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QUACKCAST 456 - Smackdown on Quackjeeves

Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Dec. 10, 2019

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Smack Jeeves has been sold out from under its community to a Korean mobile content provider company NHN. The same company approached us last year but the deal didn't go through because we were too strict on retaining control of the site and protecting our community, SJ apparently didn't have those same concerns for the people that made the site so special and that is a huge shame. What's happened now is that NHN is streamlining the site, minimising the creative members who host their comics there and turning it into a content delivery site for its hand-picked pro work, turning it into another souless clone corporate of Webtoons or Tapas.

This is a travesty. It's the creative people who host comics on our sites that MAKE the sites what they are. Hosts like us put in a lot of time and money to build these webcomic hosts, but cumulatively the creators that host with us put in a hell of a lot more and it's only down to them that any of us have the profile we do. It's THAT which NHN wanted to by out: the internet traffic and site presence that has been built up over a decade by those site members and they've all been betrayed.

Now there are precious few independent egalitarian webcomic hosts left… just us and Comic Fury I think? It's a shame because in its day Smack Jeeves was awesome with many amazing features that were ahead of their time.
We go into this much deeper as well as our own experience with corporate take overs in the Quackcast. Give it a listen. It's a bit ranty but there's some interesting stuff there.

This week Gunwallace has given us the theme to “Banes’ theme” - Welcome to the rockin’ church of Gunwallace! Come on it and say your prayers with all due reverence and an attitude beatific joy for your lord has risen and his name is BANES! (based on Bane's musical intro for last week's Quackcast).

Topics and shownotes

My Newspost (much more detail) -
Corporate Smack Jeeves :( -
Religion in Fiction cast from last week -

Featured comic:
Barkham Horror -

Featured music:
Banes' Theme -, by Gunwallace, rated X

Special thanks to:
Gunwallace -
Tantz Aerine -
Ozoneocean -
Banes -
kawaiidaigakusei -

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Ozoneocean at 8:23PM, Dec. 11, 2019

@Andreas- good comparrison! @CDmalcolm1 - yes, unfortunately

cdmalcolm1 at 7:16PM, Dec. 11, 2019

HOO. LEE. CRAP. for real? I just saw the site. It is Webtoons. Commercial for profits. Is This is the last hope for us? thats crazy.

Andreas_Helixfinger at 2:38PM, Dec. 11, 2019

Based on what I know now, If I have to compare The Duck Webcomics and Smack Jeeves to other websites. I would have to compare DD to Newgrounds and SJ to Youtube. YT used to be a plattform for independent vloggers, a home video hosting site for people who never had a a plattform to finally have one, but is now becoming more and more like the second coming of cable-TV, pushing away the independent vlogger community it was built upon, and made money off of for years, a process that has become more and more realized ever since Google bought it up and began going to work with it. NG on the other hand, which is much older then YT, has managed to maintain a diverse community of independent artists, musicians, animators and game-devs for decades now. Both DD and NG have a similar muddled through kind of history and both are by the community for the community. "Everything, by everyone" just like Tantz said about DD in the podcast. Much love to you guys<3 You're the best<3

Ozoneocean at 4:05PM, Dec. 10, 2019

That's awful Hushicho! Sometimes it's even worse when they don't care at all though and just delete your stuff because it's unimportant to them.

hushicho at 1:47PM, Dec. 10, 2019

It really is a shame. But when I first started in webcomics, I was with an adults-only comic host. One day, I logged into the FTP server (yes, really!) to update my comics, and it was gone. Only years later, I found out that it was actually bought up by someone who did so only because they hated anything adult and bought it just to shut it down. The owner sold it out from under us, never gave us any notice, never let us retrieve any of our data, nothing. It's unfortunate, but it really hasn't changed since. There will always be people out there who are simply nursing insane vendettas, and they care nothing for us at all.

mks_monsters at 9:32AM, Dec. 10, 2019

Such a shame. I was all for making it better, but the change didn’t pay off.

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