Nederlandse Stripprofessional HANS VAN OUDENAARDEN blogt over wat er allemaal komt kijken bij het maken van het nieuwe RHONDA stripverhaal: "REBECCA".


Going DUTCH ???

Since I started this HMR-"redefining comics"-weblog, exactly one month ago, I have found out that apparantly more people out there were beginning to see what I thought  I was seeing. The comic industry is changing in front of our eyes. I have had a lot of people reacting on my questions and thoughts. Here and more directly to me.  I have had offers from friends, collegues and complete strangers, to sometime get toghether over coffee and discuss all this. And I can say I allready have and will do again. This discussion was exactly what I wanted! Thank you all !
At this stage, it's hard to draw some first conclusion.  There seems however to appear some analogy with the music industry. You know. CD's are out, live concerts are in.
Mass distribution of comics are developing into this race to the bottom. Free stuff is everywhere. You can download an endless number of comics and never pay. Some comics-apps have been introduced that offer the possibility of micro-transactions, so that authors may eventually earn a micro-income, but no one has been able to get this stuff working as far as I know. Nope. Mass distribution is dead. 

But THEN what? Live comic concerts?

(by the way, why am I doing this blog in english? Statistics tell me 90 percent of  you readers is Dutch or Belgian! )


Henkus said...

Hi Hans, for one reason: those 10% that cannot read Dutch...
And those 90% apparrently CAN read English... Most of the reader are probably people who know you already, but I've seen from other blogs that over time also persons that bump on your blog by accident get interested. Then you are at least internationally oriented.
In your search you have to anticipate to the unknown, so be better widely readable.

Hans van Oudenaarden said...

Hey Henkus,
You are right.This sure IS a dilemma. Writing in english enables me to communicate to "the world". On the other side it feels stupid to cripple myself writing in a strange language to all these people who can effortly understand the very finest nuances of my Dutch.
However. I've got a feeling the problem will resolve itself soon. I have a plan . . .