There’s good news for fans of Jamie Smart‘s web office-woe-oriented comic, Whubble, this week with news that he’s secured US company WorkCompass as a sponsor for the strip.
Pity poor Pete Whubble, the reluctant hero of Jamie’s strip, which he started published in late 2009 (the first strip is here). The indignity of having a menial job would be bad enough, but to make things worse he is surrounded by incompetents. Chances are Pete single-handedly keeps his department afloat. Were he to be absent for just a couple of days, the business would crash, the office would burn down and somehow nuclear war would have begun. But his work goes unrecognised, and so he is reduced to endless filing and correcting other people’s spelling mistakes. Single, yearns for excitement, likes tuna.
The strip has had intermittent publication since it began – Jamie does after all, have a day job and bills to pay and has been busy on many projects – so the fact that he’s now getting sponsored to draw the strip, now to be published every Wednesday on the WorkCompass web site, is good news for Whubble fans – and of course his sponsor gain a Unique Selling Point for their site, devoted to promoting their online performance reviews and performance management software.
“WorkCompass are funding me to keep drawing new Whubbles, once a week,” Jamie explains. “Regular Whubble! The dream has come true!
“Basically, you get regular Whubble, I get to draw regular Whubble, WorkCompass get to show regular Whubbles… Everyone wins!”
Every web comic creator knows how hard they have to work to make their comic pay. It takes a long time to build an audience, and then start to monetize all that hard work (if that’s what you want to do) once you’ve got enough fans, through merchandising and collections. Getting a web comic sponsored is a great deal for any creator, and testament to Jamie’s talents.
WorkCompass will have a one week window exclusive on any new Whubble strips on their blog before Jamie posts them on the official Whubble site, so head there now and always be one Whubble ahead of everyone else.