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Vote In Mix May Mayhem NSFW Webcomics Tournament First Round– Or Cheat For The CBLDF!

Glenn Hauman

Glenn is VP of Production at ComicMix. He has written Star Trek and X-Men stories and worked for DC Comics, Simon & Schuster, Random House, arrogant/MGMS and Apple Comics. He's also what happens when a Young Turk of publishing gets old.

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31 Responses

  1. Antares says:

    I see this paying votes turning into a perversion of the contest past a voting tourney for exposure into an advertising platform. Some of these comics have massive budgets and will just buy votes. I suggest limiting bought votes or increasing the price.

    • Rook Roberts says:

      It’s a great charity initiative but I heartily agree with Antares’s solutions.

    • Glenn Hauman says:

      We considered that, which is why we aren\’t revealing what the money totals are until after the voting totals are done, so you don\’t know how much you have to pay to actually buy the pot, to throw in a poker metaphor.

      And yes, the price per vote will increase for each round, which should limit voting… or raise a lot of money for the CBLDF. Or both.

    • Gibson Twist says:

      This is a cool opportunity to get exposure, and it’s working so far, and immense thanks for the opportunity, but I have to admit the logic behind buying votes is a little baffling. It’ll raise money for a good cause, but is that the point of the tournament? It allows people to buy their bracket, which doesn’t seem in the spirit of fun and exposure.
      Withholding the number of purchased votes even seems a little worse, a comic could win the straight vote and its creator(s) get excited only to find out they lost when the cheat votes are added. I know I’d feel pretty burned if that happened to me, not to mention feeling pretty hollow if that’s how I won.
      Also, CBLDF is a great charity, but I don’t know of any case (I may be wrong) in which they’ve aided a webcomic, nor am I sure they would.

      At any rate, thanks again for the opportunity to drag in some new eyes and the fun of a little friendly competition. Cheers.

      • Glenn Hauman says:

        The CBLDF haven\’t been in a case where they directly aided a webcomic (to my knowledge, Charles Brownstein could correct me) but they\’ve been co-plaintiffs in numerous cases that helped secure freedom for the Internet, such as ALA v. Virginia back in the 90s.

        Buying votes is sort of a relief valve. We discovered the last time that people would take ridiculous steps to vote, with some people claiming that they were using bots which brought the site down, which could certainly skew the numbers. We figured if that was going to happen, we should at least channel it productively and let people who weren\’t computer whizzes have a potentially equal say.

        • Gibson Twist says:

          Bots seem the bane of any kind of online voting. It’s hard not to feel a little jaded every time I’m reminded of their existence.

          I guess the main thing is the exposure, not the victory, and I have seen a noticeable increase in my traffic because of the tournament, so that’s a win. Not crazy about buying votes, but you know, do as you must. Overall I’m glad the contest is going on.

  2. DarkoNeko says:

    Lol, some people voted for the separating lines…

  3. Adam Black says:

    I’m stoked that Locus made it into the contest! One small thing:

    Can I get my entry changed from “Locus Comic” to just “Locus”?

    Thanks!

  4. Ami Maves says:

    I thought in order to qualify you had to have at least updated fairly recently….Chester hasn’t updated in over a year…..

  5. CP says:

    I’m disapponted. I thought this was going to be a tournament of porn sites. As it is, it’s a competition of a few porn sites and a bunch of normal comics with a nipple coincidentally visible every 50th page. I guess I should have realized that NSFW is a label that covers a very broad range of explicitness, but it doesn’t really make sense to compare one kind of comic with the other – the type of audience who wants to read Oglaf isn’t going to be remotely the same demographic as the audience that wants to read Pictures of You. (And despite the fact that I’m very much in the first camp, I’d be surprised to find out if most of the less explicit comics wouldn’t be kinda disgusted to be compared with porn just because they have 3 pages in their entire archive that include partial nudity.)

    • Glenn Hauman says:

      A number of the strips self-identify as NSFW, for whatever reason. Your workplace may differ from mine. And a lot of the harder-core strips are behind paywalls, such as the ones at Slipshine, should you be interested.

  6. Octavian says:

    How come the best webcomic in the world is not here?
    I mean explosm of course? Is it not nsfw enough?

  7. Sara says:

    I’m confused as to why Between Failures is on here. I don’t see how it’s NSFW…especially since (if I remember right) it was just in the competition for the normal March Madness tournament, which indicates that it’s not NSFW by this sites standards either.

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