Extending Programming

Off-Schedule Programming

The Webcomic Beacon webcomic podcast is looking to expand its monthly programming, beyond it’s normal Sunday broadcasts. The Sunday, topical shows will continue as normal. We are looking to supplement them with “off-schedule” episodes that can be scheduled more flexibly with all parties. These may only have 1-2 of the main hosts, as well as possible new co-hosts, specifically for these new shows. The plan is to have at least 1-2 additional shows a month, sometimes referred to “minisodes” as they are planned to be half the time of the normal Sunday shows.

We are looking potential, dedicated persons that could contribute. We are primarily looking for people interested in podcasting, but we are considering blog writers as well. We are looking to add programming such as:

  • Webcomic community & industry news.
    This would be from independent data gathering and/or commenting on (and crediting) existing news reports.
  • Spotlighting more creators
    We we may not have time to schedule for a Sunday show, or when a shorter show would be more appropriate.
  • New segments
    Have an idea for a podcast, but maybe not enough for a whole show? Or just an idea for a monthly/bi-monthly segment? Maybe we can work something out!
  • Expanding beyond webcomics themselves
    There is a lot of creativity online, and it’s not just in webcomics. Without changing the show’s core programming, we are willing to look into other creative realms. The Webcomic Beacon has always been about webcomics, but really it’s been about getting out there and being creative, and doing what you want to do.

We may select portions of submitted recordings for our main episodes. We may also post recordings, whole or in-part, as separate, non-episode posts or content. Recordings may also find themselves on free sampler MP3 CDs we give away at times. If you have your own podcast or website, but would like added exposure, we may like to play samples of  your recordings on an episode or non-episode post. Of course, linking back to the source(s) for full coverage.

Is this a paying gig? HAHAHAHAHA!!! We don’t even get paid! The Webcomic Beacon is funded very slightly from ads and sponsorships, but mostly out of pocket. Those interested in being apart of the team should have a passion of their own for webcomics. Credit and links are the minimum that we can oblige. Other aspects like press privileges, will be included when possible, as available.

Further questions can be directed here.

Additional discussion and ideas will pop up in the comments.

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I will particularly looking to fill the 2nd Sunday spot, so we can fully claim “weekly” again. But otherwise I would be very flexible in trying to sort out times to record these additional episodes.

This is an experiment in and of itself. I hope that we can get a few new team members to be regulars to these new shows.

I might used a new name for these supplemental shows… For now, I’ll refer to these as “The Webcomic Beacon, Extended.”

I’m thinking I’ll refer to the outer-core podcasting as “The Webcomic Beacon EP” for “Extended Play/Programming”.

I’ve gotten a few good ideas, especially with expanding beyond webcomics themselves, and into other creative mediums.

I’m interested in ideas for sure, but I’m also interested in finding people with the drive and self-motivation for these ideas. I’m willing to try many things with this, so now is the time to see if we can coordinate something and work something out.

A webcomic NEWS segment is one of my priorities, to be at least once a month (2nd Sunday, pref.). I’ll need people to report events and stories of interest of webcomics, comics and the internet, web distribution, etc… Everyone gets credited, of course. Regular contributors could be image links on the site somewhere too.

At this time, I’m not sure about written blogs, as I’m really pushing the radio/webcast aspect. Also, video webcasts is something else I am considering as well.

As far as additional shows, segments, or other podcast ideas, I’ve already started looking into potential hosts. I would like to have all new shows and segments have more than one host. One of the best things of The Webcomic Beacon, are the multiple opinions that come from co-hosts.

At present, I am just considering myself to do the final editing, but things are looking open if I can be “sold” on it. While I want to maintain quality control, I also want to maintain the feel. The feel of the Webcomic Beacon has always been about encouraging people to do what they want to do, fuck the naysayers…. of course, everyone can also do better 😉

Again, I’m really looking for people that are self-motivated, but they need not go alone. I’m hoping to really make something out of this idea!

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