Digital Text Lecture – October 31 , 2012
Body World (Webcomic)
How a printed novel is usually brought into the world:
- Composition: The book is made
- Submission: It’s submitted to a publishing company
- Acceptance: The company says they are willing to publish it
- Editing: The company goes over and edits the work
- Print and Process: The book is mass printed in factories
- Publication: The book is officially published
- Distribution: The published book is distributed to stores
- Marketing: The book is advertised
- Review: The book is critiqued by its readers.
(*) Stages in which the author has control over his own work
- Many authors lament and hate the publishing procedure
- Virginia Woolf published and distributed all her own works to avoid this procedure
- We can’t do that today anymore because nobody would ever hear of us/we’d never get noticed
- The author of Body World spoke of how he originally intended his comic to be published on paper, but
did it online instead. (Full Colour Comics are VERY EXPENSIVE and a serious investment on the part of
the publisher.) Although after its popularity he was later able to publish. His comic is also wicked weird
and I doubt any publisher would be willing to take it.
- Born-Digital Fiction: Fiction begins distribution on the web and that is distributed digitally
- What is so appealing about Born-Digital Fiction? (EG: Webcomics)
- Synopsis: In present, or the very recent past, Paulie, the main character, smokes a plant he finds that
gives him telepathic abilities.