City Paper, a weekly in Philadelphia, is charging cartoonists to donate their cartoons AND pay $5 to submit cartoons for the annual Comics Issue. The collective $5 is then divied out to those cartoonists that are published.
I saw the one comment from a cartoonist who wanted his $5 back [I’ve posted it below]; what other reactions are you getting?
Well the initial reaction, when the contest was first announced, was decidedly negative. Pretty much all the complaints were about the entry fee. Once we announced we?d enlisted Mr. Baxter, however, at least some of our detractors appeared to be satisfied. Since the
issue came out, the only negative responses I?m aware of were left as comments, both from people whose comics didn?t get chosen for print, for whatever that?s worth. I do agree with the one who wishes we?d printed more comics. The one who?d like his/her $5 sent back is out of luck.
One last thing: We use the $5-per-entry/winners-get-the-money model for our annual fiction/poetry contest and everybody seems to like it, so that?s why I thought it would work with comics. I was wrong. The comics world is a different animal.