Howard Tayler, creator of the webcomic Schlock Mercenary was one of the fine speakers at this year’s AAEC convention. In my introduction to Howard’s presentation I explained that this blog, when launched in 2005, was meant to be a personal exploration of where cartooning (primarily comic strips and editorial cartooning) was going with the growth of the Internet and decline of newspapers. In 2013, there is no question that the Internet has redefined how cartoons are distributed and viewed. The lingering question is more about how to more effectively use the Internet to produce income for cartoonists.
Howard is experienced, knowledgable and articulate about how he’s able to professionally produce a comic and earn a healthy income through his work online.
With Howard’s permission, I’m posting his presentation.