Webcomic creator turns down Universal Syndicate,
offers works for free to any newspaper.
creator of PVP Online, a webcomic, has decided to try to put the funnypapers
sydicates out of business by publicly inviting any newspaper in the
USA to syndicate him for free. This last year, I was contacted by Universal
Press Syndicates about PvP. They know the strip and were very interested
in syndicating it as a feature. I would love to see PvP in newspapers
and we started talks. I let them know that there were six years of archives
available and that I could edit the strips to conform to family paper
editorial standards. The only thing I could not do was give up my ownership
and rights to my creation.
Under no circumstances would I relinquish my copyright, book deals,
merchandise deals, rights to market my strips, etc. If they wanted PvP,
we would agree to a newspaper distribution deal and that was it. After
six weeks the syndicates returned with their answer: They wanted PvP...all
of it. If they could not have the rights to the feature, they weren't
interested. So we parted ways.
But I've already become attached to the idea of seeing PvP in the papers,
and that's why I've decided to start a new program. In the coming months,
I'll be putting into effect, a program in which papers can receive PVP
for free. That's right, free. They don't have to pay me a cent for it.
I will provide for the papers, a comic strip with a larger established
audience then any new syndicated feature, a years worth of strips in
advance, and I won't charge them a cent for it.
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