Comic Non-Sans: “Megacynics”

Say hello to Steve and Ash.  They’re recently-united half-siblings.  They’re also geeks with a geeky webcomic.  They talk about movies, video games, pop culture, weird friends and family, and all the other sorts of things people who star in their own webcomic tend to talk about.  They update twice a week, blog on occasion, and have a store with witty T-shirts.  And they’re doing pretty well for themselves financially.  Ash devotes most of her time to her artwork, and Steve’s doing so well that he has his own private plane.

Wait … what?

No, this isn’t wealth generated via webcomicking.  Steve started what ended up becoming a major company with a friend back in 1993, and is now doing well enough to invest in other companies and donate to various charities.  Basically, he can do pretty much anything he wants.  And it just so happens that he wants to do a webcomic with his sister.

“MegaCynics” is not striving to be the be-all and end-all of its genre (which, with several thousand slice-of-geek-life webcomics out there, would be quite an undertaking to begin with).  I’m not entirely sure it’s striving to be anything, really, except fun.  Well, fun and a way for Steve and Ash to get to know each other after years without contact.  And in those respects — the ones that matter — it’s doing very well.

In my ten years, I’ve seen (and partaken in) all methods of addressing profit via webcomics, be it in snide rants, nicer rants, blog entries, or sarcasm.  With all that in mind, there’s something nice about seeing someone who’s never going to have to be concerned about turning a profit this way, and who really legitimately is in it for fun.  And it’s not the same as, say, someone who made good via their webcomic presence.  The “just because”-ness of it is even more extreme than someone who thinks objectively (albeit unoptimistically) about whatever they do online from a financial standpoint.  Steve has a job that isn’t his comic.  It’s a very good one, and not one that he’d need (or want) to get out of in exchange for something else.  I’ve talked and listened to several artists who want to be able to work for themselves solely on their comic and related properties, and it’s something they either strive for or just contemplate idly.

In that respect, “MegaCynics” is a rare no-strings-attached endeavor.  Is there anything in particular that screams that as soon as you look at a page?  Not that I can see.  But knowing that actually lends something to it as a reading experience.  When they update on time, it’s because they want to.  When they do a little extra, it’s because they genuinely feel like it.  It’s a project that’s entirely and unabashedly straight-up for fun.

And I like to think that, should I ever find myself in charge of (or close to someone in charge of) an internationally-known company, with the ability to fly myself around whenever I feel like it and do whatever I want, I’d still come home to get the latest page out the door.  Just because.

MegaCynics updates Wednesdays and Fridays.

Posted on November 29, 2011 at 01:00 by Kara Dennison · Permalink
In: Columns, The Written Word, Webcomics, Webcomics