As some of you may have noticed, many of my prior comics posts have gone missing recently. Unfortunately, due to Photobucket‘s NEW terms of service much of my digital footprint was erased overnight and much of the ZiNC COMICS online archives have been destroyed in one fell swoop. Photobucket service has been rather problematic for quite some time but since it was free it was hard for a starving artist to complain much. However for their third party hosting service to go from totally free to a $399.00 charge per year overnight, destroying almost 10 years of my work and established online links retroactively, is rather bad business methinks.
My fear of something like this happening at some point, just as it did once before with Webcomics Nation, is one of the main reason I’ve been “Johnny Appleseeding” the internet with ZINC of late. I’m trying to make sure that at least some my art work will always be “out there” for those willing to look. I have to think that this is the main reason why comics printed on actual paper will never become completely obsolete or unnecessary as well. Yet, needless to say, there will be some significant changes in how and where I post my “ZiNC COMICS” online from this point on but I am hopeful that they will be so subtle that even longtime readers of my art blog won’t even notice.
To be on the safe side, I’ve archived my most recent comic panels on one of the oldest webcomics host sites, The Duck (http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/ZINC_COMIX/) and will be posting all the new ones there, too. To quote Bolan, “all my favorite people… you gotta think ZINC!”