.

He currently draws for print and doubts that the illustration style of “Soup to Nutz” would change to suit the iPad. But he does envision himself drawing an altogether different comic for the iPad, and not necessarily in the traditional strip format.

“Maybe I’ll draw a Web comic, a graphic novel, or something in that vein,” he says.

Community Comments

#1 Anne hambrock
May/19/2010
@ 10:49 am

I am actually reading this article on my iPad right now :-)

The first two apps I downloaded were Bizarro and Marvel comics. The difference between the clarity of Bizzaro on a regular web page and the app are nothing short of astonishing.

I’ve written a short review on my blog but have not figured out how to copy links on this thing yet :-)

#2 Scott Kurtz
May/19/2010
@ 3:09 pm

“If someone finds a successful business model to distribute comics, the Suffield resident says it could eliminate the middle man and create a direct connection between artist and audience.”

Wow. I think Rick really stumbled on to something there.

#3 Patrick Scullin
May/19/2010
@ 9:59 pm

If only the iPad came with interweb access…

#4 Kevin Jackson
July/4/2010
@ 9:44 pm

As a developing cartoonist I really like the possibilities.
I just bought a 27inch Mac a few months ago and can’t rationalize the purchase… but hooo boy.
It won’t be long!

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