Everyone knows that the web is now the place where writers and artists
can get big by connecting directly with fans. But how do they actually
do it? In this session, Baratunde Thurston, Digital Director of The Onion,
interviews two creators of successful web comics, Matthew Inman (The
Oatmeal) and Allie Brosh (Hyperbole and a Half). They’ll talk not only
about how they’ve taken different paths to profitability but also how
they continually create great, funny work that keeps people coming
Baratunde Thurston is a politically-active, technology-loving comedian from the future. He co-founded the black political blog, Jack and Jill Politics and serves as Director of Digital for The Onion. He has written for Vanity Fair and the UK Independent, hosted Popular Science’s Future Of on Discovery Science and appears on cable news regularly to say smart things in funny ways. Then-candidate Barack Obama called him “someone I need to know.” Baratunde travels the world speaking and advising and performs standup regularly in NYC. He resides in Brooklyn, lives on Twitter and has over 30 years experience being black. His first book, How To Be Black, will be published in February 2012 by Harper Collins.
I started out writing and drawing comics as a hobby, but soon realized that I wanted to do it for a living. Making a living from my website kind of seemed like a silly idea at first, but my readership continued to grow through word-of-mouth and in April of this year, I was finally able to fully support myself through my work online.
I’m the Oatmeal – former web designer turned comic artist.
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