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November 21, 2002

Stupidity doesn't deserve money For

Stupidity doesn't deserve money

For a couple of years, Ucomics.com has been e-mailing cartoons to me, strips like Doonesbury, The Boondocks and Tank McNamara, as well as political cartoons; Tom Toles, Oliphant, and Ted "Beloved of the Blogosphere" Rall. The emails came loaded with ads, but it was mostly worth the trouble.

Then, last week, Ucomics suspended e-mail delivery of comics in favor of an idiotic scheme called My Comics Page, wherein I pay them to e-mail me the same comics they used to send me for free, the same comics that are still available for free on their website, as the links above show.

I suppose there might be some advantage to me if I used IE to browse with, as it normally takes a Ucomics page longer to load than it does to read, but since Opera can open up all the sites I want to read at once, even that pale incentive fades. The whole "My comics page" marketing assumes that the targets of the campaign aren't Internet-savvy. I don't know about you, but to me that's insulting, and people who insult me don't get my money.

I don't think I would mind paying for the comics--I've given money to online webcomics, Kevin & Kell and PVP, among others, but whomever is behind this scheme smells, and acts, like a big media Internet idiot, and they don't get squat from me other than a upraised digit.

As a matter of fact, it appears that Ucomics is composed of a bigger bunch of clueless idiots that I realized. Take a look at today's Stone Soup. Note that

A.) The page is full of annoying ads and graphics
and
B.) The cheap bastards at Ucomics only offer a 30 day archive of strips.

It's possible to read the strip without wading through all the extra bothersome crap on the page. It's also possible to read back further than 30 days. Here's the strip from August 21st of this year. Here's the strip from August 21st of 2001. Here's one from August 21st of 1998. Hell, here's the first one.

All you have to do is change the date in the url, and you can read all the strips you please.

Any half-decent programmer can whip up a script that will do exactly what their pay-per-view "My Comics Page" promises to do in 15 minutes, with time left over for a Coke. Hell, I can do it in thirty. In fact, I think I will.

Posted by Bigwig at November 21, 2002 08:10 PM | TrackBack
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