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But Duggan doesn’t expect to quit his day job any time soon. The strip is his passion project, a chance to unleash the creativity that can bottle up when he’s working as a commercial illustrator. He’s developed a business plan that he says could slowly pay off and allow him to make comics his full-time gig in the next 10 years.
Duggan buys into the idea of the gift economy. Unlike the traditional model, he and other online artists hope to gain something — readership — by giving their work away for free. Theoretically, that could translate into advertising revenue or the demand for book collections.
Those in the business say it’s impossible to predict how long it takes for a webcomic to establish a fan base and harder still to say when an artist will start turning a profit.
"Slowly," Brad Guigar deadpans. "It’s something that you build very slowly."
Guigar, the editor-in-chief of Webcomics.com and co-author of the book How to Make Webcomics, is speaking by telephone from Comic-Con in San Diego. While it’s hard to track the numbers, Guigar says there are probably tens of thousands of digital comics floating around in cyberspace.
The likelihood of more than 1,000 of those cartoonists making even "pizza money" from their craft is pretty low, he says. And while Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ may have changed the game of self-marketing, Guigar says the key component to a comic’s success is quality.