I don't feel like I'm taking flack for Wowio. :] I'm just seeing there's some stuff that I can maybe clear up with information I have.
About the “using the products of people who have intellectual property” thing, I'm not quite sure I get. Wowio doesn't make any claim to ownership of people's comics or whatever. I mean, I guess they're profiting by people visiting the site by getting ad hits or something. And if they run various stores (for merch) they'd be taking a cut of that profit. Is that what you meant?
As I understand it, Platinum was actively trying to sell IP to Hollywood execs for a profit. That was their business. If it had worked out, it might have been a bonanza for a lot of us. Lord knows, Sin Town needs some fresh ideas. They've been recycling junk for years, now. Plus, I don't think too many of us would turn down a chance to cash in if some studio offered us big bucks for the movie/TV rights to our stuff.
But, as far as I know, only Coboys Vs. Aliens , a Platinum Studios manufactured product, ever made good. I understand one or two other comics were sold to buyers in Hollywood, but I don't know if anything ever came of it.
What I'm not clear on is whether Wowio has similar plans. It's all good if they do, as long as they don't try to shaft anybody in the trenches when negotiating for their rights. Platinum, as I understand it, did try this. By that I mean attempt to buy someone's rights for a song, then sell them for a mint. Happens all the time in the entertainment biz. And webcomics are part of the entertainment biz.
There's a lot of commercial potential on DD, if it were properly promoted. Many Cartoons here could translate into a TV property, or even a film property, if handled right. Merchandising would naturally follow any such deal. This means big-time cha-ching for whoever gets this deal. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are a key example.
If all Wowio is looking for is a little advertising cash, they are selling DD short. There's a gold mine here if they're willing to invest and treat the creators as equal partners. ;)
As to the re-design… I'm not terribly worried about what the site looks like, as long as it works.