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Webcomic Beacon Newscast #36: Comic News & Discussion for September 25th, 2011

Dern (Hello, With Cheese) returned to grace the Webcomic Beacon Newscast once again, with Rosscott and Alex Heberling! Thanks to Eric Kimball for gathering our news links.

Music: Hulkulele by Nuclear Bubble Wrap
*320k MP3 available for purchase at The FuMP

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Top Stories

Assetbar closing it doors
Assetbar, a premium content thing created by/for Chris Onstadt/Achewood to give his readers extra content, is closing its doors. Seems like it aspired to be the Topatoco of premium/subscription content, but never took off.
Found via: Fleen – Assetbar

Slave Labor Graphics dropping pamphlet publishing for a digital strategy
Original Source: Publishers Weekly – Found via: Comix Talk

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News

Marvel Releasing Digital Bundles
Original Source: Robot 6

Explaining Decompression in Comics
Original Source: Ogiue Maniax – Found via: Evan Dahm’s Twitter

Micheal Heart (inventor of the modern ebook) Dies
Original Source: Project Gutenburg – Found via: Comix Talk

Kindle Tablet to be unveiled
Original Source: This is My Next – Found via: Mobile Beat

Webcomic documentary about fake Women’s clinics
Original Source: Cartoon Movement – Found via: Robot 6

Why QR codes are a waste of time
Original Source: GiGaOM

Are Apps killing online publishing?
Original Source: GiGaOM

Co-Founder of DragonCon Arrested on Child molestation charges.
Note: He’s had nothing to do with DragonCon, nor has attended, for over 10 years.
Original Source: Robot 6

Gabrielle Bell takes down her award nominated slice of life comic
Original Source: Robot 6

Confesions of a YouTube superstar
Original Source: GiGaOM

How Steve Jobs Ruined Comics
Devices are becoming less iconic and convey less information for cartoonists.
(Or maybe this guy needs to try harder as storytellers – Editor).
Original Source: Tom Pappalardo – Found via: PVP

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Comments

I really don’t care for QR Codes, especially when they give something special or a bonus. The reason being that I don’t have, and won’t be able to afford a Smart Phone anytime soon. So I feel like I’m being left out of these extra bonuses just because I don’t have a smart phone.

I always wondered what those weird squares are, and b/c of this episode now i know. I have a smart phone (courtesy my company) and so do many of my friends, i have never seen any of them scan the QR codes so i just assume they aren’t really worthwile.

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