Free Culture Swarthmore is hosting a webcomics symposium this upcoming Friday September 22nd and Saturday the 23rd, focusing on artists who make a living by giving their art away for free. Our guests include Howard Tayler (of Schlock Mercenary), Shaenon Garrity (of Narbonic, Smithson, and Li’l Mell), Rich Burlew (of Order of the Stick), and both Eric Burns and Wednesday White (the authors behind Websnark).
The purpose behind this symposium is to explore the new business of creativity in the digital age. When costs of distribution are insignificant, what kind of new creations and business models are made possible? Webcomics have led this exploration for years, since advertisements first started making their way onto the websites of online comics. On Friday, we will hold a full discussion panel starting at 7 PM, which will explore these questions — and leave plenty of time for a question-and-answer session afterwards.
On Saturday, we’ll break out of this model; starting at 1 PM, our guest artists will have the opportunity to host their own workshops on topics of their interest, from writing to running a business, and from drawing a comic to world-building.
Events will be held in the Swarthmore College Science Center, Room 199 (Cunniff Hall). We hope to see you there!